Five Amazing Hiking Trails near Bahia Beach
- Posted: April 30, 2022
- Posted by: Travis Lynk
- Last Reviewed: July 1, 2022
Puerto Rico is home to the most beautiful and awe-inspiring landscapes that nature has to offer. Every year, thousands of people from all over the world travel to this Caribbean island to relish the magnificence of its mountains and waterfalls. Moreover, due to the benefits of the Act 60 program, U.S. citizens have easily made their dream of living amidst lush greenery and brilliant blue skies a reality.
One of the major activities that attracts so many people to Puerto Rico is hiking. El Yunque National Forest, a tropical rainforest located in the northeastern part of the island near Bahia Beach, hosts some of the most breathtaking hiking trails in the world. Encompassing more than 28,000 acres of land, El Yunque boasts over 24 miles of recreational trails. So if you wish to venture out into this picturesque yet thrilling natural world, here are five of the best hiking trails near Bahia Beach you can start with.
El Yunque Trail
The main and most popular hiking trail of the forest is the El Yunque Trail. This journey begins in the Palo Colorado Forest, where you will find various kinds of trees including the Palo Colorado tree. You will rise through different levels of the forest, with an elevation change of 1,378 feet, until you end the expedition at the peak of El Yunque, by which time you will have reached the Dwarf Forest. Along the way, you will pass through the Sierra Palm Forest where you will see distinctive palm trees that can only be found in the Caribbean. This scenic excursion, however, has a difficulty rating of moderate to challenging, so try not to get too distracted by the beauty of the surroundings. Nevertheless, the exquisite view of the northern coastline from the peak is what makes this 2.4-mile trip worth it.
Mount Britton Trail
The Mount Britton Trail is a short 0.8-mile hike that leads to the top of Mount Britton, climbing 594 feet. On the way, you will pass through the Sierra Palm Forest—more palm trees! At the summit, which is a part of the unique Cloud Forest, you will find a small lookout tower. The Mount Britton Tower was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937, and if you are blessed with a clear sky, you can view the forest, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern coastal plain—a picture worth painting, isn’t it? Although this is a short and paved trail, it has been labelled as a challenging one since it is steep and slippery in certain places. So take it easy and enjoy the rich greenery as you walk.
La Mina Trail
One of the most dreamlike and most travelled trails is the La Mina Trail. This 0.7-mile short trail follows the course of the La Mina River, through the most stunning tropical trees, shrubs, and flowers, until it concludes at La Mina Falls. You then have the option of taking a swim in the rejuvenating water of the pool located by the waterfall when you end the journey. There are numerous shelters along the path that allow hikers to have a picnic or hold a barbeque. Even though this is one of the most scenic trails, it has a difficulty rating of challenging due to its steep elevation change of 492 feet and plenty of winding stairs for you to climb on the return trip. Nonetheless, if you wish for a slow walk accompanied by the music of flowing water, this trail is certainly for you.
Big Tree Trail
Another trail that leads to La Mina Falls, but that is gentler on your knees, is the Big Tree Trail. This short 0.7-mile paved trail, with an elevation change of 164 feet downwards, is a self-guided educational trail that permits you to come close to and learn about some of the largest trees in the national forest, the Tabonuco trees—the reason for this trail’s name. The difficulty rating is still moderate as it is steep in some sections. As with the La Mina Trail, you can decide to picnic in one of the many shelters along the way or to swim in the pool by La Mina Falls, all the while breezing through the journey, gathering some fascinating information about the forest’s vegetation.
If you are only seeking a taste of the rainforest or are pressed for time, then the Caimitillo Trail is just for you. A 0.2-mile hike that leads you through a rainy forest inhabited mostly by native tree ferns and Sierra palm trees, this trail is short and easy. You will walk along a narrow graveled path until you reach the Caimitillo picnic area, where you can simply relax and savor the soothing environment. The trail then crosses Giant Tree Ferns and the rare Caimitillo Verde trees till it meets the El Yunque Trail. A pleasant and effortless trip, the Caimitillo Trail is perfect if you just want a sample of what the forest has to offer.
There is no doubt that these magical hiking trails in El Yunque National Forest provide a fantastic feast for the senses. No matter what level of comfort you seek, there will be a trail that both satisfies your thirst for adventure and brings your soul closer to nature. So why wait? Put on your hiking boots and get yourself a map. You can contact our team at PRelocate anytime for advice regarding how to begin the journey that is sure to be life-changing. And if you have already walked on any of these magnificent trails, feel free to share your experience with our PRelocate community.
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