Isabela-The North Coast, Feels like Eden
Updated: Dec 21, 2021
Photo - Crash Boat Beach, Aguadila, Puerto Rico
We wish we would have spent more time here, but sometimes beauty is taken in small bites. Playa Jobos in Isabela might be one of our favorite beaches in Puerto Rico. Serene and calm, while also hosting a convergence of beach rock formations offshore to the north, that create enormous geyser like waves that leap 40-50 feet into the air. Nature can be loud, and raucous, and wonderful, it is here. It is a sight to behold. Playa Jobos also has many options for beachside refreshments, as there are local establishments where you can purchase strong drinks and light eats. Surrender to the moment. Nothing else matters once you are here. Nothing. Nada mi amigo.
Photo - Playa Jobos, Puerto Rico
There are a number of beaches in the Isabela area that are easy to travel to, accommodating your quest for some fun in the sun. Crash Boat Beach might be one of the most famous, noted for its brightly painted row boats that sit picturesquely in the sun. Crash Boat also has local vendors to provide light refreshments and beach amenities, while you spend time soaking in the rays. History is provided by old spray painted piers, that jut out into the water, providing a great snorkeling experience along its base.
Video - La Cueva del Indio, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Some lesser known, but notable beaches in the area also include, Shack's Beach, Surfer's Beach, Punta Borinquen Beach and Tabletop Beach. The northeast corner of the island has some of the best waves for kite boarding and surfing. If your experience on the water requires a white hot sun, and strong ocean breezes, this is your place on the island.
Photo - The Seven Arches, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
The northeast coast of Puerto Rico is filled with richness and history of the island. Two places that remain etched in my mind are the Gozalandia Waterfalls and Cueva del Indio, (Indian Caves). If the beach is not your thing, but you long to bask in cool waters, Gozalandia Waterfalls might be your place. Hike down into a lush green cavern, surrounded by high wall rock formations and you've found your place. Relax in shaded pools of clear water, while being cascaded by multiple waterfalls. It's a slow burn here, Afternoons are lost in this environment, which requires you to do nothing but chill.
Video - Gozalandia Waterfalls
Photo - Playa Mar Chiquita
Cueva del Indio is another must if you are on the north coast of Puerto Rico. Located in Arecibo, it is a place of historical markers. The original inhabitants of the island, the Taino Indians, dwelled in these caves, there are ample wall carvings that note their presence. Once you leave your vehicle behind, follow the path, sandy at first, and then climb the craggy rock to the top of the caverns. The view, once you arrive at the top, is filled with 360 degrees of grandeur and beauty, from ocean to inland. Waves crash below your feet against the limestone rock formations while dancing in and out the caverns. There are small cavern wall openings, for the adventurer in you, to climb thru to inspect the inner caves. Also at the top of the caverns, there is an ocean view eastward to reveal what is called the Seven Arches. Seven rock formations that seem to snake out into the water from the land, reaching into the sea.
Video - Playa Los Jobos, Isabela, Puerto Rico
Nearby is the famed, if not controversial, Birth of the New World statue. Also located in Arecibo, it depicts Columbus with the sails of his ship in full bloom behind him. looking outward toward the ocean. You can see it from a distance, but you cannot visit it directly, as the artist and the owner of the land on which it sits, are in a prolonged, and unending dispute about land rights, thus keeping the stature behind wire fencing. History, present and past, are not without their problems, it is however worth a view, even from a distance.