Puerto Rico is full of natural beauty, from the beaches and coastline, to the mountains, rivers, and forests. These can really be appreciated when you are able to visit some of the most remote and unspoiled parts of the island, and immerse yourself in the wonders that abound. Kalichi Adventures offers an amazing canyoning tour that puts you right in the middle of what we think is the most beautiful part of the island.
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We recently went on a tasting tour at Café Gran Batey in Utuado, and we fell in love. We got to see coffee growing in their fields, and how they process the coffee at every step … all the way up to bagging the freshly-roasted, warm beans for sale. This is not to be missed if you are in the area and have a couple hours to spare.
There are only a few bioluminescent bays left in the world, and Puerto Rico is fortunate enough to have three of them. The biobays in Puerto Rico are Laguana Grande in Fajardo, Mosquito Bay in Vieques, and La Parguera in Lajas — with Mosquito Bay being the brightest of the three. We visited Mosquito Bay recently with Black Beard Sports, and had a great time!
Vieques to known for it’s remote and secluded beaches. Now, thanks to some relatively recent road improvements on Vieques, Playa Caracas (aka Red Beach) is a beautiful white-sand beach in the US Fish & Wildlife reserve that is accessible by the local public transportation. No Jeep required!
Culebra Island Adventures offers some tours that allow you see some great beaches, do some kayaking, and come face-to-face with sea turtles while snorkeling. They can coordinate all of your transportation and act as your tour guide, which makes for a carefree way to see some of the best stuff that Culebra has to offer.
The Guánica Dry Forest has loads of hiking and biking trails, and it offers a number of different sights and opportunities for viewing nature. Our most recent hike on the Ballena Trail was no exception. Besides the amazing cactus and easy bird viewing, we found small cave, ruins, and a 700-year old tree.
Culebrita is a tiny cay located off the north-east corner of Culebra. It is uninhabited, visited only by a few people every day, and holds many wonderful “secrets” waiting to be explored. You can only get there by boat, but it is totally worth the effort in order to experience this unspoiled island.
The town of Río Grande has branded itself as the “Cuidad del Yunque” – the “City of El Yunque”. While El Yunque National Forest is certainly the highlight, there are a few other things of interest to do here. One of those activities is a trip on the Río Espíritu Santo on La Paseadora pontoon boat.
If you are looking for a fun beach spot in the north-west part of Puerto Rico, you can head to Playa Jobos (Jobos Beach) in Isabela. This stretch of sand offers surfing, beach bars, and a little exploration around the rocky coastline.
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.
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 …
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.