Porta del Sol (West Region) Travel and City Guide

The region of Porta del Sol, in the west of Puerto Rico, encompasses a number of fantastic locations and attractions. Amongst the top cities is Mayaguez, also known as “Ciudad de las Aguas Puras” (City of Pure Waters). Places of interest in Mayaguez include the Casa Grande Museum, Dr. Juan A. Rivero Zoo, the India Brewery and the UPRM’s Planetarium.

The little village of Aguada is commonly believed to be one of the oldest towns of Puerto Rico, believed by some to be where Christopher Columbus reached shore in 1493. Cabo Rojo is a popular holiday destination for those who love the sand, sun and sea. Sparkling blue seas, with white sandy beaches giving way to dense green foliage is many people's dream of paradise.

Isabela’s main income is derived from tourism, and certainly visitors are assured of a warm welcome and everything they need for an unforgettable holiday. Beachcombing, horse riding, hiking and surfing are some of the activities holidaymakers can enjoy. The lively city of Mayaguez has many attractions, both historical and cultural and offering the full range of water sports from its beautiful beaches. In close proximity to twenty forest reserves, Quebradillas is the ideal place for nature lovers and bird watchers to spend some holiday time.

 


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EZkreative

EZkreative - 2012-02-01 06:14:50

I am considering coming to Pureto Rico about Feb 2013. How good is busing for public transportation ? I was thinking maybe taking a bus from San Juan to the West Coast. Do the buses run 7 days a week ? How reasonable are the rates should I decide on renting a car ? I understand in PR people drive on the left side of road . I am from the USA and we drive on the right side so I am a little uncomfortable about driving in PR . Do they have a railroad train system like Amtrack in PR ? I would appreciate any comments that would be helpful. This would be my first trip to PR. Thank U
Bill, I really hope you are not serious about "in PR people drive on the left side of the road". You may find Puertorican traffic challenging, but the same traffic laws that your are use to in the states pretty much apply here in PR as well. So, no worries about left side driving. This is not the UK. If the reason you are coming to PR is to be on the west coast I would recommend skipping San Juan all together and flying straight to Aguadilla on Jet Blue. This would save you from the hassle of driving 3 hours from the Metro Area. Regarding public transportation, forget it. There is no Amtrak or any other train system. I wouldn't even trust a shuttle or a cab. If your Spanish is not sharp I would recommend renting a car from the airport. Its the same as renting a car in the states and you will have that much more freedom and security to drive when and where you need to be. As for hotels, that's tough because there are so many options and no one knows your budget, but you. Thus, you need to decide on the villages that you're going to be visiting and Google your options. Personally, I would look into staying/visiting in Rincon (where I live), Anasco, Aguada, Cabo Rojo, Arecibo or Isabela. All have nice beaches and great places to stay and eat. And finally, just as a friendly reminder, Puerto Ricans are US citizens too. Just keep that in mind before you declare "I am from the USA". The status of PR is a hot political topic here. And this can rub some people the wrong way no matter the way its presented. Good luck

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bill ralston

bill ralston - 2012-01-05 20:49:58

Hello I was planning on visiting the West Region of Puerto Rico in about 1 year. Can anyone tell me their experiences there about hotels and restaurants especially those that offer seafood and the nicer beaches to visit. Thank U / Bill How about experiences with car rentals would be appreciated.

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bill ralston

bill ralston - 2012-01-03 19:34:10

I am considering coming to Pureto Rico about Feb 2013. How good is busing for public transportation ? I was thinking maybe taking a bus from San Juan to the West Coast. Do the buses run 7 days a week ? How reasonable are the rates should I decide on renting a car ? I understand in PR people drive on the left side of road . I am from the USA and we drive on the right side so I am a little uncomfortable about driving in PR . Do they have a railroad train system like Amtrack in PR ? I would appreciate any comments that would be helpful. This would be my first trip to PR. Thank U

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