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 outdoors? You might be happy to find out that the area has some nature preserves in and nearby.

Bosque Estatal De Ceiba is a popular 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 locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring 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: 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 out the following table 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

Even though most travelers have heard about the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Fajardo multiple options, including two 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 place worth considering is La Mina Falls. It is found 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 below enables you to learn some details 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


Travelers can experience a couple of parks nearby.

The parks you'll be able to find are shown in the table below.

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

Fortunately, Fajardo has other attractions. To navigate to our detailed page about other attractions, click here.


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