Isabela is a municipality located in the north-western region of Puerto Rico.
The place is famous for its beaches, its food and for its astonishing landscapes.
Yet, one of the best-hidden places to visit is Isabela’s boardwalk. This trail runs along the coast for almost 4 miles. However, most of the trail is made to be traveled by bike.
The route itself takes you through different parts of PR-466 street. At some point, you will find yourself in the main street and at others, you will be next to the beach.
The boardwalk itself starts later on the route and it offers visitors a great view of Montones Beach, Jacinto’s Well, and Jobos Beach.
Here is how you can visit Isabela’s boardwalk in Puerto Rico.
How to Visit Isabela’s Boardwalk in Puerto Rico
Arriving at Isabela’s Boardwalk
If you are on vacation in Puerto Rico and you are staying in San Juan, the journey to Isabela should take around two hours depending on the traffic.
The fastest way to arrive there is through the José De Diego highway.
If you are staying in Aguadilla or Isabela itself, the place will be much easier to find.
The boardwalk part of the trail doesn’t have an official entrance with a parking lot, so you don’t have to pay any ticket or entrance fee. Instead, while driving through the PR-466 street, you will find a street entrance between the Montones Beach Apartments and Villas del Mar Hau.
When you turn into that street, you will meet a dead end. You can park your car on either side of the road as long as you don’t block any entrance or the traffic. For safety reasons don’t leave any object of value visible inside the car.
The boardwalk starts at the end of the street. There you will find Puerto Rico’s flag painted on a fence that serves as a frame to Montones Beach, right behind it.
Your journey starts there and later on, it will finish in Jobos Beach.
Depending on how many stops you do and your walking rhythm, it should take around 5 minutes before you arrive at the bridge.
Walking in the air between the trees
After you start walking on the bridge itself, you’ll notice that it elevates significantly from the floor.
But, after you’ve taken notice of the altitude, make sure to look ahead and above. Why? Otherwise, you would be missing the isolating tunnel created by the hundreds of trees planted around the bridge.
Although you’ll still be able to take a peek at the beach, at moments they’ll cover the entire view. As you walk, you’ll forget you are in front of the beach and you’ll feel like you are in the forest instead.
Another important thing to notice is that some of the floor supporting wood is slightly loose. Although these don’t represent any major problem, you should watch your step as you go.
The trail continues for another 10 minutes or so before you arrive at the observation point.
The observation point is a little balcony sitting at the top of a few stairs. It gives a relaxing view of the beach and it allows you to enjoy the breeze.
When the wind is too strong, it makes the wood pillars move a bit. But, aside from the little shakes, you are totally safe.
Reaching the rock formations and Jacinto’s Well
After the observation point, it takes around 10 minutes to arrive at the end of the bridge.
As you approach the end, you’ll notice the height of the bridge decreases until it matches the floor level again. The trail ends in a roundabout. In the middle of it, there is a small resting spot for those who need a break.
However, you probably won’t want a break because, at this point, you’ve reached the best part of the trail.
Right next to the resting spot, a group of aeolianite rocks forms a cliff to look over the wild Atlantic Ocean. As you walk over them, you’ll notice an opening, like a small pit through which you can see the waves below.
There isn’t any security around it. You shouldn’t get too close to the edge as it is considered dangerous. The rocks around the 30 feet-deep well are wet and the tide is high.
However, taking pictures and videos from a safe distance is totally fine.
The legend of Jacinto’s Well
The well is known as Jacinto’s Well or El Pozo de Jacinto. The legend says Jacinto was a peasant that frequently took his cow to eat grass nearby. Often, he tied the cow to his pants while the cow ate.
However, one day, the cow got too close to the well and fell, dragging Jacinto with her. Another version of the story says that the cow got scared due to thunder. So, she ran towards the well dragging Jacinto with her force and weight.
According to the legend, you should scream at the well “Jacinto, dame la vaca”. This means “Jacinto, pass me the cow”. As a result, the waves get furious, and the tide grows until it makes you wet.
Jobos Beach is one of the most popular beaches around Puerto Rico either for surfing or for spending a relaxed day at the beach. If you are standing to the left part of Jacinto’s well, you’ll be able to see the famous beach.
Also, if you continue walking straight beyond the resting spot, you’ll notice there is a small path. This way will take you directly to the beach.
It is important to keep in mind that Jobos beach might have a strong tide, so if you are up for bathing on the beach after a long walk, you should take the necessary precautions.
If you are visiting Isabela’s boardwalk
The boardwalk in Isabela offers tourists and locals a great experience. You could either do the trail on a bike or on foot.
There aren’t opening or closing hours but should visit during the day since there isn’t any electricity. If possible, visit around 4 or 5 o’clock to see the sunset and to have that beautiful magic hour glow in all of your photos.
Make sure to use appropriate shoes, especially if you are climbing to Jacinto’s Well.
Moreover, there aren’t any trash cans on the way, so keep your trash with you until you go back to your car.
If you’re hungry after finishing walking Isabela’s boardwalk, you can find different places to enjoy the local food nearby.
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If you would like to visit another wonderful place in Puerto Rico, check out The Pine Trees Forest!