Island hopping, hiking, nature reserve, bioluminescent bay, secluded beaches, and the gateway to Vieques & Culebra
Fajardo is a municipality on the east coast of Puerto Rico just 45 minutes from the capital city of San Juan and the main airport. Fajardo can be a home base for those wishing to go island hopping to the cays and offshore islands of Vieques & Culebra. One of the most popular attractions is Laguna Grande, a bright bioluminescent bay, one of the few in the world.
Although the coastline is really beautiful, sadly you may find the town of Fajardo in need of TLC, you will not find much to see and do in the town. If you are a traveler who likes to spend most of the day exploring the coastline and beach hopping, you can find many affordable vacation rentals in Fajardo and spend the rest of your vacation budget on great tours (see below).
Best Things to Do & Places to VisitFajardo, Puerto Rico
Icacos Cay / Cordillera Reserve
Cordillera Nature Reserve is among the most popular natural attractions in Fajardo. Icacos Cay (Cayo Icacos) is the prettiest and one of the most booked tours/charters on the island by tourists. Sunseekers can enjoy swimming, snorkeling in clear water, and vistas. Cordillera Nature Reserve also includes Cayo Ratones, Cayo Diablo, Cayo Lobos and Cayo Cucarachas.
Top Rated Laguna Grande Bioluminescent Bay Tours
+ Cabezas de San Juan
A wonderful family and educational activity is a tour of the Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve & Lighthouse. Take a walk along the mangrove forest, visit the gorgeous Rocosa Beach, and enjoy the stunning views of the offshore islands and Fajardo coastline from the platform of the oldest lighthouse in Puerto Rico.
Best Beaches in FajardoPuerto Rico - East Coast
For those that prefer natural settings and love to hike, Fajardo offers a few gems. Bring a backpack with drinks, sunblock, and some snacks, and get ready for a nice hike leading to quiet beaches where you’ll find few crowds and unspoiled undeveloped beaches. Please keep in mind that there are no lifeguards, you swim at your own risk and if you need medical assistance it will take a while for help to arrive due to the access. The hike begins at Seven Seas Beach where you may park, at a comfortable walking pace, it takes about 25 minutes to arrive at the beaches. Playa Escondida has some shallow areas safe for swimming. Playa Colora is a beach to be visually enjoyed, NOT safe for swimming.