Puerto Hermina Ruins in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico

The island of Puerto Rico, like the rest of the Caribbean, was no stranger to piracy during the Spanish colonization. Today, the most common association with them is the northwestern town of Quebradillas, nicknamed La Guarida del Pirata ("The Pirate’s Hideout"). Along the Quebradillas coastline lie the remains of an old port that locals believe was once a popular place for contraband and piracy.

The ruins of Puerto Hermina (also known as Puerto Mina) are best known for a small...

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