East Puerto Rico is dominated by El Yunque, the Taíno sacred mountain. It’s a cloud generator that waters the island’s mountain spine. The National Forest around it has waterfalls and trails through the rainforest.
The region has beautiful beaches. It’s also the launch point for ferries from Ceiba to the Spanish Virgin Islands Culebra and Vieques. The offshore cay of Icaco is a popular beach and snorkeling spot.
East Puerto Rico
Loíza is the first municipality on the road from San Juan. Loíza is famous for its African Diaspora culture and Santiago Apóstol patron saint festival. It’s also one of the centers of bomba Puertoriqueña.
Río Grande is the gateway to El Yunque National Forest.
The Carabalí Rainforest Park is a popular family attraction with a zip line, and horseback and all terrain vehicle rides.
Luquillo’s northeast-facing beaches are a prime surfing spot. The town is a bit of a surfer hangout.
From Fajardo, you can kayak through the Laguna Grande bioluminescent bay, and get charters to Icacos or for snorkeling and diving.
Ceiba has the ferries to Culebra and Vieques.
Other towns include Gurabo, Juncos, Las Piedras, San Lorenzo, Caguas, Canóvanas, Naguabo, Maunabo, Humacao and Yabucoa.