So I've been planning a camping (budget friendly) trip to pr and have had a heck of a time getting accurate up to date info. TA has been such a help for other things I thought I would share what I have learned in planning my itinerary. I hope it can help someone. Please keep in mind, when I was calling around I was asking only about november 2011.
First thing I learned was expect to call again and again and...again. Silly me was expecting government offices to be open on wierd days...like tuesdays. Secondly I learned that employes will just laugh when you say ' but it says---on the website'. Lastly I learned, unless you have all the time in the world or a real fascination with red tape, avoid dealing with the drna.
So here is what I know.
If you go to the rio piedras neighborhood, you cancatch a publico to luquillo and onward to fajardo. Camping at luquillo is on monserate beachfor $10 a night, no reservation, no permit. Kioskos for cheap food. Camping in fajardo is at 7 seas, $10 per night but you must pay for 2. No rsvp. It is apparently in walking distance of cabeza nature reserve.
Vieques camping at sombe, outside esperanza $10 no rsvp. Culebra camping at flamenco $20 no rsvp.
El yunque is free but requires that pesky permit and has no campgrounds.
The south coast got trickier. We found a hostel in naguabo that lets you stay in one of their tents out pitch your own for $30 with rsvp and kitchen/shower access.
Punta santiago in humacao (when called) says they do not have campingbut punta guillarte in arroyo does. Punta guillarte (when called) says they dont have camping but punta santiago does. Ahhh...fun govt employes.
Tres hermanos beach in anasco has camping with no rsvp/permit but after dealing with the last 2 places I spaced out sking the price.
In camuy there is a private campground called potrero brisas del mar. You do need to rsvp and it's $5pp/nt.
In vega baja at cerro gordo beach there is camping $13 no rsvp. No permit. The super friendly lady who answered the phone assured me the campground is safe because I was hesitant (and was very forgiving of my bad spanish).
Maybe this will help someone. Either way, I now feel validated for the hours I spent on the phone with beurocrates, thanks TA!