West Region
 

WEST REGION

In this region, you will enjoy the best sunsets on the whole island. In addition to being the undisputable capital of surfing, the West hosts some of the best beaches in the country. Among its 17 towns, Rincón has some of the best surfing areas in the Caribbean. On the other hand, Cabo Rojo has the most spectacular cliffs of the whole coast, and Lajas has three bioluminescent bays. In Mayagüez you can study in the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, which specializes in engineering, mathematics, biomedicine, agricultural sciences, and business administration. The Adventist Antillean University, the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, among others, are also located here.

 


 

Isabela

  

Jobos Beach

It is the most popular beach in the Municipality of Isabela, perfect for surfing and sunbathing. The most visited natural attraction on the beach is the Pozo de Jacinto, known for a myth passed on from generation to generation among the locals of the region. In the summer, there are several beach festivals that take place around a variety of restaurants and food stands.

 

Montones Beach

This beach has a tide pool, perfect for children, and a one mile long (1.6 Km) area to the open sea.

  

Middles Beach

It is internationally renowned for its high and strong waves. It hosts world surfing competitions.

 

Blue Hole Beach

Also called Shacks or Kiquebrado, it is perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving. There is a reef of over 1,000 feet (305 meters) where you will find a great variety of fishes, corals and other marine species. At the end of the reef there is a slope that measures more than 30 feet (9 meters).

 


 

Aguadilla

Known as the “Garden of the Atlantic” for its spectacular marine life, this municipality offers some of the best beaches for surfing on the island. Crash Boat, Gas Chambers, Wilderness and Surfer’s are some of the most famous surfing destinations, and have been the venue for numerous international competitions.

 

Entertainment Complex of Aguadilla

It consists of four facilities: a roller and ice-skating rink, a bowling center and a water park. This complex offers fun for the whole family both indoors and outdoors.

 

Rafael Hernández International Airport

It is the largest airport of the region. There are direct flights to many cities in the United States.

 


  

Rincón

This municipality also has several famous beaches in the Caribbean for surfing such La Pared y Steps, among many others.

 

Rincón Lighthouse (Punta Higüero)

Built in 1922, this lighthouse is located in a park from which you can see Domes Beach and Desecheo Island. It is the perfect place to watch the sunset and the whales swimming when in season.

 


  

Mayagüez

Today, it is the most populated city in the West and the third largest city in Puerto Rico. It houses the only zoo on the island.

 

Eugenio María de Hostos Musseum

This museum commemorates the life of Hostos, one of the major thinkers and educators of Puerto Rico and Latin America. Admission is free of charge.

 

Mayagüez Zoo

It is the only zoo in Puerto Rico and houses 17 species from South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Puerto Rico. Among them are lions, tigers, leopards, elephants, snakes, rhinoceros, giraffes, monkeys and exotic birds.

 

Desecheo Island

Es It is a small uninhabited island, perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling and whale-watching. It is located to the west of Mayagüez and to the north of Mona Island.una pequeña isla deshabitada ideal para bucear, hacer snorkeling y ver el nado de las ballenas.  Se encuentra al oeste de Mayagüez y al norte de la isla de mona.

 


 

Cabo Rojo  

 

Museo de los Próceres

It houses a collection of sculptures of local and national leaders, in addition to an exhibition about the Taíno culture. It has a small theatre available for conferences and performances, and two galleries for short-term art exhibitions.

 

Playa Sucia

It is one of the most picturesque beaches in the country. It is an isolated treasure in the Southwest corner of the island. From there you can see and go up to the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, built in 1882. You will enjoy a magnificent cliff with a nice view of the lagoon.

 

Balneario de Boquerón

It is a family beach that has picnic tables, parking, lookouts, facilities for persons with disabilities, lodging, cafeteria, children’s park, restrooms, and many coconut trees, perfect for a sun-protected nap.

 

Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge

The United States National Wildlife Refuge is formed by Las Salinas de Cabo Rojo and the Combate Beach coastal paths, a paradise for bird watching lovers. This dry climate, almost strange among Puerto Rico’s lush vegetation and blue beaches, is the most important convergence point for migratory birds in the East Caribbean, and home to 25 species of migratory shorebirds.

 

Salinas de Cabo Rojo

It is a destination for birds and ornithologists. It is estimated that 40,000 birds visit this place each year and it is the habitat of the Mariquita de Puerto Rico, an endangered species. There is a small trail that will take you to a beautiful part of the beach that has white sand.

 

Schoensntatt Sanctuary

This church, located in the Municipality of Cabo Rojo, is a replica of the original church of the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt in Germany, a Roman-Catholic community with a strong devotion for the Virgin Mary.

 

Labadié Mansion (Moca)

Historically known as Labadié Mansion in the city of Moca, this house inspired Engrique Laguerre to write his novel La Llamarada. The property has recently been restored as a museum and renamed "Palacete Los Moreau" in honor to Laguerre’s novel.

 

Basílica Menor La Monserrate (Hormigueros)

This basilica, built in the town of Hormigueros, is from the 16th century and dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrate. Its architecture combines elements from the Romanticism era and a bell tower with Arabic details.

 

Parguera (Lajas)

This small and picturesque village in the Municipality of Lajas has been for many years a place for family entertainment. This place has food stands and restaurants where seafood fritters and typical sweets are sold. This municipality is the home of one of the three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico. In its waters, millions of luminescent dinoflagellates live and produce flashes of chemical light when they come in contact with each other.

Contact Information

State Department of Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 9023271
San Juan, PR 00902-3271
1 (787) 722-2121 ext. 4292, 4295, 4350
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