There’s plenty more to discover along Puerto Rico’s eastern coast beyond its fabulous beaches. Get a group of experienced and rugged travel mates and drive through the picturesque back-roads of the hills of Ceiba until you reach Charco Frío. Located along Road 971 in the Río Abajo sector of the municipality, it gets its name from the chilly waters running downstream from its two sources—high up in El Yunque National Rain Forest. One of many “charcos”or natural pools found across Puerto Rico, Charco Frío is frequented by locals looking for a refreshing dip in its waters and a more intimate and peaceful picnic getaway. Wallow in the shallow pools surrounded by carved out rocks and let the invigorating stream rush over you. Set up your picnic and enjoy it beneath a canopy of bamboo trees while listening to the serene sounds of nature. As with any pristine area, be mindful of your surroundings. Watch the water level for quick rises, especially during overcast days, and help conserve the unspoiled beauty by packing up everything you bring. While amenities are scarce, the seclusion and tranquility offered by Charco Frío help revitalize both the body and the mind.