Puerto Rico Journals

The Rich Port in 5 Days (Puerto Rico)

A May 2007 trip to Puerto Rico by feralnomad

Quote: This journal documents a trip to Puerto Rico in which my girlfriend and I rented a car and drove around and through the entire island, from North to South, East to West, in 5 days. No highfalutin resorts, no venturing only to San Juan.

The Rich Port in 5 Days (Puerto Rico)

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Overview

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There were so many highlights to this trip. Beyond the ability for me to see the hometowns of my grandparents, Cayey (in the mountains) and Aguada (Northwest coast) we were also taken by the rainforest, El Yunque, whose giant tree ferns filter onto forest paths the most subtle amber ambient lighting. Also, most soothing and intriguing, both in the rainforest and the trees of the coast, is the chorus of the coqui, a Puerto Rican frog whose chirping tinkle sounds just like its name. Another highlight of this trip was La Playa Crash Boat, by far the best beach we have ever visited on the Puerto Rican mainland (and, by car, we went to at least 10 beaches around the island). Here, the water is tr...Read More
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This was by no means a luxury hotel, and was quite a bargain off-season. The beach at the hotel, by daylight, was not at all nice. It was full of large rocks and almost imposible to swim. It looked turquoise, but upon entering it was really brown from seaweed and other washed up natural debris. The SE corner in general is not the place to stay for beaches. Other than this, however, this was a great place to stay for budget and quiet. Each room has an ocean view and all doors to rooms open up onto the beach. And in off-season, there is almost no one here. You can slip off down their beach and make love under a palm tree without anyone noticing. Hell, you can get naked in the pool late at ni...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2007

Barrachina

Restaurant

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Fantastic dining! We gorged ourselves here on native Puerto Rican food. Make sure you get plenty of Pina Coladas - this is the home of the Pina Colada. The atmosphere is great, the restaurant has no roof and you feel like you are in Europe. The service here is also excellent. Enjoy such native dishes as chorizo and fried plantains...just don't eat too much! The food was so good yet so heavy that I threw up later.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 14, 2007

Barrachina
104 Fortaleza St.
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
(787) 721-5852

Bacardí Rum Distillery

Attraction | "Casa Bacardi Visitor Center"

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You get two tickets for free drinks. Sit out under the metal awning and enjoy them before or after your tour! Taste different types of Bacardi not often seen, such as the Bacardi Reserve. And who doesn't enjoy free drinks? Other than this, it's pretty typical. Board the tourist tram for a tour of the factory or go in the store to buy Bacardi liquor and merchandise (ashtrays, sweatshirts, shorts, playing cards, glasses etc.).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2007

Bacardí Rum Distillery
Bay View Industrial Park Route 165, Km. 2.6
Catano, Puerto Rico 00962
(787) 788-8400

Luqillo Kiosks

Attraction

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The beach at Luquillo is quite interesting! The beach is behind the kiosks, and you can drive right up onto the sand under the palm trees. People bring coolers and it looks like people tailgating before a concert. The beach has a lot of litter on it, but the water is nice, clear, and calm. The kiosks in front of the beach are a good time. They sell alcohol and  you can even get a coconut filled with alcohol mixed with coconut milk. You drink it through a hole in the coconut with a straw. You can also get a snack from the kiosk such as an empanada or papa relleno. At the very end, in kiosk #11,  there is a kiosk known to be a gathering place for gay PR women.&nbs...Read More

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Driving the Island

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The island is beautiful and has so much to offer. I truly believe you are missing out if you don't venture outside your resort or San Juan. Remember, every corner of Puerto Rico boasts different landscapes and natural wonders. In the southwest, don't forget to see Patillas and El Charco Azul (a cool blue pool locals love to swim in). In the southwest mountains, make sure to drive past El Canyon de San Cristobal, the equivalent of the Puerto Rican Grand Canyon. In the northeast drive to the ferry in Fajardo and take it to Culebra to see this island. It is known for some of the worlds best beaches. You can also visit Luqillo and its beaches and kiosks, or Old San Juan for dinner, drinks and nightli...Read More

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Adventures in Puerto Rico from Patillas to Rincon, Luqillo to Mayaguez. Driving allows one the freedom to roam, to see all that Puerto Rico has to offer, from its gorgeous beaches to its alluring mountains.

Fajardo Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Tour

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By far the best place I've been to kayak (and I've kayaked in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Florida etc.).The trip takes place in the dark of night, which makes it feel like a creepy adventure. Kayakers are divided up between those who speak Spanish and those who don’t, so an appropriate guide can be assigned. The kayaks are tandem, so two kayakers per boat, paddling at the same time. The guide will explain rowing, synchronizing, turning etc. You don’t have to have experience kayaking. The water, despite this being an ocean kayak trip, is extremely calm in the areas where you will kayak, making the rowing much easier than in moving water. Once everyone has donned a life jacket and ...Read More

Rincon

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Rincon is located on the ocean on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico and is known worldwide for its surfing and incredible waves during season. Although we were here in off-season, Rincon was still a worthwhile place to visit. It is quaint and bears the air of the bohemian, the hippy and the surfer. Visit the Rincon Rasta Shop for a small selection of paraphernalia and unique wooden jewelry, or go to the center of town for shopping. El Cielo BBQ across from the Rasta Shop is a great place to get a huge BBQ meal and drinks on the cheap. Go down to The Bubble to see great waves during season, or check out the Rincon lighthouse. Drive just 20 minutes away to go to the Mayaguez casino or travel north and ...Read More

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