Playa Puerto Hermina in Quebradillas is a perfect spot for relaxing on the beach, or under a shady picnic pavilion, and just enjoying the beautiful scenery. It has historical ruins, soft sand, waves for surfing or body boarding, beautiful rock formations, and natural areas to explore.
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Over the last few years, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has become extremely popular. It is very easy to do, requires just a little equipment, and provides a great whole-body workout. If you haven’t tried it yet, or even if you are an experienced pro, paddling in Puerto Rico is a great vacation activity that the whole family can enjoy.
We spent a half-day meandering off the beaten path on Route 123 in Utuado and found a number of cool things to check out. Taking the highway might get you where you’re going quicker, but taking some of the winding roads through rural areas can give you a good idea of what the “back country” of Puerto Rico looks like.
We’ve known for years that there are pre-Columbian petroglyphs in the river down the road from our house. We cross the bridge over that river every time we leave our house … that’s how many times since 2005? We finally made the time to stop and check them out. Wow! What a great (and easy to get to) find!
There are so many little gems hidden around Puerto Rico, and Charca las Vegas is another one of them. This little waterfall and river swimming hole was a huge surprise. So peaceful and pretty. And obviously its beauty has been appreciated by people for many hundreds of years – there are pre-Columbian petroglyphs on the rocks around the pool as evidence.
Playa La Jungla is a natural beach surrounded by mangroves in Guánica. Visited primarily by locals, it offers a quiet respite from the party atmosphere of nearby Playa Santa.
Playa Capitolio (or “Bajamar”) is a small beach in Old San Juan, across the street from the Puerto Rico Capitol Building. While far from being the most beautiful beach on the island, It is a place you can visit if you’re in Old San Juan for the day. And, if you’re a collector of sea glass … this beach is the mother lode of sea glass in Puerto Rico!
Roaring Lions … not part a circus, but a colorful, outdoor art exhibit in Ponce. Like many towns around the world, Ponce is displaying life-size animal statues painted by local artists. Since the symbol of Ponce is the lion, they chose lion statues to be turned into magical works of art. These colorful lion statues are on display all around the main plaza, giving you one more reason to make the trip to Ponce.
When I first saw a photo of Laguna Guaniquilla, I knew that I had to find it myself. Huge, jagged rocks that look like they came from the moon in the middle of a lagoon … you don’t see that every day! It was so unusual looking — hauntingly beautiful and roughed. A photographer’s and hiker’s dream …
Are you looking for a beach with soft, light sand, and warm, clear, blue water, with just little waves lapping at the shore? Well then look no further — Buyé Beach fits the bill. Buyé Beach (or Playa Buyé) is a bit tricky to find. But once you do find it, it is really nice. Located in Cabo Rojo, in the south-west corner of Puerto Rico, this beach is worth a stop if you’re in the area.
Punta Ventana is a natural rock “eye” that very few people get to see. It is in an out-of-the-way place along the coast in Guayanilla, and not visible from any road. But, with the right planning, it is not too difficult to get to — and well worth the effort.
Ermita San Antonio de Padua de la Tuna is the remains of the first Spanish settlement in the northwest part of Puerto Rico. It’s an interesting bit of history that is worth a quick stop while you’re in the Isabela area. It was the original town of what is now Isabela.
Most people think that the town of Camuy is all about “the Caves”. But there are more things to do and see in Camuy. Peñón Amador Beach is one such place — good for surfing (in winter), fishing and sunbathing. And there are a couple surprises to be found here, too!
If you are looking for a fun place that the whole family can enjoy, head to Columbus Park (Parque de Colón) on the waterfront in Aguadilla. This little park has something for everyone in the family — a wooden boardwalk overlooking a small beach, playground equipment, and a big wooden treehouse for the kids.
After years of planning and construction, the expanded waterfront area along San Juan Bay formally opened recently. Called Bahia Urbana, this public space runs east along the waterfront, from the cruise ship area (Piers 1-4) to the Pier 7-8 area. This space offers a great place to walk or sit and enjoy the cool breeze coming off of the bay. If you’re not in the mood to sit and relax, it is also active with various tours, activities and programs.