El Yunque and the Northeast Places


Río Grande


Berwind Country Club and Golf Course. The Berwind Country Club and Golf Course has a public 18-hole course known for its tight fairways and demanding greens. It's open to nonmembers Monday through Friday, with greens fees beginning at $25 plus taxes. On Saturdays, nonmembers can play after 12 pm if they make arrangements in advance. Rte. 187, Km 4.7, Río Grande, 00745. 787/876–3056. www.berwindcountryclub.net.

Río Mar Country Club. The Río Mar Country Club has a clubhouse with a pro shop, two restaurants between two 18-hole courses, to grab a sit-down lunch or a quick beverage and a bite. The River Course, designed by Greg Norman, has challenging fairways that skirt the Mameyes River. The Ocean Course, designed by Tom and George Fazio, has slightly wider fairways than its sister; iguanas can usually be spotted sunning themselves near its fourth hole. If you're not a resort guest, be sure to reserve tee times at least 24 hours in advance. Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, 6000 Río Mar Blvd., Río Grande, 00745. 787/888–7060. www.wyndhamriomar.com.

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort Golf Course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., this tranquil 18-hole course meanders alongside the island's Río Espíritu Santo and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Environmentally respectful, this challenging course traipses past scenic lakes, deep-rooted mangroves, and spectacular residences to blend into the area's rainforest surroundings, while ocean breezes add a degree of difficulty to lush, rolling fairways. Green fees vary seasonally; rates and times are available on request. State Road 187, Km 4.2, Río Grande, 00745. 787/957–1510.

Trump International Golf Course. The Trump International Golf Course, the former Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, features two 18-hole courses designed by PGA Professional Tom Kite, and is bordered by 100 acres of coastline and outstanding views of El Yunque. Gran Melia Puerto Rico, 100 Clubhouse Dr., Coco Beach, Río Grande, 00745. 787/657–2000. www.trumpgolfclubpuertorico.com. $120 for the Twilight Rate to $200 for the 18-hole Championship Course.

Carabalí Rainforest Park. A family-run operation, this hacienda is a good place to jump in the saddle and ride one of Puerto Rico's Paso Fino horses. Hour-long rides take you around the 600-acre ranch, while two-hour treks take you to a river where you and your horse can take a dip. If you prefer something more high-tech, rent a four-wheeler for an excursion through the foothills of El Yunque. Rte. 992, Km 4, Río Grande, 00716. 787/889–5820. www.carabalirainforestpark.com.

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