Cabo Rojo

Named for its pinkish cliffs, the Red Cape was used in the late 18th century as a port for merchants—as well as for its attendant smugglers and pirates. Today the miles of coastline to the west and north of this tiny curl of land jutting out into the Caribbean are a destination for families. Many small, inexpensive hotels can be found in the communities of Joyuda, Boquerón, and El Combate, but the town of Cabo Rojo itself is farther north; in fact, it's just south of Mayagüez and east of Joyuda, far from the cape. Outdoor activities are quite popular, from sailing out of Boquerón to hiking to the lighthouse near El Combate.


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