Here is the interesting thing about Puerto Rico. Being a small island, the weather reports are pretty similar for everywhere. A lot of “sunny with a chance of rain.” On our last day, when it started raining on our resort, we were determined to see if we could escape it.
Our server from the previous night had told us not to miss a scenic drive along the Coastal Highway 901 (PR-901), which is on the southeast side of the island. After I looked at a radar reading for the area, we decided it would be the perfect way to go. I did some quick googling, and not much information was available for this drive; it was certainly going to be more of an uncharted adventure for us.
So, if you go to Puerto Rico, definitely include this loop in your plans. It is gorgeous, but definitely more rural. Technically, the highway is considered “temporary,” so be sure to check road conditions before you go.
The drive along PR-901 included fruit stands, rural neighborhoods, gorgeous vistas, interesting beaches, the Punta Tuna Lighthouse in Maunabo, and a wonderful restaurant perched on a cliff – also recommended by a local friend originally from Puerto Rico. (Always listen to locals even when they have moved away!) I wish I could tell you exactly where the restaurant was, but it has no website and is listed incorrectly everywhere you look on the web. But it is called El Nuevo Horizonte, and you will see it if you drive the way I described above. On the left. Off a cliff. With umbrellas and chairs perched to overlook the ocean. Delicious.
The real bonus of that area was the beach down below, which felt oh-so-remote. We just played there for hours. As evidenced by Bryan. And his bone.
The other thing I loved was meeting this fisherman, who only spoke Spanish, but still showed Declan how to fling his net. Total magic.
I can’t believe I have to stop writing about this very special vacation. Thank goodness the photos bring me back there in an instant.
Puerto Rico, we *will* be back!
This trip was partially sponsored by the Rio Mar Wyndham Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
We thank them for their hospitality!