Best of Loiza Puerto Rico | Beaches, Bee Sanctuary, Local Street Food, Bomba Dancing and African Roots History

The Best of Loiza, Puerto Rico including my favorite beaches, one of the largest Bee Sanctuaries in the Caribbean, Bomba Dancing and history of the African Roots of Puerto Rico.

Playa Piñones, Piñones Kioskos, and the Parque Historico of Cueva Maria de la Cruz in Loiza, Puerto Rico

Playa Piñones

One of my favorite beaches along the north coast (30 minutes East of San Juan, an hour from Humacao), is Playa Piñones located on PR-187 in Loiza. This golden sand beach feels like brown sugar under your toes.

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Humacao Natural Reserve | Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Fishing Activities in Puerto Rico

The Humacao Natural Reserve is located on the East Coast of Puerto Rico mid-way on the island near the community of Palmas del Mar.  Behind the small unassuming entrance awaits big adventure exploring the lagoons, swamps, and wetlands. 

Humacao Natural Reserve
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Sail Away to Cayo Icacos, Puerto Rico

Cayo Icacos is a small, uninhabited island approximately 1 mile wide and over 1 mile long located 3 miles off the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. There are no restaurants, no shopping centers or vendors, no electricity, and no facilities of any kind.  The little island is just lush green foliage and perfect white sand beaches.

The best option to visit this tropical paradise is by boat.  There is a water taxi service that departs just north of the El Conquistador resort in Las Croabas neighborhood of Fajardo, providing drop off and pick up service to Icacos as the least expensive option.  A slightly more expensive option is the powered Catamaran sailboats that provide transportation, snorkel gear, shade, food & drinks, and (darn important) onboard bathrooms.

For us, the decision was easy – comfort and leisure on a Catamaran!

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