We decided to explore in the opposite direction and set out from Palmas Del Mar towards Ponce. We went the coastal route on the way, winding our way up, up, around and over the mountains to the southern Caribbean side of Puerto Rico. I have to say, I think this mountainous road and tenacious cliff dwellers top the Chianti, Italy windy mountain roads and dwellings! The small communities are for the most part poor with concrete block construction and tin roofs. Lots of chickens and dogs pecking and scrounging along the way. Brahma cattle dominate the pasture scene and horses free range on the roadside shoulders! U.S. Territory but Caribbean flavor throughout!
View of Palmas Del Mar from far above.
We stopped off somewhere along the coastal road past Patillas for a bathroom break. There are little roadside restaurants and roadside food stands everywhere where you can pick up a “pincho” to snack on.
This was the town of Arroyo, known for their West Indian style architecture. We just got lost on a few streets so here’s a sampling.
Water hustlers at every stoplight and birds following the tractor and disk
Salinas was the end of the road for us. The terrain had turned to the semi-arid brown region and we were starving. We turned down the road towards Salinas Beach where supposedly there were good local seafood restaurants. After passing a few, Wally whipped into Ladi’s Restaurant parking lot and said no more. We’re eating now. Gatos to greet us at the table, storm clouds chasing by with hints of sunlight skittering through… Best pina colada frappe and mango frappe (with rum of course) ever! This meal was on the $$$ price zone, so not happy about that, but we’ll eat leftovers at home, so okay. I ordered pollo mofongo criolla (grilled chicken with local criolla sauce and mashed platain) and Wally had Polpo Criolla (octopus with criolla sauce). They were both delicious. But would try the local food truck or tents out on the street next time just to see what they had going.
Wind farm on edge of bay
You think crabs might be on the menu?
and back to our patio to relax at Palmas Del Mar! Manana!