Combate Beach / Cabo Rojo Wildlife Refuge

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A little to the south of Boquerón, but still within the municipality of Cabo Rojo, is the quiet little town of Combate.  Quiet, that is, if it’s not a long (holiday) weekend, when thousands of locals from all corners of the Island flock to the beautiful beaches on the west coast.

Combate is THE place to enjoy some of the most delicious food in all of Puerto Rico.  Here you will find the most amazing fish and seafood dishes at prices well below what you would find in the San Juan Metroplex.

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A few steps from the town is the beautiful beach of Combate.  This is not a Blue Flag beach by any means, so you won’t find any lifeguards, showers or parking facilities.  But the place is absolutely gorgeous.  The surf is almost nonexistent and the scenery is simply paradise.

Right next to the beach is the Cabo Rojo Wildlife Refuge, a place visited by bird lovers from all over the world.  Established in 1974 by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, this 1836-acre plot of land is considered the most important stopover for migratory and shorebirds in the Eastern Caribbean. Many native bird species, including the endangered Yellow Shouldered Blackbird, live in and reproduce around the refuge.

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The refuge has a visitor center and a 2-mile interpretive trail.  Approximately 12 miles of hiking trails are available for bird watching, photography and wildlife observation.  Motorized vehicles are not allowed inside the refuge, but there are several biking trails that you can enjoy at your leisure.

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