Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge

With a long history of abuse and science research, the Desecheo Forest was in pretty bad shape when the National Fish and Wildlife Service took it over in 1976. Since then, the forest has slowly been repaired, protected, and managed to bring it back to its pristine condition. While their job is not finished yet, the waters surrounding the island make for a great snorkeling and diving spot.

Generally, guests are not allowed on the island yet. However, snorkelers and scuba divers are free to go under water of the islands coast, where the natural state is doing much better.


Positioned in , welcomes local customers and travelers rooming in this part of Puerto Rico. But even if you aren't staying very close, you should consider dropping by to enjoy a great time.

As the only activity at Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge is underwater, you will need a boat to reach it.

Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge is situated in the vicinity of Puerto Rico, 21.7 miles west of Aguadilla; it is 15.5 miles to the west of Rincón.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending a few hours exploring the area could be having a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge. The most nearby eatery to Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge is Red Flamboyan, which serves Caribbean dishes. It's only around 14 and a half miles away from this wildlife reservation, so stop by and eat up! Steps Quick Lunch and Pool Bar Sushi are a couple other restaurant options within reach. At Pool Bar Sushi you and your group might try a bit of Japanese meals and experience the flavors of Puerto Rico.

Nearby Attractions

Additional nearby attractions include Maritime Museum, which is 14 miles away near Rincón. Also think about checking out Punta Higuero Lighthouse, which is another attraction in the area.

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