Take note New York! Modern America started here.
Culebra & Vieques
Ponce & South Coast
Measuring 21 miles long by 5 miles wide, Vieques is substantially bigger than Culebra and distinctly different in ambience.
El Yunque & East Coast
An elusive lizard (not seen since 1974) hides in a unique mountain ‘boulder’ forest, a couple of abandoned US tanks lie rusting on a paradisial beach, a sign on a shop door in the ‘capital’ Dewey reads ‘Open some days, closed others.
Ponce native son and author Abelardo Díaz Alfaro famously called Ponce a baluarte irreductible de puertorriqueñidad – a bastion of the irreducible essence of Puerto Rico.
You’ll know you’ve arrived in Rincón – ‘the corner’ – when you pass the group of sun-grizzled gringos cruising west in their rusty 1972 Volkswagen Beetle with surfboards piled on the roof.
Fajardo & Around
For the uninitiated observer, Fajardo is no oil painting.
West of Ponce
Like many of Puerto Rico’s midsized cities, it takes some digging to discover the charm of Mayagüez.
East of Ponce
Luquillo & Around
In many ways Luquillo is a typical Puerto Rican town; a physically beautiful coastal strip of magnificent beaches backed by a dull, uninspiring mishmash of condo towers, strip malls and unsightly urban sprawl.