Category Archives: Fun

Fun, sporty places to visit. Usually a mix of man-made and nature.

Altitude Trampoline Park @Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Had a great time yesterday at the Altitude Trampoline Park in Gurabo. This place is relatively new and my son was begging me to take him so we took some time to go and it was 100% worth it! Gurabo is about 20 – 30 minutes from San Juan depending on traffic (right next to Caguas). If it’s a weekday I recommend you go early to avoid the big 5 – 6pm traffic jams, because those are just horrible and you don’t want to be in one… trust me.

So anyway, the trampoline park is precisely that. A place full of trampolines where you get to jump and bounce to your heart’s content (as long as you follow the rules). Prices are reasonable: About $15 (with TAX) for 1 hour per person if you’re paying full price and buying the socks (socks are $2.00 – they have anti-slipping elements, but you can take them home and reuse them whenever you come back). They have special prices for families of 4 people and larger groups. Kids younger than 7 also pay less. Be prepared to pay about $40 – $45 for 1 hour of 4 people (they have better offers for longer times). One hour was enough for me, but the kids wanted more!

The park also has a dodgeball section, a basketball hoop area, a battle zone where you do an “american gladiator” sort of battle trying to throw the other person off, a little kid area, and a foam pool for jumping in. All the sections are available to you with the 1 hour pay or whatever you choose. Of course, nothing speaks better than a picture, so here I leave you with some so you can see for yourself.

Recommendation: Great for a rainy day when being outside is pointless or when it’s so hot you instantly melt on contact with the asphalt (like today).

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Wildo’s Shore Break @ Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Had some fun taking pics at Wildo’s Shore Break (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) this weekend. The wind was killer. I’m talking free acupuncture from the sand, but we toughed  it out. The beach was beautiful, clean, and not too full, so it was (aside from the piercing sandy wind) perfect.  The spot is sheltered by a cliff on the right side and has a vast sandy area where you can play sports, run around and build plenty of sand castles. The swimming area is clear of rocks and the waves are relatively calm. To get here you need to go inside the Ramey Base and through the golf course. Ask around! It’s not really a secret beach.

Paseo Piñones, Scenic Bike Route @ Loíza, Puerto Rico

This bike route is definitely Yarari!

Unsuccessful Attempts at Brain Silence

This is the path that veers away from road 187. This is the path that veers away from road 187.

Piñones is a small treasure of possibilities. From natural seawater pools, surfing spots, chinchorros with traditional fried foods like alcapurrias and bacalaítos, to fishing, fruit frappes and a pretty cool and ecologically diverse bike route. All this, only minutes from San Juan.

From The Baldorioty de Castro Expressway or from Ave. Isla Verde, take road 187 to Piñones. The path starts turning left right after the bridge, but you may park along any part and just start riding. We stopped at a natural fruit frappe shop right after the bridge and headed on towards Soleil Beach Club where there is usually some parking. Yup. We parked, unloaded our bikes and off we went. The path changes from wood to road several times so prep your tushy.

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Circofest Puerto Rico 2014

The circus is in town! There’s nothing quite like the circus; the painted faces and funny hats, the striped pants and acrobatics… It’s fun for all ages. This weekend and all through next week Puerto Rico is blessed with an international cast of circus characters. The first of its kind, Circofest has brought together artists from all over the world to bring joy and happiness to our little island.

Aerial Silk Duo
Aerial Silk Duo

Jugglers, clowns, fire breathers, aerial silk dancers, slack liners, and daring adventurous magical people of all kinds. This weekend they filled the streets of Old San Juan with their art and will continue to spread the joy throughout various parts of the Island during the week to come. I recommend it. For schedules and maps check out their page Circofest.com I really hope they keep coming every year and I can get better pics next time.

This wonderful initiative was coordinated by the local circus artist community in Puerto Rico. Some of the emerging groups and companies are so good, they really need to be checked out. They put on a really good show and also give classes, so if you didn’t make it to the Circofest, you can still fly high or play at acrobatics with this crowd:

Circo Nacional de Puerto Rico

Compañia Subcielo

Educare

Playa Aviones @ Piñones, Loíza, Puerto Rico

Aviones is one of my favorite near San Juan beaches. A 2… or perhaps 3-in-1 combo of food, surf, and pozita.  A pozita is a natural sea water pool. Rocks near the shore close off the area, leaving shallow, wave-free (unless the tide is high) pools that tend to stay warm and are perfect for the kids.

At Aviones you get the kiddie pozita and a surfing wave behind the rocks. The surf spot tends to crowd, but if you’re into bodyboarding or surfing you can do that while the kids play in the pozita. Off the beach is El Boricua, a famous chinchorro where, even on a Monday, there seems to be an eternal line. The alcapurrias and bacalaítos are worth it, though. The houses right in front of the beach allow you to park there for a small fee.

To get to Aviones, take the route to Piñones (road #). You will pass the bridge, several restaurants, a basketball court, then the kiosks and pozitas (this one crowds more and sometimes looks muddy after heavy rain), Chatarra (awesome surf spot, but only breaks occasionally)… soon after you will see a parking in front of houses and El Boricua. That’s Aviones (Km ). There is a wooden ladder leading to the beach. The channel is right in front of the ladder, but the good posita spot is to the left, where it’s shallower.

CAUTION: There is a current, and if the tide is high, it can be strong. Looking from the sand towards the water, it pushes you from left to right.  If you are unfamiliar with beaches, please read the  Beach Fun & Safety Tips before going.

Have fun!