Top ChoiceChurch in San Germán

Iglesia de Porta Coeli

This small, squat building might not look like much from the outside, but it is actually one of the oldest surviving ecclesial buildings in the Americas. Originally constructed between 1606 and 1607 on the orders...

Top ChoiceBeach in Refugio Nacional Cabo Rojo

Playa Santa

From the same parking space as that of Los Morrillos Lighthouse, or from another further on down the track bending left from the lighthouse-approach track, you can follow the trails out to an immaculate crescent...

Top ChoiceGallery in Mayagüez

Museo de Arte MUSA

This brilliant, bold art space is the best museum west of Ponce. Opened in 2016, it focuses on work by Puerto Rican and Latin American artists from the 20th century onward, including greats such as Lorenzo Homar...

Church in San Germán

Catedral de San Germán de Auxerre

San Germán’s cathedral, at the top (west) end of town is named for the town’s patron saint and is noticeably grander than the diminutive Iglesia de Porta Coeli – its ecclesiastical counterpart at the opposite end...

Notable Building in San Germán

Viejo Alcaldía

The old city hall, which acts as a dividing line between the city’s two central squares, is a classic example of a 19th-century colonial municipal building, with its stately facade and cool inner courtyard. The...

Beach in El Combate

Playa Combate

This is the long golden strip of sand heading south from Annie's Place at the point where Hwy 3301 hits the sea. Walk a short distance along and you'll invariably have a patch of beach to yourself. Behind the...

Nature Reserve in Boquerón

Refugio de Boquerón

The Refugio de Boquerón is the western outpost of the Bosque Estatal de Boquerón, a 400-acre patch of mangrove wetlands that mostly spreads south of Boquerón town and immediately east of the Balneario Boquerón....

Nature Reserve in Refugio Nacional Cabo Rojo

Corozo Salt Flats

Vast salt flats surround the rocky, dramatic narrow peninsula that heralds the approach to the southwestern tip of Puerto Rico. These are truly captivating, although not without a whiff of desolation. As you head...

Beach in Boquerón

Balneario Boquerón

Balneario Boquerón

Fanning out immediately south of Boquerón town, the Balneario Boquerón arguably ranks among the best public beach facilities in Puerto Rico. The mile-long arc of sand gets incredibly busy on high-season weekends,...

Nature Reserve in Playa de Joyuda

Reserva Natural Laguna de Joyuda

The heart of Playa de Joyuda's 300-acre Reserva Natural Laguna de Joyuda is a sizeable saltwater lagoon with a depth that rarely exceeds 4ft. The sanctuary is of great importance to waterfowl and other migratory...

Lighthouse in Refugio Nacional Cabo Rojo

Los Morrillos Lighthouse

From this smartly remodeled lighthouse at the bone-rattling end of Hwy 301, there's not much further you can go: you're as south as it gets in Puerto Rico. The lighthouse stands sentinel on the headland of Punta...

Agricultural Center in Mayagüez

Estación Experimental Agrícola Federal

Wandering through this, the tropical agricultural research station of the US Department of Agriculture, is a bit like wandering through a geeky botanical garden, what with the neatly labeled plantations of yams,...

Theater in Mayagüez

Teatro Yagüez

This elegant edifice, originally dating from 1909 and rebuilt following a fire in the 1920s, was the brainchild of Francisco Maymón Palmer, who had established himself as one of the Caribbean's early pioneers of...

Park in Mayagüez

Parque de los Próceres

Mayagüez can boast not just one but two of Puerto Rico's most alluring urban parks, and this serene green space, a few blocks northeast of Plaza Colón, is replete with walkways, pools and gazebos. The Río Yagüez...

Lighthouse in Rincón

Punta Higüero Lighthouse

Nicknamed El Faro, the Punta Higüero Lighthouse dates from 1892 and rises almost 100ft. It was restored in 1922 after being severely damaged by a tsunami set off by the devastating 1918 earthquake. The...

Museum in San Germán

Casa de Lola Rodríguez de Tió

Built in 1843 in a neoclassical Creole style and said to be an excellent example of local 19th-century domestic architecture, this house is reputedly San Germán's most continuously occupied residence. Its most...

Church in Mayagüez

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

Consecrated in 1760, Mayagüez’ original Catholic church was replaced by the current model in 1836. The cathedral suffered many blows over the subsequent 80 years, culminating in the 1918 earthquake. Despite...

Museum in Cabo Rojo

Museo de los Próceres

A grand, crisply renovated, colonnaded facade announces this engaging, well-curated museum. Its seven exhibition halls are dedicated to local heroes such as Ramón Emeterio Betances – the father of Puerto Rico's...