As taken from a story, the Humacao Nature Reserve is just that. For 30 years, this beautiful natural jewel has gone through several changes. Sugar cane was grown, whose grounds were kept dry by a system of levees, canals and pumps to draw water. Some of these remnants are still observed along the route leading to the beach.
In 1979, Hurricane David and Frederick caused the levees to brake and the waters returned to occupy their rightful natural space, forming once again the lagoons that once were dried. To not allow the waters dry out and maintain the wildlife that had developed, the surrounding communities joined in support of it’s conservation. Thus this extraordinary natural resource was recovered and to date is the first Ecotourism Nature Reserve in Puerto Rico.
Among the activities that can be enjoyed in the reserve are: fishing, bird watching, walks through the interpretive trails, kayak tours, paddle boats in the lagoons, biking and camping (allowed with prior approval of the DNER), among others. It also has large gazebos to enjoy great picnics.
To experience the paths with one of the guides is magical; they transport you back into history and you learn about the diverse species that live there. You can also enjoy a cup of fresh brewed coffee at the shop or buy beautiful souvenirs made by local artisans.
The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) administers the reserve in collaboration with INECOH (Humacao Community Ecotourism Initiative) who is a group of entrepreneurs whom together focus on economic development. You can visit the Reserve from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, or can call (787) 852-6058.