Exploring The Gardens, Reserves and Olympic Center at Salinas
Salinas was founded by Agustín Colón Pacheco in 1841, and the city is commonly known as "La Cuna del Mojito Isleño". Salinas is a small municipality made up of about 30,000 "Salinenses", and is located on the southern coast of Puerto Rico. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is just over an hour drive at approximately 53.4 miles away.
There are many different attractions and sights for you to enjoy when you come visit this small municipality on the island of Puerto Rico. Salinas is where you will find the Olympic training center or the “Albergue Olimpico”. The Museum of Sports gives you the history of all the sports men and women that have taken part in a variety of sports at a national level for Puerto Rico. There are also many shops to browse that sell local curios and goodies which you can take home with you at the end of your holiday.
The beautiful botanical gardens, the Aguirre Forest, the Jardin en Transito and the Water Park are a must, especially if you want to explore the area and make the most of the lovely weather here. The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is 2,883 acres of freshwater wetlands and dense mangrove forests. It was founded in 1987 and is situated on the stretch of coast between Salinas and Guayama. The Jobos Bay Reserve also features the Cavos Caribe Islets where you will find small beaches and coral reefs to explore. If you enjoy mountain climbing or hiking then take a tour into the Las Tetas de Cayey Mountains that reach a height of 2,756 feet.
Salinas is a fishing center known for its seafood. The fishermen regularly supply all the local restaurants with a variety of fresh fish. So if you are keen to taste the local cuisine head for one of the many seafood restaurants where you taste buds will be taken on a delightful tour. Salinas and the surrounding territory is also known for the salt, cattle, fruit as well as the sugar cane grown and produced here at the Antigua Central Aguirre Mill. Many people – both local and international – come to visit Salinas for its beautiful pristine beaches. This is a great getaway if you are looking for that perfect summer holiday.