The first place of any interest south of Fajardo, the laidback seaside village of PLAYA DE NAGUABO (not to be confused with Naguabo town, and also known as Playa Húcares, after the local tree), is a welcome reminder than Puerto Rico isn’t all shopping malls, cars and fast-food chains. Other than soaking up the soporific atmosphere (though as always, it gets busy on weekends), the main draw is the plethora of seafood restaurants on the small malecón (promenade), and the celebrated local snack, chapín (deep-fried turnovers usually stuffed with local trunkfish).
Playa Naguabo is on PR-3 a short drive off the PR-53 autopista (exit 13; once off the highway, don’t take the right fork on PR-31 to Naguabo itself). You can park along the main road that runs along the harbour, or in the car park behind the kioscos at the end of the malecón. The helpful Oficina de Turismo (Mon–Fri 8am–4.30pm), where PR-3 hits the malecón, usually has English-speakers on hand and plenty of information on Naguabo municipality, but little else.