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Guide to Puerto Rico Beyond San Juan

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Photo: Bobby Fisher

A hundred miles from San Juan and the resorts of the island’s northeast, excitement takes a different form. Life moves more slowly and the rhythms of Puerto Rico’s traditions lie closer to the surface. Instead of discos and casinos, there are waves and whales, coffee plantations and timeworn mansions, seaside cafés and midnight swims. Read the article

Destinations: Puerto Rico · Rincon · Vieques · Ponce

Inspired by: Puerto Rico, Beyond San Juan — by Jeff Wise, Published Dec. 2007

Hotels (4)

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    Hacienda Gripiñas

    Hidden at the end of a bumpy side road off Puerto Rico’s scenic Ruta Panorámica, the tin-roofed Hacienda Gripiñas, built in 1858 as the homestead o

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    Mary Lee's by the Sea

    Located in Guánica on the southwest end of the island, about two hours from San Juan, Mary Lee’s by the Sea is a hotel is comprised of 10 individua

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    Hotel Melia

    Ponce’s Hotel Meliá has been owned and operated by the Meliá family for more than a century. The neoclassical hotel was founded by Bartolo Meliá, a

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    Horned Dorset Primavera

    This intimate, 33-suite resort, spread over seven beachfront acres on Puerto Rico's western coast, could just as easily exist on the southern coast

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Restaurants (3)

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    Shipwreck Bar & Grille

    Rincón’s pirate-themed Shipwreck Bar & Grill is known for its large portions and relaxed atmosphere. The no-frills restaurant has al fresco dining

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    Mark’s at the Meliá

    Chef-owner Mark French cooks steakhouse favorites alongside traditional Puerto Rican dishes.

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    Calypso Café

Activities (5)

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    Surf Lessons Puerto Rico

    Surf Lessons Puerto Rico was founded in Rincon, one of the foremost surfing destinations in Puerto Rico. The company has a staff of instructors wit

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    Ponce History Museum

    Housed inside two of the city’s historic homes, the Salazar and Zapater houses, as well as an adjacent lot, Ponce History Museum has exhibits on Pu

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    Acampa Nature Adventures

    Acampa, a store specializing in outdoor gear, also offers guided nature adventures. The company has classic adventures, designed for groups of 6-12

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    Rincón Surf and Board

    Surfing is the main pastime in this resort town—which is also the premier Caribbean destination on the international surf circuit. If you're alread

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    Bioluminescent Bay Tour

    Mosquito Bay, close to Esperanza, is one of the world's brightest bioluminescent bays, and when you dive into the warm water after dark, your body

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Similar Trips (3)

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    Vieques

    The U.S. Navy has gone, and tourist crowds haven't yet discovered this rustic, relaxed island off Puerto Rico…to savor the tranquil fishing- village vibe, better visit now.

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    Bermuda, Negril, Vieques, Willemstad, Westpunt

    Powdery beaches, a harbor surrounded by candy-colored 18th-century buildings, and cultural vestiges from three centuries of Dutch rule make Curaçao a vibrant budget vacation spot.

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    San Juan, Vieques, Alligator Pond, Treasure Beach

    Whether you're staying in an expensive luxury resort or a smaller scale, more affordable hotel, these hotels offer more than enough in terms of amenities, experiences and comfort, with a much lower

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