Sunday, December 7, 2014

Puerto Rico Vacation Rental Destinations


Best beachfront vacation rentals in Puerto Rico - you and your family deserve it - vacation getaway - clean, safe, secure, and comfortable accommodations - quiet during the week - lively during the weekends when locals take to the beach bars and restaurants within walking distance - north side of the island, quick access to anywhere on the island - visit our website for more information - call us for the best rate.

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Old San Juan
If you are looking to go on a spectacular vacation that will leave you with amazing memories, then Puerto Rico. Beachfront and incredibly beautiful, at Villas De Costa Mar, you will be able to live out your perfect vacation getaway desires, no matter what they may be.  Family friendly and also great for couples and singles alike, Villas De Costa Mar are amazing vacation rentals that are right in the middle of all the action, and in the most ideal location in all of picturesque Puerto Rico! Villas De Costa Mar is located within walking distance of all the best beach bars and delicious restaurants. Full of excitement and fun as well as some much-needed rest and relaxation, Villas De Costa Mar wonderfully merges all that you could possibly need in a wonderful vacation in one astonishing destination, and that is both affordable and extremely budget-friendly.
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The reality is that Puerto Rico is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in all of the world. Puerto Rico is a great place to take the entire family, even the children. And, there is no better beachfront vacation rentals in all of Puerto Rico than Villas De Costa Mar. Clean, safe, and secure, no matter what, you will always feel great when you come to Villas De Costa Mar. Known for their extremely comfortable accommodations as well as perfect location on the north side of the island, when you stay at Villas De Costa Mar, you will have quick access to anywhere on the island. For more information on all that Villas De Costa Mar has to offer, visit today!
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Vacation Rentals Dorado, Puerto Rico


Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Arecibo -

Code of Arms
Arecibo (Spanish pronunciation: [aɾeˈsiβo]) is a municipality on the northern coast of Puerto Rico, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, located north of Utuado and Ciales; east of Hatillo; and west of Barceloneta and Florida. It is about 50 miles (80 km) west of San Juan, the capital city. Arecibo is the largest municipality in Puerto Rico by area, and is part of the San Juan, Caguas and Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is spread over 18 wards and Arecibo Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). Its population in 2010 was 96,440.
Arecibo is also known as La Villa del Capitán Correa (Captain Correa's Villa) after the Puerto Rican hero Captain Antonio de los Reyes Correa of the Spanish Army, who drove off a British Navy invasion by ambushing forces led by rear-admiral William Whetstone. Arecibo is also known as El Diamante Del Norte (The Diamond of the North) and La Ribera del Arecibo (The shore of Arecibo).
The Arecibo Observatory, known for housing the world's largest radio telescope, is located here. Arecibo is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arecibo.
History
When the Spanish arrived, they found the area occupied by the indigenous Taíno, led by Xamaica Arasibo, Cacique (chief) of the yucayeque (town) then named Abacoa.
Spanish colonists settled Arecibo in 1556, which they named for the cacique. It was their third settlement on the island, after Caparra (which later became San Juan), and San German. It is named after the cacique. Arecibo was officially founded as a city by the Spanish crown on May 1, 1616, under the governorship of Captain Felipe de Beaumont y Navarra, when the King of Spain granted the land (and the Taino living there) to Lope Conchillos.[citation needed] This gave the city its nickname "La Villa del Capitan Correa".

For some time the island was competed for by other European powers. On August 5, 1702, Captain Antonio de los Reyes Correa, a member of the Spanish Army, successfully defended Arecibo from a British Navy invasion led by rear-admiral William Whetstone. Commanding two British Navy ships and 40 men, Whetstone tried to take control of the city. Correa ambushed his forces, killing 22 British seamen and driving them off. The Spanish defenders suffered only one death and three wounded soldiers.

In 1778, Arecibo, by royal decree, was awarded the "Villa" status, though it was not integrated as such until 1802. In 1850 it was awarded the "Muy Leal" (very loyal). Over time, large part of its territory became separate municipalities. These include Manati, Barceloneta, Florida, Utuado, Jayuya, Hatillo, Camuy, Quebradillas and Isabela. In 1982, it was promoted to city status, though it continued to be affectionately by its previous nickname.
Geography
Arecibo is located in the Northern Coastal Plain region of Puerto Rico, extending inland into the Karst region. It lies south of the Atlantic Ocean; north of Utuado; east of Hatillo; and west of Barceloneta and Florida. The city occupies an area of 127 square miles (330 km2), of which, 45.23 sq mi (117.1 km2), is water.

The Rio Grande de Arecibo is the main river in the municipality, running through the middle of it. South of the municipality, in the karst region, it forms the Dos Bocas Lake, a primary source of water for Northern Puerto Rico. Several rivers feed the Rio Grande, including the Tanama River. East of the river, lies Caño Tiburones, an important marshland area that provides habitat for many kinds of birds and wildlife.

Arecibo has two forest reserves. Cambalache State Forest is located along the Barceloneta city limits, while Rio Abajo State Forest is located between Arecibo and Utuado. Caves include Cueva Ventana, which overlooks a valley formed by the Rio Grande de Arecibo, and La Cueva del Indio (Cave of the Indian), where paintings made by prehistoric indigenous peoples have been seen

Tourism
Landmarks and places of interest
 
  • Cathedral of Saint Philip the Apostle - Arecibo is one of the oldest colonial towns in Puerto Rico (1616). Among its historic buildings is the Cathedral of Saint Phillip Apostle, built beginning in the late 18th century. The first church, built in the middle of the 17th century, was destroyed by an earthquake in 1787. Construction of its replacement began soon after, although it was not completed until 1846. Four days after its dedication, an earthquake seriously damaged it. Repairs were not completed until 1882. The 1918 earthquake damaged the vault so badly that it was replaced by a flat concrete roof; a vaulted ceiling of composition board was placed inside. The cathedral of Arecibo is Puerto Rico's second-largest church after the Cathedral of San Juan. The plan is rectangular with three naves; the side naves are cut short to allow large flanking chapels, which occupy almost half the length of the church. The apse is semicircular, and has an unusual half-dome covering it. The facade is a triangular composition of three stages. The top stage, a short central tower, is a later addition, according to local architects and historians. Neoclassic ornamentation is used in an academic fashion on the lowest stage, but the other two show a less traditional use of bands and pilasters. The Renaissance-style windows are uncommon in Puerto Rican churches, but the central tower over the entrance is a common motif used throughout the island.
  • City Hall -
     
    The City Hall, built in 1866, served as jail to revolutionaries of El Grito de Lares in 1868. In the 1918 earthquake, the frontal section of the building was destroyed. When repairs were made, a tower and clock were added to the building. In 1978, the building was restored to its original form. The City Hall of Arecibo is typical of these regional seats of government. It is relatively modest in size, of stuccoed masonry, with an academically correct composition, having a pedimented center pavilion which projects slightly. The lower story is rusticated, with arched openings; the three doorways in the center giving the effect of a loggia. The upper windows all have segmental pediments and balconies; the central trio share one long balcony. Architectural detailing is modest, but the building is graceful and charming.
  • Punta Los Morrillos Lighthouse - In 1898 the Spaniards built the Arecibo Lighthouse. It was automated in 1964 and is still in use. A small park, Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park, has been established around it.
  • Arecibo Observatory - The Arecibo Observatory is the largest single-unit radio telescope ever constructed and one of the world's most powerful radar-radio telescopes. The observatory's purpose is to support scientific studies. It has attracted several Hollywood directors who have filmed there; most recently GoldenEye and Contact. The radio telescope was used in 1974 to send the Arecibo message to space.
  • Cambalache Forest Reserve - Forest between Arecibo and Barceloneta.
  • Casa Ulanga - Originally a residence built by Spanish immigrant Francisco Ulanga, it has served multiple uses. It was later used as a bank, store, city hall of Arecibo, hospital, jail, tribunal, and is now operated as the Arecibo Cultural Center.
  • Cueva del Indio - Archeological site where Taíno drawings can be found.
  • Dos Bocas Lake - Reservoir located between the municipalities of Arecibo and Utuado.
  • Paseo Victor Rojas (Victor Rojas Walk) - Also known as Paseo de Damas or simply El Fuerte, it was built in 1881 where Fort San Miguel's ruins once were.
  • Manuel "Petaca" Iguina Coliseum - Home of the Arecibo Captains basketball team.
  • Beaches - Nearby beaches include Los Morillos, Los Negritos, Poza del Obispo, and Las Tunas.
  • Museum of Art and History of Arecibo - Shows art from local artists and shows the city's history.
Also nearby (18°29′N 66°26′W) is a facility for launching sounding rockets. Since 1966 many rockets of the Nike Apache, Nicke Javellin, Nicke Iroquois, Nike Tomahawk, Black Brant, Taurus Orion, and Terrier Orion types have been launched from this facility.

Culture
Festivals and events
  • Bicycle Competitions - January
  • Arecibo Carnival - February
  • Festival de paracaidismo de Puerto Rico[7] (Freefall festival of Puerto Rico) - February
  • Patron Festivities San Felipe Apóstol - May
  • Playero Festival - July
  • Folklore Festival - July
  • Craftsman Fair - September
  • Ceti Festival - November
  • Puerto Rico's Flag Centennial - December
  • Yesenia Montero's Horse festival - December
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Aguadilla - El Nuevo Jardín del Atlántico

Aguadilla (Spanish pronunciation: [aɣwaˈðiʝa]), founded in 1775 by Luis de Córdova, is a city and municipality located in the northwestern tip of Puerto Rico bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, north of Aguada, and Moca and west of Isabela. Aguadilla is spread over 15 wards and Aguadilla Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is a principal city of the Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Aguadilla has been the recipient of the "Best Quality of Life Award", given by the National Mayor Association, in 2002 and 2004.
Nickname(s): "El Nuevo Jardín del Atlántico"( the New Garden of the Atlantic), "La Villa del Ojo de Agua", "El Pueblo de los Tiburones" (The Village of Sharks).
Anthem: "Playita Aguadillana"

Alcardia
According to sources, a Taíno settlement called Amamón was located close to the Culebrinas River.
The present territory of Aguadilla was originally part of the territory of Aguada. In 1775, the foundation of Aguadilla by Don Luis de Córdova was approved.[3] But it wasn't until 1780 that the territory was properly segregated, making the founding of the town official. Originally, Aguadilla was constituted by the Victoria and Higüey wards.[4] This region was already inhabited and known as Aguadilla before 1770. In 1776, Fray Íñigo Abbad y Lasierra in his description of the towns of the island, mentioned it as the "new Town of San Carlos of the Aguadilla." Nevertheless, according to Dr. Agustín Stahl in his Foundation of Aguadilla, it was not until 1780 that the town was officially founded. The construction of a new church and the proceedings to become an independent village began in the 1775.
The population in the Village of Aguadilla continued to increase constantly mainly due to its excellent port and strategic location in the route of the boats. In 1776, when Santo Domingo became independent for the first time, the loyals to Spain emigrated to Puerto Rico, mainly to Aguadilla, which caused the population to continue increasing significantly. In 1831, according to Don Pedro Tomás de Córdova, the party of Aguadilla belonged to Aguada. At this time, the territorial organization of Aguadilla was as follows: Pueblo Norte (North Town), Pueblo Sur (South Town), Ceiba Alta, Ceiba Baja, Montaña, Malezas, Aguacate, Dos Palmas, Camaseyes, Plainela, Borinquen, Arenales, Higüey, Corrales, Victoria, and Mangual.
Tourism
Aguadilla is part of the Porta del Sol touristic region in Puerto Rico. The Porta del Sol website highlights Aguadilla's beaches for surfing.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, Aguadilla has the most beaches in the island, with nineteen. Some of the beaches are considered among the best for surfing, like Surfer's Beach, Gas Chambers, Crash Boat, Wilderness, among others. Because of this, Aguadilla has served as host to surfing competitions, like the ISA World Championship in 1988.

Points of Interest
Aguadilla is best known to visitors for its beaches. Aguadilla's most popular surfing beaches include Crash Boat, famous for it's crystal clear waters, Gas Chambers, and Wilderness.

Among Aguadilla's main attractions you will find the popular Parque Acuático Las Cascadas, a modern aquatic theme park, the biggest in the Caribbean and the Merendero, with a beautiful view of the town's bay and the nearby Desecheo islet. Located on Highway #2 in front of the city stadium. Adults $15.95, children $13.95; (787) 819-1030.

The town center is known as Plaza de Recreo, located in front of the old catholic church and the Alcaldía  (Major's House).

Ice Skating Arena
Another of Aguadilla's attractions is the Ojo de Agua (water eye), this is an underground fresh water source that anciently was used by the Aguadilla Harbor in times of Spanish Occupation. As you stroll through the plaza you will find the monument to the memory of composer Rafael Hernandez, considered one of the most important figures in 20th-century popular Puerto Rican music.

The city is also home of the Aguadilla Ice Skating Arena, the only ice skating facility in the Caribbean region. Located in Plaza Plácido Acevedo, Carr. 442 km. 4.2. Open daily. Admissions $10-13; 787-819-5555.

Events and festivals
Aguadilla is the site of several yearly celebrations and festivals. The most notable are:
  • Velorio de Reyes - Celebrated mostly in January, they are a religious ceremony held as gratitude to the Three Kings for some answered prayer. They usually consist of hymns, prayers, and other religious expressions.[17]
  • Kite Festival - Held in April, it includes kiosks, music, and kite flying.[18]
  • Fiestas San Antonio - April[citation needed]
  • Verbena de Corrales - May[citation needed]
  • Beach Festival - June[19]
  • Festival del Atún - Celebrated in July, it is a festival dedicated to the fishing of the tuna.
  • Festival de la Música - July
  • Fiestas Patronales San Carlos - October
Rafael Hernandez
Rafael Hernández Airport (IATA: BQN, ICAO: TJBQ, FAA LID: BQN) is a joint civil-military airport located in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. It is named after the Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández Marín and is the second international airport in Puerto Rico in the region of Porta del Sol, Puerto Rico's west coast. It is also home to Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen.
Rafael Hernandez Airport mainly serves Puerto Rican westerners living in the Eastern Region of the United States. The airport previously served as a focus city for PAWA Dominicana.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Puerto Rico's Pork Highway in Guavate


If you love pork than we have the right place for you to visit. If you want to experience the true culture and the gastronomy of Puerto Rico than we have a trip you would love. It’s a day to get away from the hotels and casinos and really explore Puerto Rico’s cultural food wonders. Every year thousands of Puerto Ricans and tourist visit the pork highway in the hills of Guavate a sector of the town of Cayey, located on highway 184. This is called the pork highway because it is lined with lechoneras and restaurants. If you are going from San Juan to Caguas on Highway # 52, you should use exit 32 (is labeled Guavate or these are the GPS coordinates 18.1511, -66.1029).

You will get the chance to enjoy traditional dishes like: roast pork, BBQ ribs, rice and beans, “pasteles” (smash green banana filled with meat), pavochón (pork and turkey), Puerto Rican sweets and “piña colada”. Best to make this a weekend trip as most of the lechoneras are open only on weekends and some have live music.

•Lechonera El Mojito (787-738-8888) - Bruny's Restaurant (787-738-4915)
• Lechonera El Rey (787-535-4200) - La Placita (787-738-8600)
•Cultura Bar Artesanal (787-439-0618) - Los Balcones (787-263-4141)
•El Antojito Restaurant (787-263-0069) - Mi Terraza
•Casa Tropical Restaurante (787-263-2660) - El Rinconcito Sabroso (787-204-7113)
•Lechonera Los Gemelos (787-512-5322) - EL Nuevo Rancho (787-286-0265) **Open 7 days**
•Lechonera Los Pinos (787-286-1917) **Open 7 days** - Lechonera La Reliquia
•Rest & Grill Don Felo (787-744-3921)
•El Rancho Original (787) 747-7296

The only issue will be deciding where to eat at!  So get up early, have a light breakfast and head to the hills of Guavate , the minute you get off the exit the aromas will make you think you were in pork heaven. Plenty to do with live music, dancing, Puerto Rican crafts and traditional games. It may well be the highlight of your trip to Puerto Rico if you are a connoisseur of great cultural foods.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Rio Grande -

 Río Grande is known as "La Ciudad del Yunque" (Yunque city). (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈri.o ˈɣɾande]). Río Grande was founded in July 25, 1840.

The town was named after the great river that bathe its lands, Río Grande. Río Grande is located in the Northern Coastal Valley, only 30 minutes from San Juan. North of Las Piedras, Naguabo and Ceiba; east of Loíza and Canóvanas and west of Luquillo. Río Grande is spread over eight wards and Río Grande Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area. Coordinates: 18°22′49″N 65°49′53″W


Río Grande was founded in July 1840, by Desiderio and Quilimaco Escobar, with the approbation of governor Miguel López. It was named after the Río Grande and is located where the Río Grande and the Río Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit) join. Nickname(s): La Ciudad del Yunque
Anthem: "Entre las ondas que juguetean" (Between waves frolicking).
 
 

Landmarks and places of interest

Coco Beach
El Yunque
Indio Cave
Las Picúas Beach

Río Grande is home to one of the largest secluded areas with beach access (Coco Beach) on the entire island. Major hotels in the area include Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Resort and Gran Melia Puerto Rico Resort. Every March, the Trump International Golf Club plays host to the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.
Within a ten-minute drive is El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest within the United States National Forest System and a finalist in the New 7 Wonders of Nature receiving thousands of votes from around the globe.
Festivals and Events
      Fiestas de Cruz – May
      Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Sra. del Carmen - July Every year, Rio Grande celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 887-2370

Top-rated Rio Grande Attractions
Rain Forest Zip Line Park

Gran Melia Golf Resort Puerto Rico

Westin Rio Mar Golf Club
Golf Courses
Trump International Golf Club

 
 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Taxi prices to Airports Vs Rental Cars…

Puerto Rico Tourist TaxiTaxi Fares Vs. Car Rentals
A question came up the other day; a couple wanted to know what the taxi fare would be from Dorado’s Embassy Suites to and from the SJU airport in Isla Verde? They were staying a few nights before getting on a cruise. This question keeps coming up when we speak to our inquiring guest for accommodations also. Please use Taxi stands at airports and hotels for upfront fair to your destinations. Ask for taxi and they will provide you with a form with destination price.


Rental Car companiesThe price is about $60 plus gas surcharge and $1.00 per bag. Our suggestion is “it’s cheaper to rent a car”; which will offers you the connivance to *move around and not be stuck in the hotel for the length of your stay. You are also on your own time schedule and not waiting around for a taxi to arrive wondering if you are going to be on time. Most rental cars are cheaper than a taxi especially the further you are from the airports. The taxi’s round trip fair will be $120 plus; so a rental car may be cheaper. A taxi to Rincon from SJU airport which is further out will cost about $200. Read our “Travel Money Savings Tips” to save on car rentals and airfare.

The further you are from the airport the more expensive your transportation will be if you are using taxis. A great reason to stay in Dorado where you are centrally located to everywhere in the island and only 30/35 minutes from the SJU airport.

Taking a cruise and arriving a few days early? *There are plenty of one day trips you can do to see and enjoy Puerto Rico in just a few days. A rental car is the best quickest and best way to see Puerto Rico in just a few days. Visit our Puerto Rico  page for more info. to help you plan... Puerto Rico Attractions

The only place you can get away with just taking taxis is in Old San Juan where you can walk to most places and taxis are not too expensive for the further away attractions within Old San Juan. But you will of cause not get to visit the far away attractions and those will require a car so then staying in San Juan is  not the best as a lot of places do not have parking.

Our accommodations offer you off-street parking with every rental; you get an assigned parking spot in a gated safe complex which is Villas de Costa Mar.

We have other transportation information on our website’s Puerto Rico page’s transportation section; follow URL… Villas de Costa Mar's Puerto Rico Page

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vacation Rental's; The Why Question?


Vacation Rentals Old San JuanMany articles have been written about “why a vacation rental?” question. Times have changed and will continue to do so; families still do need to get away to have fun, energize, rest, relax, explore and share adventures together. If you are not taking a vacation and getting away you are really not living and enjoying your life together!
Back to the why question; price is part of the answer. To most price is one of the major factors when planning a vacation. Plane tickets, car rentals, gas, food, some of these can and need to be estimated.
You know your plane fair but the hotel bill always comes at the end and can and will always be a bit more. With a vacation rental this is usually paid in advance to your trip so you have more of an idea as what you can spend once the plane and accommodations are off the list of questionable expenses.

So you have the largest two vacation expenses paid in advance unless you credit card them. Now if you decided on a vacation rental; food and the car rental are the next two bills so let’s tackle them.
The rental car (Read our article) is almost always on a credit card; hopefully an American express to take advantage of the coverage for the car. With the American express you just need to have the funds available when the bill comes and you usually know what it cost upfront. OK that is taken care or will be when you return.

Food; is the next one and we all know we will spend a lot more than we budgeted especially one we decide what we want to eat each day. In a vacation rental you have all the comforts of home, frig, stove, microwave, toaster, oven, pots, pans, diner ware so why not just make a shopping list for breakfast and dinner; you will have lunch on the go. Now you can narrow the food expense down to the shopping list and budget for lunch. The bonus to this is to also have snacks taken care of in the list so don’t forget snacks; hopefully something healthy. Lunch time can be your second time the family gets together to talk and discuss the events of the morning; first was breakfast to plan your day. It’s all about being together as a family or friends talking, planning sharing, enjoying each other’s company in person and not just texting.
Dinner will come at the vacation rental your choice a quick dinner or big feast either way it’s time to talk about the day’s adventure and plan for tomorrow… After dinner you will have the room in a vacation rental to pick a space and have some time for yourself. It’s great if you have a master bedroom suite for mom and dad to have some along time also; a big plus!

So how about a tropical vacation let’s say in Puerto Rico? How about Dorado, Puerto Rico close to the beach and easy access to the rest of the island? You probable guessed the next suggestion by now… Villas de Costa Mar! Yes follow our URL and learn what we have to offer you to get away and enjoy a week or two in our little piece of paradise; your family and you deserve it! Visit our site for information on other ways you can save and places to see and things to do in Puerto Rico…
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Puerto Rico Destinations - Rincón

Rincon

Rincón is a municipality of Puerto Rico founded in 1771 by Don Luis de Añasco (Founder of Añasco in 1733). It is located in the Western Coastal Valley, west of Añasco and Aguada. Rincón is spread over 9 wards and Rincón Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián Metropolitan Statistical Area. The word "Rincón" means corner. Rincón is on the northwestern part of Puerto Rico.
It is home to many of the surfing beaches in Puerto Rico, including Domes, Marias, Tres Palmas, Sandy Beach, Pools Beach, and Rincon Town Beach Plaza. It is also home to Caribbean beaches including Córcega Beach. The half-dozen reef-lined Atlantic beaches have become a winter mecca for skilled surfers since the World Surfing Championship was held here nearly twenty years ago. Endangered humpback whales visit in the winter.

Rincon is known for water sports and deep sea fishing, but there are so many other activities to fill out your vacation. You'll find sunset cruises, parasailing, and horseback riding , along with whale watching and healthy living activities among many other fun day trips and tours in and around Rincon and Western Puerto Rico.

Geography

 Land Area:  36 sq km (13.8 sq mi) The town of Rincón is located in the Western Coastal Valley, west of Añasco and Aguada. To the north, nestles between "La Cadena" Mountains and a series of beaches facing the Atlantic to the north and the Caribbean to the south.

Attractions

  • Domes Beach
  • María's Beach
  • Steps Beach
  • Macor by the Sea
  • Sailing
  • Balneario de Rincón
  • Punta Higüeras Light was built by the Spaniards in the early 1890s and rebuilt after an earthquake in 1921. This working lighthouse uses an unmanned 26,000-candlepower rotating beacon.
  • Rincón Pottery: Working studio and gallery in Cruces, Rincón. Offers "Hands on Clay" workshops.
  • Bonus Nuclear Plant
  • Tres Palmas Coral Reef Reserve
  • Surf Town
  • The Spanish Wall
  • Rincon Skate Park (indoor SK8 street course)
  • Festivals and Events
  • Whale Festival - Oct
  • Rincón International Film Festival 2011: April 12–16
  • Coconut Festival (Festival del Coco) - May
  • Feast of the Patron Saint (Fiestas Patronales), Santa Rosa de Lima - August
  • Triatlon and Triatlon Caribbean Cup
  • Numerous Surfing Championships
  • Local Band (Reggae and Latin Rock)
  • Every year, Rincón celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 823-2575

Surfing


Rincon is well known as a place to surf. What put Rincón on the map was the 1968 World Surfing Championship, held at Domes and Maria's Beaches. The winter surf along Rincón's coast is some of the best in the region. Generally regarded as one of the best surf spots across the globe, Rincón draws surfers from around the world. Rincón is the center of the island surf scene. Dubbed the "Caribbean's Hawaii," winter waves here can approach 25–30 feet (6.7m) in height, sometimes equaling the force of the surf on Oahu's north shore. Famed surfing beaches in town include Little Malibu, Tres Palmas, Maria's, Indicators, Domes, Pools, Sandy Beach and Antonio's. The best time to surf is from November through March, but summer storms can also kick up the surf during the late summer.

 Best West "Sunset" Points

Puerto Rico's west shore "sunset points"; Barrero Beach, Corcega Beach, Steps Beach, Maria’s Beach and The Rincon Lighthouse for great sunset viewings.
GPS coordinates for the above sunst spots...
Corcega Beach: (18.329653, -67.251611)
Maria's Beach: (18.357553, -67.269241)
Steps Beach: (18.349821, -67.264647)
Rincon Lighthouse / El Faro de Punta Higuero: (18.362007, -67.270585)
 
 
 


Beaches GPS Coordinates along Rincón's costline
Tourism Association of Rincon for more! - Rincon - rincon.org -
 
 
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Puerto Rico Destinations - Fajardo

Fajardo

Fajardo is known as "La Metrópolis del Sol Naciente" (the city that guards the sun of the Caribbean). Fajardo was founded in 1772. It was originally named Santiago de Fajardo. It was one of the locations used by the Americans to invade Puerto Rico. On August 1, 1898 the USS Puritan under the command of Captain Frederic W. Rodgers, was sailing by the coastline of the city of Fajardo, when Rogers noticed the "Faro de Las Cabezas de San Juan" (Cape San Juan lighthouse) which was supposed to be the landing site for the US Army in Puerto Rico. Rodgers ordered some of his men ashore, which included Puerto Rican volunteers, with the mission of posting the American Flag atop the lighthouse.

Geography

Fajardo is a small city and municipality in Puerto Rico located in the east region of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Ceiba and east of Luquillo.  Area: 60.41 sq miles (156.4 km²), Population: 36,499 (2011).
Isleta Marina pictured here

Attractions
One of the main attractions is the Bio-Luminescent Bay. A 1.5 hour tour, you will kayak in through a Mangrove forest at night to the bay, where luminescent plankton glow bright blue every time the water is disturbed. Most tours cost $45, and combo packages with tours of El Yunque Rainforest are available and quite a good full-day trip.

Other attractions/locations are listed below...
  • Faro de Fajardo, Route 987, 860-2560. Featuring a nature center and working 19th century lighthouse. Watch your step in the neighborhoods around the ferry terminal, there is an iguana infestation and many dead three foot long lizards litter the streets. The locals just step over them as if it's no big deal.
  • Icaco, Palomino and other offshore islands of Puerto Rico.
  • El Yunque Rain Forest. El Yunque Caribbean National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest System. El Yunque occupies 28,000 acres and it is more than 3,500 feet above sea level. The annual rainfall is extremely heavy. It receives more than 100 billion gallons per year.
  • Puerto del Rey Marina is a marina located in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. With a capacity of 1,100 boats, it is one of the largest marinas in the Caribbean.
  • Laguna Grande - One of the few Bioluminescent bays in the world.
  • U.S. Customs House - Constructed in 1930 still in use by the U.S. Customs & Border protection.
  • Santiago Apostol Cathedral
  • El Conquistador Resort - One of Puerto Rico's most luxurious resorts, complete with its own private, 3 ft 10 in (1,168 mm) narrow gauge funicular railway connecting its main hotel building with its marina.
  • Seven Seas Beach - One of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Classified Blue Flag for its sanitary health guarantees.
  • Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve - Home to mangroves and to the lighthouse.
  • Fajardo Port - Used by locals and tourists to visit the island municipalities of Vieques and Culebras.
  • Town Square - One of the most charming, antique styled, town squares of Puerto Rico. It has free wireless internet.
  • Old Fajardo Sugar Cane Refinery
  • Isleta Marina
  • Natural Reserve Las Croabas
  • Las Croabas Recreational Park
  • Hipolito Robles Sports Complex

Beaches


Fajardo's beaches are bounded by calm, clear water ideal for snorkeling. Seven Seas Beach offers plentiful water sports facilities, offshore points for sailing, snorkeling and plenty of scuba diving.
Seven Seas Beach, with crystal blue waters and a beautiful sand beach located at Las Cabezas de San Juan, 5 minutes from the town of Fajardo and in the Las Croabas sector. The clear shallow water is teeming with vibrant tropical fish and coral reefs and is protected by offshore reefs. The region is part of the National Parks system and is considered a "World Blue Flag Beach". In order to obtain the Blue Flag distinction, a beach has to comply with a set of very strict standards in terms of water quality, safety and services, environmental education and information. Blue Flag Beaches are continually monitored for water and land environmental safety.

Playa Escondida and Playa Colora are two of the most secluded beaches you can find. This means that it is a romantic spot, it's certainly a great place for snorkelling and just to relax. Playa Escondida means "hidden" and Playa Colora "hot beach" in Spanish. In order for it to be hidden, and virtually unused, it is in an out-of-the way place — you have to walk about 15 to 20 minutes through a mangrove forest to get there. But the prize at the end is worth it — finding a pretty, secluded strip of beach like this one is always a pleasure. Also the Governor's summerhouse is at Playa Escondida. Playa Escondida is very safe for snorkelling, swimming and/or just to contemplate the beautiful views in very calm non-wave waters.

Map of Fajardo

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Puerto Rico Destinations - San Juan


1      San Juan




Code of Arms, San Juan PRSan Juan is one of Puerto Rico's most important seaports, and is the island's manufacturing, financial, cultural, and tourism center. The population of the Metropolitan Statistical Area, including San Juan and the municipalities of Bayamón, Guaynabo, Cataño, Canóvanas, Caguas, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Carolina and Trujillo Alto, is about 2 million inhabitants; thus, about half the population of Puerto Rico now lives and works in this area. San Juan is also a principal city of the San Juan-Caguas-Fajardo Combined Statistical Area. The city has been the host of events within the sports community, including the 1979 Pan American Games, 1966 Central American and Caribbean Games, events of the 2006, 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics, the Caribbean Series and the Special Olympics and MLB San Juan Series in 2010.
 
Geography

San Juan is located along the north-eastern coast of Puerto Rico. It lies south of the Atlantic Ocean; the city occupies an area of 76.93 square miles (199.2 km2), of which, 29.11 square miles (75.4 km2) (37.83%) is water. San Juan's main water bodies are San Juan Bay and two natural lagoons, the Condado and San José


You cannot cover San Juan without including Old San Juan (Spanish: Viejo San Juan or San Juan Antiguo) is the oldest settlement within Puerto Rico and is the historic colonial section of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1972 as "Zona Histórica de San Juan" (San Juan Historic Site), and declared a National Historic Landmark District in March 2013. Some of Old San Juan streets are still paved with blue cobblestones from the Spanish colonial era.
 

Attractions

Castillo San Felipe del MorrowThe main attraction in Puerto Rico’s San Juan is Old San Juan and its many attractions starting with the paved blue cobblestones streets from the Spanish colonial era. Old San Juan’s main attraction is Castillo San Felipe del Morro. San Juan National Historic Site includes Castillo San Cristóbal, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Fortín San Juan de la Cruz known locally as El Cañuelo, and three fourths of the city walls. Other places to visit are listed below with a link to walking map and more on listed attractions…


Follow this link to more on the above attractions and walking tours map of Old San Juan. Old San Juan Map!
  •  Paseo de la Princesa
  • Puerta de San Juan
  • Plazuela de la Rogativa
  • La Fortaleza
  • Capilla del Cristo
  • Catedral de San Juan Baurista
  • Meseo Pablo Casals
  • Iglesia de San José
  • Casa Blanca
  • Castillo San Cristóbal
  • Plaza de Colon

Beaches in San Juan

BEACHES IN SAN JUAN
Name
Location
Coast
Isla Verde, Eastern part of San Juan
East
Condado District, Central San Juan
North East
1.8 mi. East of Old San Juan
South East
Isla Verde, Central San Juan
East
Ocean Park, Central San Juan
North East
Condado District, Central San Juan
North East

 Transportation in Puerto Rico
Follow the below URL link for information and links to more information on the following methods of transportation in Puerto Rico…
  • Taxi
  • Walking
  • Bus
  • Minibus (Publicos)
  • Rental Cars
  • Metro (Tren Urbano
  • Ferry
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