One of my all time favorite beaches in Puerto Rico is Playa “La Selva”, a hidden paradise far away from traffic, trash & almost every other person on the island. You can only get there by walking approximately 40 minutes east from Playa “La Pared” or having a 4×4 SUV that you don’t mind getting dirty and possibly damaged. There drive to the beach is treacherous- with giant rocks, branches and occasionally flooded creeks blocking the trail. My husband swears his late model Land Cruiser can travel through anything though, and so far we haven’t had a problem.
La Selva is located in the middle of a nature reserve (the Northeast Ecological Corridor) and is the most important turtle nesting site in the Caribbean! Although we’ve never actually seen any, we often come across areas of sand marked with flags that are known to have turtle eggs buried beneath. (Maybe one day we’ll get lucky!)
We love La Selva for its privacy and pristine, untouched beauty. You can back your SUV into one of the many openings along the jungle trail and walk a few steps into what seems like another world. We usually pack a lunch and cooler of beer and spend the entire day there, drinking in the salt and sand.
GPS directions to La Selva- 18.368333, -65.684338 <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=La+Selva@18.368333,-65.684338>
There pictures don’t do it justice but I’m at least bringing my camera out with me again!