Destination: Hacienda Muñoz
Distance from San Juan: 30 minutes
Family Friendly: Yes
Reasons to go:
- Yiya's Restaurant is hands down one of the best in the island (and very reasonably priced, btw). You can sit outside on a wide, breezy balcony from where you can a part of the Hacienda and the cast of characters that call it home: roosters, chickens, peacocks and a mild mannered donkey named Isabela. The food was is delicious, especially the "tostones rellenos de ropa vieja,"which pair perfectly with the passion fruit Sangria. (Warning: the half pitcher is more like a pitcher.) This place gets packed on weekends, so arrive before Noon if you don't want to wait for a table.
- Stretch your legs and learn a little about the history of my favorite bean by taking a Coffee Tour. These are offered on weekends at 10am, Noon and 2pm and cost $15 for adults. (Call in advance to confirm.) There's not a lot of walking, but the path is steep and if the sun's out it gets really hot, so I suggest you wear comfortable shoes and breathable clothes. Oh, and if your Spanish is not great, call in advance and ask for an English language tour.
- Finish your visit with a coffee at Doppio Coffee Bar. After all the food and sun, trust me, you'll need some espresso before the drive home.