Pirates, sugar barons and natural beauty, oh my!
The municipality of Quebradillas is a playground for nature-lovers and those looking for outdoor activities like camping and hiking. The recreational areas are all located in a region called Guajataca, which was the indigenous name of the area, and the Guajataca river, forest, lake, and beach span multiple towns including Quebradillas, Lares, San Sebastian, and Isabela.
Quebradillas is also known as "The Pirate's Lair" because the legendary pirate Roberto Cofresí had his hideout on one of the beaches.
Guajataca Tunnel and Beach
For a beautiful, easy coastal hike visit the Guajataca Tunnel park. The old railway tunnel carved into the side of the mountain is a remnant of the island's sugarcane industry. The tunnel connects the towns of Quebradillas and Isabela and a trail follows the coast to Guajataca beach. The beach is rocky and the waves from the Atlantic Ocean are very rough making it a sightseeing beach.
Gujataca Lake and Campgrounds
This manmade lake was created in 1929 and is fed by the Guajataca river. Currently it's used as a reservoir, wildlife refuge, and recreational area. The lake is a popular spot for kayaking and fishing. It's also the location of Camp Guajataca, the main camping ground in Puerto Rico for Boy Scouts of America.
Punto Hermina Beach
This lovely beach is secluded and found at the bottom of a winding mountain road. The water conditions are more appropriate for surfing than for swimming, while the sandy coast is perfect for relaxing and sunbathing. But its biggest claim to fame are the historic ruins thought to have been the hideout of Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí who terrorized the West Indies in the 1800s.
La Guarida del Pirata Mini Golf
To really live the pirate experience go for 18 holes of mini golf decorated with skeletons, treasure chests, pirate ships, and, of course, pirates at La Guarida del Pirata (which translates into The Pirate's Lair). Every week the mini golf course also features live music or DJs playing everything from acoustic rock, salsa and old school reggaeton.
Piratas de Quebradillas
Puerto Rico has a national basketball league called Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN, in Spanish) and one of the most famous teams in the league are the six-time national champions, the Pirates of Quebradillas. If you enjoy basketball and happen to visit the island during the league's regular season (March through June) come catch a game at the Raymond Dalmau Coliseum.