Puerto Rico Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View For those seeking a bit of fun at the beach there are plenty of water sports on offer...

Situated on the south west of the island, this one time fishing village is now one of the most popular tourist resorts on the island.

The popularity of the resort can mean the beach with sand imported from the Sahara can get quite crowded, but the soft sand and shallow waters do make for a great place for the grown ups to relax whilst the kids play and paddle. For those seeking a bit of fun at the beach there are plenty of water sports on offer such as water skiing, diving and windsurfing.

For those who wish to sunbathe and take a swim without the hassle of having sand stuck between their toes, then there is a lovely tropical garden set behind the beach which has two large swimming pools.

The night life here is very busy with numerous bars and clubs many of which offer live music and entertainment. There is a wide choice of dining options also available, whether you want fast food, international cuisine or typical Canarian dishes, its all available at reasonable prices.

The resort is situated approx 50 km from the airport.


Insider's View

 by Liz Correal

Gran Canaria Insider If you've any mobility problems or are just plain lazy, Puerto Rico isn't the place for you!

Puerto Rico has been my home on and off for about ten out of the twenty one years I've been in Gran Canaria. Sitting on my balcony and looking out over the valley, I wonder if I'll ever get tired of the view.

Thirty years of wear and tear are starting to show in this paradise of rainbow-coloured flowers and towering palms. It's only to be expected as all things, including me, eventually start to age. The much needed modernization and renovation of the pathways and public areas is under-way, but the same as with my anti-wrinkle cream, results are slow to show. If you've any mobility problems or are just plain lazy, Puerto Rico isn't the place for you.

Shady palms and tropical heat sum up to make Puerto Rico a proverbial Garden of Eden. But even paradise had its serpents. Here they slither across the sun-bleached paving and through the main park areas hissing "Are you British?" Yes, time-share touts! They're as irritating as mosquito bites, but harmless and you'll get immune to them eventually.

People often ask me how I stay so fit. The answer is, the stairs, the stairs! They're everywhere and after climbing the ones up to my apartment block twice a day, I'm normally fit to drop. There's only one escape from all the exercise and that's to get a taxi, they're cheap enough.

Puerto Rico is about boats and water sports and the main harbour, Puerto Base, is full of day-cruising catamarans. I prefer the Super Cat over the others because I loathe cramped spaces. For something wilder, the Big Red speedboat is better than any roller-coaster ride and leaves your heart pounding as it bucks and plunges through the waves. It's the best hang-over cure ever I've found yet.

Part of anyone's holiday fun is searching for that special restaurant with professional service offering good, decent priced food. Finding one in Puerto Rico is what will make your stay memorable. For a nudge in the right direction try Balcon Canaria, tucked in at the side of the centre by the taxi rank. Jacinto serves up many typical dishes of the island with a smile. Pinchitos de Cordero, little lamb kebabs or Pimientos de Padron, the tiny, and on occasion explosive, green peppers are a serious treat.

When you get tired of running the gauntlet of over-zealous public relations in the centres try down by the harbour in Porto Novo. For home from home grub, I'd pop in to Yogi and Benny's or for something a little bit more up-market, Maria Salina's.

If, like me, you're on a budget then join Kath and Bob in Buddy's Bar at the back of the main centre. Buddy's is notable for it's distinguished clientele such as Paul Heaton, lead singer from the Beautiful South. Paul's been a regular visitor to Puerto Rico over the years and even penned some songs from his solo album The Cross Eyed Rambler in the Canaima Apartments. There's top class karaoke too, that's Bob and me! But best of all is the bargain-basement priced booze.

See you there!
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