Read more about how we planned this entire trip to Puerto Rico in the more detailed post - Coming Soon!
You can read about all of our Airbnb’s across the island HERE!
Plus, if you have never booked with Airbnb use our code to receive a discount: Traveling Tacos Airbnb Code
We followed the sidewalk, looked down on the ocean, and walked past the Castillo San Cristobal. Sadly, it was closed, and we were unable to tour it. It was an impressive sight nonetheless.
If you want to read more about what it was like to drive around Puerto Rico, check out the post HERE - and check out our YouTube video below!
After cleaning our plate, we started the drive to our “home base” for the next few nights in Utuado. Along the way we tried to stop at another market, Plaza del Mercado de Río Piedras Rafael Hernández Marín. Unfortunately, we could not find it! Instead, we kept driving and eventually stopped for some coffee at Valle Verde Cafe.
If you want to read more about all of the meals we ate across the island check out our “List of Great Restaurants across Puerto Rico” blog post HERE!
See more about this incredible jungle getaway in this blog post HERE!
That first night, we gazed up at the stars and looked over our itinerary for the next day. While doing so, we stumbled across some articles on DicoverPuertoRico.com that convinced us to change our plans!
After buying a year’s supply of coffee beans, we said “Adios”, and left with big smiles on our faces. We continued down the road to our next stop to learn even more about Puerto Rico and its people.
It was a truly wonderful afternoon, and if you want to learn more, about Cafe Gran Batey please read the blog post HERE and see more from our tour in our YouTube video below!
Watch more from our trip to Caguana Ceremonial Indigenous Heritage Center in the video below!
We stopped along the highway again and grabbed dinner at La Placita del Vivi. Again, we ordered more of the Puerto Rican staple mofongo and mojitos and recounted how great the entire day had been. Soon, we were back in the hot tub and staring at the stars.
Our first stop was Canon Blanco! exploring-canon-blanco-looking-for-petroglyphs-in-utuado-puerto-rico.htmlThis spot had been recommended in my Girls Love Travel Facebook group, and when we pulled up, we were both giddy to see what we had found!
The canyon touts petroglyphs, and the signs had a picture of them, but sadly, we never found any in the few hours we spent wandering. The canyon scene surrounded by mountains made up for the slight disappointment.
See more of our canyon exploration in the YouTube video below!
While leaving Canon Blanco, I set Google Maps to La Piedra Escrita to try to see some petroglyphs, but sadly, we never made it to the other canyon. John had made detailed driving plans while we were preparing to visit Puerto Rico, but that slipped both of our minds, and we paid the price for following Google Maps. The road we were led down had been eaten by the jungle, and as we were turning around, it popped one of our tires.
Knowing that we could find more danger than we wanted in the remote jungle, we quickly removed the popped tire and secured our spare tire.
It was quite an eventful detour, and we felt silly having popped a tire when we had prepared driving directions, and we wish we had been smarter.
You can read all about this major setback in this separate post “What It’s Like to Drive In Puerto Rico’s Jungles”.
While the flat was being taken care of, we explored a nearby, unofficial beach of Aricebo and found a coconut tree with fresh fruit! John climbed up and grabbed one.
We enjoyed the fresh coconut water, and John ate almost all of the meat. Though we had never planned this activity, we couldn’t have been happier with the situation. It didn’t take too long to have our tire replaced, and once it was done, we were hungry.
We drove through Arecibo toward the lighthouse to grab some dinner. We chose Carbon y Leña Beach Restaurant just off the beach and enjoyed one of the largest, most flavorful meals we had had in Puerto Rico.
You can read more about this delightful meal in the separate post HERE!
When we got back to the city, we dropped off our rental car and had arranged for an Uber to take us to Hotel La Terraza where we had booked a room through Airbnb.
We chose this boutique hotel because of its rooftop infinity pool! It was very nice, but sadly, we arrived a little too late in the evening and during a rain shower. It didn't stop us from getting in for as long as we could, but eventually we had to call it a night and start packing our stuff.
You can see more from this stylish stay in the post HERE!
The next time we come back we want to see the places we didn’t have time to make it to on this trip:
Thanks for reading! See more in depth about our entire trip to Puerto Rico on our Puerto Rico page here!
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