Cabo Rojo Lighthouse – Our Favorite Photography Location
ABOUT CABO ROJO LIGHTHOUSE
The Cabo Rojo Lighthouse is situated in the southwestern town of Cabo Rojo, right next to two beaches – Playa Sucia and Playuela Beach. One can soak up the sun and soak their feet in the sand at either beach, and then take a leisurely stroll around the lighthouse surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery. The area when the sun sets absolutely perfect for taking beautiful photographs or just simply immerse in nature’s wonders.
HOW TO GET TO CABO ROJO LIGHTHOUSE
Heading to the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse from San Juan will take approximately three hours of travel, depending on traffic. To begin the journey, start by exiting San Juan and getting onto PR-52 highway. Keep driving until you reach PR-22 and turn when signs point towards it. On Road 301 you’ll be able to see the lighthouse, so make sure to follow the signs! It is always a good idea to have a mobile map handy in case roads look confusing – this will help ensure that you make it to your destination without any fuss.
PHOTOGRAPHING CABO ROJO LIGHTHOUSE
Lens: There are no specific lens recommendations for this location. Take both your wide-angle and telephoto lenses, because you will need the wide angle to capture the full breadth of the falls, but it can be an effective night photography spot at the right time of year, so pack your zoom lens too. Remember, this can be a great night photography location at the right time of year, so bring your neutral density filters too!
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 water 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. We used our ten stop ND filter to create the long exposure ghost effect of the rare picture of Pamela Goodyer.
When to Go: Any time of year. It is a tourist location, so midweek is the best offseason. Summer can be sweltering, of course.