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Name: Lorely
Location: Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Link: Bahia Salinas Beach Resort & Spa
Description: In Puerto Rico we call small hotels owned by families "paradores," and this is one of them. Bahia Salinas gets its name because it is in front of a natural reserve that has a bay with natural salt mines. It's our favorite place to escape and to take a short vacation...

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...It is located at the very lower west corner of our island and it's a very calm place to relax. The owners have been doing improvements for some time and the place is coming together already, we love the Caribbean/beach look it has with little effort. Besides the sightings of the place, one of the things we like the most are that there are only a few rooms (around 15) and the place is never crowded and very quiet; and the breakfast buffet has plenty of delicious food to choose from (fruits, cereals, eggs, bread, coffee, juice, pastries, bacon, etc.) and a chef can cook you an omelet the way you want it. Of course, its staff is very friendly and sometimes, if you're at the pool, the spa lady will rub your back with some sunscreen! The hotel also has what we call meson gastronomico, which is a restaurant that has been given that denomination because of the achievements of its chef and the Puerto Rican cuisine menu they offer, which is mostly fresh seafood from the fishermen from the area. Also it is near Cabo Rojo lighthouse, which has an amazing view, and a small "chinchorro," a place where two ladies cook Puerto Rican appetizers for a very cheap price.

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For travelers, Cabo Rojo is 2.5 hours from San Juan, and 1.25 hours from Ponce, but the hotel can arrange transportation to and from the hotel. The rates are relatively cheap compared to any premium hotel, and the room includes breakfast buffet. If you want a taste of the real Caribbean, this place will give you that experience!!

Thanks, Lorely!

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