Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge
The Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge reserve is a subtropical dry forest in the coastal region covering 1,836 acres of land. The refuge, established in 1974 and one of nine reserves managed by the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex (United States Fish and Wildlife Service), is a paradise for people who enjoy hiking and birdwatching. The refuge has been designated as the critical habitat of the yellow-shoulder blackbird and is the first place in the Caribbean to be designated as a site in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.
The Cabo Rojo Salt Flats, whose beautiful pink and red tones contrast with the turquoise color of the Playuela, are also part of the refuge and have been recognized as an important wildlife habitat. The famous salt flats are an interesting stop for visitors. Start at the informative visitor's center, which has a viewing deck, and hiking trails. There are also guided tours available with advance reservation. The visitor's center operates from Thursday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cabo Rojo has 28 miles of coastline – the most of any municipality on the island. In this town you will discover 18 beaches, among which Buyé and Combate stand out. Unlike Playuela, these two beaches are more family-friendly and have kiosks or restaurants nearby. In addition, at both beaches you will find equipment rentals, including kayaks and snorkels, beach chairs, and umbrellas. Both beaches are accessible, and the waters are calm, without waves.