You can’t visit Cabo Rojo without making the stop at the salt flats and wildlife nature refuge.
Salt is mined here by flooding the man-made lagoons and allowing the sun and wind to evaporate all the water. The salt concentrates on the bottom of the ponds and then is scraped up once all the water is evaporated.
The process repeats and this is how salt is mined right here in Puerto Rico!
👉👉 After Hurricane Maria: Thankfully the hurricane left the salt flats intact for the most part. Aside from some trees down, it is in excellent shape and ready for tourists!
Across the street from the visitor center is an observation tower where you can see all the lagoons from up high. It really is a beautiful site!
Because of the high concentrations of salt, brinal shrimp collect here giving it the beautiful pink hue.
We tried the salt. Big mistake. So gross.
This salt is used for non-food purposes, such as swimming pools, ice melter etc. Not eating!
Behind the visitor center are numerous trails ranging from 1-2 miles long. Be sure to bring water and sunscreen.
5 Globetrotters Tip 👉 If you are a birder (which we obviously are!) you will love the trails. Allow for an hour or two and soak it all up.
⏰: Open Thursday to Sunday from 8:30 am – 4:00pm
💰: Admission to the salt flats are free. There is a visitor center as well as gift shop that gladly accepts donations.
🗺: Located on the southwestern tip of PR in Cabo Rojo. GPS coordinates located below