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Guidebook for Vega Baja

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Guidebook for Vega Baja

Parks & Nature
These are some of the local beaches I recommend. If you google, beaches close to me, these beaches should populate. I also recommend Playa La Esperanza, but this webpage could not find it, however, google maps finds it easily. I highly recommend Playa La Esperanza as it is a secluded beach. The googlemap routing will lead you to a very narrow gravel/dirt road. Keep following the road until you get to an area where the road opens into a field. As you look to your right, away from the field, you will find smaller dirt paths/roads that you can drive into to find a parking spot. Do not be alarmed by the stray beach dogs who live on the beach.
Great family beach - snorkeling, unique lagoon ideal for young children, kayak rentals, food trucks, locals love this beach! One mile from the condo. Small charge for parking if you park in the lot.
Puerto Nuevo Beach
Great family beach - snorkeling, unique lagoon ideal for young children, kayak rentals, food trucks, locals love this beach! One mile from the condo. Small charge for parking if you park in the lot.
Breathtaking views of sea caves on the Atlantic. If you are in good condition, you might consider climbing into some of them. Cost to enter the area is $5 per person. Hike over the rock formations to a secluded beach on the other side.
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Cueva del Indio
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Breathtaking views of sea caves on the Atlantic. If you are in good condition, you might consider climbing into some of them. Cost to enter the area is $5 per person. Hike over the rock formations to a secluded beach on the other side.
Beautiful beach. Nice wave action. Must be careful of the surf condition. Only 6 minute (3 mile) drive from the condo. You may park at the shelter area, or continue a bit further down the road. Just pull off the road to park. Be careful not to go into sand as you could get stuck. Picturesque crystal clear water and light colored sand.
Playa Los Tubos
Beautiful beach. Nice wave action. Must be careful of the surf condition. Only 6 minute (3 mile) drive from the condo. You may park at the shelter area, or continue a bit further down the road. Just pull off the road to park. Be careful not to go into sand as you could get stuck. Picturesque crystal clear water and light colored sand.
Unique geology and rock formations.
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Playa Mar Chiquita
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Unique geology and rock formations.
Unique beach with hiking paths
Balneario Cerro Gordo
Unique beach with hiking paths
One of our amazing local beaches.
La Poza de las Mujeres
One of our amazing local beaches.
The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the national forest system. At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse of the national forests hosting hundreds of animal and plant species, some of which are found only here.
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El Yunque National Forest - El Portalito Visitor Center
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The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the national forest system. At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse of the national forests hosting hundreds of animal and plant species, some of which are found only here.
Take a ferry boat to Gilligans island. Pack your picnic lunch. Stay for the day. Enjoy clear Caribbean waters for snorkeling and lounging. Cayo Aurora, the cay’s formal name, is a mile off the coast of the of Guanica on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. Gilligan’s Island is part of the Biosphere Reserve of Guanica and managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DRNA). Few tourists and travelers get to enjoy this relaxing haven, it’s still one of the unbeaten paths of Puerto Rico. It is at least a 2 hour drive to get there.
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Gilligans Island
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Take a ferry boat to Gilligans island. Pack your picnic lunch. Stay for the day. Enjoy clear Caribbean waters for snorkeling and lounging. Cayo Aurora, the cay’s formal name, is a mile off the coast of the of Guanica on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. Gilligan’s Island is part of the Biosphere Reserve of Guanica and managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DRNA). Few tourists and travelers get to enjoy this relaxing haven, it’s still one of the unbeaten paths of Puerto Rico. It is at least a 2 hour drive to get there.
With the most incredible views of the mountains of Puerto Rico, Toroverde became the largest aerial adventure park in the world with The Longest zipline on earth certified by Guinness World Records. Offering adrenaline packed activities on a world class level for all the family to enjoy. It has been featured in numerous Travel and Adventure magazines and has won many awards for its tremendous inspirational attractions. Many celebrities from all over the world have visited and even movies have been filmed on location.
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Toro Verde Adventure Park
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With the most incredible views of the mountains of Puerto Rico, Toroverde became the largest aerial adventure park in the world with The Longest zipline on earth certified by Guinness World Records. Offering adrenaline packed activities on a world class level for all the family to enjoy. It has been featured in numerous Travel and Adventure magazines and has won many awards for its tremendous inspirational attractions. Many celebrities from all over the world have visited and even movies have been filmed on location.
Essentials
This grocery store is 5 minutes from the condo and has most groceries you will need.
Econo
This Walmart has anything you forgot from home!
Walmart Supercenter
This Walmart has anything you forgot from home!
Sightseeing
Go and tour the fort and El Moro in Old San Juan.
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Old San Juan
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Go and tour the fort and El Moro in Old San Juan.
Visitors can learn more about the radio telescope and atmospheric science at the Observatory’s Ángel Ramos Foundation Visitor Center, open Wednesday to Sunday. Admission costs are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Don’t miss the amazing view from the Observation Deck.
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Arecibo
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Visitors can learn more about the radio telescope and atmospheric science at the Observatory’s Ángel Ramos Foundation Visitor Center, open Wednesday to Sunday. Admission costs are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Don’t miss the amazing view from the Observation Deck.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro, (El Morro) sits atop a high promontory overlooking the entrance to the San Juan Bay. It is the result of the efforts of Spanish engineers over a period of more than 250 years and is one of the largest fortifications built by the Spain in the Caribbean. Although its foundation was laid in 1539, the six-level fortification was not considered complete until 1787. During World War II, the U.S. government added an artillery fire control station. El Morro suffered several attacks from the English in 1595 and 1598 and the Dutch in 1625. In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, United States Navy ships fired upon the fortification, destroying the lighthouse, which was
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El Morro
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Castillo San Felipe del Morro, (El Morro) sits atop a high promontory overlooking the entrance to the San Juan Bay. It is the result of the efforts of Spanish engineers over a period of more than 250 years and is one of the largest fortifications built by the Spain in the Caribbean. Although its foundation was laid in 1539, the six-level fortification was not considered complete until 1787. During World War II, the U.S. government added an artillery fire control station. El Morro suffered several attacks from the English in 1595 and 1598 and the Dutch in 1625. In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, United States Navy ships fired upon the fortification, destroying the lighthouse, which was
Shopping
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Plaza Las Américas
525 Av. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Los Outlets De Barceloneta
Econo
Restaurants we have enjoyed
Delicious food, not far from our condo. The atmosphere is nothing to brag about, but the food is FANTASTIC! Family owned and run restaurant. (Owner is the host, daughter is a waitress and son is one of the cooks!) The owner visited with us, and told us, "If it is not on the menu, but we have the ingredients, we will make it for you." Outstanding food.
Salt And Pepper
Delicious food, not far from our condo. The atmosphere is nothing to brag about, but the food is FANTASTIC! Family owned and run restaurant. (Owner is the host, daughter is a waitress and son is one of the cooks!) The owner visited with us, and told us, "If it is not on the menu, but we have the ingredients, we will make it for you." Outstanding food.
Super fresh fish right on the ocean. A bit more expensive, but worth the scenic drive and the price. The name means, "Ocean spray". Dress for the ocean breeze outside. Open only Saturday and Sunday. Please call ahead to make sure it is open. Sometimes it is ONLY open on Sundays.
Salpicón
Super fresh fish right on the ocean. A bit more expensive, but worth the scenic drive and the price. The name means, "Ocean spray". Dress for the ocean breeze outside. Open only Saturday and Sunday. Please call ahead to make sure it is open. Sometimes it is ONLY open on Sundays.
Excellent Pizza and appetizers.
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Pirilo Pizza Rústica
800 PR-693
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Excellent Pizza and appetizers.
Fantastic, reasonably priced, fresh Mexican food. Super nice staff. Indoor or outdoor seating.
Poco Loco
Fantastic, reasonably priced, fresh Mexican food. Super nice staff. Indoor or outdoor seating.
Take a lovely drive - a winding road to the mountains tops of Puerto Rico. You will find a combination of reasonably priced Puerto Rican and German food with an AMAZING VIEW! We like to sit on the top level of the restaurant. Go early so you can enjoy the view before sunset. It takes about 40 minutes to get to the restaurant from the condo.
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Casa Bavaria
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Take a lovely drive - a winding road to the mountains tops of Puerto Rico. You will find a combination of reasonably priced Puerto Rican and German food with an AMAZING VIEW! We like to sit on the top level of the restaurant. Go early so you can enjoy the view before sunset. It takes about 40 minutes to get to the restaurant from the condo.
Food scene
It is a local hang out. It is owned by a resident of Chalets de la Playa. This is one example of the very common small community restaurants in Puerto Rico. Go there to have a cold beverage and to try some Puerto Rican empanadillas. Don't be surprised to find stay dogs mingling outside looking for handouts :)
El Nuevo Auténtico
It is a local hang out. It is owned by a resident of Chalets de la Playa. This is one example of the very common small community restaurants in Puerto Rico. Go there to have a cold beverage and to try some Puerto Rican empanadillas. Don't be surprised to find stay dogs mingling outside looking for handouts :)
Nearby hikes/ walks
Hikes or walks close to the condo
The purpose of sharing "Havana Beach Club" is so I could show you the beach route that I walk daily while at the condo. Exit condo security and turn left. Hug the coastline road, pass the beach and keep hugging the coastline road. The road will dead end at the Havana Beach Club. Do not be alarmed by the stray dogs and horses. They have never paid attention to me. The route out and back is a total of 5 miles. You will see what we call "The Puerto Rican Safari" Stray dogs and horses. Many locals walk this route in the early morning.
Havana Beach Club
The purpose of sharing "Havana Beach Club" is so I could show you the beach route that I walk daily while at the condo. Exit condo security and turn left. Hug the coastline road, pass the beach and keep hugging the coastline road. The road will dead end at the Havana Beach Club. Do not be alarmed by the stray dogs and horses. They have never paid attention to me. The route out and back is a total of 5 miles. You will see what we call "The Puerto Rican Safari" Stray dogs and horses. Many locals walk this route in the early morning.
Easy, accessible hike about 8 minutes (4.4 miles) from the condo. I recommend this any time of day. Park in the lot and proceed to your left. Go up the gravel road/path and go right at the top of the hill. Keep following the path around to an incredible scenic overlook. The photo in the kitchen was taken by me from this overlook. The path continues to a remote, secluded stunning beach. The whole walk takes a leisurely hour. Enjoy!
Los Tubos MTB Trail
Easy, accessible hike about 8 minutes (4.4 miles) from the condo. I recommend this any time of day. Park in the lot and proceed to your left. Go up the gravel road/path and go right at the top of the hill. Keep following the path around to an incredible scenic overlook. The photo in the kitchen was taken by me from this overlook. The path continues to a remote, secluded stunning beach. The whole walk takes a leisurely hour. Enjoy!
12 miles of hiking and mountain biking paths. Google "Acceso Area Recreativa Tortuguero", park and head towards the shelter. You will find the trailhead close to the shelter. This is dense jungle, with very nice walking/biking paths. I recommend walking during the week as on the week ends, there are many bikers.
Acceso Area Recreativa Tortuguero
12 miles of hiking and mountain biking paths. Google "Acceso Area Recreativa Tortuguero", park and head towards the shelter. You will find the trailhead close to the shelter. This is dense jungle, with very nice walking/biking paths. I recommend walking during the week as on the week ends, there are many bikers.