Piňones and El Yunque National Forest


Category

Nature & Active

Destination

San Juan, Puerto Rico Ponce

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On the way to El Yunque National Forest, drive along the ocean and beaches on Route 187 where you will pass through Piňones. Here you will see small food stands selling fresh crabs, octopus and seafood and other fried foods. You can also have a batida or smoothie made of local fruits! I got mine, made of papaya and banana, at Rica’s. Delicious!!

El Yunque National Forest: You really should not miss this 28,000 acre subtropical rainforest. It has 150 native fern species, 240 tree species and many types of orchids and birds. You can see waterfalls, hike, swim and climb an observation tower to view the forest from above. There is an interesting visitor’s center at the beginning. It is part of the U.S. Forest Service.

Richie’s Cafe: Located in Rio Grande, near El Yunque, is a good restaurant located in a home in the hills overlooking the ocean. The views  from the open terrace are really great and the local specialties well worth the visit. I had a mofongo with mixed seafood and rice with shrimp and pineapple served in a pineapple.