The hilly, forested area that surrounds the southeast town of Yabucoa sets a unique tone that continues all the way to the shore. Walking onto many area beaches feels like you're emerging from the jungle onto an oasis of gorgeous white sand and cool, clear waters. Back on land, most of the attractions deal with nature, though there are a few of cultural significance as well as a singular gaming center for those who like to gamble on vacation.
You'll find a large selection of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Click on the beach names to get additional information about that section of the coast.
Maunabo Beach: From San Juan, take Route 52 to Ponce, then Route 53 to Maunabo. From there, Road 760 will take you to the coast. Once you have found your beach of choice, you will have to park along the road and take the sandy footpath to the shore.
Another location to consider is Puerto Yabucoa. With the area known for the rich and fertile soil, you can bet that Puerto Yabucoa is a beach shrouded by a wall of trees (much like the rest of the region). This helps give the beach a much more natural feel than it really is; located just steps from from homes, baseball fields, and other marks of civilization.
Emajagua Beach: Emajagua Beach is located just off Highway 3 which runs alongside the coast on one side and the forest on the other.
These examples are merely a few of the options worth consideration To read about other beaches available, click here.
Travelers may discover some other interesting sites worth visiting close to Yabucoa .
If the functional aspects of life by the sea intrigue you, consider heading to Punta Tuna Lighthouse. Still actively providing light to help water crafts navigate through the dark waters of Puerto Rico at night, the Punta Tuna Lighthouse fell into serious disrepair after the Coast Guard ceased control of it. Today, the light house is being rebuilt, but the project is slow going.
|Punta Tuna Lighthouse||Lighthouse||4.0 mi. South of Central Yabucoa||Puerto Rico|
One of the frequently visited outdoor attractions is Humacao Wildlife Refuge. <p>Recently refurbished and renamed, the Humanco Wildlife Refuge is popular amongst birders.</p>
Another place that's popular with visitors is Bosque Estatal De Carite. <p>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.</p>
Fortunately, you can find a nice selection of options too. To see our detailed page about natural attractions in and around the area, go to this article.
Looking for a bit of action? Visitors looking to test their luck can find a few places to go nearby.
Casino Real, on the premises of Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel and Casino, is located in Caguas, 15.5 mi. Northwest of central Yabucoa . 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.
Take a moment to read the following table if you want more information.
|Casino Real||Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel and Casino||(787) 653-1111||15.5 mi. Northwest of Central Yabucoa|
|--||(787) 271-7545||Patillas, 9.4 mi. West of Central Yabucoa|
|Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar||(787) 850-6000||6.0 mi. Northeast of Central Yabucoa|
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