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Great Places for Photography in PR: Northern Region

Posted on 19 November 2010 by jose

To celebrate our island’s natural wonders, sights, and colorful culture, EyeTour has compiled the ‘Great Places for Photography in Puerto Rico’ post series. Throughout the series we will feature some of the most amazing spots for photography lovers, hidden places, and suggested photo routes found throughout the different regions of the island. Join us for our first look into Puerto Rico’s Northern Region!

In the northern region of Puerto Rico you will find the world’s largest radiotelescope, one of the oldest cities in the New World and the world’s largest cave networks, among other amazing sights. This region is well balanced between its natural wonders, historical places, and amazing beaches – so prepare your cameras and be ready for an exciting journey!

Municipality of Manatí

Located on the northern side of the Island and at a one hour drive from San Juan, Manatí has some gorgeous beaches like Mar Chiquita and Playa Los Tubos. These beaches are not so hard to find but yet there might not be signs on the road so during the way pay attention to the northern side of the road (right side if you come from San Juan). Also you might want to visit the lovely Manatí town and plaza.

Playa Los Tubos: Characterized by its big waves and white sand, this beach is frequented by surfers. Swimmers must be careful with the underwater currents but its beautiful shore is truly for everyone’s enjoyment.

Town’s plaza: Centro de las Artes and Historic Church

Mar Chiquita: This beach is renowned for its horseshoe-shaped cove surrounded by white sands. It is possible to walk through the rocky barrier and photograph the beach from that interesting perspective.


In the municipality of Arecibo there are different photo opportunities varying fom its beautiful shores to the mountain region where the world’s largest radar radio telescope is found.

The Arecibo Observatory offers visitors a close view of the spectacular radar radio telescope of Arecibo. To get the whole shot to fit in the camera you might need a wide angle lens or a fish-eye lens.

Arecibo Lighthouse: Heading out of the mountains an into the shore you will find the Arecibo Lighthouse inside the Arecibo Historical Park and there is an entrance fee; However, to the eastern side of the lighthouse there is nice beach were you can appreciate the lighthouse from afar. The best time for photography from this beach is at the mornings since you’ll be shooting towards the west.

San Juan

Puerto Rico’s capital city, has a great diversity of beaches, historical sites, architecture and more. This is the ideal place for photographing panoramic sites, the local culture and history of one of the oldest cities in the new world.

El Escambrón: This beach has a unique view of the Capitol Building and the sea as well as the glamorous palm trees lined up in the coast.

Old San Juan: The Fuerte San Felipe del Morro and the Views from its historical city walls combines a great opportunity for architectural and panoramic photography.

We hope you enjoyed our selection of EyeTour photographs and remember you can share your favorite places using the comments section below!


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Great Places for Photography in PR: Eastern Region

Posted on 29 July 2010 by jose

To celebrate our island’s natural wonders, sights, and colorful culture, EyeTour has compiled the ‘Great Places for Photography in Puerto Rico’ post series. Throughout the series we will feature some of the most amazing spots for photography lovers, hidden places, and suggested photo routes found throughout the different regions of the island. Join us for our first look into Puerto Rico’s Eastern Region!

From El Yunque National Rain Forest to the small island municipalities of Culebra and Vieques, the eastern region of Puerto Rico counts with a great diversity of nature reserves and worldwide renowned beaches. Its proximity to the metropolitan area of San Juan makes the east of Puerto Rico a great destination for day trips and exploring the places that some people like to call paradise.

Culebra Island

The small Island of Culebra is a true paradise full of secluded beaches and the perfect destination for clear skies and the pursuit of nature and underwater photography.

Flamenco Beach: This majestic beach is one of Culebra’s most frequented by visitors. From the distance you can appreciate the perfect half moon shape of the shore and the blue accent of the clear water. If you’re looking for a panoramic  view of this beach you will need to do a long hike to the top of the mountain to the east of the beach.

Dáquiti:  This small bay area is a located at the entrance of the Ensenada Bay where a natural barrier of coral reefs sets the perfect spot for boats to anchor. To find this and more great views from land you have to venture to the southeastern side of the island passing by Club Seabourne hotel towards Punta Soldado Beach.

Municipality of Río Grande

El Yunque Rain Forest: Visit El Yunque and you can expect a great variety of photography opportunities, from wide views to the northern seashore, impressive waterfalls and rivers, to the vibrance of endemic plants and exotic birds. El portal del Yunque is an Information Center useful to plan your visit and gather information of the hiking trails and the diversity of routes available to the public. Situated in the entrance of the forest, visitors can enjoy the outstanding arquitecture of the Portal.


Located on the southeast region of Puerto Rico, Maunabo is a relatively small town with some great lonesome beaches.

View From El Faro Punta Tunas: The Punta Tunas beach offers a wide stretch of sand and can be photographed pretty well from the faro Punta Tunas.For access to the lighthouse you have to register (free of cost) at the administration office in the entrance.

Playa Punta Tunas: This beach has a spectacular view of the Lighthouse and a sandy shore. The access to the beach is through a small passage at the left of the entrance to the lighthouse.


Fortín Conde Mirasol: Vieques has many natural wonders for visitors to enjoy but it is the Fortín Conde de Mirasol the perfect spot for a panoramic view of the Town Isabela Segunda

Arriving by Plane: If you’re arriving at Vieques on a charter flight it could be possible to take some amazing aerial shots of this small Island so have the camera on hand. Tip: You might even be able to clean the outside of your window before boarding the plane.

Vieques: Virgin beaches with immaculate white sand are spread throughout the Island. Wild horses are also a common sight.


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Great Places for Photography in PR: Southern Region

Posted on 12 July 2010 by jose

To celebrate our island’s natural wonders, sights, and colorful culture, EyeTour has compiled the ‘Great Places for Photography in Puerto Rico’ post series. Throughout the series we will feature some of the most amazing spots for photography lovers, hidden places, and suggested photo routes found throughout the different regions of the island. Join us for our first look into Puerto Rico’s Southern Region!

The southern region of Puerto Rico is well known for its calm waters from the neighboring Caribbean Sea, its painteresque historical towns, and the traditional music of the ‘Bomba’. Come capture the vibrant culture, the neoclassical facades, and the intrinsic blue of the coasts.


Plaza Las Delicias is one of Puerto Rico’s most photographed because of its Parque de Bombas, the Ponce Cathedral, Casa Armstrong and all the amazingly well conserved colonial architecture that inhabits in this historical city. El Parque the Bombas is now a museum and a tourist information center so feel free to ask for directions there.

In La Cruceta del Vigía you can take an elevator ride to the top of an observatory tower to take pictures of the whole City of Ponce and all the way to its seashore. When heading up in the elevator be ready for an amazing view point of the Castillo Serrallés which is also open to the public and and an ideal place for architectural photography.


The Municipality of Jayuya: Jayuya is known for its indigenous heritage and for this matter the best two places to visit are the Piedra Escrita and the Museo del Cemí . The Piedra Escrita has a wood path that provide some good point of views towards the river and the mountains. Once you get to the bottom it is impresive how accesible and close you can get to this huge stone carved by Puerto Rico’s natives called Tainos.

Casa Museo Canales: This historic house is next to the Museo del Cemí and this pintoresque house should offer some fine photo opportunities to capture the splendor of the facade combined with the backdrop of the mountains.


Casa Pueblo: Located one street next to the town Plaza of Ajuntas, Casa Pueblo gives the visitor a first hand experience on how the Café Adjuntas is packaged by local volunteers. Also, this is a house filled with antiques and history about the town’s culture. Photography is allowed on its premises however a mounted flash is recomended for interior shots of the Casa Pueblo.

Adjuntas has a very enjoyable panoramic route where photo opportunities might appear anytime during the way through the countryside road. Heading towards Lago Garzas and the Bosque Guilarte you might find a great view of the entire town from above.

Guilarte Forest: Once you get to the Guilarte forest you can enjoy the panoramic view of the town of Adjuntas and all the nature that surrounds this secluded forest. It is a good idea to have ready a tele-lens for any casual encounter with the colorful birds, reptiles, and plants that inhabit among this ecosystem. Alike any forest, the best time for bird watching and animal sightings is during the morning.


The municipality of Yauco is found next to the main road Interstate PR#2 so even if you’re just passing by this municipality it is worth it to make a pit stop to explore and photograph its beautiful plaza and its surroundings. Yauco’s well-known coffee can be bought on its freshest state on the ‘plaza del mercado’, where farmers sell their home grown goods to the public.

Passing the entrance to Yauco’s town on the main road (carr.#2) there is an impresive “Platanal” or plaintain trees industrial plantations. This photography was taken from the roadside.

We hope you enjoyed our selection of EyeTour photographs and remember you can share your favorite places using the comments section below!


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EyeCandy: Taste of Rum Festival @ Old San Juan

Posted on 27 July 2009 by EyeFred

Get a glimpse of what the inaugural Taste of Rum Festival in Old San Juan had to offer: good food, lively music, great people, and the finest rums in the Caribbean. Also included are some awesome pictures from the High Flair Bartender Entertainment stage. Get started by clicking on the EyeCandy gallery below! To learn more about rum in Puerto Rico click here. To learn more about the Taste of Rum event click here.


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Beginner’s Guide to Photography in Old San Juan

Posted on 13 July 2009 by jose

As a resident of Old San Juan with over 50 video and photography productions on location for under the belt, it’s with much pride and joy that I share with you now my favorite spots to photograph in the historic city. Since I live close to the piers that make up the San Juan Marina on the southern end of the city, for me it’s always a treat to hike up the city streets like San Justo St. and Cruz St. while enjoying the views that open up as one moves towards higher ground, always taking advantage of the casual encounters that the city provides the avid photographer. So if you have the chance to explore the city and its many photo opportunities, keep your head up and your camera securely on hand because in Old San Juan the potential for a great shot lies around every corner.

Fuerte San Cristóbal

Recognized as the largest fortification in the Americas, El Fuerte San Cristóbal is full of unique photo opportunities and is the best spot for panoramic views of the city and for photos of Spanish architecture of centuries back, with its tunnels and barracks that once served as part of the city’s defense system. Explore all the different levels of the fort in search of the perfect panoramic shot, especially, the highest level of San Cristóbal, known as the Caballero, on which one may observe the entire city of Old San Juan and its bay.

Best Time For Photography: In the mornings if you want to take pics of El Morro and the northern end of the city towards the Atlantic. For great wide photographs of El Capitolio, which houses Puerto Rico’s Senate and House of Representatives, to the East – you’ll get a better shot after 1pm or at sunset. Plaza Colón can be seen from the south western side of the fort and makes for great shots too.

Fuerte San Felipe del Morro

The second oldest fortification making up San Juan’s defense system, El Morro is a sight to behold. From the gravel path that leads visitors to the fort there are good photo opportunities for panoramic views of Isla de Cabra and the Bacardi Factory across the San Juan Bay. If you look behind you as you walk the path to El Morro, you’ll also find good shots of the Escuela de Artes Plásticas, and of the Cementerio de San Juan to the East. Once inside the fortress you’ll find yourself bombarded with opportunities for great shots: there’s an ancient (renovated) lighthouse, soldier barracks, a dungeon, cannons, and the iconic Garitas (sentry box) from where soldiers kept watch of the seas. Be sure to make your way to the main platform of the “Santa Barbara Battery” – a good vantage point for views – and get a couple of shots from there. This is a fun place to wander around and simply explore all the different angles to the magnificent architecture.

Best Time For Photography: For a better view of the bay, visit the fortress during the morning. For spectacular high-contrast shots of El Morro, get yourself to its adjacent field as the sun is coming down (get there around 6pm to be on the safe side and have some time to set up).

Cementerio de San Juan

The cementery is a great place to explore and take photographs of the marble mausoleums and tombs, nestled between the fortified walls of the city and the waters of the Atlantic. There are also some good wide shots you can take of the cemetery from above, either standing on the fortified wall you can access by walking on the field adjacent to El Morro or all the way back from the Plaza del Quinto Centenario. Be careful as you walk down the small path that leads to the cemetery since it is a two way road and cars pass through occasionally. Also, be wary of exploring this (and any other) cementery at night, as there is no security around.

Best Time for Photography:
Anytime of the day – just don’t go there at night. Your shots will probably focus on the numerous marble sculptures, but in clear and sunny days you can shoot them against the blue hues of the Atlantic and make them really stand out in your compositions. Add a Puerto Rican flag into your frame for a nice touch of red.

La Muralla de la Ciudad

There is a winding path (favorite among joggers) that begins at La Puerta de San Juan, the last of three doors that were closed at night in order to protect the city and its residents. The path follows the outer side of the city walls around the San Juan Bay and the Atlantic, giving photographers an unique perspective on the majesty of these fortifications that shoot up hundreds of feet into the sky. If you walk to the end of the path (it will take you a good 20-30min depending on your pace) you’ll find yourself looking at El Morro from below. The Garitas make for great shots from this point so aim at them too.

Best Time for Photography: Anytime during the day if the weather is fine. Bring water (and a snack) for the walk. This is also an excellent spot for pictures of a San Juan sunset since you’ll be able to see it clearly across the bay.

Plazuela De La Rogativa

La Plazuela de la Rogativa is a hidden gem of a spot between La Fortaleza and Casa Rosa that offers a spectacular view of the San Juan Bay – a must stop for photographers! This is THE perfect place for a panoramic photo out into the bay, a picture of the historic Puerta de San Juan from above, some shots of Garitas, and plenty of opportunities to capture the beautiful Rogativa Statue at the center of this small plaza.

Best Time For Photography: During the morning if you want the sun to work in your favor as you aim towards the view of the bay. The later during the day, the higher the contrast you will get from the sun. You can also get nice vanilla and purple skies during sunsets.

View from Casa Rosa

To the north of the Plazuela de la Rogativa, Casa Rosa also offers a splendid view of the San Juan Bay – additionally, from this point of view you have an extraordinary shot of La Fortaleza (the Governor’s estate) and the city wall. Get close to the Garita in front of Casa Rosa and you might also shoot some interesting photos from that vantage point.

Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico

This is a place that might go undetected by some tourists and locals alike but the historical building that houses the Instituto de Cultura is a great example of the Spanish Colonial Architecture at its finest. Feel free to explore its interior patios, walk its spacious halls and photograph all the colour and splendor that this place has to offer. This is a good place to take pictures of the columns and arcs that characterize much of the architecture in Old San Juan.  The Instituto de Cultura is open from 9:30am to 5pm and its is closed on Mondays.

Calle San Sebastián

San Sebastián street is the perfect place to mingle with locals. The colorful colonial houses and the laid-back atmosphere makes it the right spot to get lost walking the cobblestone street and wonder around. At the western end of the street you will find El Parque de la Beneficencia and Casa Blanca, both recommended places for further exploration and photography. During the night this is one of the main streets in Old San Juan for people to hang out in bars and restaurants.

El Arsenal

Located near the Plaza de la Dársena at the west end of the San Juan Marina, El Arsenal is a colorful place ideal for taking pictures of the interior patios and architecture. Also you might find on its premises a small chapel, old Spanish canons, and a wide view of the bay. El Arsenal’s interior space is also dedicated to galleries which often feature exhibits of local artists. It opens Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

El Capitolio

The Capitol Building is an interesting place for photography. Located a short walk away from the San Cristóbal fortress and in front of a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. You are allowed to take pictures inside the building, so make sure you take advantage of this opportunity, as you will find inside the original document for the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as well as several mosaics on the ceiling. Visiting hours are Monday to Fridays from 9am to 4pm.

Below are some links you might find useful:

Lose yourself within the city and its historic streets and be ready for casual encounters with Puerto Rican culture, colors, and flavors.  Be creative. Explore. Your curiosity will be rewarded with great photo opportunities!

Travel Photography Tips: From National Geographic , From Kodak , From Picture Correct

Composition: 4 Rules of Composition for Landscape Photography , Rule of Thirds


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