Visitors who want to escape the hustle and bustle of San Juan should head up to the mountains of Aibonito, Puerto Rico, a 45 mi/72 km (one-hour) drive south toward the central region of the island.

Aibonito is known for its flowers and refreshing climate. A flower festival is held annually the last week of June through the first week of July and is a must-see for its wide variety of orchids and tropical flowers in vibrant colors.

Note: Puerto Rico sustained severe damage during Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Aibonito was hit particularly hard, and recovery efforts have been challenging. Still, the flower festival is operational again, and the Mirador Piedra Degetau is worth a stop for its beautiful views.

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