Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge

Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge
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Experience the diverse wildlife of Puerto Rico in a stunning refuge that features dramatic limestone cliffs, serene salt flats and gorgeous Caribbean beaches.

Disappear into the vast expanse of the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge. This area of stunning natural beauty sits in southwestern Puerto Rico and stretches down onto the Morrillos Peninsula. Follow miles of walking trails, relax on sheltered beaches and meet the wildlife of this scenic Caribbean refuge.

The area was once private land owned by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service but became a wildlife refuge in 1974. Look to the skies to see the migratory birds that flock to this haven. About 40,000 migrating birds come here for warmth during the winter months.

Amble along over 12 miles (19 kilometers) of trails to see the different landscapes of the refuge. The paths cross through the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats, a series of red and blue lagoons on saline plains. Watch the ground and you might spot lizards, frogs and iguanas scurrying around in the undergrowth.

Head to some of the most attractive points in Cabo Rojo by exploring the refuge’s limestone coastline. On the southern tip of the Morrillos Peninsula you can see the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, which was built in the late 19th century. Stop at the Puente Natural, a natural stone bridge that juts into the sea.

Relax on La Playuela, a naturally sheltered beach in a cove near the lighthouse. Fine golden sand and calm, crystalline waters create a classic Caribbean beach appearance.

Visit the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to plan your trip into the refuge. Pick up maps and learn about the different sights you will see. The salt flats also host an interpretive center that highlights the importance of the refuge as a destination for migratory birds.

Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge is about 20 minutes away from downtown Cabo Rojo by car. The walking trails here are open between Monday and Saturday but may close in bad weather. Come at any time of year to enjoy the refuge, but visit in winter for the best bird-watching experience.

Top Hotels Close to Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge

Aquarius Vacation Club at Boqueron Beach Resort
Aquarius Vacation Club at Boqueron Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Carretera 101 Km 18.1, Acceso Balneario de Boqueron, Cabo Rojo, 00622
Fully refundable
The price is $184 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Cabo Rojo. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
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Aquarius Vacation Club at Boqueron Beach Resort
Cheerful 2-Bedroom Home w/ Pool 5 min from beach
Cheerful 2-Bedroom Home w/ Pool 5 min from beach
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Stay at this vacation home in Cabo Rojo. Enjoy an outdoor pool, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Combate Beach and Buye Beach are located nearby. ...
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Pitahaya Glamping Retreat
Pitahaya Glamping Retreat
Carr 303 KM 11.3, Bo. Pitahaya Lot 7, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, 00622
Stay at this property in Cabo Rojo. Enjoy free parking, a garden, and private yards. Popular attractions Combate Beach and Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge ...
Pitahaya Glamping Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge

Aquarius Vacation Club at Boqueron Beach Resort
Aquarius Vacation Club at Boqueron Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Carretera 101 Km 18.1, Acceso Balneario de Boqueron, Cabo Rojo, 00622
The price is $184 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Aquarius Vacation Club at Boqueron Beach Resort
Cheerful 2-Bedroom Home w/ Pool 5 min from beach
Cheerful 2-Bedroom Home w/ Pool 5 min from beach
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Cheerful 2-Bedroom Home w/ Pool 5 min from beach
Pitahaya Glamping Retreat
Pitahaya Glamping Retreat
Carr 303 KM 11.3, Bo. Pitahaya Lot 7, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, 00622
Pitahaya Glamping Retreat
Beautiful vacation complex. 5 minutes Combate Beach.
Beautiful vacation complex. 5 minutes Combate Beach.
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Beautiful vacation complex. 5 minutes Combate Beach.
 WKLY DISCOUNT RATES  Fully-Furnished 2-Level Penthouse Condo at Paseo del Faro
WKLY DISCOUNT RATES Fully-Furnished 2-Level Penthouse Condo at Paseo del Faro
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WKLY DISCOUNT RATES Fully-Furnished 2-Level Penthouse Condo at Paseo del Faro
Cozy 1BR Apartment with beautiful view 1
Cozy 1BR Apartment with beautiful view 1
Cabo Rojo, Cabo Rojo
Cozy 1BR Apartment with beautiful view 1
El Camper, carretera hacia Combate, Cabo Rojo
El Camper, carretera hacia Combate, Cabo Rojo
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El Camper, carretera hacia Combate, Cabo Rojo
Lovely 2-bedroom condo with private access, pool, WiFi walking distance to beach
Lovely 2-bedroom condo with private access, pool, WiFi walking distance to beach
Cabo Rojo, Cabo Rojo
Lovely 2-bedroom condo with private access, pool, WiFi walking distance to beach
Boho Beach Club
Boho Beach Club
2 out of 5
Carr. 101 Km 18.1, Cabo Rojo, 00622
The price is $227 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Boho Beach Club
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.