Photogenic Puerto Rico

Written by on November 7, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Tips - 5 Comments

The US territory of Puerto Rico is a fascinating place to visit: It’s got folklore, bio-luminescent plankton, great diving spots and a unique cuisine. But whatever initially lures you to the island be sure to charge the battery on your camera. With scenic overlooks through winding mountains roads, rushing waterfalls and beaches in every direction Puerto Rico is one of the most photogenic islands in the Caribbean.

From the Plane

Even before landing in Puerto Rico the island shows its photogenic self. In fact, the entire plane ride from southern Florida to the San Juan airport lends itself nicely to stunning views. So be sure to request a window seat on the right side of the plane keeping in mind that the wing can get in your way of taking unobstructed photographs. From the perfect seat you can get great areal shots of Puerto Rican coastline.

Puerto Rico coast from the plane

Puerto Rico coast from the plane

Las Croabas

Just north of the city of Fajardo in northeast Puerto Rico lies the beach community of Las Croabas. This isn’t just any beach, however as it is surrounded by mangroves and a short kayak ride will take you to see the bio-luminescent plankton in the bay. It is also home to very delicious authentic mofongo, a traditional Puerto Rico dish. Due to much activity on the water, Las Croabas is the perfect place to get multi-layered pictures, with birds on the beach in the foreground, a small harbor with boats in the middle ground and the ocean and if you’re lucky even the moon in the background, creating the perfect postcard shot!

Sailboats at Las Croabas, Puerto Rico

Las Croabas, Puerto Rico

Ponce Beach

Located at the very south of the main island just off of Route 10, Ponce Beach looks out over the Caribbean Sea. In addition to its soft sand, the water is a beautiful shade of blue, very clear and sparkles in the sun. Sprinkled along the shore are small mangrove trees making Ponce Beach the perfect place to capture a serene beach scene. It may be hard to actual take pictures here though as you may find yourself compelled to put down the camera and just relax on the beach.

Ponce Beach, Puerto Rico

Ponce Beach, Puerto Rico

El Yunque Peak

What better place to get panoramic pictures than from the top of a mountain! El Yunque Mountain is located in El Yunque National Park about 50 minutes outside of the capital of San Juan. To reach the peak, park your car at the Palo Colorado Information Center and follow the trail marked Pico El Yunque. About two hours later you will be rewarded with watching fog roll over the mountains draped with lush green rain forest all set to the backdrop of the sea and Vieques Island in the distance.

View from the peak of El Yunque in Puerto Rico

View from the peak of El Yunque

Ruta Panoramica

A short 1 hour drive north of Ponce routes 128 and 129 are appropriately named Ruta Panoramica (Panoramic Route). These two roads will lead you on windy roads through the jungle filled mountains with scenic lookouts at almost every turn. Be sure to add more time to your trip to allow for pulling over and snapping shots of valleys and mountain ranges in every direction.

Gorgeous vista along Ruta Panoramica in Puerto Rico

Gorgeous vista along Ruta Panoramica

Viewpoint along Ruta Panoramica in Puerto Rico

Viewpoint along Ruta Panoramica

From the San Juan Fort

The San Juan Fort is strategically placed on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, making it an excellent vantage point for taking photographs of the vast ocean and the coastline. Although I’m sure the architects of this historic fort did not have picture taking in mind, the lookout points once used for military reasons, can easily be re-purposed for photographers.

View of the fort from San Juan, Puerto Rico

View of the fort from San Juan

Have you been to Puerto Rico or is it on your bucket list?

About the Author

Originally from the US Ligeia has lived in Germany and Canada, and now lives in Thailand with her wife, Mindy, writing for their blog, Bounding Over Our Steps. Her interests include scuba diving, opera and nature,  but traveling is her absolute passion and so plans to visit every country in the world before she dies. Ligeia was raised vegetarian and became vegan in July 2012. One of her greatest thrills is to see animals in their natural habitat.

5 Comments on "Photogenic Puerto Rico"

  1. Erick November 7, 2013 at 10:11 pm · Reply

    I loved visiting there. The people were so nice and friendly. I look forward to visiting again sometime soon

    • Ligeia November 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm · Reply

      I too found the Puerto Rican people friendly and so helpful, especially with directions and information. They even put up with my bad Spanish. :)

  2. puertoricoistheplace November 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm · Reply

    Great pictures! Glad you enjoyed Puerto Rico!

    • Ligeia Smith November 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm · Reply

      Thanks for the compliment. It was easy to take good pictures in PR as there were Kodak moments around every corner. Looking forward to going back there. :)

  3. eyeandpen November 19, 2013 at 10:21 am · Reply

    Such a beautiful place! Everywhere you look there is a “Kodak moment”. Everyone is also really nice there.

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