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“Great Wildlife Experience”

Humacao Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Humacao
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 25, 2013

My wife and I spent a couple of hours here during a recent trip to Puerto Rico. We walked on a trail. And saw several birds including hummingbirds. They have a lagoon where you can rent a kayak and add a bicycle ride for $20.00. The staff was very helpful to me in identifying the birds we saw. They spoke English and Spanish so spend time with them because they were very helpful. My wife and I can,t wait to bring our grandchildren back for a nature experience.

3  Thank Milford_PaMooseman
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littlekid095, Owner at Humacao Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed February 4, 2013

This reserve had several trails leading to various places--lagoons, river, ocean. We saw many iquanas and birds on our walk. You can rent kayacks or bikes. Not much parking though. Free, nice walk, nice views of ocean, but no real beach.

2  Thank Holly K
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littlekid095, General Manager at Humacao Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

7  Thank oldanalyst
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littlekid095, Owner at Humacao Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

3  Thank Sarah3106
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littlekid095, Owner at Humacao Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

3  Thank Losvegacruz
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littlekid095, Owner at Humacao Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 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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