While doing some research for my trip to Rincon, Puerto Rico, I came across gorgeous photos of pink water. When I found out the pink water was less than an hour from where I was staying, visiting it immediately went on my must-do list. I absolutely love the color pink and to see it in nature in such an unexpected and dreamy way was very intriguing.

The pink water is located in Cabo Rojo, an area in the southwest corner of the island. The water is actually salt flats situated within a wildlife refuge. Indigenous people have been mining salt in this area for over a thousand years, even before the Spanish came to Puerto Rico. The salt flats were the first industry in Puerto Rico, and salt continues to be mined there today. As the sun dries the water, salt crystals form and turn the water pink! It was really cool to see in person. Cabo Rojo is a gorgeous area with a spectacular beach (Playa Sucia) nearby the salt flats, so you can make a fun day out of a trip there. You can read my full travel guide to Rincon, Puerto Rico here!


  1. Sucia means dirty in Spanish ... Just thought that was a weird name for a beach

    1. I know! It's an odd name, right!? I heard it's called that due to the kelp that flows onto the beach during certain times of the year.