Puerto Rico Spring 2016
Collected by Nelson Dow
Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián, PR, Puerto Rico
RITUAL. Every day, I fix myself a small pot of tea and indulge in a wonderful book. My ritual location is the strung up hammock across my Caribbean porch, or down in the sand by the little marine reserve that features a fantastic view of Desecheo...
PR-413 Rincon Puerto Rico 00677, Rincón 00602, Puerto Rico
I suppose it's the currents (or lack thereof) around Puerto Rico that create the perfect environment for beachcombing. Once it reaches the safety of the coast, it hugs the shoreline and never leaves. Every beach in Rincon beckons with its...
413 km, Carr Puerto Rico 2, Rincón 00602, Puerto Rico
I dive Tres Palmas pretty frequently, and I typically shore dive this site at the second reef. Most folks jump in the water and dive the area nearshore, but you're missing a lot of the bigger fish that await you just a short kick further. In about...
2207 Ave Pedro Albizu Campos Carr 115, Rincon, PR 00677
The team at Rincon Diving and Snorkeling are professional and experienced when it comes to leading and training scuba dives. They know the locations in Rincon and Aguadilla, and their staff is excellent and polite. They are open every day of the...
Parador Villa Antonio, Rincon, Rincón 00677, Puerto Rico
I am all about hunting lionfish. These guys are gorgeous but invasive to the Caribbean. They were released by aquariums in Florida back in the late 1980s. Now they've taken over the waters of every Caribbean island, and we are working as fast as...
Puerto Rico, Rincon, Rincón 00677, Puerto Rico
I love Barrero Beach for escaping the crowds at other local spots in Rincon. Barrero is flanked by a small, single-lane road that meanders the coastline for a perfect drive. Past Corcega Beach, it's your next right. On a clear day, you'll have a...
Rincon, 00602, Puerto Rico
Behind one of the most popular surf spots in Rincon is a breathtaking view of the northwest coast of PR. Domes Beach during fall/winter will be packed with surfers, but if you want to enjoy the location without being slapped by boards or crowds,...
Playa Sucia, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Five years ago, my friends and I found a secret beach near the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse. To this day, we've never seen anyone else there. Ignore the beach's misnomer—Bahia Sucia (dirty bay)—and plan on an 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. outing to this natural...
PR-116, Lajas, 00667, Puerto Rico
Down south in Puerto Rico is a totally different climate from that of the west coast. Instead of beaches, here is arid desert land (just over the hill behind the lush rice fields of this picture). Cacti dominate, the breeze is warm, and it rains...
Quebradillas, 00678, Puerto Rico
A slight turn off the main highway can have you overlooking the beautiful steep sided cliffs of Quebradillas and Isabella. On highway 2, once you first catch a close glimpse of the water directly off to your right, take your first right at the...
PR-115, Añasco, 00610, Puerto Rico
Kaplash is located on the curve of Road 115 as you head toward the town of Rincon. The little unassuming orange and blue building boasts a beautiful view of the ocean and—in the opinion of myself and others—the best empanadillas on the whole...
54 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
The walled city of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico is a beautifully restored example of a Spanish colonial city, with buildings dating back to the 16th century. Famous for its narrow cobblestone streets and colorful houses, this old town is full of...
299 Avenida José de Diego, San Juan, 00909, Puerto Rico
Arts in Puerto Rico range from lavish recitals to paintings of humble local scenes. The Luis A. Ferré Fine Arts Center in San Juan puts on various performances, including theater, concerts, ballet, and opera. The center itself is a work of art,...
PR-165, Cataño, 00949, Puerto Rico
Traveling to Casa Bacardi was an adventure in itself, and if you're staying in San Juan a few days, it's worth the trip. It's a fun look at the company's history throughout the Caribbean and Miami. What you can expect, if you take the ferry: an...
151 Calle del Cristo, San Juan, 00902, Puerto Rico
Still a high school student at the time, I was thrilled when my cousins invited me to spend a night out on the town in San Juan. After a few rounds of tequila, an adventurous friend invested $75 in an oversized box of fireworks. We found a...
Calle de Tetuan, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
There must be a tale behind this spot nestled amongst the water way. Hundreds of amiable and docile birds gather for food, hand-fed, by travelers like you and I. You can purchase bags of peas and corn by locals selling bird feed on the corners....
202 Calle San José, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican plazas are laid-back gathering spaces where locals buy snacks, watch shows, play dominoes, and chat with friends. Take a seat on a bench to give your feet a break and soak up some of the everyday comings and goings. At the Plaza de...
Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
The most memorable part of Old San Juan is the character of its brightly colored buildings. While wishing I could somehow take a piece of them home with me, I stumbled upon Mi Pequeño San Juan. It's a small shop that sells hand-painted houses of...
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