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 like spending time outside? You may be happy to learn the area has several nature preserves in and nearby.

Bosque Estatal De Ceiba is a nature preserve located in 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.

Travelers looking to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing 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.

Take some time to look through the chart below for a list of nature preserves.

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

Even though most visitors have heard about the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Fajardo some interesting options, including two waterfalls.

You should consider 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.

Another available option is La Mina Falls. It is found 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 following table lists more information on the 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 spend some time in a couple of parks nearby.

The parks worth looking into are provided 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 want to learn about more points of interest beyond what's offered on this page, you might want to look farther afield. To navigate to our detailed page about other attractions, visit this page.


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