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Dramatic Cliffs and Arches in Cabo Rojo

Cabo Rojo

I consider the cliffs of Cabo Rojo, near the lighthouse, to be one of the most beautiful places in Puerto Rico. We have found that, as you explore the area around the lighthouse and head northwest, you will see how these rugged cliffs have been worn and sculpted by the ocean waves over time. There are all sorts of arches, little caves, and other amazing rock formations along this coastline. The photo opportunities are endless!

Cabo Rojo

Cabo Rojo is located in the south-western corner of Puerto Rico. To get to the cliffs, you first need to head to the Cabo Rojo lighthouse. We have explored this area in the past, but we have usually gone to the east, toward La Playuela Beach.

But recently, I saw a picture of a natural bridge (arch) in Cabo Rojo, and I knew that I had to find it! As it turns out, this natural bridge, and many other beautiful rock formations, can be found found by following the small trails to the northwest of the lighthouse (that would be to the right if looking at the ocean with the lighthouse behind you).

Cabo Rojo

Caution! The cliffs around the lighthouse represent a danger to anyone in the area. This isn’t a National Park. There are no railings to keep you from falling over the edge and into the ocean. A couple of people meet their maker every year in this area (seriously!). If you survive the fall, you’ll probably drown in the ocean. The memorial markers at the cliffs’ edges should remind you to stay a safe distance from the edge. The limestone is fragile and it is prone to breaking off. What seems like sturdy ground may actually only be a couple inches thick with nothing but the ocean below. There are also open holes in the limestone that go straight through to the ocean, so watch your step as you’re walking around. We don’t recommend that anyone try to go out onto these rock formations. If you go to this area, use common sense and don’t be stupid.

The Natural Bridge

Cabo Rojo

As you walk up the driveway from the parking lot to the lighthouse, you will notice a number of small paths that lead to the west (to the right). We didn’t take these, though they will all (eventually) lead out to the water.

By looking on the map, I was able to see that the natural bridge is not that far from the lighthouse. So we walked all the way up to the lighthouse (or you can take the trolley up if it is available), and then started walking along the cliffs to the northwest (to the right- away from front of lighthouse) until we saw the cove with the arch.

The bridge part that connects the rocks is only about 3 feet wide in the middle — it’s a little bit scary and a big bit dangerous. If you choose to walk across this natural bridge, and you fall into the water, you’re probably not coming back to finish the rest of the walk. So leave your wallet, car keys, and cellphone with the sensible person in the group, just in case. We do not recommend that people attempt to go out onto the natural bridge. Look, take photos, and admire it from the safety of solid ground.

Cabo Rojo

Besides this cool arch, there are all sorts of little caves, blow holes, and other formations. We spent a couple hours just exploring this area along the coastline path. As you walk more toward the north, the cliffs get shorter and shorter until you are eventually able to step right onto the beach. But watch out for the waves!

You can eventually make your way back to your car (parked at the base of the path to the lighthouse) by walking along a path eastward, away from the coastline.(Note: we hear these paths can be mosquito infested, so be prepared with repellent!)

We picked a random trail and eventually popped out of the trees that are on the right side of the parking area, just a few steps from our car.

Be warned that there are loads of tiny, unmarked paths (made by mountain bikers) that criss-cross all over this area. We used Google Maps on our iPhone to help us figure out when to turn to the east for the shortest trail back to our car.


To get there, take Route 301 in the Cabo Rojo area all the way to the end.

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ... assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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I don't think so. The eye in Guayanilla fell from the earthquake, but this bridge is still intact.

Comment by Gwenn on 29 Apr 2020

Hi I just want to inform that the bridge is gone since December 2019.

Comment by Xan on 28 Apr 2020

I never get tired if coming to this area but not advisable in a small car. The very end of 301 is unpaved and very bumpy. The moderate hike up to the lighthouse is a must ! The views are breathtaking. Going for a dip in Playa Sucia (Playuela) is also an obvious must. While you're in the area you can also visit El Combate, Buje beaches and to the east is Playa Santa beach. Small, local beaches are only good during the weekdays, they get too crowded on the weekends. Boqueron beach is nice but seems to have a red algae problem lately.

Comment by Moe Martinez on 22 Feb 2017

Doing research on all things Puerto Rico, I stumbled across this one. VERY INFORMATIVE & DETAILED, thank you so much. I am an adventurer and saw those photos and knew I had to be there. Not only for the breathtaking views, but to be one of the brave to make a GoPro video, crossing the bridge, as well as take photos! I didn't travel 1900 miles to pose from the distance, lol! Since I can't post photo's or vids here, go to my YouTube Channel..."Badass40s"...or Facebook page..."Badass40s" see the HD quality videos and photos. Thanks again!

Comment by Badass 40s on 14 Feb 2017

This place is special to me, and one of my favorites ... no doubt. The potential for disaster/death is VERY real. Not the type of place you want visit liquored up, or with people that can't help but horse around. The danger needs to be enjoyed, but respected. The danger makes it thrilling, as you get as close to the edge as you dare, to the point that you can feel it in your heart and gut. It's freaky because you never REALLY know what's below your footing, or how secure it is. Last time I went a whole family that we were traveling with was standing on a seemingly solid part when viewed from above. I went further out, and when I looked back, I could see that it was hollow below that "platform" where they were standing. Kinda freaky. I regret not capturing the view in a picture. I really enjoyed the picture that you managed to capture of the natural bridge. I also enjoyed the comment about leaving the keys and wallet with the sensible person in your group --- that woud be my wfe . :-)

Comment by Josh on 07 Apr 2012

Nice article!!! You really go all-out for your readers!!! Btw, I do think that area should be maintained by the NPS and it should be a protected Historic Site...bring on the railings!

Comment by A.Tarshis on 06 Apr 2012

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