Located on the southwestern tip of the island about 35 mi/56 km west of Ponce, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, has beautiful seascapes and the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge has a visitors center and interpretive displays as well as bird-watching trails.
The nearby fishing villages of El Combate and Boqueron have two of the area's most popular beaches. Combate is perfect for family swimming, boating and kayaking trips. The Poblado at Boqueron is a nice, relaxing spot. You can step off the beach in your shorts and sandals to visit nearby crafts shops, eat local seafood or drink a cold beer.
The National Parks rents cabins there, but call to reserve at least six months ahead (phone 787-851-1940; http://www.parquesnacionalespr.com). Whatever you do, don't leave Cabo Rojo without tasting the empanadillas (meat- or seafood-filled turnovers) sold at various kiosks. Also, save time to see the famous salt flats on Route 301. Phone 787-851-2999.
Note: Puerto Rico sustained severe damage during Hurricane Maria in September 2017. El Combate and Boqueron beaches are open and as lovely as ever; however, shops and restaurants at the Boqueron Poblado received extensive damage and may be closed for renovations.
Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge and all visitor facilities are currently closed.
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