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 enjoy spending time seeing the local flaura and fauna? You might be pleased to know 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.

Adventurers wanting to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting opportunities 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.

Take some time to look through the following chart for more information about 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

Although most tourists are drawn by the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Fajardo some great options, including two waterfalls.

You might want to visit 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.

A second choice to consider La Mina Falls. It is located 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 chart right below lists some key facts concerning 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


Guests can enjoy either of two parks nearby.

The parks you'll be able to find are provided in the following chart.

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

Needless to say, you'll find some other types of attractions. To find out more about other attractions for Fajardo, visit this page.


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