|Peering through the vine-laden gates of Hacienda San Isidoro in Patillas.|
So, play it is! Thanks to Facebook, I get information about the many festivals that are held by the municipalities across the island. I take special note of those within a short distance from us. I put them on our calendar in case I wake up in the morning and get a wild hair! Today's little festival was Festival de la Launcha Planúa in the seaside town of Humacao on the Island's east coast. But there are LOTS of interesting places to stop along the way... so let me show you what we found!
Hacienda San Isidoro: This old plantation house has caught our eye many times as we've sped past on our way to someplace else... Today we stopped and tramped through the grass outside the gate trying to get a better look. The mansion is just amazing. It is ornate and HUGE and it looks to be in relatively good shape as ruins go.
There isn't much information that I can find on the internet about this place. All I know is that it was an old sugar mill plantation and now it is owned by the Municipality of Patillas, PR. There seems to be some evidence of recent activity in that it is well kept and the grounds are clean and mowed. There might be some connection to horses but I wasn't able to get very far on that. Maybe some of you know!
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|The grounds are certainly well-kept.|
|You can get just enough of a view to entice you more! I want IN!|
|Next door there is a ruin of an old sugar mill.|
|Just across the road is another old building in ruins. Not sure if it's connected but I assume it is.|
|I took a peek inside and it's pretty much taken over by vegetation.|
|Highway 3 winds through the hills along the southeast coast. We stopped for a view of our next destination from afar!|
Playa Los Bohios:
The first little beach on our stop-list was in the municipality of Maunabo. It was very easy to get to, and had nice infrastructure for trash and recycling. The beach was picture perfect and is reported to be home to turtles for nesting, so be careful! The palms line the sandy beach and there is even a layer of black sand at the top of the tide line!
There wasn't a crowd so far by late Saturday morning, but I'm sure this one is popular! The shade alone earns it a place on our list of places to revisit!
|Lots of shady parking!|
|Gotta stop for shots of strange stuff we see along the way!|
|A resident was harvesting Breadfruit!|
|The Limber stand sells many flavours of frozen fruity juice cups! Get the Coco!|
|Looking back toward Playa Los Bohios!|
|The obligatory selfie|
|There were some busted window panes so we got glimpses of the inside.|
|A small museum I don't remember from our last visit was opening up.|
|It has some interesting things, mostly pieces and bits found nearby.|
|You can't have too many coastal beach photos, can you?|
|There is an easy trail leading through the trees and down to the beach.|
|Sargassum Seaweed is a problem again this year.|
|See how Bruce is trying to get in the Spirit!|
|Continuing on... more interesting things to see along the way to the next stop!|
|The Flamboyants are in full bloom! You can see the runoff from yesterdays rain in the mountains!|
|The buildings lie in ruins like so many others on the island... still it's a beaut|
|Finally our Limbers were thawed enough to eat!|
|Quick look at Hacienda Las Lucia Ruins before a breakfast stop!|
|Tripleta sandwich. Three kinds of meat, sauce and salad. Yummy!|
The locals were happy to tell us about this place and one lady had a photo on her phone that showed these trees with twenty two hammock strung between them. There were kids swinging in most of these and I just marvelled at how they must have made it up all that way! I love Puerto Ricans!
|Very nice and newly painted!|
|Water spouts up from the pipes providing a cool place for kids of all ages to play out here on this breezy point!|
|Tankers in port|
|Honey... If you REALLY loved me, you would get this for me!|
|Well he tried. Probably against the law to take it anyway...|
|Last stop, Punta Santiago in Humacao|
|Doesn't he look thrilled???|
The festival grounds were alive with colorful carnival rides and vendors, and there was a tent providing blessed shade for the artisans plying their wares. But the first thing I did was to drag Bruce to the ticket booth. I wanted to ride the carnival rides! I picked out two and we bought the tickets. $1 each. There wasn't much of a crowd in the heat of the afternoon, so we didn't have to wait to get on. In hindsight, I should have let Bruce sit on the inside so that he would be pushed into me from the centrifugal force generated by the ride. As it was, he probably won't walk right for a while after I squished his skinny butt for the duration of the very long ride. I thought it was a hoot! I think Bruce has a different opinion...
Trying to get the blood flowing through our bodies once more, we walked out to the Punta Santiago Pier. It is terribly torn up from Maria. We walked along the beach, the smell of drying seaweed strong in the air.
|Click "When we were here in 2016" to the right of this photo for that post|
After checking out the beach, we drifted to the cool shade beneath the artisan tent. I bought a little treasure to hang in our patio. It's fun to be able to buy souvenirs again after living so long on the boat with limited space! I resisted so many other things though, can't be greedy! We picked up a huge Lemonada at one of the stands and suddenly we were done. Our energy just drained out of us and we were ready to hit the highway toward home!
But we had two more ride tickets! On our way to the car, we found a mamma with two young boys and I gave the tickets to her. The transformation in that little boy when he realized that he was going to get another ride... well, it was worth the price of admission! We watched as he got on the ride and his smile just made our day. What a perfect ending to a wonderful day. Every time we leave our condo, we fall more and more in love with this island and her people. Come to Puerto Rico... and we'll take you Beach Hopping!
|Our route! Just over 81 miles round trip!|