Covering just over 77 square miles of land on the west coast of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez has a varied topography that makes nature hikes and time spent outdoors a different experience depending on the direction you take. The terrain ranges from marshland and rivers to hills and mountains. There are a few parks in the city that make it easy to get some fresh air, plus a zoo and a national wildlife refuge.
Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? You may be happy to find out that the area has two different nature preserves nearby.
Reserva Natural Laguna De Joyuda is a nature preserve found 5.4 mi. South-Southwest of central Mayagüez. This saltwater lagoon generally only reaches a maximum depth for around four feet, making it a prime location for the migratory and local birds that feed on the small fish here. Also noteworthy, is that at night the water actually flows thanks to micro-organisms in the water.
|Reserva Natural Laguna De Joyuda||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||5.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Mayagüez||Puerto Rico|
Although most visitors to the area are drawn by the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. The one example is Gozalandia. It is found 15.5 mi. Northeast of central Mayagüez. <p>Also known as El Charo de la Leche, which means the "pool of milk," Gozalandia is a hidden oasis of three pools connecting one waterfall.</p>
Visitors can also experience one of the many parks in Mayagüez.
Parque Del Litoral is located within the heart of Mayagüez. Much like the Centennial Olympic Park was built in Atlanta, Georgia for the Olympics, in 2009, Parque Del Litoral was built when Puerto Rico was selected to host the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.
Another popular choice in this category is Parque Luis Munoz Rivera. Built to honor a man who was a poet, journalist, and statesman, Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera is a great place to stop and get some fresh air on your way towards San Juan from Puerta de Tierra.
The parks worth looking into are summarized in the table below.
|Parque Del Litoral||Park||0.9 mi. West of Downtown Mayaguez|
|Parque Luis Munoz Rivera||Park||0.7 mi. East of Downtown Mayaguez|
|Park||0.5 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Mayaguez|
|Park||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Mayaguez|
|Park||0.2 mi. East of Downtown Mayaguez|
|Park||2.6 mi. Northwest of Central Mayagüez|
|Park||1.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Mayaguez|
If the concept of spending some time with interesting animals sounds like fun, consider visiting Mayaguez Zoo. The largest zoo in Puerto Rico, the Mayaguez zoo features at least 75 different animal species spread out over about thirty exhibits. While it will not stand up against the larger zoos of the world, it provides a great educational experience and a good way to spend the day.
|Mayaguez Zoo||Zoo||1.0 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Mayaguez||Puerto Rico|
Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Mayagüez can be seen below.
|Bay||1.9 mi. West of Downtown Mayaguez|
|Pond||0.9 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Mayaguez|
Needless to say, Mayagüez includes other attractions. Navigate here to see our discussion of other interesting attractions for Mayagüez.
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