5 Culinary Gems Along Puerto Rico’s Beaches and Backroads - Atlas Obscura Lists

5 Culinary Gems Along Puerto Rico’s Beaches and Backroads

Exploring incredible cuisine like a local.

Influences from Puerto Rico’s diverse inhabitants have made their way into the mouth-watering cuisine found across the Island. Between the intoxicating scent of lechón wafting through the mountainous Ruta del Lechón or “Pork Highway”; the rich mofongo awaiting you in one of Piñones’ many food stands; and the enticing sight of empanadillas tucked in the weathered kiosks of Luquillo, there’s a whole world of flavor packed into this small Island. Of course, if you need to wash it down, there’s more than enough rum to go around, too.

The following places are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many flavors of Puerto Rico, and while you may live a lifetime without eating all of the food it has to offer, you have to start somewhere—just don’t forget your appetite.

Loíza, Puerto Rico

Piñones

Archaeological sites and great food inside the island's largest mangrove forest.
Sponsored by Discover Puerto Rico
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Hacienda Buena Vista

This museum preserves the heyday of Puerto Rican coffee.
Sponsored by Discover Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

El Batey

Everyone from Alan Ginsberg to The Rolling Stones has stopped by this classic dive bar.
Sponsored by Discover Puerto Rico
Orocovis, Puerto Rico

Ruta de la Longaniza

This "sausage route" features gorgeous views and family-owned restaurants.
Sponsored by Discover Puerto Rico

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