Puerto Rico is a wealth of untapped trails and off-roading pathways for the adventurous soul. Next time you’re on the island, trade a day of sunning yourself on a lounge chair for getting dirty and exploring uncharted terrain. The best paths are ones you discover yourself, but below are three launch points to help you get started.
Fun fact: El Yunque is the only rainforest part of the United States. The expansive rainforest has many hidden paths to discover, and you can find your way up 3,000 feet into the cloud forest for breathtaking views of the island. Be on the lookout for the indigenous coqui frogs, a locally beloved animal. If you want to camp overnight, you must apply for a camping permit at least two weeks in advance.
Start at the town of Jayuya to load up on car snacks and supplies and then make your way to Lake Matrullas in the mountain reserve in the south-central part of Puerto Rico. This is a less-crowded version of El Yunque, and the natural pools and walking paths are mostly free of other visitors. It has a camping area with gazebos, BBQs and restrooms.
Entering the Carite Forest mean you are on a quest for the Charco Azul, a natural pool located in the border zone between Cayey and Patillas. To get there, take your car through Las Lechoneras Guavate and continue about 20 minutes down road #184. Bring your tennis shoes, you’ll hike another 20 minutes or so to reach the pool.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.