Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Alley in the old city of San Juan.

San Juan is an ancient city not to be missed.  Historic buildings have been preserved in their former colorful glory. Practice your Spanish and dive into this treasure.


The old towns of Puerto Rico are a joy to wander through while sampling sizzling BBQ from roadside vendors.  On weekends, many village streets shut down to allow for foot traffic.  People gather to dance in the streets and visit with friends and neighbors. 

We particularly enjoyed Bocqueron’s long beach.  Seafood is famous here. People came in from far and wide to sample grilled oysters and spicy tacos.  The bustling anchorage brings cruisers together, both transiting southeast and northwest. Don’t miss this trendy hotspot of fun!


Culebra is a small, sparsely populated island and surrounding group of cays off the east coast of Puerto Rico. In the northwest, Flamenco Beach is a long crescent of white sand and turquoise water backed by tree-covered hills. Nearby Tamarindo Beach offers clear waters full of fish, sea turtles and rays. In the southwest, Punta Melones beach is known as a viewpoint for dramatic sunsets.

The Culebra anchorage is nicely protected and offers clean swimming in the outer bay.  Mind the depths on the approach.  The inner anchorage is rather shallow but offers good holding in areas.  

Good hikes into the countryside and if you’re brave enough to witness cock-fighting, hitchhike to the town arena on weekends. 

El-Yunque-Rainforest -Puert

We rented a car to drive into the El Yunque National Forest, located in northeastern Puerto Rico. From El Portal Visitor Center, a walkway winds through the surrounding treetops. Trails run to La Mina waterfall and Mount Britton, then up to the high-altitude dwarf forest. 

In the south are ancient petroglyphs, made by the area’s indigenous Taíno people. The forest comes alive with the nightly calls of coquí tree frogs.

And yes, we got lost a few times as roadsigns are few and far between!  When it rained, the hilly streets turned into raging waterfalls.


Green parrot of the rainforest.


Iguana on the south coast.