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 want to enjoy more of your vacation outdoors? You may be pleased to know the area has several nature preserves in and nearby.

Bosque Estatal De Ceiba is a popular nature preserve located within southeastern Fajardo. The state forest contains many of the amenities that you can expect from a mainland US state forest. While you will find plenty of hiking, you will also find trails specialized for bird-watching, and other outdoor sights. At the park, boaters will be able to find a boat ramp, and kayakers will find the mangroves the perfect area to explore.

Adventurers looking to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring choices 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: This eclectic nature reserve features three different ecosystems in one park, giving visitors a great opportunity to explore all that Puerto Rico has to offer.

Check this table to learn more.

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 visitors to the area are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Fajardo some interesting options, including a couple of waterfalls.

You may enjoy visiting Juan Diego Falls, which is located 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 attraction worth considering is La Mina Falls. It is situated 10.1 mi. West of central Fajardo. La Mina is not a waterfall easily reached by a vehicle. The best choice is to park at El Yunque Forest station and then take the waterfall trails.

The following table offers some key facts 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


Vacationers can visit either of two parks nearby.

The parks available are listed here:

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

Keep in mind that you can find other kinds attractions available. To read about other other attractions for Fajardo, click here.


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