National Geographic : 1970 Feb
stairs on their knees to a church on a hill or smell a coffee harvest in Yauco or get to a place where English isn't spoken. You won't try a little seafood place named Villa Cofresi in Rincon on the west shore. There won't be any tourists at the next table because it's never been mentioned before in any travel folder. You won't see the lair that once was the home of the pirate Roberto Cofresi or the foundations of Ponce de Leon's first house or the huge hotel built on a three-hundred foot cliff in the middle of nowhere. To get down to the beach you have to ride a tramway. You won't see the place where the Marines landed during the Spanish American War or the spot Christopher Columbus dropped anchor. You won't have the fun of the dime ferry ride from behind the post office in San Juan to Catafio. You won't see or do a lot of things you can see and do outside of San Juan. Puerto Rico is a strange and not-so-distant land. And it's nice to know you don't need a passport or a visa or vaccinations or customs or an international driving license. You don't even have to change the bucks in your pocket. The island isn't that big. You can go anywhere and back in a day. Land in San Juan. See San Juan. Enjoy San Juan. And then get out of San Juan. The island has 6 airports. Thousands of rental cars. Lots of motor bikes. Buses. Taxis. And tours. Go to Puerto Rico again and see it for the first time.