Palmas del Mar Series ::: Palmanova Plaza

In this series, you will learn a bit about the different neighborhoods in Palmas del Mar to help make your renting or buying decisions a bit more informed.

Palmanova Plaza is one of the most distinctive locations inside Palmas del Mar and you will certainly want to stop by at least once if you are vacationing in Palmas. If you are staying at the Westin, you MUST skip the restaurants near the hotel and go to Palmanova. You must. If you are moving to Palmas, you might come to Palmanova often, especially if you need to buy a PO box.

The Restaurants of Palmanova Plaza

Blue Hawaii - +1 (787) 285-6644  We are going to start with the Chinese restaurant -- YES! various Asian restaurants abound in Puerto Rico and are surprisingly good. Blue Hawaii has great lunch specials and is always calm, quiet and has good service. Blue Hawaii is located on the left as you walk into the Plaza.

C Bar - Nestled away in the far right corner as you enter the plaza, CBar is another favorite of Palmas residents. It has the best decor hands down in Palmanova and the food isn't bad either! We have never seen an actual menu at CBar, but after sampling many different dishes, Cbar is now our hamburger destination. Freshly made and seasoned well, the CBar burgers are maybe the best food in Palmanova. The basic "rice and beans" is also quite delicious as a side dish to any of the meals here.

The Pizza Place 787.850.4888 Formally known as 'The Flying Pizza', this casual hole-in-the-wall is located in the back of Palmanova, behind and to the right of YogenFruz. The pizza is good, but pricey and there is very little seating available.  Most business seems to be takeout.

La Brochette - +1 (787) 852-7173  Full disclosure, this is the ONE restaurant we have not tried yet in Palmanova. Why? The prices are high and the reviews are bad.  However, you should get familiar with the location of La Brochette (back left corner as you come into the plaza) because the bathrooms are located directly across from it!

Restaurant Reviews Palmoanova Plaza Palmas del Mar Humacao Puerto Rico La Brochette
Chihuahua(787) 850-2693 This little Mexican place is a favorite of many Palmas residents.  The steak fajitas are highly praised (though they come in a sweet sauce that is not to my liking).  Service here is usually friendly and as fast as Puerto Rico gets (which is not very!) I personally have not found a dish I love here, but I do like the atmosphere. Highly over-rated in my book -- sorry!

Restaurant Reviews Palmoanova Plaza Palmas del Mar Humacao Puerto Rico Chihuahua

Pura Vida - +1 (787) 531-8849 This is one of our favorites in Palmanova and the first place we had dinner in Palmas. I like the blackened salmon, but I love overdone salmon and it is definitely overdone. The lamb chops get good reviews and the traditional Puerto Rican side dishes are very good here. You can sit inside at the bar, outside in white plastic seats (not comfy) or the comfy outdoor lounge seaters.  Look for the guys in the blue shirts - service at Pura Vida is usually very good!

Zona Fresca Grill - Located in the back left corner of Palmanova, this place was one that we did not eat at for several months. It is kind-of hidden away, non-descript and has no AC.

YogenFruz - This is a frozen yogurt chain throughout Puerto Rico and it is quite yummy, though a bit pricey. I love the "tart" softserve and the boys enjoy getting "mix-ins where the frozen fruit is squished into a vanilla yogurt base. If you go with the tart soft serve, try a medium with blueberries and pralines -- the BEST.  Yogen Fruz also has an app that lets you earn points everytime you buy. It is free and will net you free yogurt -- why not??

Restaurant Reviews Palmoanova Plaza Palmas del Mar Humacao Puerto Rico Yogen Fruz

The Other Stuff

Beyond food, Palmanova has a small postal store, grocery store, salon and more realtors offices than seems necessary. Here are some of the highlights:

D Salon - $22 haircuts and almost $50 pedicures.  It is strangely priced.  There are plenty of hair cutting seats, but only 2 pedicure seats, so call in advance for an appointment.  The haircut and pedicure were both nice, but the almost $50 regular old pedicure left me feeling a bit robbed. 9 out of 10 times we have had good experiences here, but in full disclosure, one of my sons had his WORST EVER haircut here.  It was so awful we had to buzz it :/ In any case, if you need a quick haircut, manicure or pedicure, D Salon is located in the back of Palmanova Plaza in between Zona Fresca and Yogen Fruz.

Reviews Palmoanova Plaza Palmas del Mar Humacao Puerto Rico D Salon

The main competition for D Salon is Los Lagos.  Located closer to the entrance of Palmas, Los Lagos offers the same service, most of them cheaper, but in a smaller space that is less luxurious.

Beauty by Bouret - Located to the left when you enter Palmanova, this little office is very clean and friendly. Denise handles front desk and laser hair removal, while Lisette Bouret is a certified doctor that can be seen on Fridays. We have used Dr. Bouret for simple ear infections and physicals for school. She is affordable, kind and capable. Denise is incredibly friendly, efficient and a welcoming face when you are new to Palmas :)

Notary: Rita Molinelli - Efficient and kind, Rita offers notary services for average prices with a smile :)

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