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 enjoy part of your vacation outdoors? You may be pleased to know the area has two interesting 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 people visiting the area are attracted by the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. One such example is Gozalandia. It is situated 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>


Vacationers may also enjoy one of the many parks in Mayagüez.

Attractions Map

Parque Del Litoral is found 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 attraction in this category is Parque Luis Munoz Rivera. This park is well-kept and frequently landscaped, featuring wide walkways, shady trees, picnics, a kids playground, and other recreational spaces. This location is favored for local cultural celebrations, and enjoys views of the oceanfront and the Commonwealth Supreme Court.

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 part of a day with interesting animals tickles your fancy, you should visit 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.

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 visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Mayagüez are provided in the following table.

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 are seeking a wider variety of points of interest beyond just these, you might want to look at other locations. Click to view our article concerning other interesting attractions for Mayagüez.


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