Driving along Road 187 over the bridge at Boca Cangrejos we find Piñones. Draped in natural beauty and teeming with culture and a myriad of leisure activities, Piñones has something to please everybody. You can start off in the Piñones Cultural and Ecotourism Center, a wooden structure adjacent to Torrecilla Lagoon. From there you can hike or ride your bike through the Boardwalk Trail. The trail guides you through 11 kilometers of beaches and sections of the Piñones Natural Reserve, the largest mangrove forest in Puerto Rico. An abundance of flora and fauna can be observed through the trail, including 46 different species of endangered birds.
An observation tower at Punta Maldonado provides impressive vistas of the surrounding land. There is also a wide selection of beaches, from the relaxing La Pocita with its clear and shallow pool, to the scenic more secluded Vacia Talega, and the surfing hot-spot of Aviones. For those looking to savor some of the delicacies of Afro-Caribbean cooking there are plenty of options. Roadside huts and kiosks feature traditional items such as cod fritters and rice with crab meat. There are also plenty of sit-down restaurants and bars.