Rincón & West Coast attractions

Top Choice Beach in Refugio Nacional Cabo Rojo

Playa Santa

From the same parking space as that of Los Morrillos Lighthouse (or from another further on down the track bending left from the lighthouse approach track), you can follow the trails out to an immaculate crescent be…
Top Choice Church in San Germán

Iglesia de Porta Coeli

This small, squat building might not look like much, but it is actually one of the oldest surviving ecclesial buildings in the Americas. Originally constructed between 1606 and 1607 on the orders of Queen Isabella o…
Top Choice Forest in Boquerón

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Iris L. Alameda Martínez de Boquerón

Drive south from Boquerón along Hwy 301 and you will arrive at the main entrance to this reserve at Km 1.1, an extent of beguiling mangrove forest with a visitor center, and well-maintained boardwalk trails. There a…
Top Choice Gallery in Mayagüez

Museo de Arte

This brilliant, bold new art space is the best museum west of Ponce. Opened in 2016, it focuses on work by Puerto Rican artists from the 20th century onwards, including greats such as Lorenzo Homar and Rafael Tufiño…
Top Choice Square in Rincón

Plaza de Recreo

The Plaza de Recreo deserves a lot of plaudits for having spruced itself up in recent years. It's now once again surrounded by bustling restaurants, bars and even an inn; it becomes positively cacophonous on Thursda…
Nature Reserve in Refugio Nacional Cabo Rojo

Corozo Salt Flats

Vast salt flats surround the rocky, dramatic narrow peninsula which heralds your approach to the southwestern tip of Puerto Rico. These are truly captivating, although not without a whiff of desolation. As you head …
Nature Reserve in Playa de Joyuda

Reserva Natural Laguna de Joyuda

The heart of Playa de Joyuda's 300-acre Reserva Natural Laguna de Joyuda is a sizeable saltwater lagoon with a depth that rarely exceeds 4ft. The sanctuary is of great importance to waterfowl and other migratory bir…
Beach in Boquerón

Balneario Boquerón

Fanning out immediately south of Boquerón town, the Balneario Boquerón ranks among the best public beach facilities in Puerto Rico. The 2km-long arc of sand gets insanely busy on high-season weekends, but it’s still…
Lighthouse in Refugio Nacional Cabo Rojo

Los Morrillos Lighthouse

From this smartly remodeled lighthouse at the bone-rattling end of Hwy 301, there's not much further you can go: you're as south as it gets in Puerto Rico. The lighthouse stands sentinel on the headland of Punta Jag…
Agricultural Center in Mayagüez

Estación Experimental Agrícola Federal

Wandering through the Estación Experimental Agrícola Federal, the tropical agricultural research station of the US Department of Agriculture, is a bit like wandering through a geeky botanical garden, what with the n…