Boquerón, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

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The Boquerón public beach, looking south.
The Boquerón public beach, looking south.
Boquerón is located in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 17°59′56″N 67°10′54″W / 17.9990126°N 67.181554599999998°W / 17.9990126; -67.181554599999998Coordinates: 17°59′56″N 67°10′54″W / 17.9990126°N 67.181554599999998°W / 17.9990126; -67.181554599999998[1]
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Municipality Cabo Rojo
144 ft (44 m)
 • Total5,373
 Source: 2010 Census
Time zoneUTC−4 (AST)

Boquerón is a barrio in the municipality of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Its population in 2010 was 5,373.[2][3][4] [5] The village is one of the main tourist attractions in the southwestern part of the island.[6] In 2000, its population was 4,963.[7]


When after the Treaty of Paris (1898), the U.S. conducted its first census of Puerto Rico, the population of Boquerón was 1,185.[8]

People from the El Combate community in barrio Boquerón are known as mata con hacha ("those who kill with axes") based on an old folk tale about a fight over the salinas, where those from Cabo Rojo fought with axes against people from the adjacent town of Lajas. The latter apparently fought back by throwing stones and are thus known as tira piedras ("those who throw stones").[9]


José at the USFWS Greenhouse in Boquerón

The village is home to two protected wildlife refuges. The Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge is a habitat for a number of native bird species, including the endangered yellow-shouldered blackbird, also known as la mariquita de Puerto Rico or capitán. The Boqueron State Forest is one of seven state forests managed by the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources.[10]

According to local folklore, after the Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí shared some of his treasure with his family and friends, he would hide what was left over in a cave located in "Barrio Pedernales" which is just north of Boquerón Bay. Throughout the years no one has found any treasure in the cave.[11]

Balneario de Boquerón[edit]

Boquerón beach (Balneario de Boquerón) is a public beach and resort managed by the Puerto Rican government. It is rated as one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico along with Luquillo Beach.[12] The beach was awarded Blue Flag Beach status by the Foundation for Environmental Education.[13]



  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Boquerón
  2. ^ Picó, Rafael; Buitrago de Santiago, Zayda; Berrios, Hector H. Nueva geografía de Puerto Rico: física, económica, y social, por Rafael Picó. Con la colaboración de Zayda Buitrago de Santiago y Héctor H. Berrios. San Juan Editorial Universitaria, Universidad de Puerto Rico,1969.
  3. ^ Gwillim Law (20 May 2015). Administrative Subdivisions of Countries: A Comprehensive World Reference, 1900 through 1998. McFarland. p. 300. ISBN 978-1-4766-0447-3. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  4. ^ Puerto Rico:2010:population and housing unit counts.pdf (PDF). U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau. 2010.
  5. ^ Porter, Darwin; Prince, Danforth (2008). Frommer's Puerto Rico. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 978-0-471-78740-2. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
  6. ^ Puerto Rico Tourism Company. "Portal del Sol". Retrieved 2009-03-19.
  7. ^ "U. S Census Fact Finder". Retrieved 2009-03-19.
  8. ^ Joseph Prentiss Sanger; Henry Gannett; Walter Francis Willcox (1900). Informe sobre el censo de Puerto Rico, 1899, United States. War Dept. Porto Rico Census Office (in Spanish). Imprenta del gobierno. p. 164.
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  10. ^ "BOSQUE ESTATAL DE BOQUERÓN". Retrieved 2009-03-19.
  11. ^ University of Puerto Rico - Agriculture of Cabo Rojo Archived 2012-02-01 at the Wayback Machine, (Spanish) Retrieved March 19, 2009
  12. ^ Sainsbury, Brendan (2008). Puerto Rico. Lonely Planet. p. 214. ISBN 978-1-74104-723-3. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
  13. ^ "Blue Flag: Boquerón beach". Archived from the original on 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2009-03-19.