Caribe Hilton and Copamarina Beach Resort Photos - Puerto Rico

Photos from My trip to Puerto Rico

In April, I took my mother on vacation to Puerto Rico. For the first four nights, I used my Royal Holiday Club timeshare membership to stay at the Copamarina Beach Resort in Guanica, Puerto Rico. It's on the opposite side of the island from San Juan -- about a 90 minute drive or so.

After that we moved the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, just for one night, but it was so nice I wish we could have stayed much longer. It's a beautiful hotel in a great  location and we were lucky enough to get a great deal for it on Priceline. I really like their pools.

Here are some of my photos from the trip. All of them were taken with my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1 camera, which is an excellent little piece of photographic equipment.

Enjoy!

Copamarina Beach Resort, Guanica, Puerto Rico

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View from our PatioAnother view from our patio
View from our Patio
View from our Patio
Another view from our patio
Another view from our patio

Parque de Bombas

Parque de Bombas is a historical fire station in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It's well known for it's rather startling red & black paint job. It was built in 1882 and served as a fire station until 1990. It is now a museum.

Ponce Fire Station

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Ponce Fire StationMotorcycle in front of Parque de BombasMotorcyle Close-up - I just loved the contrast
Ponce Fire Station
Ponce Fire Station
Motorcycle in front of Parque de Bombas
Motorcycle in front of Parque de Bombas
Motorcyle Close-up - I just loved the contrast
Motorcyle Close-up - I just loved the contrast

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Ponce

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe was built on the site of the original chapel that stood in Ponce's Plaza Las Delicias in 1660. The Gothic inspired Cathedral was built in 1931, and the pipe organ was installed in 1934. It's the most well known church in southern Puerto Rico.

Interestingly, going through my pictures I have none of Our Lady of Guadalupe. If they have a shrine to her in this cathedral, it's off in a corner someplace. The largest Marian shrine at the front of the church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. There was another Madonna and Child shrine as well, but the photo is too dim for me to make out which representation of Mary it is supposed to be (and it's too dim to bother uploading).

Ponce Cathedral

Our Lady of the  Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Our Lady of the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Pipe Organ in Ponce Cathedral
Pipe Organ in Ponce Cathedral

Ponce architectural rehab

Ponce has had its fortunes wax and wane over the years and right now I'd say it is "waning" mode because many of the buildings we passed were shuttered and empty. There is quite a bit of rehab work going on within the city though so maybe they are expecting a resurgence in the near future. Some of the locals we spoke to mentioned that Puerto Rico is bidding for the Pan American Games to be held near Ponce in the future and there are a ton of a big road building projects in the region.

Ponce bldg waiting for its rehab

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Waiting for RehabI just love old buildings like this
Waiting for Rehab
Waiting for Rehab
I just love old buildings like this
I just love old buildings like this

Abandoned Lighthouse in Guanica, Puerto Rico

I love abandoned spaces that were once occupied by people. I believe this building is a lighthouse. It certainly looks like one and since it is right next to the coastline, about a mile from Copamarina Beach Resort, I'm pretty sure that is exactly what it is.

Abandoned Lighthouse Photos

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The Caribe Hilton

After leaving Copamarina Becah resort, we heade back to San Juan and the Caribe Hilton. The Caribe Hilton is a flagship property of the Hilton chain -- their first built outside the US mainland and one of the first resort hotels built in San Juan. Once upon a time it was also home to the largest casino in the Caribbean, but the cansion has been gone for several years now.

This is a huge property and it contains not only the hotel, but the only private beach on the island and an old colonial fort called Fort San Geronimo.

Caribe Hilton

View from our Room

We were pretty high up inside the Villas at the Caribe Hilton so I took these photos from our balcony. This is the Fort San Geronimo and the next photo is another hotel just across the way from the Caribe

Coconut Tree on Caribe Property
Coconut Tree on Caribe Property

Fort San Geronimo

Fortín de San Gerónimo del Boquerón (Fort Saint Jerome of the Large Entrance) is a small fort located in the entrance to what is known today as Condado, Puerto Rico lagoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was built during the 17th century to replace a smaller battery (called El Boquerón) that stood at the easternmost end of the San Juan islet. The original Boquerón battery defended San Juan from attacks by Sir Francis Drake in 1595 and Sir George Clifford "Earl of Cumberland" in 1598 who destroyed it after his attack. The San Gerónimo became part of San Juan's First Line of Defense, along with the San Antonio Fort/Bridge and Escambrón Fort, being the Fourth and final Line of Defense the majestic San Cristóbal Castle, guardian to the city entrance. From Wikipedia

Fort San Geronimo at Night

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Fort San Geronimo from my balconyI love this -- it almost looks like a toy model
Fort San Geronimo from my balcony
Fort San Geronimo from my balcony
I love this -- it almost looks like a toy model
I love this -- it almost looks like a toy model

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Guru-C 9 years ago

Great photos, Embitca. I grew up in Puerto Rico and we used to play at the Caribe Hilton whenever friends from out of town invited us. It is soooo beautiful! I love your pictures of Ponce, where, incidentally, I've never visited because the highway hadn't been built yet, and my mom always got carsick going over the mountains, so we never managed to arrive....


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embitca 9 years ago from Boston Author

Thank you, Guru-C! That's interesting about the highway. Do you know when it was actually built? It's a great drive.


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Guru-C 9 years ago

We lived there until 1972, and I believe construction had already started but not completed. We lived in Caguas, and then Guaynabo. To reach Ponce, one had to cross through Cayey, which was way up in the mountains over narrow, winding roads lined with bouganvillia, flamboyan and trinitaria trees, absolutely breathtaking. We attempted to reach Ponce at least 10 times, but poor mom couldn't tolerate it. So we'd often stop at a country restaurant where the good bread and a Pepsi would stabilize her vertigo. The rest of us would dig in to arroz con pollo and talk about the next time...


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Wonderful photos. I felt like I was traveling right with you. Beautiful.


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fyxer 6 years ago from mt vernon

beautiful pictures,but thats not a palm--it's a coconut tree lol i would like to have a coconut right now' again beautiful pictures


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embitca 6 years ago from Boston Author

Thanks, glad you like the photos :)

Fyxer, thanks for letting me know what kind of tree it is :)

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