El Yunque Rainforest, San Juan
One of the main things I wanted to do when we were in San Juan was to visit this rainforest. It is unique in the Caribbean and in the National Park/Forest system of the US. You should stop at the Visitor's Center first to find out about the park. They have a film (both in Spanish and English) narrated by Jimmy Smits
Unfortunately it is really hard to get there. You either have to rent a car or take a tour. There is also a lot of traffic on the roads.
Fondest memory: I got to see some of the land snails. There were hibiscus and ginger flowers, and traveler's palms. Marian told us there were more than 75 species of ferns (photo 5).
My favorite was a tree with a palmate leaf which turned over (white side up) when it was going to rain. Actually, it turns over when there is a breeze which there often is just before rain shower. Since the rain forest does get a lot of rain, the white side is visible fairly often.
Few cities in the Caribbean are as steeped in Spanish tradition as San Juan. You'll find restored 16th-century buildings, museums, art galleries, bookstores, and 200-year-old houses with balustraded balconies overlooking narrow, cobblestone streets in Old San Juan. Out in the countryside, you'll find mountain ranges, numerous trails, vast caves, coffee plantations, old sugar mills, hundreds of beaches, and the 28,000-acre El Yunque rain forest.
Fondest memory: Sailing away on our cruise with the Love of my life - Michael.
Favorite thing: Go to El Yunque. We drove from San Juan for about 1 hour to get there but it's well worth it. It's the 2nd Rainforest I've been in and it's the nicest. It's run by the US Forest Service. You can go hiking up and down the mountains. You can go right into the clouds. If you can spare a couple hours take the hike to Mina Falls. It's rough but once you're there you can stand under the waterfalls and jump into the lagoon. It's cold...
Fondest memory: The Bacardi Plant...it was so cool. You could drink and visit the plant where the most popular spirit of the world is sold. We bought so many bottles of Rum and a 10th of the price we would have paid in the states.
Go horseback riding at the base of El Yunque Rainforest and a tour of the rainforest. Althought we didn't go as far in to the reainforest as we'd hoped it was still a beautiful ride up and back.
Fondest memory: Flying on the very small eight-seater over to St. Thomas for the day. There was no airconditioning but, none was needed since there were numerous places for air to flow through.