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“Nature at its best”

Humacao Nature Reserve
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Humacao
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Warsaw, Indiana
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75 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Nature at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

...We stayed at Villa Palmira which is within walking distance of the Reserva Natural de Humacao (which may be called Reserva Natural de Punta Santiago). This 3000 acre natural reserve is magnificent. At one time, the land was drained using pumps so that sugar cane could be planted. A hurricane re-flooded the land which was then allowed to revert to its former self. Part of a pumping station remains and you can see it soon after entering the reserve.
...On the east side of Hwy 3 are lakes created by the flooded land. Also in this area is an observation bunker occupied by soldiers during WWII. The bunker is kept in reasonably good condition and you can climb into it. You can also see the barracks used by the soldiers although these have been allowed to be grown over. Between the lakes and near the ocean are well maintained paths allowing you to easily walk around and view the plants and wildlife of the reserve. The climb up to the bunker takes a bit more doing but is worth the view.
...There are many birds in the trees and on the lakes. You might also be surprised by an iguana either watching you or moving from tree to tree. You can also walk right up to the ocean. Since we were living right next door, we walked to this ocean area to enter the reserve.
...All of this is without charge and is available every day. There are restrooms and viewing platforms for all to use. From Wed through Sun, there are tours as well as kayak and bicycle rentals. You can kayak on the area to the west of HWY 3. To get there, you simply paddle under a bridge. I took 2 of my grandchildren with me and we kayaked up to iguanas that sometimes just stared at us and sometimes went for a swim.
...The Dept. of Natural Resources has put out signs along a prescribed route which describe various aspects of the area. You can follow these signs or go your own way around the large lake. We did that (by mistake) and found an area full of birds. After a bit, we paddled our way to the prescribed route and completed it back to the beginning point. However you do it, take the time to go kayaking. It is fun, good exercise and puts you in touch with nature. All this and you are only a few kilometers away from Humacao.

Visited January 2013
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littlekid095, Owner at Humacao Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 1, 2016
Thanks for your visit and review. Kayaks are now $15 pp the hour. The visitors pavilion is open during the operating hours of the concessions. Here is where we attend the public. Mondays and Tuesdays you will only find the personnel of the Nature reserve doing their tasks. There are phone numbers which you can call in advance before doing your visit to avoid any inconveniences. Hope to see you again and good recommendations towards us. Remember besides hiking ALL the trails that are well marked with numbered informative signs which include a map of your trails, you can also do flora and fauna observation through the mangroves, lagoons and beach, fishing is permitted, and besides this, there's kayak and bike rentals from Wednesday thru Sunday from 9am - 3:45pm. Very important that the visitors as well as the currents from the ocean will lead or leave behind trash. As part of the efforts to maintain the reserve in well conditions, we prepare clean-up campaigns during the year.
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Sugar Hill, Georgia
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Worth the trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

El yunque is awesome, but if you really want to get a feel for the jungle away from the crowds go here. Walk to the beach and bunker. There are so many large iguanas along the trail. Rent the kayaks and paddle to the lagoon. Views are outstanding. Nothing too strenuous if you just want a nice walk and paddle. All very enjoyable. Walking is free, bikes and kayaks are cheap. Spent about 3 hours and $40 for 3 people. Not at all far from places to have lunch and snacks/drinks are available on site.

Visited November 2012
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3 Thank Sarah3106
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littlekid095, Owner at Humacao Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 1, 2016
Thanks for your visit and review. Kayaks are now $15 pp the hour. The visitors pavilion is open during the operating hours of the concessions. Here is where we attend the public. Mondays and Tuesdays you will only find the personnel of the Nature reserve doing their tasks. There are phone numbers which you can call in advance before doing your visit to avoid any inconveniences. Hope to see you again and good recommendations towards us. Remember besides hiking ALL the trails that are well marked with numbered informative signs which include a map of your trails, you can also do flora and fauna observation through the mangroves, lagoons and beach, fishing is permitted, and besides this, there's kayak and bike rentals from Wednesday thru Sunday from 9am - 3:45pm. Very important that the visitors as well as the currents from the ocean will lead or leave behind trash. As part of the efforts to maintain the reserve in well conditions, we prepare clean-up campaigns during the year.
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“Natural Reserve, Punta Santiago”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

Recently visited Santiago Point Natural Reserve and Wildlife Refuge in Humacao and just by the length of the name you imagine how much is to see. Mangroves, beaches, war bunkers, walking trails, kayaking are for your enjoyment. Entrance is free and is 5 minutes from the city.

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littlekid095, Owner at Humacao Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 1, 2016
Thanks for your visit and review. Kayaks are now $15 pp the hour. The visitors pavilion is open during the operating hours of the concessions. Here is where we attend the public. Mondays and Tuesdays you will only find the personnel of the Nature reserve doing their tasks. There are phone numbers which you can call in advance before doing your visit to avoid any inconveniences. Hope to see you again and good recommendations towards us. Remember besides hiking ALL the trails that are well marked with numbered informative signs which include a map of your trails, you can also do flora and fauna observation through the mangroves, lagoons and beach, fishing is permitted, and besides this, there's kayak and bike rentals from Wednesday thru Sunday from 9am - 3:45pm. Very important that the visitors as well as the currents from the ocean will lead or leave behind trash. As part of the efforts to maintain the reserve in well conditions, we prepare clean-up campaigns during the year.
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Fresno, California
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“Exciting to Kayak”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

The kayak place is not to hard to spot if you keep on hwy 3 near the coast. You'll see the sign just like the photos show and you just park and choose what activities you want to do. We chose the kayaks and they charged us $12 per person. I loved that we were out on our own for as long as we wanted. We rowed under the beautiful mangrove trees and saw huge iguanas and beautiful foliage all along the way until coming out into a huge lake where it could get a little tricky to not lose your way back but just look out for the bouys and they will guide you. I loved that the people there were very friendly and the place was decorated so nice. They had cute tables to rest at while enjoying a refreshing drink, we also bought a few handmade jewelry items at their outdoor shop too. They have restrooms and showers there also. I loved that we took the time to kayak, I only wish we could have done it earlier in the day or much later in the evening since it was extremely hot at the time.

Visited July 2012
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5 Thank irmanell
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littlekid095, Owner at Humacao Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 1, 2016
Thanks for your visit and review. Kayaks are now $15 pp the hour. The visitors pavilion is open during the operating hours of the concessions. Here is where we attend the public. Mondays and Tuesdays you will only find the personnel of the Nature reserve doing their tasks. There are phone numbers which you can call in advance before doing your visit to avoid any inconveniences. Hope to see you again and good recommendations towards us. Remember besides hiking ALL the trails that are well marked with numbered informative signs which include a map of your trails, you can also do flora and fauna observation through the mangroves, lagoons and beach, fishing is permitted, and besides this, there's kayak and bike rentals from Wednesday thru Sunday from 9am - 3:45pm. Very important that the visitors as well as the currents from the ocean will lead or leave behind trash. As part of the efforts to maintain the reserve in well conditions, we prepare clean-up campaigns during the year.
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“Beautiful Natural Reserve”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

You can go on kayaks through a the mangroves forests from one lagoon to the next, a very relaxing experience. I f you love birds this is the place to spend the morning hours prior to the heat of the day. The Resrrve is very well kept by teh Department of Natural Resources of Puerto Rico.

Visited August 2011
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2 Thank NMONPR
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littlekid095, Owner at Humacao Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 1, 2016
Thanks for your visit and review. Kayaks are now $15 pp the hour. The visitors pavilion is open during the operating hours of the concessions. Here is where we attend the public. Mondays and Tuesdays you will only find the personnel of the Nature reserve doing their tasks. There are phone numbers which you can call in advance before doing your visit to avoid any inconveniences. Hope to see you again and good recommendations towards us. Remember besides hiking ALL the trails that are well marked with numbered informative signs which include a map of your trails, you can also do flora and fauna observation through the mangroves, lagoons and beach, fishing is permitted, and besides this, there's kayak and bike rentals from Wednesday thru Sunday from 9am - 3:45pm. Very important that the visitors as well as the currents from the ocean will lead or leave behind trash. As part of the efforts to maintain the reserve in well conditions, we prepare clean-up campaigns during the year.
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