Natural Attractions in Fajardo

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As a major port town, it can be hard to look beyond the coast of Fajardo for things to do.  But, as you explore inland you'll find that it takes less than a 10 mile drive to have access to not only three different natural reserves, but several breathtaking waterfalls as well.   If you want to spend time outside in a more controlled environment, choosing a local park is a great option. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you hope to spend more of your vacation time seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be pleased to know the area has some nature preserves in and nearby.

Bosque Estatal De Ceiba is a nature preserve found within southeastern Fajardo. Very close to the city of Fajardo and Ceiba, the Bosque Estatal de Ceiba is a popular destination for anyone looking to take part it outdoor activities while on the island. Visitors will find plenty of people enjoying the forest with a hike, looking out for birds, or heading to the mangroves and fishing.

Those looking to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring sites like Cayos De La Cordillera Nature Reserve. The natural reserve does not itself offer any activities, however many people find it a great place just to explore. Many of the tour groups in the area will have options that take you here, so if you are interested, just ask them.

Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve: Visitors will be led on a tour throughout the reserve, showing you some unique aspects of Puerto Rico and the different natural environments on the island. With a guide, you will be able to ask questions and really gain an understanding for the situation in Puerto Rico.

Check the chart below for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In and Around Fajardo
Name Type Location
Bosque Estatal De Ceiba Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.6 mi. Southeast of Central Fajardo
Cayos De La Cordillera Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.0 mi. East of Central Fajardo
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Fajardo


Juan Diego Falls

Although most travelers come for the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Fajardo some great choices, including a couple of waterfalls.

You might enjoy a visit to Juan Diego Falls, which is situated 8.5 mi. West of central Fajardo. Juan Diego Falls is located in the El Yunque National Forest. along Road 191 at KM 9.5. There is a wooden sign by the stream where you can park and then hike about 1/8 of a mile to the first pool.

An additional option to consider is La Mina Falls. It is situated 10.1 mi. West of central Fajardo. Tucked away in EL Yunque National Park, this waterfall is a hidden gem for any travel willing to make the journey to find it. If you enjoy a long hike, or an adventure upstream, then you will not want to miss La Mina Falls.

The chart below provides you with a few details regarding waterfalls.

Waterfalls Near Fajardo
Name Type Location
Juan Diego Falls Waterfall 8.5 mi. West of Central Fajardo
La Mina Falls Waterfall 10.1 mi. West of Central Fajardo


Visitors can experience a couple of parks nearby.

The parks available are listed in the following table.

Parks Near Fajardo
Name Type Location
Parque Damaso Rivera Park 6.9 mi. West-Northwest of Central Fajardo
Parque La Juventud Park Las Croabas, 2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Fajardo

If you are seeking a wider selection of points of interest beyond just these, you might want to look beyond these choices. You can go to this extended discussion dedicated to even more attractions if you're interested in learning additional facts.


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