Ciales, located in Puerto Rico’s mountainous central region, is known as "the town of the brave." While you won’t find any hotels in the immediate area, this is the perfect area for people who want to get off the beaten path and enjoy the natural beauty of the island.
There’s no shortage of things to do nearby, including the Toro Negro State Forest, the Doña Juana Waterfalls and numerous other outdoor activities. Ciales may be a rural town, but it has a wide variety of restaurants and kiosks, where you can practice what Puerto Ricans call chinchorreo.
Chinchorrear means going kiosk-hopping tasting different hors d'oeuvres and local cuisine, as well as drinking beverages such as craft beers, mojitos, and other specialties. The chinchorreo gives you the opportunity to try many things without having to set only with the first course, since people tend to consume just a little bit at each stop so that they can maximize their number of stops. It’s a great way to try Puerto Rican specialties, meet friendly locals, and experience the island.
But, you’ll also need a place to stay in Ciales:
Ciales is home to one of the island’s truly unique and fun accommodations: Hacienda Negrón. At the epic fun family complex, you’ll find picture-perfect mountain views surround everything you need for a good time there: swimming pools, water slides, gazebos for family picnics, bars, pool tables, and more.Visitors can choose to stay in the camping area or rent one of the apartments, if you prefer indoor comfort.
Hacienda Negrón is very popular among locals in search of a getaway, and is known for its excellent customer service. It is an ideal place for travelers who want to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with nature. There is electricity and drinking water in the camping area, along with a nearby river and, of course, the stunning mountain views.
Casona Bella Vista
Another lodging option in Ciales is Casona Bella Vista. It is a cozy seven-room guesthouse located at the top of a mountain where there is also a restaurant with panoramic views. The guesthouse also has recreational facilities spread across four acres of land including a bar, children's play area, pool tables, pool, and more. Guests can enjoy activities such as hiking, fishing, and mountain biking in close proximity to the property.
Vacation Rentals in Ciales
If you want to stay near Ciales, you can also find some vacation rental options between Ciales and the north coast of the island. Those accommodations, which you can find through sites like AirBnB or HomeAway offer you proximity to both the mountains and the beaches.