What secrets do lighthouses see and keep close to themselves? Why are they highly romanticized in poetry and other forms of art?
Lighthouses embody many characteristics and virtues of humanity. They are used to personify strength in times of grief, trustworthiness and solidity in the face of adversity, and even such contrasting moods as loneliness and resignation on one hand, and the triumph of hope and resiliency on the other.
Puerto Rico’s El Faro Lighthouse is no exception. More than simply being a monument, a marker for seafarers, El Faro stands as a glorious tribute to the magnificent expansiveness of creation. After all, atop the lighthouse, you can see for miles and miles around, the natural beauty that Puerto Rico has been gifted with.
Restored to Its Old Glory
The name El Faro Lighthouse is actually a redundancy, because El Faro means The Lighthouse in Spanish. The full name of this lighthouse located in Rincon is El Faro de Punta Higuero.
As lighthouses go, El Faro is exceptionally blessed with abundant views of:
– the surrounding park
– the surf and its surfers
– the breathtaking sunset
– the uninhabited Desecheo Island and its divers and snorkelers
– and the seasonally frolicking whales, along with some dolphins, playing off the coast
Existing since the tail-end of the 1890s, the brick walls of El Faro cracked because of a 1918 earthquake. The damage was so extensive that the original structure had to be taken down, as it was no longer safe. It took four years – up to 1922 – before the replacement towering structure that still stands to this day, was erected.
Seventy Foot Behemoth
Rising 70 feet above the ground, El Faro used to be the beacon of safety for seafarers during the time that Puerto Rico was still actively involved in the maritime conquests and battles of the Spanish and the United States. Today, with peace and stability having reigned for a long time, the lighthouse in Rincon no longer serves as a guiding signal. Yet, it is still highly functional.
This behemoth is one of the Puerto Rican delights that afford tourists with enviable vistas and endless photo opportunities.