Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge

Photo Credit: © Ron Knight CC BY

An official national wildlife refuge of the United States, Cabo Rojo was established in 1974 as refuge for migratory birds and several tropical bird species that call the area home year-round.

During the winter months, visitors will be given a prime opportunity to spot the endangered yellow-shouldered blackbirds, the primary residence of the wildlife refuge. The site has stations built up specifically to offer good views of the animals, so you should catch a glimpse of something, even in the summer months. Additionally, be sure to stop by the visitor's center where you can get more in-depth information on events and information.


Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge is located on the western part of the island of Puerto Rico, 4.0 miles south-southwest of Betances; it's 7.9 miles to the west of La Parguera.

Drive south on Route 2, which is the main highway, away from Mayaguez. Exit onto Route 100 towards Cabo Rojo, and take a left onto Route 101. After 0.8 miles, turn right onto Route 310. After three miles the refuge will appear on the left.

Nearby Restaurants

You need not go hungry after spending time at this wildlife reserve; you will find an impressive array of local restaurants near this attraction. Agua al Cuello, which plates up Creole meals, is also the most convenient option for visitors of this nature preserve. It is maybe around two and a half miles from this nature preserve, so grab a table and try something off the menu. La Casona Bar & Grill and Tattoo Cafe are some of the other restaurant options close to this page's attraction. At Tattoo Cafe you and your companions might try a bite of Spanish meals and enjoy the Puerto Rico scene.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that like wildlife reservations, and have the energy to view some others, might consider a trip to Refugio De Aves De Boqueron and Punta Melones; the first of which is two and a half miles to the north of this page's attraction. Other types of local attractions include Balneario Publico De Boqueron, which is two and a half miles away near La Parguera. You might also want to think about heading over to Punta Moja Casabe, which is another nearby attraction.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Attractions Near Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Balneario Publico De Boqueron -- 2.4 mi. (13.9 km) N 8.6 mi. West of La Parguera
Punta Moja Casabe -- 3.1 mi. (17.7 km) W El Combate
Centro Plaza Lajas -- 8.2 mi. (5.1 km) NE Lajas
Punta Papayo -- 9.2 mi. (2.1 km) E 1.3 mi. East of La Parguera

More Information

Location: Puerto Rico



Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.