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“Decided to drive off the beaten path”

Ranked #333 of 612 things to do in Puerto Rico
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Owner description: A series of curvy roads link the island’s east and west coast. The three-day route is studded with small villages and farms.
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Just got back from a trip from Puerto Rico where we decided to rent a jeep and drive there version of the Blue Ridge Parkway. After getting to the island I was dumb enough to read some of the reviews on here. They got me a little concerned about our safety. Well we decided to drive it anyway. We got once highway off of 52 and drove west. Yes the road is not the best signed highway and there are a lot of winding curves and you need to be careful of locals driving in the center, but you do not have to worry about locals blocking the roads and hitting you up for money. You need to be more careful of dogs and chickens on the roadway. Honestly the about of mountain views is okay and after a day on the highway, we decided to drive the coast instead. Be advised once we got out of San Juan, we found nothing but friendly people.

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Reviewed 14 May 2016

We only drove part of the route in the area of PR 184 to check out the lechonerias (whole pig roasters) around km 27.7. The roads were reasonably maintained, only at times so narrow it was harrowing when passing opposing cars. I can't imagine being a "back seater." Recipe of car sickness. My passenger seat brake wasn't working too well. :) That is when as a passenger you press your foot like you are trying to break (because the driver isn't). Having a small car is helpful, but you want to have enough power for the up hills. Our Hyundai Elantra worked well. Can't speak for the route west of 52.

Thank Kimo66
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Reviewed 3 January 2016

We did the "Ruta Panoramica" over 2 days east to west. It was quite an enjoyable trip and I would recommend it if you have the time. The road is not super-well marked but there are enough signs at each intersection where you have to change roads to make it. You have to be prepared for narrow roads and TONS of curves, for hours. What we noticed is that some highlights and places worth stopping (like a waterfall for instance) were not well marked. Try to get the list of things you want to see and the location (eg: PR-182 km. 18.5) in advance, and keep track of your progress. Having a "navigator" at your side is a great help. We deviated to Ponce for the overnight stop as there aren't many places to sleep along the way. This was good in that the PR-10 took us there in 20 minutes and we loved Ponce. The bad thing was that we left Ponce late the next day as we were exploring the city and ended up driving the last 15 or so Km at night which was NOT a pleasurable experience. Note that our average speed was about 10~15 mi/hr (15~20km/hr).
For sure stop at a Lechonera for lunch (not Kosher!), there are many along the way.

Thank Ale_Limbru
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Reviewed 1 January 2016

Do not listen to Google maps, do not drive this route if you are a tourist, stay away and take the long way around. Burnt out car blocking the narrow winding road that eats tires. Bamboo gates put out at random to collect tolls? If you value anything, stay away.

3  Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 27 September 2015

we started our drive in Maunabo and drove all the way across the Island to Mayaguez.
and boy it was a trip!!
the roads are very good for most of the drive, some sections are a bit bumpy tho, but nothing major.
definitely bring a map, coz the signs are not always clearly visible, but for most part it is fine.
our first day took us from Maunabo to the Flower Festival in Aibonito and then to a coffee farm close to Adjuntas. (Hacienda Pomarrosa)
it was such a beautiful drive and totally dueable in one day. like I said, we stopped in Aibonito for a couple hours and at a swimming hole along the way for another hour and still made it to the Hacienda before sunset.
the second day we drove all the way to Mayaguez and then back to San Juan. another dueable drive, we left the Haciendo at around 11 and were in San Juan at around 5pm.

we LOVED driving the Ruta Panoramica. so many villages, so many forests, fields, breathtaking views...totally worth it!!

3  Thank heygauthey
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