Puerto Rico secluded beaches

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Some cool secluded beaches in Puerto Rico can be found often enough unexpectedly on an adventure hike; however, the following are some that have been discovered:

Cana Gorda

Located on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico between Ponce and Mayagüez, Guánica is a town where life is intrinsically tied to the sea. Many islanders have summer homes in the area, and it is one of the few places where houseboats are a common sight. Guánica’s Caña Gorda Public Beach is a favorite among local families and visitors for its tranquil emerald waters and broad white coral beachfront.

You can hike along the coast and discover a beach of your own, or take a side trip to the nearby Guánica Forest Reserve, a 1,570-acre treasure grove for bird watchers – with, of course, a few wonderful secluded beaches.

The sea around Guánica is dotted with tiny cays, many of them unnamed and none inhabited, except by rare species of plants and birds. The small islet called Gilligan’s Island is a snorkeler’s dream, surrounded by crystal clear shallow waters brimming with sea life.

Guánica Bay, long thought to be the landing place of Christopher Columbus, is an attractive harbor with a narrow entrance wedged between high, rocky promontories. It is also where American General Nelson Miles landed in 1898 during the Spanish American War.

Farther west, you can drive up to Ensenada, where you’ll find the remnants of the magnificent Guánica Sugar Cane Central, once the largest sugar mill in Puerto Rico.

From San Juan, take Highway 52 to Ponce, go west on Road 2 and south on Route 116 to Guánica. Follow Route 333 to Caña Gorda.

Puerto Rico Beaches near the coastal town of Fajardo are some of the most beautiful beaches in the northeast of the island. Every year the fine white sands of Seven Seas Beach draw locals and tourists to this cozy stretch of shoreline. Among the Puerto Rico secluded beaches this is the best place to snorkel, the shallow sea bottom at Seven Seas is teaming with tropical fish, coral formations and an abundance of other sea life. Offshore reefs help keep the waves down and strong trade winds make it an ideal spot for sailing and windsurfing. The public beach is a favorite with campers, who must obtain a permit before getting settled.

Nearby are water sports facilities, as well as a string of uninhabited islets that provide a secluded slice of tropical paradise and more fantastic snorkeling. Some area hotels and tour operators offer day trips to nearby cays such as Palominos, Icacos, Palominitos, and Diablo.

From LMM International Airport, take Road 26 and exit at Road 3 towards Fajardo. Turn left on Road 194 and go Southeast for 2.1 miles, then turn left on Road 195 and take a quick left on Road 987 and continue straight ahead.

Of all the truly gorgeous beaches on the island of Culebra, nine miles off the main island’s eastern coast, Flamenco leads the pack. This island municipality is a paradise of beaches so perfect they are almost impossible to believe.

The crowning jewel is Flamenco Beach, recently named one of the Best Beaches in America and Best Escape Beach by the Travel Channel.

Flamenco is only one of many unspoiled, pristine beaches on Culebra where you can enjoy blissful solitude as you swim in the blue green waters or explore some of the most stunning coral reef formations in the Caribbean.

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Puerto Rico Beaches Guánica’s 1,570-acre Dry Forest is home to more than half of all the species of birds that live in Puerto Rico, including some endangered ones. It is also the location of Ballenas Bay, an important breeding place for the manatee. Its two-mile stretch of beach is the nesting site for Hawksbill and Leatherback sea turtles, species also in danger of disappearing.

The relative isolation of Ballenas Beach helps guarantee the safety of wildlife. Visitors are asked to “leave only their footprints,” although many also leave their hearts at this stunning natural wonder. Here is the quintessential “Blue Lagoon” beach, with mangroves, cacti, and coconut palms. The Caribbean runs blue, green and turquoise offshore and the sand is soft and white under your feet.

Guánica is the place where most historians believe Christopher Columbus landed during his second voyage to the New World in 1493, and it is irrefutably the site where General Miles landed the American fleet to take Puerto Rico from the Spanish in 1898.

A lovely beach resort with a first class restaurant is nearby, as are many informal restaurants featuring the region’s excellent seafood and native dishes.

From San Juan, take Highway 52 to Ponce, then head west on Road 2 and south on Route 116 to Guánica. Follow Route 333 straight to The Bahía de la Ballenas.

Puerto Rico Beaches The western area of Puerto Rico, around the island’s third city, Mayagüez, is a three-hour drive from San Juan, but locals and tourists happily make the trip whenever they can. One of the major reasons is Boquerón: the village, the beach and the bay.

The village is tiny, quaint, colorful and lively. It is a gloriously unplanned combination of food stands, souvenir shops, open-air cantinas, dive shops, and fishmongers.

The village sits on Boquerón Bay, a long swath lined with palm trees, mangroves and dense tropical flora that harbor some 50 species of exotic birds visiting from their permanent sanctuary in the nearby Boquerón Nature Reserve.

It is the beach, of course, a snug stretch of white sand more than a mile long, which dazzles visitors. On a quiet day, you will think you are the sole owner of the huge vista of blue sky, turquoise water and glistening coral sand.

However, people do flock to the beach – especially on weekends and holidays – and all the amenities of a major public facility await them: picnic tables, cabin rentals, bike rentals, basketball court, mini-market, SCUBA diving, snorkeling and a host of other water sports.

If you can tear yourself away from Boquerón, try adventuring south on the coastal road. One spot you shouldn’t miss is Los Morrillos, a series of massive reddish limestone cliffs that drop more than 200 feet into the deep purple-blue sea.

To reach Los Morrillos you can drive or hike through the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife refuge. After a nap under a sea grape tree on the beach, hike up the cliffs to gaze at the sea pounding the rocks below on your way to photograph the lonely Cabo Rojo lighthouse built in 1881.

You’ll agree that Boquerón and the Cabo Rojo area rate an A on every beach lover’s Puerto Rico secluded beaches report.

From San Juan take Road 52 to Ponce, connect to Road 2 towards Mayaguez and exit on Road 102.

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