Join Chef Alex and his incredible, friendly staff at Hacienda Perichi. Perichi has a wide variety of beer and great rum drinks and specialty shots, and in the evenings you will often find live music or karaoke. The food is amazing—you must try the barbecue ribs with pineapple glaze. Hacienda Perichi is open Tuesday–Thursday 3p.m.–12 a.m., Friday–Saturday 11 a.m.–1 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.–12 a.m.
Hacienda Perichi, 17 PR-102, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, +1 787 652 3155
Puerto Rico102 is a seafood-lovers dream, and on a trip down this miracle mile of restaurants you must stop at Bamboleio. Enjoy tropical drinks made with fresh coconut chopped from their trees, or just sit on the deck and sip a chilled glass of albariño. Bamboleio is a great place to watch the sun set into the Caribbean Sea. While there, try the panko-coconut crusted Caribbean shrimp, or the octopus salad. Bamboleio is closed Monday and Tuesday, open Wednesday–Sunday from noon–10 p.m.
Bamboleio, Carr. 102 Km.13.2, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, +1 787 357 7250
After an invigorating day at Playa Combate, stop at Lechonera El Combate for a few cold ones. Chat with the ever-friendly locals, watch them play dominoes or get a game of billiards going. The bartenders always have a warm smile for you. Try the conejo (rabbit) empanadillas or go on the weekend for the incredible lechonera, which is Puerto Rican pig roast. On Sundays they also have karaoke. Lechonera El Combate is open Thursday–Tuesday 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., closed on Wednesdays.
Lechonera El Combate, PR-3301, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, +1 787 354 1184
101 in Boqueron is known for its row of kiosks featuring everything from pizza to bacalaítos to raw oysters and so much more, and your visit there is not complete without mojitos from The Copy. Fresh fruit such as blueberry, watermelon, and apple is used to make the most refreshing cocktails. You will want to try them all. Also try one of their incredible burgers or stop in on Thursday for 25¢ wings. Hours are Sunday—Monday & Wednesday—Thursday 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday–Saturday 10 a.m.–2 a.m., closed Tuesdays.
The Copy, 101 PR-101, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, +1 787 804 3004
When you step into The New Star Room, you step back in time. There are beautiful murals on the wall and a Wurlitzer playing lively salsa. The New Star Room has been on the plaza for over 50 years. The drinks are strong and the beer is cold, and it is a great place to grab a drink and then people-watch in the plaza. The owner is always so friendly and never forgets a face. This is a great place for some day-drinking, as they are open 9 a.m.–midnight Tuesday–Sunday, closed Monday.
The New Star Room, 14 Cll Rius Rivera, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, +1 787 255 5867
Los Vaqueros del Mar is open seven days a week and is your go-to place if you need just about anything. Need a kite to fly at the beach? They have it. Need a lighter to start your grill? They’ve got that too. Los Vaqueros is also a great place to sit outside and enjoy a Finlandia and cranberry, or play some pool in their outdoor billiard area. It is just a five-minute drive from Buyé Beach, so is convenient if you need something for your beach day and is a great stop on your way home. Los Vaqueros is open Sunday–Wednesday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Los Vaqueros del Mar, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, +1 787 255 1144
Across from the Puerto Real Cemetery, sometimes locals just call El Rancho the “Cemetery Bar” for ease of explaining its location. Recent remodeling has increased the size of the bar and the outdoor seating area. El Rancho is the happening place on Sundays when they have their lechonera; their succulent pig roast is served with yuca salad and rice and beans, and the cost is very reasonable. They also have karaoke on Sunday, the place will be packed, but still very comfortable and so friendly. Grab a cold Corona with lime and just watch the world go by. El Rancho de Cabo Rojo is always open.
This family-owned and run bar and restaurant is a new addition to Cabo Rojo on the corner of 308 and 103. The bar and restaurant have been beautifully remodeled by the new owners and is such a comfortable place to visit. Sit outside and watch as people come and go. You will see vintage cars, tricked out Jeeps, souped-up bicycles and even people on horseback. The food is outstanding, and the burgers are just incredible (try the nachos burger, a burger with pepperjack cheese and a side of chicken nachos). The original Kílátá is in the mountains with a peaceful view of Mayagüez and the valley below, so the Hungarian word Kilata, for scenic view, is very fitting. Hours are Monday–Wednesday 10a.m.–7 p.m., Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m., closed Sundays.