I traveled to the other side of the island via the south: Road # 2 to Juncos. I had to pick up some art for our Rincon PR Art Gallery. In the past this was an annoying route, as there was continual construction along Hormigueros, San German and Ponce. The traffic snarls alone added an extra hour to the trip to the other sided of the island- but, the construction is over.
It is faster getting to San Juan from the north, but continual traffic lights make for a stop and go progress. The southern route has fewer traffic lights, and long stretches of driving. The route is longer but definitely more beautiful.
At times the mountains remind me of parts of the rocky mountains, the steep climbs and inclines; or parts of the velvet covered Swiss Alps in the summer.
Juncos is only 2.5 hours from Rincon Puerto Rico.