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San Juan off the beaten path

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San Juan off the beaten path
Here is a list of impressive places that most visitors to Puerto Rico never get a chance to see. Some of them would be considered to be day trips outside of the San Juan area.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Isla de Caja de Muertos
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Isla de Caja de Muertos

Isla Caja de Muertos is an island located 8 miles off the coast, south of Ponce. It is a small island, just about 1.5 miles long and about a half-mile wide at its widest point. It is a nature reserve, with beautiful beaches, hiking trails, a light house and a cave.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
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Cabo Rojo Lighthouse

A landmark Spanish-colonial style structure, this picturesque lighthouse sits perched atop a high cliff providing nearly 360-degree views of the sparkling Caribbean Sea.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
La Cueva del Indio
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La Cueva del Indio

This cave on the water along the rugged coast in Arecibo contains a number of Taino petroglyphs. The views of the north coast are amazing.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Cueva Ventana
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Cueva Ventana

Cueva Ventana means Window Cave. Take a hike to and through this cave (bring a flashlight!) for a view that is out of this world.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve
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Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve

Comprised of three headlands that extend into the Atlantic ocean, this nature reserve encompasses seven different ecosystems including forests, beaches and offshore coral reefs.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Gilligan's Island
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Gilligan's Island

Gilligan’s Island (the official name is Cayo Aurora) is a tiny island that is part of the Biosphere Reserve of Guánica. It is popular with locals for swimming, snorkeling, beach-time, and kayaking.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
Santurce Marketplace
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Santurce Marketplace

A lively and eclectic market with everything from fruit vendors to religious artifacts to street dancers.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours

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