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 under the open sky? You might be happy to learn the area has several enjoyable 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 wanting 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: 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.

Be sure to look at the following table to learn more 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

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

You may enjoy visiting 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 available option 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 table 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


Vacationers can spend some time in a couple of parks nearby.

The parks worth looking into are listed in the chart 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

If you would prefer having a wider range of attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you might want to expand your planning horizon. Click here to view our page about other interesting attractions for Fajardo.


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