(Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico)
It’s really all about the views at the Cabo Rojo Los Morillos Lighthouse in Puerto Rico!!!
I mean, just look at this view of Playa Sucia from the lighthouse…
And this view…of the limestone cliffs that the lighthouse sits upon…
So I guess this will mostly be just a picture post. And I’m okay with that. :))
After picking up our week-long sporty (aka tiny) rental car from the Enterprise in Mayagüez, we spent one awesome afternoon last week checking out the views at the famous lighthouse. We also hit up the fun little beach town of Boqueron the same day (but I haven’t even begun to edit those photos yet).
And shoot, just driving to the lighthouse was pretty darn interesting. The drive along Route 301 takes you past miles of salt flats. It was quite the sight to see with all the dump trucks and excavators actively removing the sea salt from the area. Jereme says this was his favorite part of the day. And why am I not surprised?
But anyhoo, back to the lighthouse.
Built in 1881 by the Spanish government and located on top of 200-foot limestone cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse marks the southwest tip of Puerto Rico. The lighthouse has been renovated over the years, and is still operational, helping ships navigate safely through the Mona Passage.
Now, making your way up to the lighthouse is a bit of a trek. It was insanely crowded the day we went, but we somehow managed to grab a spot in the nearest parking lot (that is, after chatting with some very friendly Puerto Rican police officers who, at first, were blocking the entrance to the so-called “full” lot and then decided to basically escort us to the best parking lot there is!). Once we snagged a spot in the closest lot, it was still quite a hike to the actual lighthouse. We walked over to Playa Sucia first (where most of the parking lot crowd could be found) and then hiked our way up the hillside to check out the lighthouse and cliff views.
Though the lighthouse was interesting in itself, the surrounding limestone cliffs on which the lighthouse is perched are really the main attraction I would say! And quite breathtaking.
I honestly couldn’t believe how exposed lighthouse visitors are able to get to the cliff edge. I guess it’s one of those see-at-your-own-risk types of places. And for someone who isn’t the biggest fan of heights, I still managed to get close enough to take in the full experience (and of course snap a few photos) without risking anything too crazy. I mean, one slip and you’re definitely a goner. :((
I’d say our first full day with the rental car in Puerto Rico was a success! We didn’t get lost or in an accident, and found a few awesome spots to visit in Cabo Rojo! The rest of our week was spent checking out more of Puerto Rico’s west coast and preparing for stupid Tropical Storm Bertha. But more on that later.
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