Originally Posted by brewer12345
Is there lots to see and do in the west?
Brewer, there's not nearly as much to see and do in the west as in the east. But what they have they show off very well. The west coast is more laid back, without the enclave resorts of the east coast. There's more B&Bs and beachfront condos, and you find more snowbirds, expats, and surfing
The weather is different also, the south coast is drier and hotter, with cactus in many places. I'll torture you a bit more by including a few more photos. One is of the dry hills on the drive southwest, and one is of "gilligan's island," a beach/fishing resort on the coast.
You mentioned the cordillera (other than the yunque rain forest, which you know). We've only done that in a few spots, because the mountains are high, the roads are very curvy and there's not a lot of places to stay overnight, so we only go when we have a specific destination. But whenever we've gone we've loved the scenery and the nature. I'll attach a photo we took last year of a beautiful high mountain lake we visited, where a pontoon boat took us to a hidden restaurant with good food and low prices.
Let us know when you make your next trip and we can give you specifics.