#RBQuests: Healing Waters and the BEAST in Puerto Rico


There are so many reasons to visit Puerto Rico but on March 27, 2014 I found a few more!

Ramon Hooping Agua de coamo
Hula Hooping with Ramon Gomez at Aguas de Coamo

It was hard for me to leave CopaMarina Resort and the great diving with Captain Frank but I did enjoy my day exploring new adventures. Our first stop was to Aguas de Coamo where I hula hooped with Ramon “Gato” Gomez of WAPA TV. He was filming the fountain of youth for the local program “Entre Nosotras.” Locals claim that these healing thermal waters were discovered by Ponce de Leon.

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Ramon and Lisa at the “Fountain of Youth”
Lisa’s bathing suit: Becca Swimwear, shorts: Adidas Outdoor

While Cameraman Ed Mariota and I were getting younger at Aguas de Coamo, the rest of the team was getting caffeinated with Sebastian Legner, Barista and entrepreneur at La Hacienda Pomerrosa.

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Richard Bangs and Sebastian Legner
Barista Squared, Puerto Rico

Ed and I continued our day with a different dose of adrenaline by visiting Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park and home of the second longest and highest zipline in the world. I had only ever been on one zipline before. A very tame family friendly zipline in Palau. I was a bit concerned about riding the Beast! A giant thank you to Roberto, Gabriel and Jose who took great care of me and although I was scared, I have to say I truly enjoyed it so much! It was like flying through the air like a bird! I would definitely go again!

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I really enjoyed riding the Beast at Toro Verde Adventure Park!

After all the excitement, it was time for some fine dining so we went to enjoy the fantastic Yellow Tail Snapper, Batata Mash and Papaya Avocado Salad at Jose Enrique‘s Restaurant in Santurce. Jose Enrique is listed as one of the top ten  Food and Wine Young Chefs of 2013. Read about him in the April 2014 Conde Naste Traveler and for his newest and fourth restaurant to open soon in Vieques! Definitely start your evening with their white sangria and Asian Swordfish Salad. I also really liked the Mamposteao (mixed rice and white beans, it was almost like risotto.)

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Marian, Jose Enrique and Lisa

Did you read about our adventures all week long filming Puerto Rico with Richard Bangs and White Nile Media?Earlier this week: Old San JuanLivin’ La Vida LocaMeeting Sports Giants, and Adventures in Western Puerto Rico. Check back for all the stories and Go Pro underwater dive video as well as Go Pro video from the BEAST!  Follow along on our Tagboard (more below).

Thank you to everyone who assisted us and shared their stories with us! Lisa


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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