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    Cabo Rojo Beach Paradise 24/7 All Year Round

     
    Get refreshed in Puerto Rico, the paradise island where you can escape to beautiful beaches all year round. We can't talk about this without mentioning Cabo Rojo.

    The hustle and bustle of the routine begins to mingle along with the characteristic humidity and warmth of the island. Getting use to lay down in the sofa while watching TV can easily become our daily routine. However, we can always find spare time to turn off the TV and take a chance to a rest while enjoying the spectacular Caribbean Sea. Letting the weekend evaporate, seating in a couch will be senseless, instead of relaxing and drinking cool "piñas coladas" in the renowned Playa Sucia Beach.

    The municipality of Cabo Rojo, located at the southwest part of Puerto Rico and best known as the "Tourism Capital" has fertile lands, mangroves and rich saltworks. It is said that in the 90's a skeleton of an indigenous corresponding to the Ostionoid culture dating from 1,200 years ago was found in Isla Ratones, a small island in the coast of Cabo Rojo. The diverse geography, natural resources and biodiversity of its ecosystems makes "the town of Cofresí" or "Betances's cradle", as it is also known, a natural treasure. It's impossible to speak about Cabo Rojo without mentioning its beautiful beaches such as: Playa Sucia Beach, El Combate, Buyé, among many more. In addition, Cabo Rojo has the Boqueron State Forest and the Sierra Bermeja, highlighting this place as an important scientific research spot and of course, as a holiday destination.

    Cabo Rojo is home of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and also during the colonial era served as refuge for the legendary pirate Cofresí, who allegedly hide in caves his loots. With this and other references in mind we arrived at Bahía Salinas Beach Resort & Spa, one of the brand-new hotels listed in Cabo Rojo, attracting a large number of visitors all year round. Among its offerings is the gastronomic restaurant: "Agua al cuello", Spa facilities, wedding offers, an infinity pool and other amenities. It is a place that really pleases every single guest.

    On the other hand, if you want to experience one of the best mountain bike routes in the island, you need to visit the trails of "Cabo Rojo Refuge", the official route of the USFWS consists primarily of gravel, dirt and sometimes sand. With beach chairs and all the enthusiasm of the world we reach El Combate Beach, which to our surprise, got its name after the bloody war during the first century of colonization against the spaniards, in defense of the salt works which had the area. Even the name of Cabo Rojo was given by the reddish color that is reflected in its coasts because of the minerals present in the water. After a refreshing swim in El Combate Beach and play volleyball on its serene sands, we head to the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse. Built in the 1882 by the Spanish, stills operating, despite its 131-year history.

    On the way to the lighthouse, we were surprised by the spectacular view of the Natural Reserve, with its many mangroves and rich wildlife. But after walking 10 minutes to the top of the lighthouse, it was the beauty of the Caribbean Sea; the contrast between the lighthouse, the wetlands and the huge limestone cliffs which kisses the sea what left us breathless. After receiving the warm breeze of the sea and filled with so much beauty, we return to one of the trails that took us to Playa Sucia Beach, whose name has nothing to do with what we find. The turquoise-blue, warm and crystalline waters make difficult our decision to return back to the city. This piece of heaven that like many others repeat around Puerto Rico, is a sign that in life not everything can be work, but also enjoyment and quality time. Cabo Rojo's flag, show three colors - blue, white and red - representing liberty, equality and fraternity; three fundamental aspects in the life of two main eminences: Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances and don Nicolás Ramírez de Arellano, national heroes who reflected in their daily lives the greatness and beauty of Cabo Rojo.

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