By: Bryan M. Acosta Lugo
Flamenco Beach, Culebra
A relax, beautiful sky, clear water and white sand is the best way to describe the ambient on a beach day at Flamenco. In 2013 the beach was rated as the third best beach in the world by Trip Advisor. According to Milagros Frontera it is the most beautiful beach she has seen and she wants to go back before she dies.
Gozalandia, San Sebastián
This is just one of the two waterfalls in the area and the most visited one. The waterfalls were a local secret until 2012 when they were published on a newspaper. Many people does not know that there is a second waterfall and you can find it if you go uphill and also there is a little cave in this first Waterfall where you have to go underwater to get to it.
Gilligan’s Island, Guánica
Carolina Mas,18, enjoys her day off on a natural paradise island. Gilligan, also known as “Cayo Aurora” was chosen in the top 10 beaches in Puerto Rico back in 2010. ”Don’t forget your ice, as we did, because you’ll die from thirstiness or drink hot beverages.”
El Yunque National Rainforest, Río Grande
The Acosta brothers, Bryan and Shirley Ann, prepare themselves to and encounter with nature. El Yunque was nominated to the seven wonders of the world finishing in the top 18 positions. It is also the Only tropical rainforest in the United States National forest system.
Mar Chiquita, Manatí
As you may see, a group of Rocks surrounds the bathing area and this is why this beach gets the name of Mar Chiquita. Back in time, between 1600’s and 1700’s, when Spanish people were still the island, Mar Chiquita was a male beach, meanwhile in the other end Poza de las Mujeres beach was the place where high society women were able to enjoy. “If it was not because we did not like our first destination and we wanted to do something in the area, I would have said no if you had invited me to a beach this far from our houses in Hormigueros, after being here I have to say I love it” said Rose Guerrero as she left the beach.
Playuela, Cabo Rojo
Many people arriving early In the morning to get a good spot on a summer day in Playuela, better known as Dirty Beach. In 2009 the international magazine Coastal Living name the beach one of the top 10 beautiful solitary beaches on the united States territory. In one of our visit to the beach, a nearby local resident, who did not wanted to be identified, said:” we could not enjoy this beach as much as you can enjoy it now, it was infested by sharks.”
Cavernas del Río Camuy, Camuy
The third most abundant underground river is appreciated at the end of the cave. The caves was discovered in 1958 and first documented in 1973. The place has been used to record scenes and audio material for several movies such as The Batman and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Cueva del Indio, Arecibo
This is one of the seven arcs, naturally created, that surround the Indian’s cave. The cave received its name after a rock formation took the form of a face and people said it is an Indian’s face due to the hieroglyphics inside the cave. The cave is not very big but it has many beautiful views such as this one.
Cueva Ventana, Arecibo
Shirley Lugo appreciates the View of the Window cave, here she could see the Tanama River and Arecibo-Utuado’s old street. “I liked being here,not only because of the view, but mostly by the appreciation of rarely seen animals such as snakes, four bats species and the whip spider on their natural habitats.”
La Planta waterfall, Arecibo
A group of kids enjoying the first of several waterfalls in the area. The sector and waterfalls were named by an old power plant built in 1923 for hydro-electrical purposes. It’s a pretty place but there is no parking, whether you park in a one way street or you park yourself riverside and get charge by people who lives there.