The Sierra Palm Picnic Area is a great place to stop for a bite to eat. It is located a short distance up the mountain from the Big Tree Trail and La Mina Waterfall Parking Area. There is a large parking area at Sierra Palm Picnic Area to help accommodate everyone.
Most of the tour groups stop at Sierra Palm to eat. In addition to the picnic areas they also have the Yuquiyu Delights Cafe, which serves hot food off the grill as well as different snacks and drinks.
If you brought your own food there is a trail next to Yuquiyu Delights Cafe that leads down a short trail to a nice picnic area. This picnic area is really nice because it lies alongside a small river or creek. You can see pictures of the picnic area and shelter below.
There are numerous picnic areas in El Yunque National Forest, so if you miss this one or it is just too busy, do not worry there are many more just up the mountain. A really nice, and large picnic area is located at Palo Colorado Information Center and Picnic Area. There is also one just a short hike from Palo Colorado on the Caimitillo Trail.
The biggest benefit to Sierra Palm Picnic Area is that they have food on location if you did not pack anything and you are getting hungry.
*A note from the National Forest Website is that you should close windows, lock doors, and place valuables in your trunk.
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