Palmer is a small town, just off Hwy # 3. The Mameyes River runs along it, so it is often called the town of 'Mameyes'. Recent years have seen many new tourist attractions, such as restaurants and gift shops. Tour buses enter the road #191 up into the north side of the rainforest though this town. The El Yunque Visitors Center has set up an office in the town called 'El Portalito' which offers forest information, a gift shop and many talks by experts about the various aspects of the rainforest.
The main block in the town offers souvenir shops and many places to eat lunch. Turn right at the traffic light on #3 and right again after the gas station. More than 6 great places to eat on both sides of the street before the left turn onto #191 up into the forest.