The Northern Coast

Trip Start Mar 18, 2012
Trip End Mar 25, 2012

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Flag of Puerto Rico  , Hatillo,
Friday, March 23, 2012

Today we decided to drive along the northern coast of Puerto Rico.  We're staying in Loiza, which is on the northeast corner of the island, so we headed west.

We tried to stay as close to the coastline as possible which left us on smaller roads and going through some small towns.  We stopped at a beach near Piņones and watched the large waves.  We made our way around the Bay of San Juan and had a picnic lunch at the Isla de Cabras National Park.  This is where El Caņuelo (aka: Fort Saint John of the Cross), an old Spanish fort originally built in 1610 (later converted from wood to stone).  It is across the bay from El Morro which allowed for crossfire against invading ships between these two forts across the San Juan Bay.  El Caņuelo is a very small fort and only has one sentry box.

From there we continued west.  We encountered on-and-off rain showers, but lucked out on timing and were able to get out and see everything we wanted without getting too wet.  We stopped at a small bay and decided to walk out on a peninsula.  On the way there was a sign warning us about the "intense waters."  Boy was that sign right!  As we went over the top of the hill we were near the edge of a 20+ foot cliff with huge waves coming in and rising way above the top of the cliff.  It was fun to watch!

We continued on, ending up at Arecibo.  There was a nice beach and a lighthouse that was built by Spaniards and finished the same year that they lost Puerto Rico to the US.  By the time we were done there it was time to make our way back east.
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