Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge

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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.


Situated on the western part of the island of Puerto Rico, 4.0 miles south-southwest of Betances, Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge happily welcomes guests rooming on this part of the island or nearby. Whether or not you are staying very close, you should think about stopping by to check it out. La Parguera is eight miles (12 and a half kilometers) to the east.

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

And, one of the most delightful options while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be having a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of this wildlife reservation. The most proximate eatery to Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge is Agua al Cuello, which offers Creole food. The restaurant is just about two and a half miles away from the wildlife reservation, so stop in and dig in! Also close-by, you will have options such as La Casona Bar & Grill and Tattoo Cafe where you and your party might try out Spanish food and enjoy the local foods and culture of Puerto Rico.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that like nature preserves, and have the energy to view some others, might check out Refugio De Aves De Boqueron and Punta Melones; the first and closest of which is two and a half miles to the north of this nature preserve. Other kinds of local activities include Balneario Publico De Boqueron, which is two and a half miles away near La Parguera. Also consider heading over to Punta Moja Casabe, which is another attraction not far away.

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

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Location: Puerto Rico



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