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Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

(KAH-bo, ro-ho)

Cabo Rojo is known as "El Pueblo de Cofresí" (Cofresí's town). Cabo Rojo was founded in December 17, 1771 by Nicolás Ramírez Arellano and Miguel de Muesas.

It is said that Cabo Rojo obtained its name by the considerable amount of minerals in its coasts that made the waters look reddish. Cabo means headland and rojo, means the color red.

Joyuda Beach

Located in the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, Cabo Rojo is surrounded by miles and miles of beaches. It also stands at the mouth of the Boqueron bay, one of Puerto Rico's deepest and best protected harbors, extending some 3 1/2 miles inland, sheltering over a mile of white sand bordered by clear water is wonderful for swimming and lounging, it is the town's most popular beach destination with a good reason.

There are many places to visit in Cabo Rojo, including the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge, a subtropical dry forest, has a visitors center and interpretive displays as well as bird-watching trails, 50 bird species, several endangered. No camping allowed. Open Mon-Fri from 7:00am to 4:00pm, (787) 851-7258.

Cabo Rojo is also home of the Punta Guaniquilla Reserve this 388-acre reserve protects a diverse landscape that includes an arid promontory, a dry forest, palm and mangrove fringes, unique limestone formations in two lagoons, a cave system, cacti, and swamp areas. The tract is notable as the habitat of the endangered West Indian Whistling Duck, the Ruddy Duck, and the Caribbean Coot. The site is also recognized as a migratory bird sanctuary and an important wintering ground for shore birds.

Esperanza Melancolica
Photo: Rosa A. Díaz

The Cabo Rojo Lighthouse located on Route 303, was built in 1881 over limestone cliffs that drop 200 feet into the sea. It is also known as "Faro de Los Morillos". This old lighthouse was automated and electrically charged in 1967. It offers spectacular views. (787) 851-1025.

Museo de Los Proceres includes a sculpture exhibition of national leaders, an Indian Culture gallery, exhibits of Puerto Rican contemporary artists, a collection of paintings and a theater for plays and conferences. Free admission. Open Mon-Sat 8am - 4:30pm, (787) 255-1580.

The first city church, San José Church was inaugurated in 1783.

Additional Places and Sights

Other places worth exploring include:

  • Boqueron Beach
  • Buye Beach, just north of the village of Boquer—n, on route 307 at Km 4.8.
  • Combate Beach, Rt 3301
  • Joyuda Beach
  • Isla Ratones
  • Plaza de Recreo Ramon Emeterio Betances
  • Punta Arenas Beach
  • Punta Real Beach


Cabo Rojo territory is mostly flat because the city it is located on the Western Costal Valley. Bordering the Caribbean Sea, south of Mayagüez and Hormigueros; and west of Hormigueros, San Germán and Lajas. Its rivers are: Guanajibo, Cajul, Seco, Viejo and Caño Conde Avila.

Cabo Rojo is made up of 15 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Bajura
  • Betances
  • Boquerń
  • El Combate
  • Guanajibo
  • Joyuda
  • Llanos Costas
  • Llanos Tuna
  • Miradero
  • Monte Grande
  • Pedernales
  • Pole Ojea
  • Pueblo
  • Puerto Real


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Notable People

There are many well-known "caborrojeños", among them:


  • Mirador del Sol (Rental), 321-278-8540
  • A Boqueron Bay Guest House (Small Inn), (787) 255-0224
  • Aquarius Vacation Club (Hotel), (787) 999-6330
  • Boqueron Beach Hotel (Hotel), (787) 851-7110
  • Cofresi Beach Hotel (Hotel), (787) 254-3000
  • Highway Inn (Hotel), (787) 851-1839
  • Mojacasabe (Villa), (787) 254-4888
  • Parador Bahia Salinas Beach Resort & Spa (Parador), 787-254-1213
  • Parador Boquemar (Parador), (787) 851-2158
  • Parador Joyuda Beach (Parador), 1-800-981-7575 or (787) 851-5650
  • Parador Perichi's (Parador), 1-800-435-7197
    (787) 851-3131
  • Punta Aguila Resort (Resort), (787) 254-4954
  • Tony's Restaurant and Hotel (Hotel), 787-851-2500
  • Wildflowers Guest House (Guest House), (787) 851-1793


  • Agua al Cuello (Sea Food/International), (787) 254-1212
  • Capelas Bar (Puerto Rican), (787) 851-7110
  • Cascada (Sea Food), (787) 851-2158
  • El Bohio (Sea Food), (787) 851-2755
  • El Caribe (International), (787) 255-2085
  • Island View (Sea Food), (787) 851-9264
  • Island View (Sea Food), (787) 851-9264
  • La Borinquena (Puerto Rican), (787) 851-5048
  • La Cascada (Puerto Rican), (787) 851-2158
  • Papa Marcos Cuisine & Bistro (French), (787) 254-2242
  • Perichi's (International), (787) 851-3131
    Fax (787) 851-0560
  • Restaurant Cuesta Blanca (Sea Food), (787) 851-6899
  • Tino's Restaurant (Sea Food), (787) 851-2976
  • Tony's Restaurant (Puerto Rican), (787) 851-2500

Festivals and Events

  • Cruce Bahia Boqueron - July
  • Festival de la Paleta - December
  • Festival del Chigüero - April
  • Festival del Melon - July
  • Festival del Ostion - May
  • Festival del Pescao - March
  • Festival Le Lo Lai - December
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Miguel Arcangel - September
    Every year, Cabo Rojo celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 851-1025
  • Jornada a Betances - April
    Commenmorates the birth of Dr. Ramon Emeterio Betances. 19th century abolitionist and independence leader. (787) 851-1025
  • Retorono a la Arena - July
  • Tejido de Sombreros - May


There are 16 public schools in Cabo+Rojo, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


Cabo Rojo Flag

Anthem: Hoy estoy triste por la distancia...

Demographics *


Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 70.37 sq mi

Density: 681.8 per sq mi

Median Age: 44.6

Sex: 53% female

Economics **

Per capita income
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $17,261
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 50.9%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density:
429.2 (2013)

Persons per household: 2.95

High school grad or higher: 71.5%

Marital status: 39% married

* U.S. Census Bureau 2020 data, unless otherwise noted - Source: Quick Facts Puerto Rico.
** U.S. Census Bureau 2016-2020

Map References

Coordinates: 18.0867° N, 67.1458° W

Zip Code: 00622, 00623

Driving Distance from San Juan: 112.4 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 36 minutes

Did You Know?

The Puerto Rican Coat of Arms is the oldest official national seal still used in the Americas.