Laguna Cartagena

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Laguna Cartegena is a national wildlife refugee that is an important habitat for migrating birds.

Migrating birds in search of freshwater often make this spot their home for a bit during the migratory period. Peregrine falcon have even been spotted nesting here.


Located on the western part of the island of Puerto Rico, 5.8 miles southeast of Cabo Rojo, Laguna Cartagena welcomes travelers who are rooming on this part of the island. Whether or not you're staying very close, you should consider stopping by to enjoy a great time. In case you're wondering, La Parguera is four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers) to the southeast.

In order to reach Laguna Cartagena, you can take Route 100 from Cabo Rojo Drive, then turn left onto Route 101. Turn right onto Hacienda Desengaño at kilometer 12.2, and use the gates on the left to enter the park.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending a few hours exploring the area is chowing down on a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of Laguna Cartagena. Aranitas Cafe is a great eatery to eat at before checking out this lagoon, and will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Bosque La Ceiba and Coco's Pizza are additional dining options close-by. At Coco's Pizza you and your party might try a bit of Italian dishes and enjoy the culture of Puerto Rico.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who like lagoons, and would like to see others, should consider going to Laguna Guaniquilla and Laguna Joyuda; the first and closest of which is 6.6 miles away from Laguna Cartagena. There are at least one or two additional attractions in the area, including Centro Plaza Lajas, which is three and a half miles away Lajas. Furthermore, you can consider checking out Refugio De Aves De Boqueron, which is another attraction in the area.

If you can't wait to see as many of Puerto Rico's attractions as possible, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Attractions Near Laguna Cartagena
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Centro Plaza Lajas -- 3.3 mi. (5.1 km) NE Lajas
Refugio De Aves De Boqueron -- 3.8 mi. (12.7 km) W 7.9 mi. West-Northwest of La Parguera
Boqueron Wildlife Refuge -- 4.0 mi. (4.9 km) S 3.0 mi. West-Southwest of La Parguera
Bosque Estatal De Boquerón -- 4.2 mi. (6.8 km) S 4.2 mi. West-Southwest of La Parguera

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Location: Puerto Rico


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