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.


Located in the vicinity of Puerto Rico, 21.7 miles west of Aguadilla, Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge welcomes tourists lodging in this area of Greater Antilles. Even if you are not staying very close, you should consider stopping by to check it out. It is 15.5 miles west of Rincón.

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

Nearby Restaurants

If you've worked up an appetite during your visit to the wildlife reserve, don't worry -- you will find a broad selection of local restaurants near this attraction. The most convenient place to eat to Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge is Red Flamboyan, which has a menu full of Caribbean food. Also within a short distance, you will find restaurants such as Steps Quick Lunch and Pool Bar Sushi where you and your party will want to sample Japanese cuisine and experience the flavors of Puerto Rico.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find some additional attractions nearby, including Maritime Museum, which is 14 miles away near Rincón. You might also think about heading over to Punta Higuero Lighthouse, which is another attraction not far away.

More Information

Location: the vicinity of Puerto Rico, None


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