Puerto Rico Photography Locations

Puerto Rico has some of the best photography locations around. We loved the Cabo Rojo lighthouse and Crash Boat the best, but look at all our spots. If you travel to the island, you can come home with award-winning photography. There are some dynamic places for photography. The island’s terrain changes as you go, and so many different atmospheres and geographics exist.

We made a 5-day trip but only covered about half of the island. We photographed several places and put together our favorite locations to photograph in Puerto Rico. 


Cabo Rojo Lighthouse – Our Favorite Photography Location


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.


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.


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.

Puerto Rico,USA History

Puerto Rico, Officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and briefly called Porto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea.

It is an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller ones such as Mona, Culebra, and Vieques. The capital and most populous city is San Juan. Its official languages are Spanish and English, though Spanish predominates. The island’s population is approximately 3.4 million. Puerto Rico’s rich history, tropical climate, diverse natural scenery, renowned traditional cuisine, and attractive tax incentives make it a popular destination for travelers from around the world.

The Tiano People

Originally populated by the indigenous Taíno people, the island was claimed in 1493 by Christopher Columbus for the Crown of Castile, and it later endured invasion attempts from the French, Dutch, and British. Four centuries of Spanish colonial government transformed the island’s ethnic, cultural and physical landscapes primarily with waves of African captives and Canarian and Andalusian settlers. In the Spanish imperial imagination, Puerto Rico played a secondary but strategic role compared to wealthier colonies like Perú and Mexico. Such a distant administrative control continued right up until the end of the 19th century, helping to produce a distinctive Creole Hispanic culture and language that combined elements from the Natives, Africans, and Iberian people. 1898 following the Spanish–American War, the United States appropriated Puerto Rico with most former Spanish colonies under the terms of the Treaty of Paris.

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