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 always welcomes vacationers lodging in this part of Greater Antilles. Even if you are not staying in the vicinity, you should consider dropping by to check out the sights. It's 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 build an appetite while visiting Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge, you might enjoy trying one of the restaurants close to the preserve. Red Flamboyan, which serves Caribbean food, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Red Flamboyan is just about 14 and a half miles from this wildlife reservation, so grab a table and place your order. Steps Quick Lunch and Pool Bar Sushi offer additional refreshment choices nearby. At Pool Bar Sushi you and your party should be sure to test out Japanese dishes and enjoy the Puerto Rico scene.

Nearby Attractions

Other kinds of local activities include Maritime Museum, which is 14 miles away near Rincón. Also, you might think about visiting Punta Higuero Lighthouse, which is another attraction close by.

More Information

Location: the vicinity of Puerto Rico, None


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