|Parador Combate Beach|
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company recently announced the opening of 12 new "EcoSuites" at Parador Combate Beach, located at El Combate Beach in Cabo Rojo.
With this new expansion, the Parador will include a total of 48 rooms in configurations to accommodate two to six people. This expansion was completed with recycled materials; sustainable technologies and equipment designed to save energy; and a substantial reduction in costs and construction time.
The total investment in this new project exceeds $275,000, creating 10 direct jobs and 15 indirect jobs during the construction phase and should generate three to five new positions to support it.
More than 90 percent of construction materials, appliances, equipment, doors, windows and furniture were purchased, manufactured, and installed by local entrepreneurs, mainly from Cabo Rojo, Lajas, Hormigueros and Mayaguez. The furniture was manufactured and tailored by two carpenters, from Bayamon and Cabo Rojo.
Since 2011, when it began the process of remodeling and expansion, Parador Combate Beach has invested about $575,000 in the implementation of various eco-friendly technologies and equipment, reducing the use of water and energy up to 40 percent; including the installation of a system of photovoltaic panels, which produce up to 50 percent of the electrical energy that rooms consume. Currently, they have 10 types of rooms to accommodate the diverse expectations of guests visiting the region of Porta del Sol.
In addition to being eco-friendly, this type of construction has the advantage that the containers provide structure, walls, floor and ceiling. The only thing left is insulation, for noise and temperature; and additional services, such as electricity, water, sanitation, and cable TV.