Jobos Well, more known as El Pozo de Jacinto, in the quaint little town of Isabela in Puerto Rico, started off as a local legend. It is said that a farmer named Jacinto always had his favorite cow tied to him as he walked his herd. One day, though, the cow walked too close to the well of Jobos and died.
Jacinto died, too, as a result of his cow dragging him into the hole. This is where the legend began. Supposedly, if you want luck to come your way, you have to say, in Spanish of course, “Jacinto, dame la vaca,” or “Jacinto, give me the cow,” so the sea will lift up its rampaging waves.
From then on the well was known as Jacinto’s Well. Its natural opening as well as the rocks that surround it remain as dangerous because of the latter’s jagged and sharp edges. Visitors should approach the well, or pozo, with extreme caution.
Watch Out for High Tide
El Pozo de Jacinto is large for a blowhole and even then its size depends on which way the tide turns. High tide increases its depth to more than 25 feet sometimes so be very careful when you wish for your luck as the bursts of huge waves can surprise you and can knock you down or make you slip.
A boardwalk is currently being constructed to take visitors to Montones Beach directly. Most visitors park as if heading for Jobos Beach, where the pozo is located. The walk is less than one quarter of a mile from the street, though, so it can be a little form of exercise for you.
One of the Best Surf Beaches
Although the crowd drawer is obviously El Pozo de Jacinto, not the least because of the legend as well as the dazzling splash of the bubbly waves, Playa de Jobos is a breathtaking crescent of fine sand that faces a protected, shallow bay ideal for both surfing and swimming.
Take caution, though, since heavy waves roll frequently as they enter the bay even during winter. The same heavy waves make Playa de Jobos one of the best surf beaches, especially for beginners, in Isabela. Parking may be difficult, though, as restaurants have sprung and now block the eastern end of the beach.
This eastern end is probably the best area of the beach but with such a condition, you will really have to park your vehicle farther, on the roadside, or just opt to go to any of the restaurants that have private parking spaces. Remember not to leave valuables in your vehicle to avoid car theft.
A Word on Caution
Before or after visiting the well, you can hang out or party at Playa Jobos from sun-up until sun-down. There, you will find beach bars and small restaurants that serve inexpensive local delicacies such as empanadas
, arroz con gandules
(similar to eggnog with the addition of coconut milk), and mofongo
On a final note, El Pozo de Jacinto is a sight to behold, but, as mentioned earlier, take caution when venturing out to view it. Playa Jobos has such strong rip currents that you may need to have a companion or two before you even think of swimming there.