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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Do Nothing for Almost Nothing in Culebra


5. Oddball Day

The rugged path (left) to Resaca Beach (right).  

Carboload with the empanadas for sale at Culebra’s main intersection (Routes 250 and 251) — you’ll need the energy for the rigorous hike to the almost-always-deserted Resaca Beach. From the kiosk, head out on foot, bicycle, or Jeep, going east on Route 250. Take the first left, which curves around the airport runway, and head steeply up into the hills. The winding road devolves into a graveled path, which ends after a mile. Pass the wildlife-refuge sign and start down the overgrown trail, loosely marked with fading orange plastic ribbons. It’s a steep descent, eventually evening out into a sunken mangrove forest after about 25 minutes. Walk past the cairns of piled-up sea garbage and the pristine, empty beach will appear. On the way home, reward yourself with a Medalla (a Puerto Rican beer) at Happy Landing (at Routes 250 and 251) on the edge of the airport. The salsa music there will drown out the drone of twin-engine planes.

Published on Apr 15, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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