One of Puerto Rico’s most peculiar natural wonders is also a popular secluded beach on the northern coast of the island. Mar Chiquita, in the municipality of Manatí, is an easily recognizable landmark because of the small, horseshoe-shaped cove surrounded by white sands.
Legend tells of a young woman walking along the rocky coast and of how she accidentally fell into the Atlantic Ocean with no hope of rescue. Suddenly, the earth shook and a passage between the rocks was formed. The rush of water deposited her body on the shore, saving her from impending doom and creating the beach we now know as Mar Chiquita.
Although the pool is not ideal for swimming due to constantly changing currents, the natural splendor of waves crashing against the barrier and the expansive views it offers of the horizon and uninterrupted sea make this a worthwhile day trip to try out.