History & natural beauty collide at the Guajataca Tunnel
The Guajataca Tunnel Park is a place for photography enthusiasts with many gorgeous spots, you won’t find anywhere else on the island. The tunnel is a remnant of the sugar cane era, the railway was used to transport sugar cane from the farms in the area. The tunnel connects the towns of Quebradillas and Isabela.
The location of this historic / nature park is right at the border of Isabela and Quebradillas, divided by the Rio Guajataca (river). There’s a number of nature activities, the whole family will enjoy, from pure relaxation to paddle boarding and kayaking up the Guajataca River. Entrance and parking are free through Rt.2 in Quebradillas. Once at the main parking lot, you’ll be able to walk straight to the tunnel. If you take the alternate entrance, you’ll have to walk through Guajataca Beach. At the west entrance of the tunnel, you’ll have an unobstructed view of the entire length of Playa Guajataca (Beach).
At the end of the tunnel…there’s light, bright blue skies, a very blue Atlantic Ocean, raging waves to watch, and rocks to sit on to contemplate it all.
You’ll walk through an oceanside trail with stunning views of the Atlantic and boulders shaped into works of art by nature alone.
Guajataca Tunnel attracts families with children, it is a wonderful place to enjoy an easy hike where kids can learn a little of Puerto Rican history, swim and play at the Guajataca lake, build sandcastles at the Guajataca Beach and observe so much natural beauty.
The trail leads to Playa Pelicano, another gorgeous beach perfect for a long walk free of development where natural beauty abounds.
Current Status of The Guajataca Tunnel Park
The tunnel park area was in need of maintenance and care, recently local artists have given walls some color with murals, attracting more visitors. Local artisans and food vendors have come back to give the Guajataca Tunnel Park some life on weekends for locals and visitors. seems like a forgotten place on the west coast. Local organizations are often seen picking up trash along the tunnel and trail, please do your part by disposing of trash in receptacles or taking it back with you. There is still much work to be done, this place has so much potential and could easily become one of the best places to visit in the northwest. If you’re willing to overlook some maintenance issues and focus on the natural beauty of this place, you will have a marvelous time.