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WARNING - Careful with Playa Escondida in Fajardo

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WARNING - Careful with Playa Escondida in Fajardo

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!

-Ricky

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1. Re: WARNING - Careful with Playa Escondida in Fajardo

Wow... Those are sad news. Sorry to hear about your acquaintance.

Very good information. Thanks, Ricky!

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2. Re: WARNING - Careful with Playa Escondida in Fajardo

Yeah.. it was sad. You don't really think that is something that would happen near you.

You know, now I feel bad about it. He was more than an acquaintance, we used to work together and he really was a friend. I should have said that.

Something irrelevant but it would have been bugging me all day... jajaja

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3. Re: WARNING - Careful with Playa Escondida in Fajardo

Just lurking and saw the post. Went surfing for pictures to see what it looked like and came across this website that mentions snorkeling there; in spite of also mentioning the DNA's "No Swimming" signs being posted. Have to just shake your head and wonder sometimes...

puertoricodaytrips.com/playa-escondida-in-fa…

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Sad news, Playa Esondida claims yet another victim, I am going to try and do something about increasing awareness about the dangers of this beach

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5. Re: WARNING - Careful with Playa Escondida in Fajardo

Sorry about your friend Ricky. That happens a lot in Florida also. Undertow and rip tides hit quick, and catch people in unfamiliar waters offguard. Enter the water slowly, and pay attention to the signs. It may save your life.

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6. Re: WARNING - Careful with Playa Escondida in Fajardo

Another important reason to always check weather and surf conditions wherever you are traveling. There has been a high surf advisory in effect here for several days. Even the calmest beaches can become dangerous.

This is very tragic and several incidents like this occur at beaches around the island every year. We have seen red flags up at beaches and people STILL going in the waters. Please head warnings and pay attention to local conditions.

Here is the NOAA website to keep handy to check up on conditions

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=San+Juan&state=PR&site=SJU&textField1=18.4084&textField2=-66.0644&e=1

Bronco Bill has also offered great advice for any beach you may visit

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7. Re: WARNING - Careful with Playa Escondida in Fajardo

Always Always double, triple, quadruple check all the info you might find on the Internet. Then, just to be safe, check again with the locals. There's a reason why this beach is not open to the public.

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8. Re: WARNING - Careful with Playa Escondida in Fajardo

My goodness! Thanks for the heads-up. A plus about TripAdvisor.

Another plus about PR -- friendly locals with good advice are usually close at hand.

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9. Re: WARNING - Careful with Playa Escondida in Fajardo

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Important to keep this one up there and visible.

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