Cabo Rojo lighthouse Beach near lighthouse Above right is Gilligans Island near Guanica
the Guanica Dry Forest is a unique place, visiting it is not so
desireable because of the extreme heat. The next stop of interest
west of Ponce would be the coast beyond Guanica, then La Parguera
ending your day near the Cabo Rojo lighthouse. Don't miss a quick
stop at the Porta Coeli Church Museum in the town of San German.
A permanent exhibit of religious wooden carvings is on display.
Cabo Rojo lighthouse and Nature Reserve are located beyond the
salt flats at the extreme south western tip of Puerto Rico. The
Parador Bahia Salinas is well located and nicely run. Next door
Punta Aguila has apartments with 2 bedrooms. A restaurant is located
in between. Both are on the water but this is not a good swimming
beach. Nearby are lots of great places to swim. Walking is great
in the surrounding areas. Cabo Rojo lighthouse is located on the
cliffs above the sea and is one of the more scenic lighthouses
in the Caribbean. Spectacular views early in the morning, later
is an interesting nearby town and beach, there are many places
to stay and eat here. It can become very crowded, expecially on
weekends and summer weekends are impossible.
the Cabo Rojo area your next destination would be the Rincon
Area, if you wish to continue along the coast... You need to drive
through Mayaguez to do this. There is a zoo in Mayaguez worth
Road #333 past the town of Guanica and at the turn immediately
following the turn into the Copamarina Hotel (great Hotel! about
$135.00 more) I turned right and parked in the (guarded!) parking
lot. Bought a ticket to the Island on the little ferry. ($4. round
trip) Runs everyday except on Mondays they go somewhere else interesting
(Ballena Bay). Waiting for the ferry I ate some stuffed potato
balls with ground beef inside...I can put my vegetarian diet aside,
and tend to do so in Puerto Rico on, perhaps too many, occasions.......Childhood
memories of Puerto Rico's delicious foods prevail over 'new' philosophies.
How absolutely mouthwatering delicious were those 'rellenos de
papas'! Gourmet feast for less than a dollar.