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.
Copamarina Beach Resort, Guanica, Puerto RicoClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 StationClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 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 rehabClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 PhotosClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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
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 NightClick thumbnail to view full-size
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