Balneario de Boqueron

Bal­n­eario de Boqueron

Boqueron is a beach vil­lage locat­ed in the town of Cabo Rojo, Puer­to Rico.  The vil­lage is one of the main tourist attrac­tions in the south­west­ern part of the island. As of the Unit­ed States 2000 Cen­sus, the bar­rio pop­u­la­tion was 4,963. Boqueron beach (bal­n­eario de Boqueron) is a pub­lic beach and resort man­aged by the Puer­to Rican gov­ern­ment. It’s rat­ed as one of the best beach­es in Puer­to Rico along with Luquil­lo Beach.  The beach was award­ed blue flag beach sta­tus by the Foun­da­tion for Envi­ron­men­tal Edu­ca­tion. Oth­er beach­es in Boqueron are Buye and El Com­bate. The vil­lage is home to two pro­tect­ed wildlife refuge. The Cabo Rojo Nation­al Wildlife Refuge, an habi­tat for a num­ber of native bird species includ­ing the endan­gered Yel­low-shoul­dered Black­bird also known as La Mariq­ui­ta de Puer­to Rico or Capita¡n. The Boqueron state for­est is one of the sev­en state forests man­aged by the depart­ment of Nat­ur­al Resources of Puer­to Rico. Accord­ing to local leg­end, after the Puer­to Rican pirate Rober­to Cofre­si 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 south of Boqueron Bay. Through­out the years no one has found any trea­sure in the cave.