Traveling is so much fun, but it can sometimes be a daunting endeavor. What to do? Where to go? So many things we want to cross off our list and time is often limited. If only we knew someone locally who could give us the best recommendations. Here at Puerto Rico Sidecars we know a thing or two about all that. We also have the perfect way to sightsee the island. So hop on in one of our vintage motorcycle sidecars and let us show you around.
First off, a Puerto Rico visit isn’t complete without a trip to Old San Juan. It’s a magical place with a lot of history. It is the second oldest European-established capital city in the Americas. It’s filled with colonial style buildings, many monuments such as the magnificent San Felipe Del Morro Fortress, picturesque Santa Maria Magdalena Cemetery, the San Juan Cathedral, which is the second oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere, the Cristo of Good Health Chapel and so much more. There’s a lot to see here but not to worry our tour takes about 1hr 30mins and you get to see it all.
Minutes away is the second destination on the list: Condado. It’s the metropolitan area of San Juan, which is often called the hipster village. Hotels, restaurants and shops are in abundance along Ashford Avenue. Condado faces the waterfront and has many different access points to the beach, so if you just want to kick back and enjoy the sun this is the place.
If you’re looking to find a truly authentic atmosphere that’s more focused on food Santurce is next. This is where many locals hang out. On weekends there’s live music and salsa dancing. It’s perfect for grabbing a late lunch or dinner and drinks. There’s La Placita with the main square, where all the action happens after 5pm. There’s Lote 23, where food trucks offer many varieties of food in a very cozy atmosphere and there’s also Calle Loiza with even more great food options.
And then there is Piñones... It’s a little bit of a drive from San Juan, but most of the route is along the coast with beautiful views of the ocean, it’s so worth it. Piñones is a beach town. It has a boardwalk right along the ocean that goes on for 11 km. It runs along the north coast and through the Pinones mangrove forest. It’s an absolute favorite with nature lovers. Furthermore, along PR 187 there are numerous roadside kiosks, restaurants and bars. The food is Puerto Rican and it not only smells good but is really delicious. Try some alcapurrias and pinchos or arepas. They’re all good. Just go to the place that has a long line and you won’t be disappointed. If time allows, go for a dip in the ocean. There’s a natural rock barrier that protects from the big waves, creating shallow pools right next to the shore, which makes it super safe and very popular among the beach goers.
There’s still more to do around PR, it all depends on your allotted time. Further out on the West coast is a surf town named Rincon. There’s Vieques and Culebra island and there’s El Yunque National Rainforest, and many more places worth seeing. It’s all within a hands reach and if you’re looking for more info or recommendations just write us in the comment section below.