El Pomier caves
A set of remote caves protected as a national park, with thousands of Taino pictographs.
Set amid rolling sand dunes, this small fishing village holds one of the island’s most beautiful beaches – wonderfully uncorrupted by mass tourism.
Hiking around San José
This quiet mountain town gets few visitors, but the hiking trails that fan out across the spectacular southern mountains merit a few days’ exploration.
San Rafael and Los Patos
Two beautiful beaches with pounding surf and waterfalls that thrum down from the rainforest-draped mountains and pour into the sea.
A salt-water lake the size of Manhattan, with alligators, tens of thousands of tropical birds and Isla Cabritos, heavily populated with rhinoceros iguana.