Sad news... Playa Escondida has claimed another victim.
In the last day or so three tourists were snorkeling at Playa Escondida when the currents got strong and they realized they were in trouble. Another tourist on shore noticed and called the authorities, which came quickly. Unfortunately, only two people were rescued, one is believed to have drowned and apparently has not been recovered yet.
What makes this news extra troubling is another bit of information that was given out. It seems that these tourists found out about this beach somewhere online, where it said it was perfect for snorkeling. They didn't say anything specific, but it could very well have been on Trip Advisor.
Whats the deal?
Playa Escondida is a beach that you get to by walking from Seven Seas. It is a very beautiful beach with clear waters and a reef a little bit off shore. Please do not let this appearance fool you!
The formations (underwater caves and the reef itself) and the location (right on the northeast tip of Puerto Rico, where the waters whip around from the Atlantic into the Anegada Passage or vise versa) it has makes it very dangerous.
It can be calm one moment and then the currents will pick up (pretty much out of nowhere), surprising swimmers and dragging them out and under.
A little further down there are spots that are completely protected (natural pools) that you can get into and relax on shore. The trouble is when people go out and swim there (which is tempting).
There is a reason that you will probably have the beach to yourself here, and it is only because most locals are aware of these dangers.
So please, KEEP THIS IN MIND AND SPREAD THE WORD!
Personally, I had an acquaintance drown there about a year ago.
Let's use this forum for what it's for and keep everyone safe!
Gracias y cuidense!