Be sure to visit Isla de Cabras, a little island extending over the bay of San Juan where you can enjoy an afternoon walk and have a relaxing picnic with the most scenic views of El Morro, the city walls. You’ll see mega cruise ships and industrial ships enter the bay. Five hundred years ago this same bay was almost impossible to enter, the Spanish protected the bay with the construction El Morro (across the island) and the onsite Fortin of San Juan de la Cruz.
The little island offers a snack bar, picnic and restroom facilities. Park is free to access but there’s a parking fee. The beaches are not for bathing, this is a place to relax, take pictures, enjoy the views, visit the historic site and get some exercise. If you’re a tourist, it’s a nice stop after touring the Bacardi Rum Factory. Bring your swimsuit along and visit the Blue Flag beach of Punta Salinas. Not too far from here you can also enjoy the beaches of Manati.
Things to do in Isla de Cabras, Toa Baja
Photography – Be sure to bring your camera, you can capture gorgeous scenes from just about every spot in Isla de Cabras.
Visit Fort San Juan de la Cruz – This nice recreational park is houses Fort San Juan de la Cruz (also known as El Cañuelo), designated as part of the San Juan National Historic Site. This small fort doesn’t get much attention or visits but it should. Fort San Juan de la Cruz may be small in size but it was very important in the defence of the San Juan Bay as it worked in conjunction with El Morro in Old San Juan. The fort is closed but you can appreciate it’s exterior architecture.
Picnics – Picnic tables and gazebos are available in Isla de Cabras. During the week days the park is pretty empty. During weekends and holidays the park gets fuller, call to reserve a picnic spot.
Sightseeing – You can walk up the observation deck with access for wheelchairs.
Exercise – the little island is a great place to take a walk or jog.
A few more scenes around Isla de Cabras in Toa Baja
Map Location & Contact Info for Isla de Cabras
- Location: Isla de Cabras is about a short 20 minute drive from San Juan with normal traffic conditions.
- Address: Calle Manuel Enrique, carretera 870, Barrio Palo Seco – Toa Baja
- Telephone #: (787) 788-0440
- Dine – There’s a cafe / restaurant onsite open from Wednesday – Sunday from 10am – 10pm. Phone: 787-485-2938
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