When you stay at the Casa Grande Mountain Resort make a left out of the main entrance onto PR-612, and you will come to a few very photogenic locations. There are a lot of houses in the wilderness of the mountains, and you may encounter some wildlife too. There is a massive population of strays in this country. As you can see above, we made a new friend with our french fries that came with the meal, but we do no eat. They are one of the worst foods for you. Don’t eat your french fries and bring our friend some at the Central Caonillas 1 right near the Casa Grande. This is a very calming, peaceful, tranquil place. One of our friends lost their dog to illness this day. Her dog Jinx looked very similar to the one in our picture. It was so peaceful here with our new friend we felt as if we were visiting Jinx at the Rainbow Bridge.
When staying at this resort, you will also be near Lago Caonillas. Lago Caonillas is located in the municipio of Utuado, and was constructed in 1948 by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). The main purpose of the reservoir was to generate hydroelectricity for the people living around the area. The lake area will offer an opportunity to get some pictures but don’t expect anything jaw-dropping.
If you come in from the southern side of the island, you will pass a small town called Adjuntas as seen in the picture above. The town square is beautiful, and you can stop for a little shopping in between your photography. There were only two hotels in the general area that we noticed at a quick internet glance, so we kept going. Luckily we did. We found one of the best places on the planet earth. See our hotel section below.
From the Casa Grande, you can also travel to the Window Cave and the Arecibo Observatory. Here you can see a small museum, an educational film and you can stand next to the world’s largest single-dish telescope.