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.

 

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Streets of The Old San Juan

 

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.

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
View of Faro Los Morrillos from the unpaved road

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
View of the cliff with smooth water

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Cliffs in Cabo Rojo

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
On the edge of the world

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Me feeling like a little kid in front of the world

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Puente de Piedra (Rock Bridge)

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

At walking distance from the lighthouse, we found this hidden paradise: “Playa Sucia”. 

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Road to Playa Sucia-Dead Mangroves

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

 

 

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.

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Huge Iguana at Cayo Caracoles

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Mangrove. This is the entrance to the cay

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

We spent the afternoon in Rincon and enjoyed to most spectacular sunset I have ever seen.

 

Sunset in Rincon, PR
Sunset at Rincon, PR

 

People expecting this grand moment
People expecting this grand moment

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
This is the view from The Beach House Bar & Restaurant

 

My hubby and me
My hubby and me

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

 

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!

We spent 2 days there and visited different places like Playa Flamenco. Which was recently ranked as #6 “Best World and U.S Beaches” by Today.

 

Playa Flamenco (Flamenco Beach)
Playa Flamenco (Flamenco Beach)

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
You can’t go to Puerto Rico and not drink a Medalla

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Palm tree at Flamenco’s beach

 

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

 

Sunset in Culebra, PR.

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Sunset from a restaurant at Culebra

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

 

We definitely recharged batteries in Culebra and got ready for our last two destinations. Old San Juan and El Yunque.

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!).

 

Entrance to La Perla
Entrance to La Perla

 

View of La Perla
View of La Perla

 

View of La Perla from the bar La Verguenza
View of La Perla from the Chinchorro La Verguenza (Bar)

 

La Perla, PR
La Perla, PR

 

Art in La Perla, PR
Art in La Perla, PR

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
“Siente El Sabor de La Perla”

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
“I love La Perla”

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Then we walked up to Castillo San Felipe del Morro and places in between.

Cemetery with view of El Morro
Cemetery Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzi with view of El Morro

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Cemetery Street-Cemetery and view of El Morro

 

Me and La Perla
Me and La Perla

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Plaza del Totem

 

Castillo San Felipe Del Morro
Castillo San Felipe Del Morro

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Cuartel de Ballaja

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Casual pic of a window in Cinema Bar (traditional bar in San Juan)
Casual pic of a window at Cinema Bar (traditional bar in San Juan)

 

Cinema Bar
Cinema Bar

 

Streets of the Old San Juan
Streets of the Old San Juan

 

Painting in honor of Pedro Albizu Campos
Painting in honor of Pedro Albizu Campos

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

El Convento Hotel
El Convento Hotel

 

Paseo de La Princesa
Paseo de La Princesa

 

Paseo de La Princesa
Paseo de La Princesa

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

Fountain at the Paseo de La Princesa
Fountain at the Paseo de La Princesa

 

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Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico
Hubby at The Paseo de La Princesa

 

Pure Art
Pure Art

 

Calle de La Resistencia (de la fortaleza), PR
Calle de La Resistencia (de la fortaleza), PR

 

Ultimate Travel Guide To Puerto Rico

 

El Yunque was vitalizing and very wild.

Road to the El Yunque National Forest
Road to the El Yunque National Forest

 

Nature of the El Yunque National Forest
Nature of the El Yunque National Forest

 

 

 

 

Friends
Friends

 

 

 

Charco Las Damas, El Yunque
Charco Las Damas, El Yunque

 

View from Torre Yokahu

 

View from Torre Yokahu

 

Hubby and I at La Torre Yokahu

 

Cascada La Coca

 

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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Nathaly Tabares Photography, owned by Nathaly Tabares, focuses on Fine Art Products, Families, Lifestyle Newborn and Children, Maternity, and Engagement Photography. She is a passionate and fresh photographer and wall designer, and the majority of her work is completed outdoors with the use of natural lighting. She services the Duluth, Ga area and its surrounding suburbs.

Make sure to check out her work on https://www.nathalytabaresphotography.com. Be sure to check out some of her available collections and products on her website. If you are interested in booking a session, you can contact us at contact@nathalytabaresphotography.com. We look forward to working with you!

 

 

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