Rincon Plaza, Mayaguez, Joyuda, & Cabo Rojo

Trip Start Apr 16, 2011
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Trip End Apr 20, 2011


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LemonTree Oceanfront Cottages Rincon
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

We caught the Farmer & Artisan Market they had on Sunday in Rincon Plaza.  It was small with only about 10 vendors but featured homemade soaps, a vaiety of foods, fresh produce, handicrafts, and plants for sale.  The were quite a few people gathered in the plaza, with older gentlemen playing dominos at a folding card table and overflow attendees flanking all the Catholic church doors to hear the service that was packed to capacity.  The sound of children singing in the choir was a real blessing as we strolled along.  Rincon has many plaza shops and eateries and several beautiful murals concentrated around the plaza.  The outskirt city areas (Punta, etc) are bustling and we found no problem getting around. 

Around noon, we took off and headed south on the backroads that wound along the coastline.  We stopped for sveral hours and swam at Tres Hermanos beach and watched the fishermen and their families along the shoreline.  The beach was a little less clear than the beach at Lemontree but larger and very peaceful

The road north was easily navigable but littered with trash as we came into the city center and continued to be so all along the raodside well into Cabo Rojo.  The city of Mayaguez seemed as any other as we passed sports arenas, gov't housing projects, businesses and the like.  The one vast difference is that residents still ride horses (bareback with nothing more than a halter) right down the middle of major roadways and hitch them anywhere a grassy patch is available.  Chickens, also, roam freely in towns throughout the west coast area and many stray cats and dogs roam the streets waiting for their next meal.

Cabo Rojo was unimpressive and we found little reason to stay very long as we made our way to Joyuda for a late lunch on the "golden mile".  We ate at Vista Bahia Restaurante on the ocean with dining al fresco (outdoors).  The food was overpriced but pretty good considering we were starving and the view of the ocean and giant fish waiting for nibbles of food to be tossed over the railing were worth the extra $ we paid for the meal.  Black birds came right up and ate from tables waiting to be cleared by the staff and seagulls perched themselves on every piling peeking aout of the ssurf.

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