The City of Clear Waters
Known as the City of Clear Waters because of its abundance of freshwater springs, the 31-square-mile (80-square-kilometer) Aguas Buenas is set at the base of the Sierre de Cayey section of the Cordillera Central mountain range. The municipality is bounded by Bayamón, Guaynabo, and San Juan to the north. In easy reach of the island’s capital, Aguas Buenas is only a 3o-minute drive to SJU airport and 40 minutes from Old San Juan.
Points of Interest
The main town of Aguas Buenas includes a handful of sites worth checking out while you’re in the area. Originally built in 1955, Parque de Bombas Maximiliano Merced fire station is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Casa de Arte y Cultura Don Franciso “Paquito” Díaz features artistic displays and exhibitions. Plaza de Recreo Luis A. Ferré encompasses a water feature and is steps from churches, cafes and Casa Alcaldia, the town’s city hall. Stroll over to Paseo El Mirador for an impressive view of the surrounding area.
Outside of town, La Charca Recreational Center is located on the banks of the Rio Bayamon and features a boardwalk, play areas for kids, and an open-air pavilion. Cerro La Tiza and Cerro Marquesa are among the nearby lookout points with sweeping views of the region’s verdant natural terrain.
The Aguas Buenas Caves offer another important landmark. This 0.4-mile (one-kilometer) cave system marks the start of the Río Caguitas tributary and is home to more than 50 species of wildlife. Ancient Taíno wall paintings have also been found here. Exploring on your own can be dangerous, however, so a visit is only recommended if you are with an expert.
The drive up to Quinta Mujica, a rustic restaurant set high in the hills of Aguas Buenas, sets the tone for a delightful dining experience. The two-story wooden eatery is exquisitely landscaped and resembles a chalet, with vaulted ceilings and porches that overlook the stunning environs. A sophisticated menu includes dishes like pork chops with rice and chorizo, salmon with Lyonnaise potatoes, tostones with cured meat, and rabbit curry. You’ll love sipping fresh-fruit mojitos as live musicians provide an elegant soundtrack to a memorable meal.