Puerto Rico Road Trip | Traveling Robert

Puerto Rico Road Trip | Traveling Robert

In the spring of 2012 we visited the island
of Puerto Rico but at the time I never really got around to editing that video, but now
I did, so… Here’s our recollection of that trip, enjoy.
Hello and greetings from Puerto Rico. We’re staying right here at the Miramar Hotel and
now we’re going to take a road trip around the Island.
We are staying at the Miramar Hotel located in the historic Miramar neighborhood. The
rooftop deck offers a great view looking towards the west, the Saint Augustine Church, the
San Juan Marina; it is such a beautiful day. Then we have this building here which is actually
obstructing our view of the Caribe Hilton Hotel. The Condado Lagoon to the north and
the Condado neighborhood to the northeast. Let’s explore the island, shall we? Welcome to Puerto Rico. We take the Jose De
Diego Expressway towards the west of the island. We stop by the coastal town of Arecibo, and
it feels like a ghost town today. It is early and yesterday was Easter, so people are probably
sleeping late. The main attraction lies about 20 Km inland, so we take this winding road
though the mountains towards the Arecibo Observatory. And we have arrived.
There’s a short walk from the parking lot into the place. They have all these signs
forbidding cell phone use. I guess they have some pretty sensitive equipment in there.
The Arecibo Observatory was built in 1963, and it is the largest radio telescope in the
world, measuring about 1000 feet in diameter, and we’ll get to see it soon enough after
this small exhibit we have to visit. Yes, it is a meteorite from Mars. How the heck
do they know? Here’s a model of the telescope, and finally here’s the real thing! The giant dish has been part of the plot of
many films and TV series, most notably the movie Contact, The X Files, and one of the
bond films. TALKING OK. Fascinating! And the nature around us is quite beautiful. Well
worth a quick visit, but right now, it is time to go. We are on our way to our next
destination and Google Maps has taken us through all these narrow and bumpy country roads.
Makes me wish I had rented an SUV and not a crappy Hyundai.
They get better after a while and eventually we arrive at the Camuy River Caverns.
There’s quite a long line, over an hour wait actually, but at some point it is finally
our time to go in and we get on this tram that will take us into the Empalme sinkhole
which is where the main entrance is. Let’s just say that it was worth the wait,
and here we are just scratching the surface of this place. This is just part of a great
network of caverns carved by the third largest underground river in the world, the Camuy
River. And this is the entrance to the Clara Cave.
The Clara Cave is a huge chamber, wait ’till you see inside but first lets take a look
outside, look how beautiful this is with all the mist and all that. The chamber is 700
feet long and 215 feet high. We are dwarfed by the magnificent size of
this cave and its many interesting rock formations, and stalactites, and stalagmites. After a pretty long walk we reach the other
entrance to the cave. We find out part of the tour is closed because of safety issues.
Somehow that seems to happen too often in these types of attractions. Here’s looking
back inside. At least we get to see the muddy Camuy River
at the bottom of the cave. We go back to the main entrance through the
other side of the chamber. And it is time to go again.
We continue driving towards the northwest and end up at the town of Quebradillas. We
are looking for something to eat and luckily we found this great place. Like they say, full stomach, happy heart.
We just ate some fabulous seafood at this place called arrecife. And the views of the Caribbean are fabulous! We continue towards the town of Isabela, driving
along this hilltop residential neighborhood. Apparently this town is called Comunidad Coto
Isabela, so the actual town of Isabela must be near by, and sure enough, here it is.
This lower area of the city is called Villa Pesquera, or Fisherman’s Village. It’s very
nice, quite modern. We are now down by the beach area, and we see the beautiful colors
of the Caribbean Sea, and the waves breaking. The locals chilling by the water, and at the
bar. If we hadn’t had lunch already, we would have definitely stopped here for some alcapurrias.
Hmm, yum. Look at those waves!
We drive further west by the Borinquen golf club near Aguadilla, and we descend towards
the ocean through this road. This is Punta Borinquen, the site of the ruins of an old
lighthouse, which we’ll visit some other time, not today. We are very near the westernmost
tip of the island. I’m fascinated by the waves here in Puerto Rico, and I’m sure you’ve noticed
by now. Let’s keep going.
A few miles further south we find Crash Boat beach, full of locals enjoying the warm waters
of the late afternoon. We pass by the town of Aguadilla and roam
some of its streets trying to capture snapshots of daily life.
A little further south we get to Aguada, which is a little further inland.
And we continue in the southern direction into the town of Rincon, its motto: “the own
of the beautiful sunsets”. They are having some kind of religious procession celebrating
Easter. We also stop by this place called Maria’s
beach, apparently very popular with American surfers.
In fact, many of the beaches in this area are considered some of the best for surfing.
We have a couple of authentic Presidentes at this bar, which actually is more reminiscent
of some place in the Florida Keys than Puerto Rico. By the way it is not a myth, the Dominican
Presidentes do taste better than the ones available in the US.
We continue, as we want to experience the sunset at the Rincon lighthouse, located at
Punta Higueros, Puerto Rico’s westernmost point. What a beautiful place this is.
And of course the surfers are here too. This beach, Domes beach is also very popular with
surfers. The mysterious island we’ve been seeing in
the horizon is Desecheo Island. It is uninhabited, and a National Wildlife Refuge although at
one point it was used by the army for survival training. The reef around the island is a
very popular diving spot. And here’s another view of the famous Domes
beach. A rainstorm lurks in the horizon. The green
dome you see was originally the site of a small nuclear reactor. It hasn’t functioned
since 1968. Well, lets go back to San Juan, shall we?
We spend the last few hours of our vacation in the islands capital city.
As we arrive we see the Morro Castle in the distance, a staple landmark in Old San Juan.
To our left the Capitol building. To our right the historic community of La Perla, supposedly
notorious for its high crime rate and lack of police presence but I wouldn’t know because
we didn’t visit. There’s a real bad traffic jam as we approach the epicenter of Old San
Juan. We park at an underground lot under the Quincentennial Square Plaza, also called
Plaza del Totem. We decide to explore the Morro Castle grounds. Many people are flying
kites and everybody seems to be having a great time. Besides, it is such a beautiful afternoon.
Right next door we encounter the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, the final resting
place of many prominent Puerto Ricans even dating back to the colonial times. It sits
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, right outside the fortress walls.
On the other side of the cemetery the aforementioned La Perla neighborhood, which despite all the
warnings, I intend to visit the next time I come to the Island.
As night falls we return to the Totem. The square commemorates the 500th Anniversary
of the discovery of America by Columbus. The 40 feet tall totem was designed by Puerto
Rican artist Jaime Suarez, and the youngsters seem to be having a great time at the fountain.
We decide to enjoy some of the nightlife. A little bit of Don Q rum here and there,
if you know what I mean. We walk along the streets of old San Juan
at night, passing by the San Juan Cathedral. They are having some kind to activity celebrating
Easter. Then we take a stroll along Paseo de la Princesa
and at the end we find the Raices Fountain, raices meaning roots. Completed in 1992 it
also commemorates the 500th anniversary of Columbus arrival. And the cruise ship has
left. There was some kind of fair earlier but it looks like it is winding down… and,
guess what, so are we. With this we are going to say good-bye to Borinquen, the Island of
Enchantment, for now. We shall return soon. Do subscribe to the YouTube channel so you
don’t miss any of my future videos. Oh, by the way, if you like all these road trips,
here are four of my best ones, for your enjoyment. As always thank you for watching and see you
on the road. Bye, bye now!

100 thoughts on “Puerto Rico Road Trip | Traveling Robert

  1. Hi Robert , excellent video, however when visiting both Quebradillas and Isabela you point out views of the Caribbean or Caribbean Sea and that is inaccurate. The north of the island is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean while south of Puerto Rico lies the Caribbean Sea. Thanks for sharing your visit.

  2. I see alot of dilapidated buildings and electric wire-lines running around like in a third world country. An all too common eyesore in an otherwise beautiful island.

  3. Add the gypsies thieving too! Puerto Rico is ugly as heck, c'mon now. I hated it there, even at the Conquistador! Got robbed of $600 bucks from that 5 star hotel!! Nasty place to visit! Visit Sarasota, Florida, it is 100% nicer.

  4. The island looks very similar to Jamaica, not just the natural scenery but even the houses, but Puerto Rico is able to have coconut trees along the beaches, which is not so common in Jamaica because of some kind of fungus that is blown in the sea spray. I hope that never reaches Puerto Rico.

  5. I'm thinking about travelling to Puerto Rico too.
    Your video gives me another push 😀
    I just subscribed. 😉
    Check out my few videos too if you like.

  6. Excellent work Robert! Shots, editing, narration, locations, just really nice stuff. I would like to talk with you about making your video into a show and possibly more. We are www.adventuresinthecaribbean.com on CBS in PR and the VI's. Please call or write at your earliest convenience. Caribbean Chris 787-667-6729 [email protected]

  7. I just wanted to add to the long list of positive comments about this video. Its the first of yours I have seen and it was well narrated, professionally shot, and very professionally done overall. Most of all, it was helpful in giving some insight into PR.

  8. Already subscribed to your channel and to my surprise I found a video of my Puerto Rico. I hope you will be visiting the rest of the Island in a near future. Next time I suggested to visit Cabo Rojo, Ponce in the south and Fajardo in the east side. Puerto Rico have a lot to see and enjoy. I am really proud that you visit our Island and made this amazing video. thanks

  9. Estoy voy a Puerto Rico en el verano. Estoy aprendiendo español así que hopefully puedo hablar poquito cuando yo ir!!!! ????????

  10. What a beautiful island is Puerto Rico! When visiting there check the Paradores. They are smaller boutique type hotels , more economical and closer to towns and cities in the interior and shoreline. Just google Paradores de Puerto Rico for more information. "

  11. Good Video I'm from Puerto Rico…for those looking for videos from Puerto Rico I got some in my channel. Thanks

  12. As puertorican, I can say that there is much more to show…. We have 78 towns with their inside comunities and others…It takes about 6 months to explore town by town…. On the other hand it's not boring at all….We have many festivals of many things all year round….and the new and old SJ, offers over 50 activities every weekend, also we have a great theatre bussines, concerts, live music everywhere, museums, arts, movie theaters, book shops, cafés and more…. our language is proudly spanish but many can speak english "for you". Our food is very wide and delicious…that's why we have every year a big famous fest. We have a (own) rich history and culture…. that's why no matter we have a strange political system….WE ARE SOMETHING APART…WE ARE NOT USA….BUT…
    Any way… it's maybe little but not that little once you come….My PR is an entire country…. ❤

  13. love your videos of our Beauty of our Island of P.R I'm from PONCE P.R. And my parents are from Jayuya the fincas and mountains of P.R.

  14. I don't know yet gonna make a trip down soon thanks again you are awesome thnx yea I know our beautiful was hit but I'm praying this will be over soon which is gonna take time wow I was born in Ponce P.R. my parents were from Jayuya the mountains very poor but my dad work agricultures and his friend helped him to move to U.S. my family is large but we OK brothers & sister the reside over in U.S.

  15. Very nice video/vlog tour of Porto Rico, and iam sure within 2 to 3 years the island will be back to full capacity and beauty due to the past recent hurricane . Thanks for posting. Tony j. Indianapolis.

  16. Another homerun Senor Rob! I notice at 11:50 you managed to capture the crack of dawn, which was very cheeky of you!

  17. Do you have a breakdown of how many attractions can you visit una. Day. We are visiting for 2 full days and would like some tips. Thank you

  18. PR is at 18.5 degrees NORTH???? I always thought it was nearly on the equator…… it's nearly 1,300 miles to the equator. My late officemate of several years had many stories of living in Puerto Rico; it's like a completely different planet in so many ways.

    IF I EVER get the resources to go there, on my wishlist is to visit salsero Ismael Rivera's place of origin (the man's character was as awesome as his talent) , to see and hear pianist Papo Lucca/La Sonora Poncena play live, and to jam with some native musicians 🙂 One of La Sonora Pencena's sweetest songs is "Borinquen"…… I love the part of the lyrics "fue idea de Dios nacio Borinquen en medio del mar" (my best attempt at translation sans Google Translate: "It was God's idea to create Borinquen in the middle of the ocean"). Music has been 90% of my resource in my endeavor to learn Spanish; what I often find expressed in Latino lyrics is strong patriotism and genuine pride in their culture.

    Meanwhile, from Baltimore, I send my most sincere hope and sympathy for those still suffering the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

  19. I enjoyed your video.. Thank you.. We are going to Puerto Rico before our cruise and it was nice to see the road trip.

  20. How many days did you film? Driving, telescope and caves, Rincón…seems like 3 days, possibly one?

  21. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Awesome job! Can you try going to Yauco my home town? I would love to see a roadway video from you going up to El Rodadero starting from Duey. I was born not far from there. If you never been there, be ready to hike. It's awesome; from up there one can see the South of the island and ocean.

  22. Where is the beautiful Rafael Delvalle? Met him in Puerto Rico while on vacation in 1980, still miss him. It's now 2019.

  23. No, so sory, your video did not made justice to the island, you just drive true the cost, Did not when to Barranquitas or inside the island. I got happy when seen isabela, but did not show our beatiful beaches. Nop sory, . Many people happy to see the island ,but it was incompleate, sory Robert many places to go and see,

  24. I remember Puerto Rico when i was 17 years old i went with my family twice i loved it there.So beautiful we stayed in the Americana by the beach there.

  25. Robert have you been back since this video was done? Your video is one of the most pleasant videos of la Isla that I have seen. Your narration is superb. I just wish this particular video was longer. Godspeed!!

  26. Great movie & realistic. Thouse green colours & Sun,warm just make you wanna go to Puerto Rico. And THE best part its based on a true story.

  27. Hola, Roberto! I was SO HAP P Y to learn you DID a 'post' of Puerto Rico; wasn't it beautiful??! My mother's home town, Cabo Rojo, is near Borinquen; it was SO SPECIAL to see that again; Puerto Rico is special! BTW, Rincon is well known (to the surfing communitg) for its well formed waves. Did Puerto Rico remind you of Cuba? I hope you get to go there again— ???

  28. I really enjoy these videos posted by our visitors ☝?? hope ya'll enjoyed your stay down here ?? Blessings from Carolina PR ???☝?

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