Friday, July 23, 2010

Puerto Rico

Since my blogs so far have been about travel, I'm going to stick with that theme for another blog. This one is about Puerto Rico, but not the Puerto Rico you'll see in advertisments or commercials. This is about rural, western Puerto Rico. It is beautiful, sparsely populated, and has the best pizza you'll find on the island. Ah, that wonderful pizza...sorry, let me get back on track...

Aguada, Puerto Rico beach

My whole family traveled to western Puerto Rico for vacation in August of 2007. We stayed in a small town called Aguada. While I will admit that we didn't do much sightseeing and stayed at our rental houses most of the time, we did get a good feel for Aguada and the surrounding towns.

Aguada is a small fishing village that claims Christopher Columbus landed there when he first discovered Puerto Rico in 1493. There are only about 42,000 people living there and the town is steeped in history.

Aguada, Puerto Rico boat

If you go sightseeing, you'll find quaint shops in Aguada's small downtown area, surfers riding world-class waves in neighboring Rincon, and, as I mentioned earlier, some of the best pizza the island has to offer. I highly recommend visiting this area of the island if you ever have the chance to go. It does help to speak Spanish, but you'll find someone who speaks English no matter where you go, so don't let that deter you.

So, to sum it up, if you are looking to stay in a friendly, quiet, beautiful town in Puerto Rico with clear, warm, rolling ocean waves, consider staying in Aguada. It is about a 3 hour drive from San Juan, but for a little extra money, you can fly into Borinquen and save yourself the long drive.

Aguada, Puerto Rico sunset

For more information on Aguada and Puerto Rico, visit Welcome.toPuertoRico.org.

~Kara

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