The day after orchestrating the Grito de Lares, an attempt to proclaim an independent Puerto Rico in the mountain town of Lares in 1868, insurgents moved on to nearby San Sebastián, where they were comprehensively defeated by government troops. Thus ended San Sebastián's most important moment in history, and Puerto Rico's one-day stint as a republic.
Today this small town is mainly known for its eccentric Friday market, which sells everything from rifles to rare birds, but the forests to the north secrete some paradisaical excursions. These include the Bosque Estatal de Guajataca, a forest known for some of the best hiking trails on the island. Some brilliant and serendipitous accommodation possibilities lie in store in this region too.