We had a fantastic time at the Humacao reserve. We have 5 children ages ranging from 8-17 and we all had a great time. We did the combo package which includes bike rental, snack and drink and kayak trip for $20. We rode the bikes along the trail and saw the beach and walked up a short hill to the WWII bunkers and sleeping quarters. After our biking we had our snack (soda and chips) then we took our kayak trip in the river. The combo of $20 also includes a souvenir at the end. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. It was a great day.
We undertook the bike/kayak combo. For $20.00 a piece it was quite the bargain. The package deal includes a snack and a souvenir. We biked for a hour on a well-marked path through a tree jungle out to the beach and also scampered upon WWII bunkers which yielded a great view of the ocean and Vieques. We snacked and then kayaked for a couple hours in lagoons through mangroves. Very picturesque and peaceful.
We didn't have a lot of time to spend at the Reserve so we chose to focus on the hiking trails. There's a variety to choose from - lagoon, beach and forest - and we sampled all three. The trails are wide and well maintained, and many of them involve no climbing. On the beach trails, there are water views at ocean level and also after a climb to an old war bunker for a great view out to Vieques. The treat of the day was seeing a bald eagle sitting on a tree stump in the middle of one of the lagoons. We checked afterwards and yes, there are bald eagles in Puerto Rico! Overall it was a very pleasant hiking experience near day's end.
We hiked around in Humacao Reserve entering from the beach at Punta Santiago and exiting onto the highway to the west. What we found interesting were the ruins of some old waterworks, an abandoned hilltop military battery, and studying the coconut palms and how they proliferate and reproduce. But there appeared to be little to no infrastructure for visitors, such as bathrooms or signage (maps), and the beaches were quite strewn with litter and essentially deserted.
This hidden gem is delightful. We spent about an hour hiking the self-guided trails (free), then rented single and double kayaks for a one hour self-guided tour of the lagoons ($12 pp). The staff was helpful, and the kayaks were fun. It was a windy day on the lagoon with a strong headwind so I am glad that my parents (in their 70s) didn't try it on their own. The views are amazing. We saw plenty of wildlife. Definitely a great adventure for the whole family. Restrooms and snack foods are available onsite.
This is a great "do it yourself" adventure! For only $20 pp we got over an hour of kayak time out on the lagoon, an additional hour plus on a bikes to explore the trails AND a drink and snack selection from the little store to enjoy in between adventures. We loved that we could go completely at our own pace. On the lagoon there were signs posted sporadically around to impart different facts and information as we paddled around. Be sure to look up and notice the beautiful view of El Yunke Rainforest. The reason for the four rating rather than five is simply because the equipment has all seen oodles of use and it definitely shows. My last bit of advice is not to miss the three minute hike up the trail to see the old WWII bunker looking out over the Caribbean. Simply park the bike at the bottom and continue up the hill. Any of the employees can make sure you know where it is. Expect to spend 2 1/2 to 3 hours if you take your time. :)
i liked that its on the beach and that it has some old stuff to look at has also kayaks and a great place to kayak. good for relaxing and a family picnic.
Highly reccomended with an exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. $20 gets you a bike rental for an easy ride through the tropical forest, past a mountain of coconuts, to dramatic beach views (although the water was too rough with too strong an undercurrent for swimming) with a short detour to see the WWII fortified lookout points, and the remains of the soldiers jungle housing. Back at the info center, your fee includes a soft drink/water and a snack, including the usual chips or a locally made frozen fruit ice. Next stop is a kayak ride through beautiful mangrove lagoons, with sighting of birds and iguanas. Three generations had a great time.
There are some trails here nothing difficult. Some nice views and some old World War 2 bomb shelters and observation bunkers. There are also some lagoons that you can explore by renting kayaks for $12. They also have bike rentals available.
Lovely spot. Took a nice long hike and it is mostly in the shade. The woman in the Visitors Center was most helpful showing us the trails, etc. Saw several different birds and one HUGE Iguana! Very peaceful. No crowds. Would recommend