Spotlight on Eastern Puerto Rico and the Humacao Nature Reserve
by Katy Hartnett Boruff
By now you might have become familiar with the unique beachfront properties and wonderful amenities that Palmas del Mar has to offer. But what else is there to do in Eastern Puerto Rico? This series of blog posts will highlight a different location, event or restaurant that might be of interest for those of you who are considering moving to Puerto Rico.
Just a few minutes from Palmas del Mar is a hidden gem called the Humacao Nature Reserve, or Reserva Natural de Humacao. This oceanfront reserve showcases the natural beauty that is ever apparent in Eastern Puerto Rico. The Humacao Nature Reserve features numerous trails for walking and biking, unspoiled tropical beaches, spectacular views, fishing opportunities, and even kayaking on a gorgeous lagoon frequented by a variety of tropical birds. You are also likely to spot a local favorite, the land crab, or cangrejo de tierra in Spanish, as well as an appreciated but invasive species, the iguana. The reserve is open 7 days a week from 9:00am-4:00pm, but the concessions (a small store and cafe) are open Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00am-4:00pm. It is possible to rent bikes ($7 per hour), kayaks and paddleboards ($15 per hour) and pedal boats ($10 per hour for two people). The Humacao Nature Reserve is located on Route 3 at km 74.3 just south of the Punta Santiago beach. You do not want to miss this local favorite!