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.


Located on the island of Puerto Rico, 2.4 miles south west of Sandin, Laguna Tortuguero welcomes vacationers who are rooming on this part of the island or close by. However, even if you aren't staying in the vicinity, you should consider stopping by for some fun in the sun. It is 10.9 miles west of Dorado.

Nearby Restaurants

There are numerous dining options to pick from in the area near this lagoon. El Meson Sandwiches Manati, which serves American fare, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. It's maybe about three miles away, so stop in and peruse the menu. Bambu Burger and Ian'z Buffet are additional restaurant options within reach of this outdoor attraction guests can try something different in Puerto Rico.

Nearby Attractions

If you are interested in seeing a second lagoon, visit Laguna Mata Redonda, found 8.8 miles away from this page's natural attraction. Other local attractions include Laguna Tortuguero Nature Reserve, which is a half mile away near Dorado. Furthermore, you can consider visiting Parque Infantil, which is another nearby attraction.

Lagoons are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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 -- 6.8 mi. (9.6 km) ESE 6.0 mi. South West of Dorado
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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