Perhaps the most stunning and awe-inspiring scenic vista happens when you’re driving in Puerto Rico on PR-2 towards the west coast and you suddenly come upon the high majestic view of the ocean and mountainside that forms between the towns of Quebradillas and Isabela.
You really can’t miss it as you’ll first notice the incredible view as far as your eyes can see, and a huge Puerto Rican flag and an observation deck to observe the beauty. It’s known as the Lookout Point – The Flag (La Bandera). You definitely have to park as soon as you see this and take in the views (because if you’re driving the parking comes up on you pretty quickly since it’s an expressway so go slowly so you don’t miss it!)
There are food kiosks and picnic tables here as well and from this point you can view the waves crashing on the shoreline in stunning fashion, the Guajataca River below you, as well as the historical Guajataca Tunnel off in the distance. Locally, it’s also known as the Merendero De Guajataca.
Without a doubt, wherever you’re headed on the west shore of Puerto Rico make sure you stop here for at least 15 minutes to have some tremendous photo opportunities and great views.
Guajataca Tunnel – Isabela, Puerto Rico – West Shore Sights
Thousands of people drive by places that are literally right under their noses and they just keep going and going on towards their specific destinations. Sometimes, going off the path no matter if you’re late or not is just the right thing. One of those places is the Guajataca Tunnel between the towns of Quebradillas and Isabela.
The road that connects the east shore to the west shore runs through a busy highway (PR-2) & not along the shoreline till you get to the west coast in Rincon, etc. Thousands drive by the Guajataca Tunnel, and very few appreciate it (or even know its there!)
The Guajataca Tunnel is a historical monument today and was a railroad tunnel that was built in 1911 that connected the towns. The tunnel was built inside the canyon that was forged by the Guajataca River Canyon, and was a significant part of the national railway system that connected the towns during the 1900’s.
Today, it’s a picturesque tunnel opening on the side of the mountain near the ocean, and you can walk through and take pretty fantastic and rustic pictures! The tunnel also leads to the doorstep of Guajataca Beach so it makes for a pretty unique hike if you’ve got the time and inclination. Don’t mind the local grafitti. Some is good art. Some is not. See and explore for yourself. Don’t take my word for it! There’s also some nice hikes once past the tunnel that offer even better views! Give yourselves a good hour for this mini excursion along the way.
Directions: (Click on link)
“There is a light at the end of every tunnel. Just make sure it’s not a train. Either way it’s a light nonetheless.”