If you're driving around the western end of the island 70 mi/115 km southwest of San Juan, stop in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico's third-largest city, to look around and perhaps purchase the local embroidery or a brazo gitano (a jelly-filled cake roll with either chocolate, creme or tropical fruit pastes).

Mayaguez's plaza is lovely, with a large statue of Columbus surrounded by 16 striking bronze statues of ladies from Barcelona.

Note: Puerto Rico sustained severe damage during Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Recovery efforts may take years. Travelers should investigate current conditions prior to planning a visit.

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