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Hacienda Buena Vista

Hacienda Buena Vista (Rte. 123, Barrio Magüeyes Km 16.8, Ponce) — Built in 1833, this hacienda preserves an old way of life, with its whirring water wheels and artifacts of 19th-century farm production. Once it was one of the most successful plantations on Puerto Rico, producing coffee, corn, and citrus. It was a working coffee […]

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Casa Wiechers-Villaronga

Casa Wiechers-Villaronga (106 Calle Reina e/Calle Méndez Vigo, Ponce) – In a city filled with neoclassical confections, this is one of the most elaborate. Alfredo B. Wiechers, who returned to his native Ponce after studying architecture in Paris, designed the house. Though small in scale, it makes a big impression with details like huge arched […]

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PONCE

Located 75 miles (121km) southwest of San Juan, Ponce — “The Pearl of the South,” was named after Loíza Ponce de León, great-grandson of Juan Ponce de León. Founded in 1692, Ponce is today Puerto Rico’s principal shipping port in the Caribbean. The city is well kept and attractive, with an air of being stuck […]

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Playa Puerto Nuevo

Playa Puerto Nuevo — Located on the north coast, in Vega Baja, about 45 minutes west of San Juan, it is just beautiful. Sometimes called the Balneario of Vega Baja, or Balneario Puerto Nuevo, it is has something for everyone. The beach is golden sand and is protected from the violent northern swells by huge […]

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Luquillo Beach

San Cristobal Canyon – located between the towns of Aibonito and Barranquitas, this volcanic canyon is the Yosemite of Puerto Rico. It is a mystical place that is filled with towering granite walls, enormous waterfalls, secret swimming holes, rare plants, insects, and animals. If you are a scientist, photographer, hiker, naturalist, historian, geologist, or lover […]

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San Cristobal Canyon

San Cristobal Canyon – located between the towns of Aibonito and Barranquitas, this volcanic canyon is the Yosemite of Puerto Rico. It is a mystical place that is filled with towering granite walls, enormous waterfalls, secret swimming holes, rare plants, insects, and animals. If you are a scientist, photographer, hiker, naturalist, historian, geologist, or lover […]

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Guanica Biosphere Reserve

Guanica Biosphere Reserve — On Puerto Rico’s southwest coast (west of the regional town of Ponce) is the lush Guanica Biosphere Reserve (Guanica, P.R.) — 9,900 acres of seaside delights. You can focus on watery adventures with snorkeling gear or a kayak, or stay on land with a hike through subtropical forests. Keep your eyes […]

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Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo Observatory (PR-625, Arecibo)– If this space-age facility deep in the mountains of northwest Puerto Rico looks like something from a sci-fi movie, it is. Contact, with Jodie Foster was filmed here, along with the James Bond spy thriller GoldenEye. Located within the municipality of Arecibo (toward the northwest coast of the island), the radio […]

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Hacienda Campo Rico

Hacienda Campo Rico (Avenida Campo Rico, Carolina) — located at the end of Campo Rico Avenue East (a.k.a. Roberto Sanchez Vilella Avenue or Country Club), Hacienda Campo Rico offers visitors ATV (all-terrain vehicle) 4-track tours within its 2,200 acre ranch. Visitors are given a quick course on how to operate the machines and explained the […]

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Cambalache State Forest

Cambalache State Forest (Bosque Estatal de Cambalache) – located between the regional towns of Arecibo and Barceloneta, the Cambalache State Forest offers a lovely oasis for picnics and gatherings, and it has several miles of trails designed for enjoying nature via mountain bike or walking. This is one of the few places in Puerto Rico […]