Puerto Rico is investing heavily in Porta Atlántico. Numerous hotels are cropping up, such as the Holiday Inn Travel Plaza en Arecibo, the Hyatt Place ib Manatí, the Wyndham Barceloneta, near the Prime outlet mall, and the crown jewel, the Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton Reserve, which will be the first 6-star hotel on the island. With that kind of presence from the largest hotel chains in the world, Porta Atlántico is poised for big things.
This is a destination unlike any other on the island, and I've got five ways to introduce it to you.
There's a reason Camuy ranks among my Top 5 attractions in Puerto Rico. Especially when it can share the top spot with the second entry on this list.
Since it opened, the East Course is apparently better than ever ... perhaps because it went back to the basic design of its celebrated creator.
4. Mar ChiquitaMar Chiquita ("Little Sea"), in the town of the Manatí, is one of my favorite hidden beaches in Puerto Rico. Hardly accessed by visitors (actually, you won't even find too many locals here on a weekday), Mar Chiquita is a small spot whose waters are protected by two wide arms of encircling coral that nearly come together. This coral wreath keeps out the rough surf of the Atlantic and creates a calm pool of Atlantic Ocean water.
True to a typical Puerto Rican beach, you;ll often find kiosks along the beach selling a variety for Puerto Rican snacks and fried foods.
5. Cerro GordoCerro Gordo is a large, pristine beach, among the more popular stretches of sand in Puerto Rico. But it's not just the beach that makes this a destination worth knowing. Mountain bikers have long loved coming here for one of the most exciting and rewarding bike trails on the island. Offering splendid views, dense verdant foliage, and a downward run that recommends "no brakes," Cerro Gordo is an outdoor adventure-lover's refuge.
Even if you don't bike, the area is a lovely natural setting worth exploring.