Places of Interest
Top 4 Architectural Sights
- Murallas del Viejo, San Juan
- Castillo San Cristóbal, San Juan
- Palacete Los Moreau, Moca
- Convento de Porta Coeli, San Germán
The Murallas del Viejo are the city walls that surround the Old city of San Juan. Much of the architecture in this area dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries, the fortified walls have many interesting historical features and you can stroll around them on the El Paseo del Morro recreational trail. The Castillo San Cristóbal, or Fort Cristóbal, is one of the most impressive buildings in the old city. The building dates back to the 1700s and is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. The Palacete Los Moreau is a house museum in Moca made famous by the author Enrique Laguerre in the novel La Llamarada. The novel is about the depression era sugar and coffee industry and features the house prominently. The Convento de Porta Coeli is a simple but beautiful church in San Germán. It is one of the oldest churches in the western hemisphere, with the construction dating back to 1609.
Top 4 Natural Sights
- Cavernas del Río Camuy
- Bosque de Toro Negro
- Reserva Natural Caja de Muertos
- Bosque Nacional El Yunque
The Cavernas del Río Camuy are a huge cave system carved out of the limestone rocks by the third largest underground river in the world. The Clara Cave is the main attraction, you can take guided tours into the huge main chamber and see the thousands of bats that live there. The Bosque de Toro Negro is a walkers dream, the cloud forest has great trails, waterfalls, natural swimming pools and camping and picnic areas. The Reserva Natural Caja de Muertos is an uninhabited island because of its native turtles that are endangered. You can still reach the island by ferry, hike and enjoy the some of its incredible beaches. The Bosque Nacional El Yunque is a spectacular national park, formerly known as the Caribbean Forest Park. Because of the areas huge rainfall it has taken on a jungle like appearance and is home to amazing flora and fauna.