Cabo Rojo Salt Flats Interpretive Center Efrén Pérez Rivera Cabo Rojo, PR
known in Spanish as “las salinas,” they are an astounding and rare sight in the Caribbean
nature park/reserve


Puerto Rico’s west coast is full of natural wonders waiting to be discovered by visitors willing to venture away from the more traditional northeast vacation spots. The municipality of Cabo Rojo’s famous salt flats are high on the list among these unique wonders. Known in Spanish as “las salinas,” they are an astounding and rare sight in the Caribbean. The area is mostly made up of estuaries, some of which are connected to the sea. Scarce rainfall and high solar radiation combine to keep this a highly saline environment.

The salt flats interpretive center was constructed with the goal of educating the general public about the constant human threat to the island’s ecosystems. In fact, the salt flats have been designated a National Wildlife Refuge, which in turn houses the center. Its six ecosystems include mangrove forests and hyper-saline ponds, the latter of which is too extreme for most marine life. Visitors can bear witness to the highly diverse flora and fauna, hiking past cacti and cotton trees while trying to spot as many as possible of the area’s 118 bird species.

The interpretive center’s name honors professor and activist Efrén Pérez Rivera, recognizing his dedication to environmentalism around the island. It features a small museum that outlines the ecological importance of the salt flats. A three-story lookout tower affords visitors views of the extensive flats as well as of the Caribbean shoreline, which includes the nearby Cabo Rojo lighthouse. During the day, however, it’s the salt flats that sparkle under the bright sun, drawing in nature lovers, conservationists, and curious visitors alike.

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