Baño Grande & Baño de Oro

El Yunque

Baño Grande, a former swimming hole built during the Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps, lies across Hwy 191 from the Palo Colorado Information Center. About 50yd up the road, Baño de Oro – 'golden bath' in Spanish – is another former swimming hole that is now a popular spot for photo ops.

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Nearby El Yunque attractions

1. El Yunque National Forest


El Yunque National Forest is one of Puerto Rico’s crown jewels with nearly 29,000 acres of lush, mountainous terrain scattered with waterfalls, rushing…

2. La Mina Falls

0.57 MILES

At the time of research, La Mina Trail was closed for repair, due to reopen in 2021. Check the El Yunque National Forest website (…

3. Yokahú Tower

1.24 MILES

This 65ft, Moorish-looking stone tower was built as a lookout in 1962. It's the first good spot for vistas of the islands to the east, but there are…

4. La Coca Falls

1.45 MILES

The first spectacular natural feature you see as Hwy 191 climbs south toward the forest peaks is an 85ft cascade as the stream tumbles from a precipice to…

5. El Hippie Petroglyphs

3.77 MILES

Outside the national park in El Yunque's foothills, several Taíno petroglyphs are carved onto two huge rocks along the Rio Blanco, just south of a…

6. Las Paylas

4.39 MILES

This series of natural waterslides in El Yunque's foothills is popular with locals, especially on weekends. The water bounces over boulders, ending in a…

7. Playa Luquillo

6.65 MILES

Along with its must-visit kioskos, Luquillo is synonymous with its fabulous – and hugely popular – beach. Set on a calm, northwest-facing bay and…

8. Playa La Pared

6.96 MILES

A block from Luquillo’s plaza, this is the place to catch a surf break, admire the sculpture by local artist Carlos Guzmán, grab a bite from a gourmet…