The great fond memories we hold of La Parguera growing up, we can re-live today. This seaside fishing village has managed to retain the casual, low-key ambiance with the warmth and charm that makes the west coast of the island our favorite destination in Puerto Rico. La Parguera is in the town of Lajas and attracts sea lovers, scuba divers, sailors, eco-travelers, and foodies.
La Parguera offers visitors a full day of wonderful experiences under the Caribbean sun. During the day, enjoy various activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing, and swimming on some of the clearest waters on the southern coast. After dinner, book a tour to watch the sunset over the water, when the stars light the sky, get ready for the magical experience of the bioluminescent bay. We are confident that a day in La Parguera will be the highlight of your Puerto Rico vacation.
Back in the 1940s, there were only a handful of homes owned by fishermen and their families. Today there are various private marinas and new residential communities making La Parguera very appealing to retirees or those seeking a vacation / second home location.
Main Attractions & Things to Do in La PargueraLajas, Puerto Rico
You can easily spend a whole day or a few in order to enjoy all the attractions and things to do in La Parguera. Go scuba diving at the famous La Pared (The Wall) La Pared (the wall), offering about 20 miles of excellent scuba diving. Eco travelers will enjoy kayaking through the mangrove channels by day and seeing the magic of the bioluminescent bay on a moonless night. La Parguera Nature Reserve is made up of cays where you can spend the day island hopping, snorkeling, the favorites are Cayo Mata La Gata, Caracoles, and Playita Rosada.
Lajas is a boat lover’s paradise with various marinas, welcoming sailors from other islands seeking great food, safe harbor, and exploration of treasures on Puerto Rico’s coastline. If you love fishing, you ought to come to Lajas where you can enjoy some of the best deep-sea fishing in Puerto Rico, the clear waters are known for mahi-mahi, marlin, and wahoo.
Getting Here & Top ToursLa Parguera, Lajas, Puerto Rico
Take PR 304 all the way south, it ends at La Parguera. When you hit the seafront, make a left where you’ll see the main parking lot. There you’ll see signs for water taxis. If you need any information, your best source is friendly local owners of nearby hotels and restaurants.
To make the best of your time and see the best of La Parguera without worrying about the details, we recommend you book a tour the first time you visit, you’ll have such a wonderful time, you’ll want to come back and explore more of La Parguera and the west coast on your own.
Tourism in La PargueraLajas, Puerto Rico
Tourism is mostly internal (Puerto Ricans), the west coast is not heavily promoted by the government agencies because there are no major resorts in Lajas, but we certainly do because we know how amazing it is here. Travelers seeking the unbeaten paths of Puerto Rico and the special places that make this island so special will love La Parguera. Foodies love coming to La Parguera, there are many family-owned restaurants and laid-back pubs offering delicious Comida Criolla (Puerto Rican traditional food) at non-touristy prices for every vacation budget to enjoy.
The first hotel was built in the 1950s and today you can find condo communities available as rentals and a handful of small inns and hotels. Search for hotels and vacation rentals in Lajas.