Caribbean Tourism

Puerto Rico

North Coast Road

Near Isabela on the coast is LL Villa Montana, PO Box 530, Isabela, PR 00662, T8729554, F8729553. Nice resort, tranquil spot, miles of sand dunes and surf, restaurant by pool bar, villas with kitchens, not much else. B Villas del Mar Hau, T8722045. Cabins, a few tent sites, US$10, private farm on beach, horse riding nearby. At Arecibo there are several...

Mona Island

Mona Island, 80 km west of Mayaguez, is fascinating for historians and nature lovers, with turquoise sea and white sand. Originally inhabited by Taino Indians and then by pirates and privateers, it is now deserted except for its wildlife. Here you can see 1m-long iguanas, colonies of sea birds and bats in the caves (possibly pirates too). Sixty-metre high...

Mayaguez

L-AL Mayaguez Resort & Casino, Route 104, Km 3, T8317575, F2653020. 141 rooms in 20 acres, view of harbour, business hotel and resort of international standard. A-C Embajador, 111 Ramos Antonini, Este, T8333340, F8347664. 29 rooms, central, phones, TV, restaurant, facilities for wheelchair visitors, laundry room. B El Sol, 9 Santiago Riera Palmer St,...

La Parguera

Further west is La Parguera, originally a fishing village and now a popular resort with paradores, guest houses, fish restaurants, fast food outlets. Noisy on holiday weekends. Fishing, kayaking, mountain biking and other activities are offered. Parguera Divers are at Posada Porlamar, T8994171, for wall diving. Parguera Fishing Charters, T8994698, hometown....

Guanica

L-ALCopamarina Beach Resort, T8210505, 1-800-9814676. Set in 6.5-hectare tropical estate, 106 rooms, a/c, TV, balcony, 2 pools, tennis, watersports, PADI dive centre, tour desk, restaurants, on eelgrass beach but good swimming on nearby Gilligans Island.

El Yunque

On the south side Robin Phillips has several rustic cabins, D, and tent sites on his fruit farm. Robin and Sita will guide you through the forest or to the petroglyphs. Terrific views to the sea. Robin is full of information. T8742138 or write to Adventures with Nature, HC1, Box 4449, Naguabo, PR 00718. Also 2 bed and breakfasts on Route 191 through Naguabo...

Eastern Tour

West of Fajardo on the hill is LL El Conquistador Golf Resort & Casino T8631000/6000. A large complex with lots of facilities, private ferry to nearby sandy cay, white beach. Further south is LL-L Wyndham Palmas del Mar Resort & Villas, near Humacao, T8526000, on long stretch of beach. Can be rough seas, condos, marina, golf, mega resort complex,...

Boqueron

C-D Canadian Jack’s Guest House, PO Box 990, Boquerón, PR 00622, T8512410. Private bathroom, colour TV, clean and comfortable but noisy on Friday, Saturday nights when the streets are crowded with people partying, Jack also rents hammocks overlooking the water, fantastic spot. B Boquemar, end of Route 100, Int 101, Gil Bouye St, T8512158, F8517600. 63 rooms...

Accomodations - Aguadilla

L-B La Cima, Route 110, Km 9.2, Barrio Maleza Alta, T8902016, F8902017,40 rooms, a/c, TV, phone, pool, exercise room, within reach of 6 beaches and golf. A-B Parador El Faro , Route 107, Km 2.1, T8828000, F8913110, www.ihppr.com 50 rooms, built 1990, TV, phone, Tres Amigos restaurant for Puerto Rican and international food. Under same ownership is the 33-...

Accommodations

The summer season runs from 16 April to 14 December and is somewhat cheaper than the winter season, for which we give rates where possible. An 11% tax is charged on the room rate in hotels with casinos, 9% in those without casinos. There are 18 Paradores Puertorriquenos to put you up while touring, some old, most new, some quiet and peaceful (for example...

Tourist Information

Local Tourist Offices The Puerto Rico Tourism Company, PO Box 902-3960, San Juan 00902-3960, www.prtourism.com publishes lots of brochures and booklets including Travel and Sports Planner,and Qué Pasa! Which comes out every two months and has a useful Tourist Directory. Information Centres also at the international airport (T7911014, F7918033; next to the...

Communication

Language Spanish is the first language with less than 30% of the population speaking English fluently. Telephone Services Operated by Puerto Rico Telephone Co, state-owned. Local calls from coin-operated booths cost US$0.10, or US$0.25 from a private pay phone, but from one city to another on the island costs more (for example US$1.25 Ponce-San Juan). Local...

Getting Around

Air Several local airlines operate services within Puerto Rico, including American Eagle and Vieques Air Link, and they have offices either at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, or the Isla Grande Airport. There are three daily American Eagle flights between San Juan and Ponce and several to Mayagüez. Some charter or inter-island flights leave from...

Getting There

Air From Europe: Martinair from Amsterdam ; Condor from Frankfurt ; Iberia from Barcelona and Madrid ; British Airways from London Gatwick. Lots of other flights with connections in JFK New York or Miami. From Latin America: Most South and Central American countries are connected via Miami or Panama City but there are also direct flights from Caracas (...

Before Travelling

Climate Tradewinds which make the temperatures of 28-30°C bearable in the summer. Temperatures in the winter drop to the range 21-26°C and the climate all the year round is very agreeable. Rain falls mainly from May to October, with most precipitation from July to October. Documents All non-US residents need a US visa, or a US visa waiver for participating...