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“A nice natural little pool at the sea”

Ranked #4 of 25 things to do in Arecibo
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

You can see the lighthouse from this place, which is a plus, but the fact that it is a natural pool of sea water is just unbeatable. I wish they had showers at least. It's a local thing, but you can mingle and enjoy.

Thank Luis V
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Very nice work of Mother Nature....but full of street dogs and loud music from cars...I did not wanted to stay there...

Thank TinaHudgens
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

This natural beauty of a spot is located behind the Light House in Arecibo. It is in an industrial area of Arecibo with no resorts, hotels, or anything catering to tourist. This is strictly a locals' & surfers' best kept secret.

When you drive up to the parking area of the beach, it looks desolate. The parking area is on the sand. there are 3 cabanas with bench seats that you can sit on to get some shade. Directly in front of the cabanas is a lagoon created by the ocean water pouring over the reef that surrounds it and protects swimmers from the strong ocean currents & undertows.

The best time to go is during high tide. This is because the waves roll in anywhere from 5 to 10 feet and then crash against the back of the reef and explode into the air creating a spray of water that reaches up to 4 stories high. If you hold onto the reef when the waves come crashing down on you, you can get swept away towards the beach. The sounds of the waves exploding against the reef is powerful.

It is mother nature at her best showing us mortals just powerful nature can be and just how powerless we are.

The reef itself is about 2 - 3 stories high and the views behind the reef are incredible. However, be careful. The reef's surface is VERY Jagged and if you fall down you will look like you were put thru a meat grinder. You will need rubber soled shoes ... NOT flip flops.

To the east of the reef is about 2 -3 miles of unspoiled beach. The only sign of civilization are the modest private residences built on top of the 20 foot cliff above the beach. The beach has no vendors, no concession stands, nothing. It most likely looks exactly the same way it did before the Spaniards arrived.

The beach is great for long walks, sunning alone, and best of all surfing. The waves roll in at least 5 feet all year round. sometimes they rolls in at ten feet.

If you visit, make sure you use the bathroom before you arrive. There is only a port-a-john. Also, bring food or eat. There are a few local restaurants & food trucks on the road to the beach, so you may be able to grab something before arriving or when you leave.

If you can find this hidden gem & visit during high tide, it will be an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

5  Thank Johnny-Boricua
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Reviewed February 27, 2010

Let me start with saying we didn't go to the observatory/lighthouse. We only went to La Poza beach (aka beach at lighthouse). This is a great 'Locals' beach. The immediate area leaves much to be desired, however we had a great time at the beach. There are two large rocks in the water and as the waves crash against them it shoots water 40ft in the air (see videos on You tube). Surfers came out around 4 and we enjoyed watching them. My husband and friends noticed the locals jumping off one of the large rocks and had to join in. What a thrill rush. I would recommend for the late 20's-30's crowd who are wanting to experience real PR (not the touristy stuff).

No bathrooms at the beach, but there are makeshift showers and the Lighthouse restaurant can be used if you really have to go. You can also rent paddle boats at the Lighthouse restaurant. Afterwards, we had appetizers and super yummy fruity drinks at the Lighthouse restaurant. A great day at the beach!

8  Thank CPATraveler_001
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