Introducing Playa De Joyuda
Just north of Boquerón and south of Mayagüez, little Joyuda is a dining destination – famous for its string of seafood restaurants and known islandwide as the Milla de Oro del Buen Comer (Gourmet Golden Mile). It might be a bit generous to call these places ‘gourmet,’ but the seafood can be very fresh, and more than a dozen family-owned establishments line a 3-mile oceanfront stretch of Hwy 102, specializing in oysters, crab and shrimp. Often, you can get a seat right over the water and look down at startlingly large carp who loll up to lazily beg for table scraps.
While Joyuda isn’t a beach haven, there are plenty of accommodation options in this ramshackle west coast outpost, and with a couple of decent sailing and dive operators and a nearby nature reserve, there’s enough outdoor adventures to work up an appetite for an evening of shellfish. Just offshore, the tiny Isla de Ratones has a white sandy beach and is great for snorkeling.