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 want to spend time out in the fresh air? You may be happy to learn the area has two different nature preserves nearby.

Reserva Natural Laguna De Joyuda is a nature preserve located 5.4 mi. South-Southwest of central Mayagüez. The park is generally popular among birdwatchers and nature photographers, though people with kayaks are also known to come here to spend some time, especially at night.

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



Even though most visitors come for the region's beaches, those aren'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>


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

Attractions Map

Parque Del Litoral is located 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.

A second 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 summarized down 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 thought of spending some time with interesting animals sounds like fun, consider visiting 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 interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options 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

Needless to say, Mayagüez has other attractions. If you're interested, find out more about other attractions by clicking on this link.


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