Access the trails in the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge
Free continental breakfast (plus a la carte items for a fee)
Kayaks and mountain bikes available for guests to use
Large swimming pool, basketball court, and volleyball
Walking distance to local restaurants
Convenience store and gift shop on-site
No views of the ocean, just the street and parking lot
Some rooms are dark, with little natural light
The surrounding area is gray and drab, lacking trees
No restaurant on-site
This property did not sustain structural damage during Hurricane Maria in September 2017 and is currently open and operational, but travelers should note that the island of Puerto Rico was significantly impacted by the storm. We will update our review as soon as we have more information. Puerto Rico's "paradors" (country inns) must meet certain guidelines -- such as being located in a historic place or site of unusual beauty. The 48-room, mid-range Parador Combate Beach meets both requirements. Like most of the country's paradors, Combate Beach is modest, offering basic but tidy rooms, free breakfast, and a pool. Guests also receive a key that allows them access the trails in the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge as well as Combate Beach, a gorgeous stretch of golden sand shaded by dramatic trees and bordered by calm, aquamarine water. The hotel is the best in the area, but those looking for a more upscale resort experience might want to continue driving along the coast to the Copa Marina Beach Resort and Spa or the Hilton Ponce Golf Resort and Casino.
A laid-back, family-oriented
hotel with a fenced pool and keyed access to Combate Beach
Puerto Rico's parador program
was established in 1973 in effort to persuade travelers to trade popular resort
areas for the chance to experience the island's more rural destinations. The
Parador Combate Beach draws budget-minded families and couples, who park their cars
outside their rooms, grab their coolers and beach chairs, and head straight to the beach.
The property is the only
hotel in the area, which consists mostly of treeless streets lined with tiny
vacation homes. Guests come to Parador Combate Beach to escape the bustle of
San Juan, spending their days lounging on the beach, bobbing in the calm water,
and walking to Annie's Place for leisurely dinners of local Puerto Rican fare
and fresh seafood overlooking the water.
The property is no-frills, offering a variety of basic, tidy rooms with
queen-size beds and bunk beds geared to accommodate couples and families.
Daily breakfast is served in a spacious, air-conditioned room that also houses
the front desk. There's also a colorful boutique that sells necessities for the
beach, a fenced-in pool, and the chance to rent kayaks or mountain bikes. While
some rooms have balconies, the views of rooftops and the parking lot are
unattractive. The main draw for the hotel is the access to Combate Beach, a
somewhat secluded stretch of sand with calm aquamarine water and picnic tables.
On a side street of mostly small vacation home properties,
bordering the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge and Combate Beach, a two-hour,
30-minute drive to the San Juan Airport
Parador Combate Beach is located in Cabo Rojo, a small town on Puerto Rico's southwest
coast that is known for its wildlife refuge, laid-back atmosphere, and abundance of
small, locally owned restaurants and hotels. Guests can access Combate Beach via a locked gate, walk to nearby restaurants, and take a quick drive to one of the Caribbean's most beautiful lighthouses.
One-minute walk to the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge
10-minute drive to Los Morrillos Lighthouse
10-minute drive to La Playuela Beach
10-minute drive to Boqueron Beach
10-minute drive to Boqueron State Forest
20-minute drive to downtown Cabo Rojo
30-minute drive to Eugenio M. De Hostos Airport, Mayaguez
90-minute drive to Rafael Hernandez Airport, Aguadilla,
90-minuted drive to Mercedita Airport, Ponce
Two-hour, 30-minute drive to Luis Munoz Marin International
Tidy, no-frills rooms designed for couples and families with colorful accent walls, LCD TVs, mini-fridges, and eco-friendly construction
Parador Combate Beach's 48
rooms are located in two separate properties. The Main Complex houses hotel
rooms, the breakfast room, and the boutique, and has easy access to the pool and the
gate that leads to the wildlife refuge and Combate Beach. Down the block, a
second complex called the Hacienda holds a collection of Family Suites with
separate living areas and kitchens.
The rooms in the Main Complex
are located on the first or second floor, accessed via outdoor and interior
hallways. Single Rooms, the slightly larger Single Deluxe Rooms, and the Honeymoon
Suite are designed for couples with one queen- or king-size bed. The renovated Eco Suites, ideal for two
friends traveling together, were constructed using environmentally friendly
materials and come equipped with two full-sized bed positioned so that the foot of each bed faces the other. The Family Suites in
the bright yellow Hacienda building have full-size futons in the living area in addition to the queen and bunk beds in the separate bedroom; these, and several other family-friendly room types, sleep up to four guests. Only the Triple Room sleeps up to six. The Hacienda building is surrounded by a
white privacy fence and features shared outdoor space with a gazebo and lounge
All of the rooms feature a
similar design with ceramic tile floors, sturdy dark wood furnishings, and
accent walls painted cheerful colors of turquoise, peach, and lime green. The Honeymoon Suite, which features a separate living area and two balconies, is
awash in soft hues of slate blue and finished with white bedding and decorated
with crystal and brushed nickel accents.
All of the rooms have 32-inch
LED TVs, clock radios, mini-fridges, and small dining tables with two
chairs. The bathrooms are basic, furnished with single vanities with brown laminate
countertops, walk-in showers, and neutral-color ceramic tiles with glass tile
Free breakfast served in a spacious dining room, a gated pool, a basketball court, a volleyball court, use of kayaks, and private access to Combate Beach
Access to Combate Beach is the main attraction for the hotel and guests can easily walk to the beach via a keyed access gate. The hotel also features a fenced pool and an adjacent volleyball court. A large covered area with chairs and lounge-type seating was designed for family gatherings and small events. Daily breakfast includes a buffet of toast, cereal, and coffee, but guests are also able to order a la carte from the menu for more substantial offerings such as omelets and pancakes.