Known as "the city of thermal waters," Coamo is the third-oldest town in Puerto Rico and is nestled in the center of a prehistoric volcano, which is now a lovely valley south of the Central Mountain Range. Its name originates from Taíno meaning "flat and extensive place,” in honor of its beautiful panoramic views.
Things to Do
As the only thermal pools in Puerto Rico, the Coamo Hot Springs are in high demand. The Taínos believed that these springs had healing powers, while another legend says these waters were the fountain of youth sought by Juan Ponce de León, Puerto Rico’s first governor. For less than $5 you can enjoy a soak surrounded by mountains in an outdoor spa setting, receive a therapeutic massage (for an additional charge), and peruse souvenirs at the small shop.
The historic Hollywood Theater is located near the town square, and its single-room, 214-seat cinema projects 4k movies at budget-friendly prices seven days a week. Take time to enjoy the building’s 100+ year history.
For one of the best views in town, visit the Mirador el Cerro, which offers a panoramic vista of the Coamo Valley and the Caribbean Sea.
Every February the San Blas Marathon attracts local and world-renowned athletes to run its breathtaking course. This race is such a big part of Coamo’s culture that its inhabitants are known to other Puerto Ricans as “the marathon runners.”
For a more leisurely way to take in the town’s stunning views, head to the 18-hole course at the Coamo Golf Club. Given the great weather, it’s a course you can enjoy all year.
The most popular restaurant in Coamo is La Gota de Rojas, a family-friendly business located in a recently remodeled historic building. Savor authentic Puerto Rican cuisine such as plantains and cuts of red meat, and refresh yourself with their homemade sangria.
If you’re looking for a meal with a view, visit Placeres del Mirador. They serve tasty Puerto Rican dishes with a twist, as well as craft beers, mojitos with natural juices, and striking views of the surrounding valley.
Other nearby restaurants include La Ceiba Bar & Restaurant (try their mofongo smothered with your choice of meats or seafood and sauces) and Carnaval, which features more delicious Puerto Rican food.