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The island offers a wealth of historic and cultural events, attractions and all kinds of things to do in between. Sailing, scuba diving, golf, finding the best shopping hotspots in Puero Rico and more half-day getaways than you can shake your touristic stick at, we're here to cover all of it.
We list personal, hands-on reviews of all the best places in Puerto Rico, everything from the common to the off-the-beaten-path attractions. We tell you how to get there, what not to miss, and help you plan your day, days or weeks, prioritized by your schedule and our experience.
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Movie Nights in Puerto Rico - What with all the hype about a recent blockbuster movie I won't name, thought I'd remind people of a couple things.
Saunter Ponies-Up Fun, Regardless of Naysaying - Think back, if you're able, to a time when you were outweighed by a load of groceries. Sure, it was a simpler time, a time when even the littlest things made you happy. I know this because I am myself so unafflicted by the confines of gravity, and the things of greatest minutia indeed delight me in spades. In this case, specifically, it's a pony.
Cockfighting is Still Legal in Puerto Rico - Cockfighting, surprisingly, is still legal in Puerto Rico, even though it's illegal in the United States (including Louisiana as of late). Interestingly enough, it's legal in Guam as well--maybe it's a U.S. territory thing?
Roadside Zoo Offers… Wait, Roadside? - As you drive the Puerto Rican countryside, it's not uncommon to see a truck parked off the highway with a huge "Exotic Birds" sign, but the offering is almost zoo-like in variety. They boast chickens, ducks, rabbits, kittens, puppies, pigeons, ponies, land crabs of assorted colors, and even the big draw, exotic birds… but it's on the side of the road, so um, what gives?
Gúanica Dry Forest Has Something for Everybody, Except Humans - Deep in the heart of the bowels of the east, southeastern portion of Puerto Rico lies an unusual place. Not just unusual on the island, but across the world. Puerto Rico is home to one of the exceptionally few "dry forests" and it's a site to behold, assuming you have the hydration to behold it… which statistically, you don't.
Puerto Rican Baseball Winter Leagues "Almost Better than the Real Thing" - Baseball's winter leagues have long been a point of heated debate for Americentric fans as well as players. Some players participate for pride-in-heritage, while others do it to stay sharp over the off-season. Whatever the reason, the fans are ultimately the winner, because the four Caribbean leagues are an amazing place for them to sharpen their game, perfect difficult shifts in techniques, and all while putting on an amazing show for the small crowds on hand.
Despite Appearance, Tribal Native Denies 'Ninja' Status - It was the strangest thing. We were having a runaway, rampant day out, doing our darnedest to span the landscape of the Puerto Rican interestosphere, regardless of the locals' patent refusals to engage us in our media-istic capacities. It was a trouble we'd faced everywhere, but a resistance I hadn't expected to face was that upon meeting a poorly-wigged tribal re-enactor, who obviously looked like a ninja, that he'd say he wasn't a ninja.
Ruined Lighthouse Stands as a Beacon for Shipwrecks - When traveling through the southern parts of Puerto Rico, you should take Highway-2 out a little bit further to the town of Gúanica, where you'll be delighted by the dullness of the dry forest, the remote disappointment of Fort Caprón and, time permitting, the ruins of the lighthouse on Highway 333, which stands today as a beacon for centuries of ruined ships run regrettably aground.
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse Coolest Thing on Puerto Rico's Southwest Corner - Of all the things to do on the Southwest corner of the conspicuously small spit of land that is invariably Puerto Rico, one of the -- if not the -- greatest things to do is check out the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse. Now, I'll admit I've spoken highly in the past on the virtues of the tourist center and the saltiest flatlander areas, but the lighthouse at the tip of it really takes what little cake there is to be had.
Arecibo Lighthouse Museum Is Freaking Awesome - Puerto Rico doesn't have a lot for kids to do. I'm not being mean I'm being honest and, with as long as I lived there this past summer, I'm sure I'm qualified to say it. One thing it does have a mere hour outside of San Juan is the Arecibo Lighthouse Museum. It's not really a museum but it's well run, exceptionally maintained and all kinds of fun like we could hardly believe.
Baby Pony Silent, Technically a Little Horse - We had our third shot at giving our local Puerto Rican hotspot a chance the other day and it went pretty well. We once again enjoyed fine food and a good half-hour on the playground, but this time we upped the auntie's ante and partook of the diminutive equine staff on hand and enjoyed ourselves a rousing round of pony rides to boot, despite our wearing sandals.
Michel Thomas Spanish Lessons Effective, Hysterical - I know I'm being a bit juvenile here, but we got four different language courses for our big trip to Puerto Rico, and they're all very different. Some are lousy on a good day, others pretty good (but much too long) and one is really, really great, but it's still comical to me. What can I say, Spanish is a funny language.
Fort Caprón Perfect for Everything Except a Visit - We've traveled far, wide, deep and always shallow, so when we were looking for fun things to do in the humble, seaside town of Gúanica, Puerto Rico, we dug in our research heels as best we were able to find things worth writing up. As it turns out, Fort Caprón should be omitted from this list in every case.
Best, Cheapest Luggage, and How Not to Lose it at Baggage Claim - Luggage generally costs somewhere between a lot and way too much, but there are less expensive options if you're not elitist about it. You need fair quality, want decent looks and from there you want to be able to recognize it when it rolls off the carousel. This covers all those bases.
Every Puerto Rican Town Shares the Same Unique Charm - When you get to the heart of a small, old town, like Lajas, Yauco, Gúanica or Sabana Grande, you find a unique, antique charm. The sort of thing you've read about but can't quite express until you're there. You should plan to visit a few such towns on your trip, but there's no reason to go crazy with it, because the charm they have, they all have in common.
Puerto Rico Children's Museum No Place for Kids - We took a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico last week and we saw a bunch of newsworthy things that really rocked the boat of our ability to take the cake. We'll cover all of them in uncomfortable detail in coming weeks, but first I have to point out the horrible travesty on child-named attractions that is the Puerto Rico Children's Museum. All I can say is that it's no place for kids.
Review of Fort Caprón, Gúanica, Puerto Rico - In the area to the south of Puerto Rico, halfway between Ponce and Cabo Rojo, you'll find the town of Gúanica, which has little in terms of tourist offerings in a traditional sense. You've still got all the local culture and Caribbean sites to help you unwind and enjoy, but aside from that, it's not really geared for tourists, per se. That doesn't mean there's nothing to see, and Fort Caprón is one such exception.
Gúanica Lighthouse Review - Another testament to how painfully little there is to do in Gúanica aside from relax and drink ice cold cerveza with the locals, is the Gúanica lighthouse around km-marker 4 on Highway 333 south from Highway 116. It's interesting enough for a six-minute visit, but once you've seen it, you've seen it, and you're done.
Puerto Rican Restaurant Boasts Playground, Pony Rides - Just off Highway-2 in the south of Puerto Rico (about twenty minutes west of Ponce) is the sort of restaurant you read about. I know I read about it on roadside signs in a good 30-mile radius, so when I had the chance to dine at Gaby's World, I jumped all over it and was rewarded in ways no restaurant has ever even tried.
Arecibo Radio Dish Must Get Like a Billion Channels - When traveling through the parts of Puerto Rico that are not the capital city of San Juan there are many "must see" attractions, but there are only two that really take whatever cake it is that people love so much. One is the caves at Camuy, but the one that's just about as popular is the radio observatory at Arecibo. I've seen satellite dishes before, but this one must get, like, a billion channels.
Superb Lookout for/from Cabo Rojo Lookout Fort - If you're driving south from Cabo Rojo to the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, also known as Cabo Rojo, which is a bit odd, be on the lookout for the tree fort to end all tree forts. I'm just sure that you, as you read this, are surely on the verge of driving this route, so I'm glad I can offer this great advice at such a timely juncture in your life. Hey man, it's what I do.
Arecibo Lighthouse Pirate Cave Worth the Trip Itself - Every once and so often there comes around a noun that leaves such an impression on me that it deserves a double-review. Last year, Remlinger Farms got that much and more. The Boudin Bakery in San Francisco got two. For our stay in Puerto Rico not much was deserving of two reviews except for Fun Valley Park and the amazing Pirate Cave at the Arecibo Lighthouse, which is just that good and it gets a second review too.
When in Puerto Rico, Check out the Camuy Caves - Assuming you are in, or shortly going to be in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and you have enough time to pop out of town for a jiffy and check out whatever sights there may be to see, a not-to-be-missed attraction is the Camuy Caves. They're rich in bio-diversity (despite the tourists), fun enough for all to enjoy (despite the hike) and well worth your time (assuming you can get in on your first or last try).
Parque de Bombas, Ponce, Puerto Rico Doesn't Suck, Kind of Funish - If you're ever in Ponce, Puerto Rico and you hit the old downtown area, you'll find it almost impossible to miss the Parque de Bombas, which is the age-old firehouse which has been converted to a free museum run by the city. It's an odd spectacle, but at the all-time low price of "free" it's worth almost every penny for the journey.
Fun Valley Park Celebrates 6th Anniversary - It's been a tough go for the good folks at Fun Valley Park in Puerto Rico, and they've weathered the economic and political storms quite well. Most of their local competitors have fallen since they've been around, but smart business, and fun business too, has made them a veritable staple of the Puerto Rican landscape of entertainment, despite a most unfortunate beginning.
Zoo the Only Place Not Run by Monkeys - I've traveled far and wide; I've seen zoos in four different countries and I've loved them all. Nothing surprises me at the zoo any more, but plenty of things delight me. What does surprise me is how poorly visitors are treated in Puerto Rico pretty much everywhere except for at the zoo. Leads me to believe the zoo is the only place in Puerto Rico not run by monkeys.
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