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Cabo Rojo

(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.

Joyuda Beach photo

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.

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.

The first church was inaugurated in 1783 with the name of San José.

The bay at Boquerón, part of the Municipality of Cabo Rojo, extends 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 excellent beach for swimming.

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.

The Cabo Rojo Lighthouse 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. Spectacular views.

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

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

Things to See and Do In Cabo Rojo

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival del Pescao - March
  • Festival de los Años Cuarenta - April
    The town's plaza is decorated to look like the 1940's.
  • Festival del Chigüero - April
  • Jornada a Betances - April
    Commenmorates the birth of Dr. Ramon Emeterio Betances. 19th century abolitionist and independence leader.
  • Festival del Ostion - May
  • Tejido de Sombreros - May
  • Cruce Bahia Boqueron - July
  • Festival del Melon - July
  • Retorono a la Arena - July
  • 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.
  • Festival de la Paleta - December
  • Festival Le Lo Lai - December


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

Anthem: Hoy estoy triste por la distancia...


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Demographics *

50,846 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 70.37 sq mi

Density: 723.6 per sq mi

Median Age: 39.3

Economics *

Per capita income (2013)
Puerto Rico: $11,068

Median household income: $17,228
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 49.30 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 429.2

Persons per household: 3.07

High school grad or higher: 67.4%

* U.S. Census Bureau 2010 data unless otherwise noted.

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 Camuy River is the third longest underwater river in the world.