Cabo Rojo: A Tourism City.

By: Karimar Rodriguez

May 17, 2012

Format: Historical, Travel and Place

Sign reads “Cabo Rojo Ciudad del Turismo” which translates to Cabo Rojo City of tourism is located at the entrance to the town center.

Cabo Rojo is located at the south-west end of the island of Puerto Rico. It was funded in 1771 and has limit with the south coast of the Caribbean Sea and to the west The Mona Canal. Cabo Rojo is enclosed within 70.4 miles squared has great natural beauty but also a wide gamma of geological territory is abundant with mangroves, their salt works and plenty of coast line which gives life to some of the most beautiful beaches of that side of the island.

Cabo Rojo is known for being a tourist city with excellent beaches and places of interest. Thanks to that it has an excellent economy as well which is why it is dubbed the Capital of Internal Tourism. This town is distinguish by its geological diversity, natural resources and the biodiversity of its ecosystems. Within its natural beauties there are its beaches, gasp, their salt works, bays, the state woods of Boquerón and the sierra Bermeja. Also the municipality gives home to the National Refuge of Fish and Wild life of Puerto Rico.

On a nice sunny day you can go visit different places in Cabo Rojo that will leave you breathless with their beauty. Some beaches are Bramadero, Puerto Real, Boca Prieta, Boquerón, Salinas and Playa Sucia. One of the most visited by the public is Boquerón since it dobles not only as the municipality Beach but also to a vocational center were their are cabins and apartments right on the beach coast. Futher in to Boquerón you can find “El Poblado” were there is a great night life and also is great to go during the day to the different shops. But the crown jewel of the beaches in Cabo Rojo is playa Sucia, which is at the opposite side of Boquerón. On the way there you can find a variety of places to stop and admire.

On the journey to playa Sucia one must begging a long road that leads to the beach that eventually comes to a cross roads at which to the east is Boquerón and to the west is playa Sucia. Most people tend to travel to the east since Boquerón is closer. To understand just how far playa Sucia is no one better than Eduardo Rodriguez a local resident, has said it, he quoted “you see that sign there that says sky? Well that’s were where going” and indeed he was right. After a good 20 to 15 minutes you encounter the magnificent salt works to which the region is legendary for.

The salt works alone cover 1,249 acres of the gasp, salitrales, dried woods and mangroves. The Salt Works is a vast land of just white sand which when processed it becomes salt. Being there you feel like you’re on a dessert but the only difference is that there’s water and lots of it. This region over the years caused quite a bit of contreversy. In 1512 the Spaniards began to settle down in the vicinty of Morrillos to explore the salt works and the immediate areas. Also there where a lot of battles with other countries like England for possesion of the land. Nowaday this serene and calm area gives home to various different plant and animal species.

The salt works can be seen from the road on your way to playa Sucia on the left side of the road. This magnificent terrain is also home to a variety of organism. And the 3rd picture is where they process the salt, in this step they are drying the salt.

Further on the road there are a variety of places where people stay such like hotels and apartment buildings to salt works begging to be taking in by nature and not man, as you admire the mangroves and white sand you reach the entrance to playa Sucia where the road begging’s to get more bumpy, a bit more in on the left side you can see a bunch of what you can suppose are burnt trees but actually they  have that appearance because of the high contents of salt in the area the trees look as if they were burnt, farther along you reach the parking space which is very limited. From there it’s a short walk to the beach itself which opens into this stunning view of cliffs and an opening to the ocean that would make anybody fall in love.

From left to right, the magnificent view from Playa Sucia looking outwards the Caribbean Sea, next the lighthouse on the top of the hill which offers spectacular views and last ever marvelous cliffs next to the lighthouse.

Another place to get a good view is walking up to the lighthouse, that one can take varies routes but the one most people use is at the begging of the parking area a long uphill 15 minute walk leads you to the lighthouse which is destined to beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea and Cabo Rojo. It was build in the year 1877 by the Spaniards. The immediate grounds surrounding the lighthouse gives in to a cliff where you can witness the cliffs from a different angle, just to note if you fear from vertigo it’s pretty frightening.

Cabo Rojo is also well known not only for its beaches but also for its restaurants and the place where you can find a great variety of seafood restaurants is the Joyuda Bay which gives home to plenty of places named “el Gato Negro” and “el Gatito” because of their close proximity. Also there you can find “Isla de Ratones” a nice tranquil diminutive island where you can go spend the day at the beach and picnic areas there. An interesting thing about this island is that as close as the year 1990 their where some findings of a skeleton of an indigenes correspondent to the Ostionoid culture .The bay is also a very popular tourist attraction and also Cabo Rojo is well known for it.

One of the many restaurants found in the Joyuda Bay “el Gato Negro” and to right from afar you can contemplate “Isla de Ratones”

Cabo Rojo is a beautiful town with plenty of places to visit, whether you’re staying or just spending the day this town will leave you wanting more.



  1. karla dejesus said,

    May 18, 2012 at 12:00 am05

    This town is my second home and I liked how you describe it. There are somethings i’m new to since i read and it made want to go soon. The pictures are beautiful.

  2. May 22, 2012 at 12:00 am05

    I live there. I like the way you describe Cabo Rojo with it’s nature tropical beautifulness. The pictures are greatful and you remember me when I go out to the restaurants.

  3. May 22, 2012 at 12:00 am05

    I live in Cabo Rojo. I like the way you describe Cabo Rojo natural beautifulness with it’s beaches and restaurants. The pictures are beautiful and teach people how is Cabo Rojo and why this municipality is called the tourism capital.

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