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. Fajardo is home to one of the most desirable resorts in Puerto Rico, El Conquistador, although it is going through renovations. Outside the resort, adventurers can enjoy hiking, kayaking, and touring the nature reserves.
Please note: Compared to other towns of Puerto Rico, the condition of the town is actually disappointing, it looks run down. The attractions and things to do make up for it in our opinion. If you can overlook those things and focus on the main attractions, and plan on spending most of the time exploring other places around the island, you will have a nice time.
Best Things to Do & Places to VisitFajard, Puerto Rico
+ Icacos Cay & Top Tours
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.
Laguna Grande Bioluminescent Bay
+ 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.
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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.
Playa Escondida - Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Playa Colora Beach
+ Photos, visiting tips, map, safety – Playa Colora – Fajardo, Puerto Rico