225px-Faro_de_RinconTow­er paint­ed white; the gallery and lantern roof are black.  The orig­i­nal light­house was destroyed by the earth­quake and tsuna­mi of 11 Octo­ber 1918. The orig­i­nal lantern was installed on the new tow­er and remains in use today. The light­house is the cen­ter­piece of El Faro Park, a pop­u­lar surf­ing and whale watch­ing site. The park includes a vis­i­tor cen­ter and gift shop. Locat­ed off high­way 413 north of Rincón at the east­ern­most point of the island, mark­ing the entrance from the Atlantic to the Mona Passage.

The sec­ond Rin­con or Point Higuero light­house entered ser­vice on Jan­u­ary 12, 1922. It was built by the gov­ern­ment itself on the west­ern tip of the island, near the first light­house, which was dam­aged by the 1918 earth­quake and demol­ished when the sec­ond one was inau­gu­rat­ed. To reduce the like­li­hood of dam­age by earth­quakes, the new light­house was con­struct­ed of con­crete. The wood­en house built near the old light­house after the earth­quake con­tin­ued to be used as the keeper’s res­i­dence. The tow­er is 70 feet tall and is very sim­i­lar to that of the sec­ond Aguadil­la light­house, but it is nar­row­er and taller, aside from the fact that the stair­way and cen­tral col­umn are made of cement instead of met­al. Although the orig­i­nal inten­tion was to install a heli­cal bar lantern, like those used in the sec­ond Aguadil­la and San Juan light­hous­es, the first lighthouse’s lantern was installed ten­ta­tive­ly and as such remains today.

The tow­er was auto­mat­ed in 1933 and the res­i­dence plus the oth­er sup­port struc­tures were destroyed by fire years lat­er. A 1922 report sug­gests that the lens of the first light­house sur­vived the earth­quake and was used in the new light­house. The buoy light illus­trat­ed below was installed lat­er and used at least until 1978, today it is kept at the Coast Guard Muse­um in San Juan. Cur­rent­ly the light is pro­duced by a small bea­con fed by solar pan­els. The light­house is the main attrac­tion of a pas­sive park admin­is­tered by the Rin­con munic­i­pal­i­ty and which opens dai­ly to the pub­lic. The tow­er, how­ev­er, is closed.