Puerto Rico’s southern region is also known as Porta Caribe, or Gateway to the Caribbean.
Guayanilla, Ponce, Santa Isabel, Salinas, Guayama, Arroyo, and Patillas comprise the coastal towns of Porta Caribe, offering visitors often-isolated beaches facing the calm waters of the Caribbean and marinas for boating. Further inland, the towns of Yauco, Peñuelas, Villalba, Juana Diaz, Coamo, and Guayama are primarily agricultural communities, many of which retain charming vestiges of colonial life under Spanish rule.
Because of its diverse landscape, Porta Caribe is a natural destination for outdoor recreation. It is also a historical destination featuring cultural richness. The Toro Negro Forest, Coamo Springs, and many protected reserves offer a variety of eco-tourism adventures.