East Region Information
The Eastern Region of Puerto Rico offers the ultimate Caribbean experience; lush tropical rainforest, palm shaded beaches, coral reefs, small islands and cays surrounded by crystal clear waters, championship golf, exquisite resorts, ocean sailing and fishing, great food, and the list goes on and on. The largest city in the region is Humacao home to Palmas del Mar, a wonderful golf, beach, marina and resort community.The Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar offers great accommodations if you plan to stay in the area.
Heading east from Isla Verde on Route 187, you first enter the area of Piñones, six miles of beach mangrove forest and coconut palms. The area has bike rentals and trails, ocean boardwalk and two popular surfing beaches, Aviones and Chatarra. Besides the beaches, the most popular activity for visitors to Piñones is eating, several restaurants and open-air kiosks serving local fried delicacies such as 'alcapurrias' and 'bacalaitos' line the winding road. Piñones can get very crowded on the weekends with locals and tourist alike coming to enjoy the sun, ocean breezes and food. On weekend nights the area comes alive with couples dancing to the rhythms of Salsa music.
Continuing along Route 187, crossing the 'Río Grande de Loiza' you enter the town of Loiza. Loiza is known as 'La Capital de la Tradición' - 'The Capital of Traditions' - for its 'bomba' music, traditional Taíno and African dishes, artistic creations and distinct Afro-Caribbean culture. Further down the road in Río Grande, is the Berwind Country Club a golf course open to the public. Just beyond Berwind on the left is the entrance to the award-winning St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort and it's Robert Trent Jr. designed Bahía Beach Golf Club.
Taking Route 3 east out of the San Juan Metro area instead of 187, you will reach Hipódromo Camarero, the only thoroughbred racetrack in Puerto Rico. For those with shopping on their minds the Route 66 Outlet Mall is the largest shopping mall in the area. Both the racetrack and outlet mall are located in the town of Canóvanas. Next is the town of Río Grande, home to El Yunque National Rainforest, 28,000 acres of lush tropical forest, hiking trails, waterfalls and spectacular mountain vistas. Río Grande is a golf lovers paradise with its championship golf courses like Trump International and many renowned beach resorts.
The town of Luquillo is known for its beautiful Blue Flag designated beach and the popular kiosks located on Route 3 fronting the beach. The kiosks all serve Creole delicacies and fresh seafood; a great place to mingle with locals while enjoying tasty food and cold beverages.
Fajardo bordering Luquillo to the east, has become the boating capital of Puerto Rico, home to Puerto del Rey one of the best marinas in the region and 7 Seas Beach which is a great place for picnics and camping. The world-class El Conquistador resort offers a myriad of activities such as golf, a water park and Palomino, it's own private island. Farjardo is also the gateway to the islands of Vieques and Culebra.
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