Swimming in La Mina Falls

La Mina Falls, El Yunque National Forest

Update- Nov.30, 2017- El Yunque has NOT yet reopened after the hurricanes. It sustained a lot of damage to the trails and roads. It is being worked on and we will post when they have reopened.

If you’re planning on swimming in La Mina Falls during your visit to El Yunque National Forest, we have a couple of tips for you.

First, be sure to wear shoes when you go into the water. The rocks around (and under) the water are slippery, uneven, and sharp. You should wear old sneakers, water shoes or something like Crocs. And be careful….did we mention their are some hidden underwater rocks and all the rocks are slippery!

Second, when you enter the water just walk straight in toward the center of the water fall. Don’t be fooled by the steps over to the right (when you’re facing the falls) that lead down to the edge of the water. The bottom of the pool on the right hand side drops off quickly and the rocks under the water are more uneven. If you just wade in from the center, the bottom has a more gradual slope and the rocks are a little easier to navigate.

Third, there is nowhere to change at the falls, unless you hide behind a rock or a tree. So try to wear a swimsuit or shorts that will dry quickly … otherwise you’ll have an uncomfortable hike back to your car!

Fourth, check with the Rangers before going in any river in El Yunque to check current conditions. If it has rained recently, flash floods can develop, making swimming/entering the rivers risky.

I Hate To Say "I Told You So"

If you don’t believe my second tip, then take three minutes and watch this video.

My brother didn’t listen to us and insisted on taking (what looks like) the easy way into the water. He learned the hard way! The audio on this video consists of the sound of the waterfall itself, and of us laughing our butts off behind the video camera!

PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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I would also add to go early and on a weekday.

Comment by Rebekah on 05 Aug 2014

La Mina is a FANTASTIC place to experience the rain forest. It's not a far walk (from either La Mina or Big Sky trail) and offers a place to stand underneath a waterfall. Approach carefully, the rocks are shallow with the exception of where the water fall hits the pool, it's about 12 or so feed deep there. My advice is go on a very hot day as the water is cold and bring a baseball cap, it helps keep the falling water out of your eyes.

Comment by B.R. on 23 Nov 2009

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