Puerto Rico's thermal pools of Coamo
Springs near Ponce on the island's south coast are about to get
some much-needed attention, thanks to an investment of $2.6 million
from the Puerto Rico Tourism Co.
For years the hot
springs-fed pools, located along the Coamo River, were visited by
locals and tourists for their spa-like, healing
Legend has it that
the springs are the source of the fountain of youth sought by
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon.
However, in recent
years, poor access and lack of maintenance and funds led to the
deterioration of the public facilities at the springs.
Using the PRTC
funds, the municipality of Coamo will refurbish the area; build a
new pool, restaurant, activities area and a massage center; add a
building for bathrooms, lockers, changing rooms and offices; pave
the access roads; and add ramps and rails for the
slated to begin in October with completion in 18 months.
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