Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, Puerto Rico (2022) – All You Need To Know

The Cabo Rojo Lighthouse is one of Puerto Rico’s hidden treasures. 

This historic spot has some of the best views of the Caribbean Sea.  

I grew up near Cabo Rojo, enjoying frequent visits to the lighthouse and the beaches around it. 

In this article, I will cover everything you need to know about this landmark:

  – What is the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse?
  – Where is the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse located?
  – How do you get to the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse from San Juan?
  – Do you have to pay to park at the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse?
  – How much time do you need to spend at the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse?
  – Can you visit the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse without a tour?
  – Is the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse open to the public?
  – Is the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse worth visiting?

 

What is the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse?

Also known as Faro Los Morrillos, this lighthouse was built in 1882 and still functions today. 

image of Cabo Rojo
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse.

Its exterior is simple; but the interior, terrain, and view are a must-see when visiting Puerto Rico. 

The Cabo Rojo Lighthouse is a perfect spot for hikes, photos, and seaside relaxation. 

Below is a video showing the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse:

 

Where is the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse located?

This lighthouse is located in the southwestern town of Cabo Rojo, right next to Playa Sucia beach and Playuela beach.

You can spend the day at either beach and then hike around the lighthouse when you need to move around.

The area is fantastic at sunset for photos or enjoying nature.

Cabo Rojo Lighthouse at sunset.

It’s at the top of a 200-foot-tall limestone cliff, so be aware if you have trouble walking or a fear of heights.

There are no guard railings around the area.

 

How do you get to the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse from San Juan?

Be ready for a 3-hour road trip, depending on traffic. 

To get there, exit the San Juan area and get on the PR-52 highway. 

Keep following the main road until signs point you to PR-22. When you reach Cabo Rojo, follow the signs towards the beach on road 301 and you’re there! 

Roads in Puerto Rico can be confusing so I recommend having a mobile map too.

Below is a Google Map with directions to Cabo Rojo Lighthouse:

 

Do you have to pay to park at the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse?

Parking is free but tricky! 

It’s a shared space for beachgoers and hikers so spaces run out quickly.

image of an aerial view of Puerto Rico
The roads to the lighthouse.

Cars parked along the road as you are driving up mean the main lot is full. 

I recommend arriving early to secure a spot near the lighthouse and beach; make sure your parking spot can’t be blocked in by other cars! 

 

How much time do you need to spend at the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse?

One hour is enough to see the inside and the ocean view. 

Parking and walking can take about 30 minutes, so plan accordingly.  

image of Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo
Aerial few of the area surrounding the lighthouse.

After you leave the lighthouse, Cabo Rojo offers great food, shopping, beaches, and nightlife! 

Check out this video for the town’s best things to do:

 

Can you visit the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse without a tour?

Absolutely!

Tours aren’t a necessity as long as you’re well-prepared.

There are guides working inside the lighthouse, covered in the entrance fee that is usually a few dollars. 

See the visitor center in the video below

 

Is the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse open to the public?

As of late 2022, the lighthouse is currently closed for refurbishment. 

Refurbishments include interior maintenance and its signature gray paint.

The trails and walking areas around the lighthouse are still open for visitors to enjoy.

image of lighthouse in Cabo Rojo
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse.

When it’s open, hours are Wednesday to Sunday, and on Holidays, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. 

Updates on reopening dates and times can be found directly on Cabo Rojo’s website.

 

Is the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse worth visiting?

The Cabo Rojo Lighthouse is a must-see spot in Puerto Rico. 

The cliffside view is beautiful and unique.

Between January and March, lucky visitors can even spot dolphins and whales!

image of an aerial view of Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
Aerial view of Cabo Rojo Lighthouse.

Its surrounding beaches, dining, and nightlife make it a perfect vacation spot. 

 

Is Cabo Rojo Lighthouse a good place to visit with kids?

Kids will love the lighthouse, but there are no bathrooms nearby so plan accordingly.

Is the view from Cabo Rojo Lighthouse beautiful?

Yes! The rocky shore and cliff height make it a unique and beautiful view.

 

Final thoughts

Visiting the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse is a must-do when you visit Puerto Rico. 

The lighthouse is a perfect spot to relax, take photos, and enjoy the breeze.

The walk can be tiring but I promise the view alone is worth it.  

Three of the 30 best beaches in Puerto Rico are located in Cabo Rojo.

Looking for more fun? Check out 45 best things to do in Puerto Rico.

Article by

Adriana Mercado

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I am a writer, editor, and freelancer. I was born and raised in San Germán, Puerto Rico, where I experienced the best landscapes, local eateries, and shops the region has to offer. Sharing the rich culture and history of Puerto Rico’s Southwest gives me the perfect reason to keep exploring!

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