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Great Places for Photography in PR: Western Region

Posted on 05 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 Western Region!

If you’re looking for the best sunsets at the beach, west is the way to go. If that isn’t enough, world famous surfing spots, inspiring architecture from the Spanish Colonial era, historical lighthouses, and much more awaits you in this spectacular region of Puerto Rico. This part of the island provides a wide variety of photo opportunities throughout its municipalities, so plan your trip ahead (perhaps by checking out our own collection of EyeTour videos).


Rincón is famous for its beaches, the surf and breathtaking sunsets. If you are looking to take pictures of the people surfing in most of the beaches in Rincón the point break of the surf is far from the shore so the use of a Tele Lens and a tripod is recommended.

El Faro de Punta Higüero has a vantage point looking towards the Isla desecheo and Domes Surfing Beach. Since the Lighthouse premises are located on a high grounds and inwards the sea you might be able to take some amazing action shots of the surfers with a good tele-lens (200mm lens or higher).

Cabo Rojo

Los Morillos Lighthouse is one spectacle to behold. This inspiring Lighthouse located on the westernmost corner of Cabo Rojo provides photographer the opportunity to capture a great sunset in a great panoramic scenario.

The Cabo Rojo Salt Flats has on its premises hiking trails, an observation post and the outstanding salt flats, giving the visitor an excellent opportunity for nature photography. You can take a bird watching tour or simply hike through the bio diversity of this reserve.


Crash Boat is located in the municipality of Aguadilla and is one of the most photographed beaches of Puerto Rico. Just before getting to Crash Boat’s entrance there is an observation deck that is the perfect spot for a panoramic shot of the beach. The other big thing to look for on this beach are the painteresque fishing boats parked in the sand at the eastern side of the shore.

San German

One of the oldest Christian structures in the western hemisphere the Iglesia Porta Coelie stands in the center of the municipality of San German. This church is a great example of the spanish colonial architecture and is a great starting point for taking pictures in the historical town of San German.

From the top of the Porta Coelie’s stairs a good wide view of the plaza can be photographed. Also you can try walking around the plaza and encounter first hand the streets and historical facades of the antique houses around town.

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 EyeTour.com 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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EyeCandy: EyeTour.com runners at the WB10K

Posted on 03 July 2009 by EyeFred

Puerto Rico is host to many sporting events each year, but most are not as high profile as the World’s Best 10K marathon, which has become in recent years a cultural phenomenon.  EyeTour decided to let its presence known in 2009′s event (you can see our EyeCandy photo gallery of the WB10K here) and sent our editorial team to follow two local runners ready to cross the WB10K finish line.  Our EyeTour.com ‘sponsored’ runners, Alexis Gómez (25 – Trujillo Alto, PR) and Daniel Blanco (27 – San Juan, PR), gave it their all – but in the end could not out-pace this year’s winner, Sammy Kitawara from Kenya who ran an astounding 27:26 official time for the race.  Both however, were able to compete the race admirably, with Danny coming in at 1056 with 52:54 total time and Alexis placing 1919 with 59:42.  We’d like to congratulate them both for reaching their individual goals and thank them for wearing our (super cool and ultra-limited edition) EyeTour.com logo shirts.  Don’t worry guys, we’ll get ‘em next year!


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EyeCandy: El Gran Combo y su salsa gorda!

Posted on 03 July 2009 by EyeFred

This year the Festival Claridad celebrated its XXXV anniversary with the salsa sounds of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.   The celebration took place at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium’s parking lot area and lasted from Thursday February 26, 2009 through the whole weekend.  El Gran Combo took the stage on the first night and wowed the crowd with their best known hits.  For more information about the Festival Claridad, click here.


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EyeCandy: Festival Claridad 2009

Posted on 03 July 2009 by EyeFred


Each year the Festival Claridad brings out the crowds for a weekend celebration of Puerto Rican identity full of music, arts & crafts, food, and drink.  This year was no exception as you’ll find in the gallery below.  See you next year!  For more information about the Festival Claridad, click here.


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