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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!

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La Marquesa Forest Park @ Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

For kids and nature lovers! Only a short distance from San Juan, La Marquesa Forest Park is a great spot for families and nature lovers. The park itself is a beautiful forest with added extras.

Kids pay $3.00 and adults $6.00. They have limited parking space, however, there is extra parking below the mountain accessible via trolley car.

Park Map
Park Map

As you go in the park you can either walk up the mountain, take a train (car that looks like a train) ride or ride the cable cars. I recommend the cable cars. The view is spectacular, and frankly, the mountain is pretty steep so it’s a break from hiking. You can go down on the cable cars as well. They also have a train that takes you up the mountain. Either route, you end up in the aviary and restaurant area.

We ate and skipped the birds. The kids wanted to see the Dinosaurs! It’s really a trail with commemorative trees and dinosaur sculptures; a very steep hike, but alas, there was T-Rex.

They have small playgrounds with gazebos scattered beyond the dinosaur trail. There’s a watchtower. The view must be amazing. Frankly we didn’t go up. All of us were tired from the dinosaur hike!

We walked back down the mountain through the back trail. Nobody was there! A beautiful forest path, just for us. There were gazebos all along the path where people can get together for a picnic or simply rest from the hike… The path continued beyond the park entrance, but as our car was parked near the entrance, we went up the stairs and ended our hike there.

The park also has a zip line adventure for an additional cost. We could see the cables from the funicular lift. My oldest son was very interested. I promised we would go, so that will probably be a future blog post. Here are the pics: