Located in the Central Mountains of Puerto Rico, Cayey is a definite departure than what most people imagine when they picture a Caribbean getaway – but in a good way. Although it lacks a beach to call its own, the area is lush with natural surroundings that include rivers and over 6,000 acres of protected park land. The best news is that when you're ready to tour cultural attractions or visit a beach, the drive is rarely more than an hour.
There are a good group of beaches to visit, although each of them are found in neighboring areas. You can click on the name of each beach to get additional information concerning that section of the coast.
Playita Machete: The shore of Playita Machete is sparse, with trees closer to the water than most other beaches on the island. Where you can see sand, it is tan, and the waters are a murky blue-green.
Another alternative to consider is Punta Pozuelo. While there is not much sand between where the beach starts and where the water starts, Punta Pozuelo is very long, and those up for it can walk as far as they want. The further south along the beach you go, the more and more natural it gets, with houses and roads turning into trees and small lagoons.
Punta Guilarte Beach: The beach is just west of the Patillas Airport, and drivers can simply take Expresso Jose Barbosa to the road adjacent to the airport. Taking that road south will lead you right to the beach.
These are only a few of what's available. To reach our guide to beaches, see this page.
Bosque Estatal De Carite is one of the more popular natural attractions. Created in 1935 to protect the increasingly vulnerable watershed from erosion and the growing influence of industry on the island. Its easy access and many trails make it a popular destination for tourists and locals off all kinds that want to take a quick look at the natural side of Puerto Rico.
San Cristobol Canyon is a second option that needs mentioning. Named as one of the Top 10 Natural Wonders of Puerto Rico, San Cristobal Canyon is the only canyon on the island.
Needless to say, there are plenty of additional choices too. To visit our full guide to natural attractions in and around the area, navigate to this page.
Looking for a bit of action? Guests who'd like to try their luck on the slots will discover several places to go nearby.
Casino Real, which is on the premises of Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel and Casino, is found within Caguas, 8.9 mi. Northeast of central Cayey. The Casino Real at Four Points Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel is the largest in Puerto Rico. Whether you head straight for the slots, or prefer a game that take a little more strategy, you're sure to enjoy taking a chance on Lady Luck.
Check the following table for more information about your options.
|Casino Real||Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel and Casino||(787) 653-1111||8.9 mi. Northeast of Central Cayey|
|--||(787) 271-7545||Patillas, 12.3 mi. Southeast of Central Cayey|
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