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In Search of Great Views in Naranjito

Posted on Apr 17th, 2011 by • Updated on May 11th, 2014

Las Cataratas in Naranjito

Sometimes, finding off-the-beaten-path things to do leads to great discoveries. And, other times, it doesn’t work out as planned. Lots of our adventures come about from some serious research for basic information and the general location of possibly interesting things on my part, and lots of stopping for directions and U-turns on Ray’s part.

One recent Sunday, we took a drive in Naranjito to find some exciting new waterfalls and amazing views. It turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.

But, I guess, a day exploring a pretty mountain town is better than a day working in an office!

Our Quest

We set out for the town of Naranjito to find Las Cataratas, a waterfall not far from the road. On this Sunday, driving north on Route 152, at about KM 14 or 15, we found some very popular and busy lechoneras (where you could stop and get some delicious roasted pig with all the trimmings). But we wanted beautiful sites, not food, so we pressed onward.

We knew you could see the falls from a restaurant with the same name at KM 18.2 on Route 152.

Unfortunately, it turns out, the falls are only visible from the restuarant (and a few other beside it) and in their parking lot. We talked to the bartender, and he said there really isn’t a way down to the base of the falls. So we could only stand inside the building and catch a distant view of the waterfall.

We knew there was a mirador only a minute farther down Route 152, just past the falls. We figured we might be able to see the falls and the river from there. So that was our next stop.

Called Mirador Las Lagrimas, it seems to have a view of … wait for it … nothing. Kind of odd.

Maybe, years ago, the trees were smaller and you could see something. But now … it is just some tree tops and the back of the restaurants! But it has some picnic tables, so we sat and ate our lunch, while we watched the traffic on Route 152.

Naranjito

We then tried in vain to find the Mirador Los Anones. The bartender told us it had great views of the northern coast. He gave us the general directions, and from there, we went back and forth trying to find something. After stopping for directions about 4 times, we think we found it (GPS coordinates below). But the building was closed, so we couldn’t go in to see the view.

But there are some great views of the north coast up in this area, if you can find a safe place to stop on these small roads to snap some pictures.

The town has a few other sites — they have a neat looking new bridge, and, in the main plaza, the church has beautiful statues. But we had to get home, so we couldn’t do everything. Getting out of Naranjito and back to the San Juan area is a bit of a trek, so resign yourself to it and just enjoy the scenery!

Though this day was kinda a bust, it doesn’t dissuade us from continuing to find new things to do on the island!

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  1. Like you said, “better than a day at the office”! Hoping you’ll visit the restaurant and flamenco dance school at “Casa de España”, must try the ceviche at the restaurant!

  2. Adventuring out and exploring is always a gamble of time and energy, but I think it pays off more times than not. At least you find out what’s there, and what’s not there. Weather can often throw a curve ball your way, and sometimes traffic situations. The exploration episode that I remember paying off big-time was when I experienced the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse for the first time. We almost didn’t make it, but that’s a whole other story. It instantly went from being just another lighthouse, to being a personal “must see.” Personal top 10 for sure, and maybe top 5. I had not been as excited about a “find” since experiencing Las Cavernas de Camuy for the first time. I never get tired of the caves. For my next trip I’m playing tour guide for a group, and for the sake of efficiency will pretty much stick with the sites and attractions that I know and love. One new experience that I hope to work in is Cueva Ventana, which sounds great and found out about on this site. Like most of the write-ups here, they are thorough enough where you feel confidence doing them, even for the first time.

  3. I live in Naranjito, I wanted to go to the cataratas too, so one day I drove through the neighborhood that is near the cataratas / guadiana river, google maps: 18°17’06.2″N 66°15’25.0″W18.285068, -66.256941 . I think thats the safest way to access them, but you’re going to have to walk for a while & down the river. The good thing is that that area is a bit flatter (not like the cliff in the restaurant area, which is impossible to hike) If theres anyone that can find a way through the cataratas is PRdaytrips! Hope one day you can find them & share your experience so we can all visit them.

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