Isla Verde

beach at Isla Verde

We weren’t sure what to expect from Isla Verde. It’s somewhere in between a natural beach with few if any services, and what we call an “organized beach,” with umbrellas and chairs to rent. There’s a mix of mega resorts and condos. Our small hotel was only a couple of blocks away.

Cabo Rojo

cliffs at Cabo Rojo

The cliffs and lighthouse at Cabo Rojo are beautiful and the salt flats interesting.

Guanica Dry Forest

trail at Guanica dry forest

We had to check out the dry forest at Guanica (Bosque Estatal de Guánica, also Bosque Seco) because it’s the best of its kind in the Caribbean.

El Yunque

tropical waterfall

El Yunque wasn’t our first rainforest and it isn’t our most impressive, but it IS quite pretty and a good example that’s fairly accessible.

Old San Juan Forts

fort overlooking water

Old San Juan has two extensive old forts. We enjoyed the history and the architecture. And the views were pretty good too. They’re part of the US National Park system.

Old San Juan

Old San Juan city walls

We spent a couple of languid days wandering Old San Juan. It’s an odd swirl of history, foreign culture and language, and US brands. We loved it.