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Wildlife Refuges & Reserves


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  1. Aguirre Forest Reserve
    Find mangroves, tidal flats, bird rookeries & a large manatee population. Facilities include Kayaks routes identified with buoys, docks for the disembarking of kayaks and for recreational fishing, floating Pier, campsite, parking, showers, picnic and barbecue areas, drinking water, compost bathrooms, sitting area, and labeled trails for walking. Open Monday to Sunday; 9:30 AM to 2: 30 PM. Located off route 3, east of Salinas.

  2. (787) 999-2200, ext 5120, 515
    (787) 724-3647

  3. Boqueron Forest Reserve
    Located in Cabo Rojo just west of Boqueron. The reserve consists of 400 acres of mangroves wetlands.

  4. (787) 724-3647

  5. Bosque Estatal de Vega
    The forest facilities include: a recreational area next to the main office, with public squares. In addition, a system of paths exists to make long walks and to observe the flora and fauna of the forest.

  6. (787) 724-3724

  7. Bosque Urbano del Nuevo Milenio
    Located on the eastern side of the Botanical Garden of the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras.


  8. Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge
    Located along the coastal plain of southwestern Puerto Rico, the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge, a subtropical dry forest, has a visitors center and interpretive displays as well as bird-watching trails.

    An interpretive trail totaling 2 miles passes through the refuge and approximately 12 miles of hiking trails are available for birdwatching, photography and wildlife observation. Some 50 bird species occur in and around the refuge, including the endangered yellow-shouldered blackbird. No camping allowed. Open Mon-Fri from 7:00am to 4:00pm.

    How to Get There
    From Mayaguez, drive south on Route 2, take exit Route 100 towards Cabo Rojo. At the end of Route 100, turn left onto Route 101. Drive .8 mile, then turn right onto Route 310. Drive approximately 3 miles and look for the sign to the entrance of the refuge on left.


  9. (787) 851-7258
    Fax (787) 851-7440

  10. Cambalache Forest Reserve
    Known as vivero or nursery because it contains plantations of eucalyptus, teak, and mahoe trees. Camping allowed in two areas. Water and showers, 8 trails and nearby beach. 18.43░N 66.60░W

  11. (787) 724-3724

  12. Carite Forest Reserve
    Carite is a 6,000-acre reserve with a dwarf forest that was produced by the region's high humidity and moist soil. The highest point is Cerro La Santa, at 3,000 feet. From several peaks there are panoramic views of Ponce and the Caribbean Sea. Fifty species of birds live in the forest, making this spot a recognized area for birding. There is a picnic area and 10 campgrounds (permit is necessary for camping).

  13. (787) 722-1726

  14. El Yunque National Forest
    El Yunque National Forest with a total area is 28,000 acres has an estimated 240 types of tree, and many other plants, such as tiny wild orchids, bamboo trees, giant ferns, and trumpet trees. Hiking trails and rest areas available. El Portal Tropical Forest Center has film exhibits and interactive displays about the rain forest. Open daily 7:30am a 6:00pm.

    How to Get There
    From San Juan take Road 26 towards Carolina until you reach Road 3. Take Road 3 towards Fajardo for about 20 minutes until you get to Rio Grande. Take Road 191 to El Yunque.

  15. (787) 888-1880

  16. Guajataca State Forest
    An example of Puerto Rico's more unusual topography. Karst country as it is known, is characterized by haystack-shaped hills and sinkholes. Over 40 walking trails, 25 miles of maintained footpaths through the karst region. Facilities include: 10 campsites, campfires, bathrooms and showers. Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy Guajataca Lake, a three mile long bass filled body of water, and a prime locale for bass fishing. Take expressway 52 and Route 2 to the road 446 exit between Quebradillas and Isabela.

  17. (787) 890-4050; (787) 890-2050

  18. Guanica Dry Forest Reserve
    The Guanica Forest Reserve is a coastal mangrove forest and has been an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve because of several endangered species found only in Puerto Rico. No camping allowed. Open Mon-Sun 8am - 5pm.

  19. (787)722-1726

  20. Guilarte Forest Reserve
    Monte Guilarte Forest Reserve is a beautiful and lush tropical site. The Forest is divided into seven segments which are located among the municipalities of Adjuntas, Guayanilla, Pe˝uelas and Yauco. The trails are excellent for hiking and the views at the pinnacle are breathtaking. On a clear day you can see both Ponce and San Juan without the aid of binoculars. Monte Guilarte (3,953 ft) is the third highest mountain peak on the island.

  21. (787) 724-3647

  22. Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
    Located between the coasts of Salinas and Guayama, approximately 2,883 acres of mangrove forest and freshwater wetlands. The reserve is home to the endangered brown pelican, peregrine falcon, hawksbill sea turtle and West Indian manatee. Guided tours are offered upon request and reservation. Open Daily: 8:00am-4:00pm.

  23. (787) 864-0105

  24. Los Tres Picachos Forest

  25. (787) 871-3500

  26. Maricao Forest Reserve
    Home of a vast amount of flora, 582 species, 339 genera and 113 families. Open Tue-Sun 7:30am-4pm.

  27. (787) 838-1040

  28. Punta Ballena Reserve
    Perfect for bird watching. UNESCO declared it a Biosphere Reserve because of its outstanding representation of this ecosystem. Beach access. No camping allowed.


  29. 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.


  30. Rio Abajo Forest Reserve
    This 5,780 acres forest reserve is home to 223 plants and 175 wildlife species. Visitors are allowed to walk along any of the forest's 70 trails.

  31. (787) 722-1726

  32. Sotomayor del Toro Reserve
    This 63-acre reserve on the steep slopes of Cerro La Santa. This tract of virgin tropical forest shelters numerous wildlife species, andstreams here nourish the headwaters of the Turabo River. It is adjacent to the Carite State Forest.


  33. Susua State Forest
    The Susua Forest is located in the municipalities of Yauco and Sabana Grande. The highest elevation is 473 m. Facilities include: 15 campgrounds, bathrooms, and showers.

  34. (787) 833-3700
    (787) 724-1374

  35. Toro Negro Forest Reserve
    Its 7,000 acres include Puerto Rico's tallest peak. Spectacular views extending to the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Permits are required for campgrounds (7 campsites). Camping facilities include water, campfire, bathrooms, and showers. Mountain climbing for experienced climbers.

  36. (787) 722-1726
    (787) 724-3724

  37. Vega Alta Forest
    Caves, deep sinkholes and twelve different type of soils. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am - 3:30pm.

  38. (787) 724-3647

  39. Vivero de Peces de Maricao
    By appointment only. Open Thr-Sun 8:30am-11:45am -- 1pm-3:45pm.

  40. (787) 838-3710



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