Cayey is a 30-minute drive from San Juan or Ponce, and one of the best ways to experience its natural beauty and local culture is to take a short scenic drive that loops through the area. From San Juan, take Highway 52 south and exit at Carretera 184. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right and then take an immediate left onto Carretera 184.
At the intersection, turn left onto Carretera 763 (a right turn will take you to [node"83363 link Reserve Forestal de Carite]), then left onto Carretera 765, and right onto Carretera 1. Carretera 1 intersects with Highway 52 at the Caguas Sur Boriken exit.
Not only does this drive give you some spectacular views of the mountains, but it will take you by many popular lechoneras, some of which have live music. There are many other vendors along the way selling crafts, homemade cheese, candied fruits, and mavi champagne.
© Suzanne Van Atten from Moon Puerto Rico, 2nd Edition