Saturday, December 20, 2008
You really need a day to explore this area. Go early because no matter what time of the year you visit, it gets hot. Take a few bottles of water and your swim gear.
The south western portion of Puerto Rico is dryer and warmer than the north. Cactus grows wild in this area. Check out this Google Map:
The light house is to the left. The beach in the center is called Playa Sucia, or rather Dirty Beach, because of turtle grass, vegetation on the sea floor. It's one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. If the water is calm, the snorkeling is nice.
There is an area used to mine salt. Salt water is let in and its left to dry. The purple color is iodine.
There's nice hiking in this area. The ground is clunky. Tennis shoes are best.
You park your car about a quarter mile from the lighthouse. It's a long hike, but once you're there the view is spectacular.
Getting There . . .
From Mayaguez, drive south on Route 2 (main highway) and exit Route 100 toward Cabo Rojo. This is right past the Mayaguez mall. When Route 100 ends, turn left onto Route 101. Drive .8 miles, then turn right onto Route 310 and follow it to the end. You'll see the lighthouse before the road ends.