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Mayaguez Zoo

View local animals as well elephants, tigers and zebras at Puerto Rico’s only zoo. 

The Mayaguez Zoo, open since 1954, is a leader in conservation efforts in Puerto Rico. The 45-acre (18-hectare) site is home to creatures from all continents, and features an extensive collection of local animals. This zoo is a leader in conservation efforts, with a number of programs dedicated to endangered species. A visit here is a worthwhile experience for families, animal lovers and those wanting to learn about the wildlife of the Caribbean.

Pick up an audio guide as you enter the zoo to learn about the animals you are seeing. These tours are available in English or Spanish and there is a child specific version. The Mayaguez Zoo is an excellent attraction for families with young children and many of the exhibits catere to a younger audience. Enclosures are located close together and are well sign posted, making your visit relaxing. 

The stars of the zoo are the African animals, including lions, tigers, elephants and zebra. The zoo also welcomed two new giraffe in 2008 rounding out their impressive collection from the continent. Surround yourself with butterflies in the arthropod and butterfly house, one of three specialty areas at the zoo. Be sure to check out the aviary and the amphibian and reptile house as well. All three exhibits have a limited capacity and a guide accompanies visitors.

The Mayaguez Zoo is located in Mayaguez, on the west coast of Puerto Rico. Visitors staying in town can reach the zoo on foot or by taxi. There is no public transportation in the area. You can also reach the zoo by car and there is ample parking available for a small fee. The facility is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and there is a modest admission fee.


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Mayagüez Resort & Casino ¥10,520
Mayagüez Resort & Casino

Mayagüez Resort & Casino

Route 104 km. 0.3, Algarobo Sector, Mayaguez
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus, Tropical Agriculture Research Station, and Parque Del Litoral. Yaguez Theater and Plaza Colon are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Howard Johnson Downtown Mayaguez ¥8,250
    Howard Johnson Downtown Mayaguez

    Howard Johnson Downtown Mayaguez

    Calle Mendez Vigo 70 Este, Mayaguez Plaza/cathedral, Mayaguez
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cárcel, this hotel is steps from Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria and Plaza Colon. Yaguez Theater and Tropical Agriculture Research Station are also within 10 minutes.

      Hotel Colonial ¥7,259
      Hotel Colonial

      Hotel Colonial

      Calle Iglesia 14 Sur, Mayaguez
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cárcel, this hotel is steps from Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria and Plaza Colon. Yaguez Theater and Tropical Agriculture Research Station are also within 15 minutes.

        Holiday Inn Mayaguez and Tropical Casino ¥10,845
        Holiday Inn Mayaguez and Tropical Casino

        Holiday Inn Mayaguez and Tropical Casino

        2701 Highway #2 Hostos Avenue, Mayaguez
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Mayaguez, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus and 4 mi (6.4 km) from Mayaguez Zoo. Las Cascadas Water Park is 15.5 mi (25 km) away.

          Boulevard 101 ¥6,575
          Boulevard 101

          Boulevard 101

          Calle Alemañy #35, Apt 101, Esquina Arroyo Mestre, Mayaguez
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cárcel, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza Colon, Yaguez Theater, and Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria. Tropical Agriculture Research Station and University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Boulevard 407 ¥7,626
            Boulevard 407

            Boulevard 407

            Calle Alemañy #35, Apt 407, Esquina Arroyo Mestre, Mayaguez
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cárcel, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza Colon, Yaguez Theater, and Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria. Tropical Agriculture Research Station and University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Boulevard 203
              Boulevard 203

              Boulevard 203

              Calle Alemañy #35, Apt 203, Esquina Arroyo Mestre, Mayaguez
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cárcel, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza Colon, Yaguez Theater, and Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria. Tropical Agriculture Research Station and University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Boulevard 105 ¥6,575
                Boulevard 105

                Boulevard 105

                Calle Alemañy #35, Apt 105,Esquina Arroyo Mestre, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cárcel, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza Colon, Yaguez Theater, and Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria. Tropical Agriculture Research Station and University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus are also within 2 mi (3 km).