Laguna Tortuguero Nature Reserve

One of the most critical ecosystems in all of Puerto Rico, the Laguna Tortuguero is home to almost one-thousand species of plants and animal life that is constantly loosing living space elsewhere on the island. Most noticeably, guests will have no problem spotting crocodiles and a variety of birds.

Those taking the time to visit the Laguna Tortuguero Nature Reserve should be pleased with its mix of recreational activities, hiking trails, and the offering of wildlife viewing opportunities. Those up for an adventure are free to go hiking in the rough terrain, as well as experience a bit of mountain climbing while they are at it. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush a bit closer to the ground, you can rent a mountain bike and take the winding trails while speeding over bumps and turns. While not for everyone, the entire experience at the reserve can be a great deal of fun.


Situated in the heart of the island of Puerto Rico, 2.2 miles south west of Sandin, Laguna Tortuguero Nature Reserve invites customers lodging on this part of the island or nearby. Even if you are not staying in the vicinity, you should think about stopping by to check out the sights. From this location, Dorado is 11 miles (17 and a half kilometers) to the east.

Laguna Tortuguero Nature Reserve is to the North of Vega Baja, and is relatively east to get to and comes with plenty of parking. The easiest ways to the park is either taking Avenue Sol from the East, or Route 685 to Route 684 from the West.

Nearby Restaurants

There are numerous eateries to pick from in the neighborhood nearby the nature preserve. El Meson Sandwiches Manati, which serves American meals, is very close-by, making it a great option for nature preserve visitors. It is just around three and a half miles away from this wildlife reservation, so grab a table and dig in! Bambu Burger and Ian'z Buffet are some of the other restaurant options within reach of this outdoor attraction guests can enjoy the local cuisine in Puerto Rico.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that are a fan of nature preserves, and are interested in visiting others, might consider a trip to Bosque Estatal De Vega and Bosque Estatal De Cambalache; the first is seven miles to the southeast of this nature preserve. You'll find at least one or two other attractions in the area, including Parque Infantil, which is six miles away Barceloneta. You might also think about checking out Parque Juan Ramierz Ortiz, which is another nearby attraction.

Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Attractions Near Laguna Tortuguero Nature Reserve
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Parque Infantil -- 6.2 mi. (21.1 km) W Barceloneta
Parque Juan Ramierz Ortiz -- 9.2 mi. (21.1 km) SW 13.1 mi. East-Northeast of Utuado
Cueva del Indio GeoFeature 13.1 mi. (10.4 km) W 6.5 mi. East of Arecibo
Cancha Lauro Davila -- 13.7 mi. (8.8 km) ESE 5.5 mi. South of Dorado

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The park is generally open from sun up to sundown.

Location: Avenue Sol, Puerto Rico


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