La Parguera Nature Reserve is an eco-tourism destination you may not find highlighted on popular travel books. You won’t find fancy hotels or resorts here, but a few intimate small inns where you’ll come in as a guest and leave as a friend. Visitors come to La Parguera to enjoy the simplicity of a coastal town where nature takes center stage.
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. 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
La Parguera Nature Reserve
La Parguera Nature Reserve is located at La Parguera, a fishing seafront village on the town of Lajas on the west coast of the island (Porta del Sol). La Parguera Nature Reserve is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in Puerto Rico; characterized by one of the most extensive and well-developed coral reefs on the island. The reserve was created to protect all these natural treasures and it’s currently managed by DRNA. You can easily spend a whole day and extend your stay for a week in order to enjoy all the natural attractions and things to do in La Parguera Nature Reserve.
Don’t Miss La Parguera Bioluminescent Bay
Experience the magic of the Bioluminescent Bays, there are two in La Parguera. In addition to the magical wonder on the water, visitors will enjoy fewer crowds than Laguna Grande in Fajardo and a full day of activities in Lajas and nearby towns. See tours below or learn more about the bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico.
Tour for Visitors Already in Lajas
Top Rated Lajas Bioluminescent Bay Tours from San Juan
More Natural Treasures & Things to Do in La Parguera, Lajas
Dolphins, manatees, and turtles love these waters, so count on having an interesting underwater experience. Here you can observe mangrove forests, red and white mangroves are the most prevalent species here.
Explore the salt marshes, cays, islets, and seagrass beds where schools of tiny tropical fish love to play.
Go scuba diving at the famous La Pared (The Wall) La Pared (the wall), offering about 20 miles of excellent scuba diving with exceptional coral reefs, observe various mangrove communities, spend the day relaxing and swimming on a secluded cay, and picnic completely surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. 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 about 30 cays and islets, where you can spend the day island hopping, and snorkeling. Mata La Gata is the only cay with a “beach”. Caracoles is a popular spot for swimming.
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.
Top Rated Tours to La Parguera, Lajas, Puerto Rico
Tours & Water Taxis
- Johnny’s Boats – (787) 460-8922
- West Divers – (787) 899-3223 / (787) 899-4171
- Paradise Scuba & Snorkeling Center – (787)-899-7611
- Parguera Fishing Charters – (787) 382-4698
- Mahi – Mahi Tours and Fishing Charters – (787) 642-2587/ (787) 642-2627
Visiting La Parguera on your Own
The town of Lajas is south of San German on Rt 101. You may rent a small boat to explore on your own or hire a water taxi to take you. As always, we encourage you to rent a car in order to experience the best of Puerto Rico. The west coast of Puerto Rico is perfect for those wishing to purchase a vacation home. There’s much to do on the west coast, with great quality of life and affordable living, the best region in Puerto Rico to invest in a vacation property.