Natural Attractions in Mayagüez

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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.  

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Reserva Natural Laguna De Joyuda

Do you like being under the open sky? You might be happy to find out that the area has a couple of nature preserves nearby.

Reserva Natural Laguna De Joyuda is a great 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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Mayagüez
Name Type Location Island
Reserva Natural Laguna De Joyuda Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Mayagüez Puerto Rico



Although most people visiting the area are attracted by the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. The one example is Gozalandia. It is situated 15.5 mi. Northeast of central Mayagüez. 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.


Guests can also experience one of the many parks in Mayagüez.

Attractions Map

Parque Del Litoral is found in 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 attraction 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 you'll be able to find are shown directly below.

Parks In Mayagüez
Name Type Location
Parque Del Litoral Park 0.9 mi. West of Downtown Mayaguez
Parque Luis Munoz Rivera Park 0.7 mi. East of Downtown Mayaguez
Parque Suau Park 0.5 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Mayaguez
Patriot's Park Park 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Mayaguez
Plaza Colón Park Downtown Mayaguez
Plaza José De Diego Park 0.2 mi. East of Downtown Mayaguez
Punta Algarrobo Park 2.6 mi. Northwest of Central Mayagüez
Punta Boca Morena Park 1.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Mayaguez

Zoos and Aquariums

Mayaguez Zoo

If the idea of spending some time surrounded by animals tickles your fancy, you should visit Mayaguez Zoo. Guests to the zoo will have plenty of opportunity to see all the animals. The included audio tour will give you facts about each one, while staff onsite will help answer any additional questions that you might have.

Zoos In Mayagüez
Name Type Location Island/th>
Mayaguez Zoo Zoo 1.0 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Mayaguez Puerto Rico

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Mayagüez are listed right below.

Land Formations In Mayagüez
Name Type Location
Bahia de Mayaguez Bay 1.9 mi. West of Downtown Mayaguez
Pond at the Zoo Pond 0.9 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Mayaguez

If you would prefer having a wider selection of points of interest beyond what's offered on this page, you should expand your planning horizon. To learn about more other attractions for Mayagüez, check out this page.


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