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A September 2005 trip to Puerto Rico by Jose Kevo

Roadside Staples Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: With a cadre of natural specialists monitoring solitary confinements, the Wilderness Coast is Puerto Rico's sane asylum; where the best thing about checking-in is "checking-out".

Truancy for Slackers

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Overview

The Piñones State Forest Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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Sometimes even as an adult, the path of least resistance still involves following the straight and narrow, buckled-down with the impatience of adolescence. Soaring temperatures well into September had culminated 2005's gestation of daily grind into desperate need for a change of scenery. Counteractive measures have always involved irresponsibility camouflaged with adventure, but carefree days of cutting class and fleeing in a '76 Camaro were passé. This called for escapade; some place where a cool breeze could pacify the fever, and playing hooky was the perpetual stan...Read More

Loíza Aldea - the Island's Africa

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Attraction

Los Vejigantes Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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With crude measures of civilization sparsely scattered around the State Forest, identity of this coastal region doesn't reveal itself until Highway 187 begins to cut inland, and cultivation illustrates second portion of the scenic outing. This entire lowland province, including the Wilderness Coast and Piñones, is called Loíza Aldea thanks to Luisa; a powerful, Taino matriarch cacique that ruled this area when Spaniards arrived. Her legacy is only in name thanks to another breed of authorized immigrants.When slavery was abolished in 1873, free negroes and mulattoes already accounted for 41% of the population compared to 5% still indentured. Today, no where is Puerto Ri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

The Wilderness Coast Trail

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Attraction

The Piñones Beachfront Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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Thanks to local government conscious of preserving the island's natural environment, a 16-mile biking and hiking trail was completed in the late '90s for exploring western section of the wilderness coast. Beginning just beyond the Highway 187 bridge, spanning Boca de Congrejos, the trail begins by following the Piñones beachfront, and then weaves its way through portions of the Bosque Estatal de Piñones, the Piñones State Forest, and endless stretches of unrefined beach.Paths along the waterfront are well-maintained asphalt. As they cross back-and-forth along the highway for entering the forest, trails become elevated boardwalks which allows passing through the heart o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Wilderness Coast Beaches

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Attraction

Destination Beach Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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No where is Puerto Rico more exquisite than along the shoreline protected through the State Forest. Even in exposed areas closest to Piñones, which draw the largest crowds on weekends, sections still retain an unrefined approach that will have beach lovers giddy. Waters are at their calmest and most shallow through western portions thanks to bare karst which give-way to reef. Snorkeling is best along these areas, but there's nothing spectacular, and it takes some effort to keep from getting tossed around abrasively. A tenderfoot definitely should consider aquasox in these parts.These initial beaches trail along the highway, but real gems await further east concealed behin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Highway 187 - Conmigo!

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Cocos Frios Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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Sometimes, the best travel experiences reveal themselves in the most unlikely ways, and there's a nameless driver to potentially thank for this one. Back in '94, when first discovering Puerto Rico and booking the most popular tourist excursion, the brief encounters with El Yunque's rainforest, and Luquillo beach were supposedly highlights of the trip. Preparing to head back towards San Juan, the driver announced we were going to take a diversion from the main highway by which we'd arrived.Whether it was part of the tour package, or another means to a destination's end, brief explanations for the upcoming exposure were almost apologetic. As defined, Highway 187 passed through one of ...Read More