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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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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Did You Know?

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