Located on high of 200-foot limestone cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse marks the south-west tip of Puerto Rico. Built in 1881 by the Spanish authorities, the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse (Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo and know domestically as El Faro) makes use of the identical constructing design because the Fajardo and Arecibo lighthouses. We have visited each of these different lighthouses, and it was form of attention-grabbing to see how comparable all of them look.
The Cabo Rojo Lighthouse has been renovated/restored through the years. It remains to be operational and helps ships navigate safely by the Mona Passage from the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.
Unless you’re actually “into” lighthouses, I believe you’ll be lower than impressed with the lighthouse. Though it nonetheless is essential in serving to navigate the waters round this level. In itself, it’s small in scale. There is a photograph exhibit on the within partitions. Lots of the knowledge is in Spanish. You can stroll up the spiral staircase that results in the remark deck on the roof of the constructing, and there are some good panoramic views of the encircling space. There are “park rangers” there to welcome you and reply your questions.
More Than a Lighthouse
Though the lighthouse is attention-grabbing, the massive points of interest listed below are the unbelievable views from the limestone cliffs this lighthouse is constructed upon. We walked exterior the fence of the lighthouse and there I used to be amazed on the magnificence! Just watch out to not stroll too near the sting, since there is no such thing as a guard rail and you’ll see the place items of the cliff have damaged off over time. We spent lots of time right here, simply taking one million footage from all of the angles as we walked alongside the bluff. It is breathtakingly lovely.
The different beauty of visiting this lighthouse is that you could see (and simply get to) an exquisite coved seashore known as La Playuela. Just a few hours on that seashore was like a dream – the water there was heat, calm and it’s simply lovely.
Getting to this lighthouse is a part of the enjoyable. You must drive previous the salt flats on Route 301, at which level the highway modifications from asphalt to packed grime. It is about 7/10 of a mile of potholes and (at instances) mud.
We parked on the first “parking-lot-looking” space and walked up the cement driveway to the lighthouse. There are different paths that ultimately lead as much as the lighthouse, if you’re within the temper to do some strolling/mountaineering on rock within the full solar. The parking is a substantial distance from the lighthouse – perhaps ¼ mile. So put on a hat, carry water and mosquito repellent.
Admission to the lighthouse is $3. And they’ve loos out there and a merchandising machine for drink/snack.
The lighthouse is open Wednesday- Sunday from 9:00am to 4:30pm. It will get very crowded on weekends, so highway could also be closed by rangers as soon as it reaches capability. (and I hear they are going to ticket folks not parked in parking areas).
You ought to permit an hour to see the lighthouse and stroll across the grounds. Allow extra time within the space if you wish to go to close by points of interest like La Playuela Beach or the Salt Flats.
You can name 787-357- 0066 or 787-255-1560 for extra info. Or take a look at their Facebook web page .
To get there, take Route 301 within the Cabo Rojo space all the best way to the top.
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Cabo Rojo Lighthouse: (17.933723, -67.192413)
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse / Faro Los Morrillos, parking: (17.937497, -67.194477)
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