About the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo, also known as Los Morrillos Light, is a historic lighthouse in 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 photography location.
Located at the southwestern tip of Puerto Rico, this lighthouse was constructed in 1882 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 surrounded by saltwater 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 throughout 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.
The area in the image below where you see the dried-out land is along the road to the Cabo Rojo lighthouse. It is the Cabo Rojo Wildlife Refuge and Salt Flats.
Cabo Rojo Salt Flats Photography
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 crucial 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 individual 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. You see the two signs in the image, walk past them, and follow the right trail. You would never see it or know if you were not looking for it.
Combate Beach Resort – Where to stay
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 in the image below, they were showing us all the places to go.
The very attentive staff is well aware of all of the photography hot spots in the area. Where you see the image of the beach area, it is just a short walk through the wilderness to the beach.
When you stay on the northern side of the Island.
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse 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. Remember, 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 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.
When to Go: Any time of year. It is a tourist location, so midweek is the best offseason. Summer can be sweltering, of course.
See our How to Shoot Waterfall Photography Page for more details.
This will also be a great night photography spot at the right time of year. We were here during a full moon and when the milky way was below the horizon during winter.
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Lighthouse Area Hotel Information:
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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:
- After a long day of photography, spend some time frolicking in the adult and children’s pools.
- 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.
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse Area Information:
Entrance Fees: There are no entrance fees to the park/lighthouse.
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse Area Camping:
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
IT TAKES UP TO 10 DAYS TO GET CAMPING SET UP. YOU MUST PLAN IN ADVANCE.
FOOD & DINING
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse Area Restaurants
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Cabo Rojo Lighthouse Hotels
See above for our favorite hotel in the area.
Do you want us to send our photography and ghost-hunting friends to your hotel for their photography or ghost-hunting trip? Put your hotel information here. We will put pictures of your hotel, the website link, the phone number and your information on your hotel.
Area Weather: Check the weather at Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
Don’t forget that you can use a rain sleeve on your camera if it is raining. If it is bright and sunny, you want to use a low ISO such as 100.
If you are doing photography along with your ghost hunting on cloudy days, you can do running water or waterfall photography to avoid the glaring sun. You can also use an ND filter to get a long exposure for dramatic effects, even in the sunshine. If you ghost hunt indoors in abandoned places, be careful!