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Cabo Rojo Lighthouse Photography Hot Spot

Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo, also known as Los Morrillos Light, is a historic lighthouse located in the municipality of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.  This is a top ten photography location. The area also has The Natural Rock Arch just a short walk away making this a top location for photography.

Located at the southwestern tip of the island of Puerto Rico, this lighthouse was constructed in 1882 in order to guide passing ships through the southeast entrance from the Caribbean Sea through the treacherous Mona Passage into the Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse is located over a white lime cliff which is surrounded by salt water lagoons and marshes. The cliffs surrounding the lighthouse drop over 200 feet into the ocean.

The lighthouse’s architecture is distinguished by its simplicity, with minimal decoration and an unelaborated cornice repeated through the structure. The illuminating apparatus is housed in a cast-iron, copper and glass lantern. The lenticular lens was manufactured by the French firm Sautter, Lemonnier and Company.

On the way to the Cabo Rojo lighthouse, you will drive through the wildlife refuge and the salt flats.The salt flats were added to the Cabo Rojo Refuge in 1999 becoming a part of the National Wildlife system. This addition will allow the Service to conserve and protect the single most important point of convergence for migratory shorebirds in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Cabo Rojo Salt Flats are considered unique and irreplaceable. The coastline, mangroves, seagrass beds, and offshore coral reefs next to the area, are prime fish habitat and are considered special aquatic sites.

Just a short distance down the hill on the trail from the lighthouse you will find  “El Punte Natural or El Puente Natural de Piedra” (The Natural Bridge or The Natural Stone Bridge). This is a fabulous photography hot spot in itself.

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We absolutely loved it here. We were just a short drive to the lighthouse and the resort is located in the midst of a wildlife sanctuary and a beach! This is a fabulous place for bird lovers, sunbathers and bird photographers. It was clean and comfortable with a great pool. The staff has a list of places to go to do photography. As you can see the image below they were showing us all the place to go.

The very attentive staff is well aware of all of the photography hot spots in the area.

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For our beach loving photographers, this resort is also just a short walk to the the beach.

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For our birding and nature photographers this resort is directly on the wildlife refuge.

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Photography Information

Lens: Generally this area is a wide angle lens location but you will go through the wildlife refuge to get here so bring your zoom lens too. Keep in mind this can be a great night photography location at the right time of year.

Gear List at a Glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filters, tripod, shutter release, wide angle and zoom lens. CPL filters will help you to create dynamic images. We recommend never shooting outdoors without one. They will make your white puffy clouds whiter, take the silver glare off of waters and replace it with a beautiful reflection. You have moving waters at the location so you will want to have your neutral density filters with you to get the long exposure, milky water effect.

When to Go: Any time of year. It is a tourist location, so midweek is best offseason. Summer can be sweltering of course.

Camera Settings:

Aperture Priority – If you want to control your depth of field use your aperture priority mode. See aperture priority page if you need some help. Click here.

Shutter Priority – If you have moving subjects such as the birds flying by you want to shoot in shutter priority to be sure they come out clear. When people are walking through, shoot at 1/250th sec. and adjust the ISO accordingly. If individuals or animals are running by, up it to 1/500th sec. and if it’s a bright sunny day, go as high as 1/1000th sec. to get the birds crystal clear as they fly by here.

Manual Mode – To do your long exposure running, milky water shots here at the lighthouse and the rock arch you have to use a tripod.  All of your settings will vary depending on the lighting and what neutral density filter you have. You will shoot in manual mode for the milky waters. ISO is always 100 or the lowest your camera will allow. Aperture is always f22. (It lets the least amount of light in). Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide on your shutter speed after you put your neutral density filter on. (It’s like sunglasses for your camera to stop light from coming in). Use your live view mode to focus to lock the mirror up and avoid any camera movement. Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer to also avoid camera movement. Voila. You now have your milky water exposure. You want at least a 2-second exposure for running water. If you don’t have a neutral density filter you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. Go to our store to buy your ND filter. Get a 3.0 for super long exposure in the sunshine, a ND 1.2 and a ND8 for shorter exposures. If you can only afford to buy one, go with the 1.2.

See our How to Shoot Waterfall Photography Page for more details.

This will also be a great night photography spot the right time of year. We were here during a full moon and when the milky way is below the horizon during winter.

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We foud it to be the best place with the best rates and great service!

Hotel Information: 

Combate Beach Resort  -Email: combatebeachresort@live.com – Phone:1-787-254-2358 – Carr. 3301, Km. 2.7 Interior, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, 00623,


Recreational activities to enjoy before, during or after your photo day.

Whether it’s setting out into the clear waters off the coast, exploring the trails that crisscross the area’s lush forests or simply enjoying their on-site recreational activities, they have something for the whole family to enjoy:

  • Spend some time frolicking in the adult and children’s pools – after a long day of photography.
  • Serve up a match of beach volleyball at the sand court.
  • Paddle the day away with their convenient kayak rentals.
  • Get your adrenaline pumping with mountain bike rentals and throw your camera in your backpack.

Park and Area Information:

Entrance Fees: There are no entrance fees to the park/lighthouse. 

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Call DRNA Information: Phone: 787-999-2200 x 5156 (Mon-Fri) Fax: 787-999-2303

Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales
Carr 8838, San Juan, 00927, Puerto Rico


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