Puerto Rico  ⏐  Lajas, Puerto Rico  ⏐ La Parguera Nature Reserve 

La Parguera Nature Reserve - Lajas, Puerto Rico

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.  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.


The reserve was created to protect all these natural treasures and it’s currently managed by DRNA. Dolphins, manatees, and turtles love these waters, so count on having an interesting underwater experience.

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, visitors come to La Parguera to enjoy the simplicity of a coastal town where nature takes center stage.  Here you can scuba La Parguera Wall 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.

Islets & Cays of La Parguera Nature Reserve

Lajas, Puerto Rico

There are about 30 cays and islets, Mata La Gata is the only cay with a “beach”.  Caracoles is a popular spot for swimming.

Mata La Gata - La Parguera Nature Reserve - Lajas, Puerto Rico

  • Isla Cuevas – monkeys live on this island
  • Laurel
  • Majimo
  • Media Luna
  • San Cristobal

Things to Do in La Parguera Nature Reserve

Lajas, Puerto Rico

Visit the Bioluminescent Bays

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.

Local Tour – Lajas

Featured Tour from San Juan

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving in La Parguera is world-class.  The Parguera Wall is unlike any other diving site in the Caribbean, the water quality is superb, the topography very diverse, and the amount of sea life mesmerizing.  The Wall is 6 miles offshore, the advanced dive is 125 ft.

Top Rated Scuba Diving Tours in Puerto Rico


From experienced to beginners, adults to toddlers, La Parguera offers great snorkeling locations from open water, mangrove cays to enclosed natural pools perfect for children to snorkel safely.  Book a snorkeling tour with a knowledgeable guide to make the best of your time in La Parguera.

Top Rated Snorkeling Tours in Puerto Rico

Kayaking & Paddleboarding (SUP)

Kayaking and Paddleboarding are excellent ways to explore the mangrove channels of La Parguera Nature Reserve.  The waters are calm along the mangroves, kayakers of all levels can enjoy the waters.  At night, kayaking is the best way to experience the bioluminescent bay.

Popular Kayaking Tours in Puerto Rico


La Parguera - Lajas, Puerto Rico

If you love to picnic with family, friends or dream of a romantic picnic just for two, La Parguera Nature Reserve will not disappoint.  Mata La Gata is the only cay with land and picnic facilities.  Although you have to bring everything you need, the scenery and setting certainly make up for it. You may also head to Playita Rosada, located along the coast with picnic facilities and a unique natural pool the whole family will enjoy.  You’ll have no problems getting a table during weekdays from September to mid-March.  The busy season is during the summer months every day of the week.

Getting to La Parguera - Top Tours & Visiting on your Own

Lajas, Puerto Rico

Book a Tour to La Parguera, Lajas

There are various friendly and professional tour operators and charters at La Parguera. We recommend you book a tour so they can take care of all the details and you can focus on having a great time.

Featured Tour

  • 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.

Map of La Parguera Reserva Natural

Lajas, Puerto Rico

Top Tours - Ranked Among "Top 10 Best Experiences in the Caribbean"

by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice 2020

Sources: UNESCO

Puerto Rico  ⏐  Lajas, Puerto Rico  ⏐ La Parguera Nature Reserve