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 happily welcomes local customers and visitors who are rooming in this section of Greater Antilles. Even if you aren't staying particularly close, you should feel free to stop by to check it out. From this location, Rincón is 15 and a half miles (25 kilometers) to the east.

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

Nearby Restaurants

There are a multitude of restaurants to select from in the neighborhood nearby the wildlife reservation. Red Flamboyan, which offers Caribbean dishes, is also the most convenient option for visitors of this nature preserve. The restaurant is only around 14 and a half miles from the wildlife reservation, so grab a table and place your order. Steps Quick Lunch and Pool Bar Sushi are some more refreshment choices nearby. At Pool Bar Sushi you and your group should test out Japanese dishes and experience the culture of Puerto Rico.

Nearby Attractions

Other local attractions include Maritime Museum, which is 14 miles away near Rincón. Furthermore, you can consider visiting Punta Higuero Lighthouse, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

More Information

Location: the vicinity of Puerto Rico, None


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