Laguna Tortuguero

One of only two natural reservoirs in Puerto Rico, Laguna Tortuguero is also a natural reserve that is often visited by tourists in search of birding opportunities.

Not only is Tortuguero Lagoon one of the only natural reservoirs on the island, but it is also the only freshwater lagoon in Pueto Rico. There are about 708 million gallons of water in the lagoon, and it is comprised of swamps and marshes.

There are 717 plant species, 144 of which are rare and endangered surrounding the lagoon, and many of which are found exclusively at this lagoon. What really draws people to the lagoon, however, is the diversity of birds. A total of 83 species of birds have been identified here, 30 of which are migratory, and the rest nest here year round.


Positioned in the heart of the island of Puerto Rico, 2.4 miles south west of Sandin, Laguna Tortuguero invites visitors rooming on this part of the island or close by. Whether or not you are staying particularly close, you should consider stopping by to check out the sights. From this location, Dorado is 11 miles (17 and a half kilometers) to the east.

Nearby Restaurants

If your belly starts rumbling during visit to this lagoon, don't worry -- you'll find a great concentration of lunch and dinner options in this area. El Meson Sandwiches Manati, which offers American dishes, is very close-by, making it a great option for lagoon visitors. It's maybe around three miles from this lagoon, so stop in and eat up! Also nearby, you and your party will have restaurants including Bambu Burger and Ian'z Buffet allowing you to choose between a number of eating options.

Nearby Attractions

If you are interested in seeing a second lagoon, visit Laguna Mata Redonda, which is found nine miles to the east of Laguna Tortuguero. You'll find at least one or two additional attractions nearby, including Laguna Tortuguero Nature Reserve, which is a half mile away near Dorado. You might want to also consider visiting Parque Infantil, which is another attraction in the area.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close-by can be found in the following table.

Attractions Near Laguna Tortuguero
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Laguna Tortuguero Nature Reserve -- 0.4 mi. (17.7 km) N 11.0 mi. West of Dorado
Parque Infantil -- 6.2 mi. (21.1 km) W Barceloneta
Bosque Estatal De Vega -- 7.8 mi. (8.6 km) ESE Vega Alta
Parque Juan Ramierz Ortiz -- 8.9 mi. (21.1 km) SW 13.1 mi. East-Northeast of Utuado

Location: Puerto Rico


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