Caribbean Tourism

Puerto Rico

Places to Eat - Eastern Tour

Rosa’s Seafood in Fajardo. Lighthouse, near Roosevelt Roads. Inexpensive meals. Plaza Caliente Seafood, opened April 1998 on the beach at Puerto del Rey Marina, T8609162.

Places to Eat - Culebra

There are several small restaurants in Dewey, offering local dishes and seafood. Takeaways available. Prices range from US$3-20. Dinghy Dock Restaurant on the water in the lagoon, breakfast, lunch and dinner, American and Caribbean food, kayak rental from their dock in town. El Pesquerito, breakfast and lunch, Puerto Rican and seafood, US$3-8. Wai-Nam,...

Places to Eat - Boqueron

Joyuda is famous for seafood restaurants on the beach; inexpensive food, good quality, nice atmosphere, whole, grilled fish is a must, especially snapper (chillo).

Food & Drink

Good local dishes are the mixed stew asopao, (chicken, seafood, etc). Mofongo, mashed plantain with garlic served instead of rice, is very filling. Mofongo relleno is the mofongo used as a crust around a seafood stew. Sancocho is a beef stew with various root vegetables, starchy but tasty. Empanadillas are similar to South American empanadas but with a...

Festivals

Everything is closed on public holidays. One of the most important is 24 June, though in fact the capital grinds to a halt the previous afternoon and everyone heads for the beach. Here there is loud salsa music and barbecues until midnight when everyone walks backwards into the sea to greet the Baptist and ensure good fortune. Día de la Constitución, 25...

Flora & Fauna

Although less than 1% of the island is virgin forest, there are several forest reserves designed to protect plants and wildlife. At the highest altitude you find dwarf cloud forest, with palms, ferns and epiphytes. On exposed ridges it has a windswept appearance. Below the dwarf forest is the rainforest and below that the subtropical wet forest, with open-...

Entertainment

Jazz at The Place, Fortaleza 154 in old San Juan. No admission charge, drinks about US$2. Shannons Irish Pub, Condado. Bus from airport passes it, live music (rock and roll), beer US$2.50. Recommended. Caribe Hilton is a favourite nightspot, also the other 4-5 star hotels.

Diving & Marine Life

The shallow waters are good for snorkelling and while a boat is needed to reach deeper water for most scuba diving, divers can walk in at Isabela. Visibility is not quite as good as in some other islands because of the large number of rivers flowing out to the sea, but is generally around 70 feet. However, an advantage is that the freshwater attracts a...

Beaches & Watersports

Swimming from most beaches is safe; the best beaches near San Juan are those at Isla Verde in front of the main hotels; Luquillo to the east of San Juan is less crowded and has a fine-sand beach from where there are good views of El Yunque (controlled car parking, US$2 per car all day, if arriving by público from San Juan, ask to get off at Balneario...

The Southeast

Near Maunabo, is C Playa Emajaguas Guest House, off the Ruta Panorámica, Route 901, Km 2.5, Box 834, Maunabo, T8616023. Lovely view, short walk down private path to empty beach (rough sea, currents), owned by Victor Morales and Edna Huertos, 7 apartments with kitchens, friendly, helpful, tennis court, pool table, horses. Highly recommended. Good seafood...

The Southwest

B Banos de Coamo at the end of Route 546, Coamo, Puerto Rico 00640, T8252186, F8254739. Thermal water springs (maximum 15 mins) and an ordinary pool (spend as long as you like), 48 rooms, bar, restaurant with limited hours.

San German

Inland from La Parguera, off the main Route 2, San German has much traditional charm; it was the second town to be founded on the island and has preserved its colonial atmosphere. It is an excellent base from which to explore the mountains and villages of southwest Puerto Rico. The beautiful little Porta Coeli chapel on the plaza contains a small, rather...

Rincon

LL Horned Dorset Primavera, Route 429, Km 3, T823-4030/4050. No children under 12, 22 suites, good restaurant, watersports but beach not good for swimming, pool, nothing much to do. B Villa Cofresi alongside it. AL-B Villa Antonio, Route 115, Km 12.3, T8232645/2285, F82333380. Apartment on a good beach for swimming and near good surfing beaches, a/c,...

Ponce

LL Ponce Hilton, on the beach, T2597676. A-B Hotel Melia, 2 Cristina, just off main plaza, PO Box 1431, T8420261, F8413602. A/c, TV, bath and breakfast, small stuffy rooms, not nice, roof top and garden terraces. Also the AL Ponce Holiday Inn, Route 2, Km 221.2, west of the city, T8441200, F8418085. Tennis courts, pools, and golf arrangements made. To the...

Panoramic Route

A Parador Hacienda Juanita, Route 105, Km 23.5, Maricao, T8382550. 21 modest rooms, part of an old coffee plantation, bar, restaurant, pool, volleyball, tennis, parking, facilities for disabled, cool at night. B Fomento Recreativo cabins at Km 13.1 on the Maricao Rd 120, T8735632/5652. Not a natural setting but cabins have a fireplace, sleep 6 and have cool...