Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Last December was our first time (but not last) in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I must confessed that I thought the island was small and it had only beaches, but it surprised my husband and I with the variety of landscapes it has. Puerto Rico doesn’t only have spectacular beaches, but it also has mountains with tempetures between 70-76F, it has valleys and rainforests (I’m pretty sure I missed more ecosystems). It simply is beautiful and stunning. We went to multiple places, but we only visit like 20% of all the things and places that Puerto Rico has to offer to visitors. It is a small island but it is huge in entertainment and beauty. I want to share with you this Ultimate Travel Guide to Puerto Rico, viewed through my lens.
Our trip began arriving in San Juan. We didn’t stay in San Juan that day, but we came back days later.
Then we drove straight to Ponce (a beautiful city 1 hr away from San Juan). We reunited with our friends who traveled from Atlanta as well and we started our road trip to Zona Oeste (West Zone). We went to straight to La Parguera and drank the best “Parcha Mojitos” (passionfruit mojitos). La Parguera is a small village located on the town of Las Lajas. This place doesn’t have fancy places, but you’ll be able to experience the real coastal life and you’ll enjoy nature as center of the stage.
The next day, we went to Faro Los Morrillos, Cabo Rojo and this is my most favorite place of the ones we visited. This place is magical. The cliffs and views you see from this lighthouse are breathtaking. You’ll see for yourself.
At walking distance from the lighthouse, we found this hidden paradise: “Playa Sucia”.
The next awesome place we visited was Cayo Caracoles. Just about 45 minutes from Ponce. Caracoles is one of the islands of La Parguera Nature Reserve off the town of Lajas. From all the islands in La Parguera, this is the most popular for snorkeling. The waters are like glass, crystal clear and calm, the earlier you get here in the day the better the conditions are. We were welcomed by huge Iguanas and the warmth of the ocean.
We spent the afternoon in Rincon and enjoyed to most spectacular sunset I have ever seen.
After enjoying an unforgettable sunset, we started a new adventure crossing the whole island from the west coast to the east. 2hrs and 30 mins took us to get to Ceiba. Place where you take the ferry that is going to take you to Culebra Island, PR.
Acclaimed for its white-sand beaches and active reef, Culebra is one of the major islands in Puerto Rico’s archipelago. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, beach hop, or simply unwind, Culebra will give you the peace and tranquility you seek, in a truly pristine place.
It is located 20 miles off the coast of Fajardo, on the East side of Puerto Rico, and can be reached by small plane or boat. The whole island is about 10 square miles and is divided into six barrios (districts). Culebra is surrounded by more than 20 cays bustling with marine life, making it an absolute haven for underwater adventurers and casual beachgoers alike. All I have to say about Culebra is that it’s a PARADISE!
Sunset in Culebra, PR.
In San Juan we went to La Perla which is the place of the music video for the 2017 Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee megahit, Despacito! This is a must if you are in the Old San Juan (wink!).
Then we walked up to Castillo San Felipe del Morro and places in between.
El Yunque was vitalizing and very wild.
And this was our first trip to “La Isla del Encanto” (Puerto Rico). It amazed us in a good way and we experienced the most unforgettable trip so far. I hope you enjoy the Island as much as we did, and you find this blog useful.
Also, if you’ve been in the island before, please share in the comments section, the places you went to, so we’ll have more places in our list to visit the next time (wink).
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