The trendy outdoor activity that is taking over the camping scene has made its way to Puerto Rico, namely to Cabo Rojo, where the Pitahaya Glamping Retreat opened on June of last year. Set in a nature reserve and hosting a bird sanctuary, paths for hiking and bicycle riding, and the near-by coast for kayaking, the Pitahaya Glamping Retreat is perfect for a calm, relaxing getaway with friends and family.

The beautiful five acres of desert-like scenery can be appreciated during the day, but the real show occurs during the night as Cabo Rojo has one of the darkest zones on the island, due to a lack of light contamination, allowing for beautiful stargazing all night long. The park is a wonderland of breathtaking wilderness, so be sure to bring your camera and binoculars.

Manolo Ramos, founder and owner of Pitahaya Glamping Retreat, explains that he hosts groups of up to five people, or six if one of the guests is an infant. The retreat has five fully equipped tents, two of the tents have a queen-sized bed and one twin-sized bed; two other tents have two twin-sized beds; and the fifth tent has one queen-sized bed. What’s better than arriving to a camping site with your tents already up?

Manolo can provide inflatable mattresses if they are needed, but guests are encouraged to bring their own. Guests can reserve a maximum of two tents per party or group.

Camping here is truly an unforgettable experience; it’s camping without having to leave the comforts of home. Each tent sits on a wooden platform, and includes a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils, plates, cups, glasses, fridge, 4-seat tables, a grill and a greca coffee maker. Disposable cutlery, cups and plates are not allowed on site, so bring the foods necessary for your meals and Ramos will provide the rest.

If cooking is not on the glamping agenda, be sure to explore the seafood restaurants in Cabo Rojo. Due to its position on the Southwestern coast, Cabo Rojo relies heavily on the fresh fish market and is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in Puerto Rico.

While glamping at this eco-friendly resort, guests can take advantage of its proximity to a myriad of paths and bodies of water great for hiking, bird-watching, kayaking and biking. If your style is more relaxed, you can easily chill inside the tents; they all have electricity, fans and private bathrooms with hot water.

The magical Pitahaya Glamping Retreat is Puerto Rico’s first ever glampsite and, according to Ramos, it is the perfect place to disconnect from all the city noise and get back to basics; enjoying a stay in a quiet, calm environment.

“Although drinking is not prohibited, this is not a place for partying. Everything is allowed but in moderation,” said Ramos, stating that the space is meant for people who are seeking space for peace, reflection and relaxation.

Ramos went on to say that even though children are allowed, he encourages parents to keep an eye on them at all times. The space is meant as place in which to find inner peace so absolutely no yelling is permitted.

Ramos, already a regular around Cabo Rojo after spending over 20 years visiting the town, knew thats its natural reserve, delicious culinary scene, and diverse multiple-activity terrains provided the perfect spot for his hospitality business.

“I love camping, but I realized that there weren’t any places in Puerto Rico that you could do glamping in, so I decided to open my own,” said the proprietor, who is now planning on hiring more personnel and offering more services. He hopes to soon be able to provide kayaks for guests, as well as create a gazebo to offer yoga classes in; an idea he had after hosting a group on a yoga retreat. He even plans on eventually hiring high-caliber chefs to further elevate the experience.

The nearest beaches are Combate and Boquerón beaches, which are about 15-20 minutes away. Playa Sucia, one of Puerto Rico’s most beautiful southern beaches with a must-see lighthouse attraction, is also 20 minutes away. If you are looking for a well-rounded vacation that offers thrilling adventures but also peaceful attractions that calm and relax the soul, this site surrounded by mountains, beaches and a beautiful evening site is the perfect place.

You can reserve the tent of your liking online via jfkey.vip or by writing Ramos directly on Facebook at the Pitahaya Glamping Retreat page. The stays are $125 for two people per night; each additional individual aged 13 or older is an additional $20 per night; and each additional individual that is younger than 13 years old is $10 per night.

Half of the total amount will be charged at the time of your reservation, and the other half is automatically charged upon arrival to the site. Having his home right there on the Pitahaya Glamping Retreat property allows Ramos to warmly welcome visitors and show them around. The glamping site owner is sometimes available for friendly conversation and relishes in being able to converse with guests, thus creating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere.

Keep an eye on the Pitahaya Glamping Site for updates on the upcoming services Ramos will be adding to the ultimate relaxing retreat destination.

Contributing reporter for The Weekly Journal. She recently graduated from the University of Tampa where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Journalism.

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