Las Cabezas De San Juan Nature State ParkCurrently Closed
- Address: Rt 987, Fajardo 00738, Puerto Rico
- Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +00738-7877225882
- Ticket Price: 10 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Light House, View Point, Wildlife Safari, Nature
Las Cabezas De San Juan Nature State Park - Review
From lush rainforest to dwarf forest studded numerous ferns, bromeliads, air plants, and orchids. From various trails and boardwalks to a bioluminescent bay jaunt clear across Puerto Rico’s Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature State Park. Experience the park’s mini culture of 7 different ecological systems. Discover wide open sky where forests and beach come alive with big iguanas, fiddler crabs, myriad insects and birds.
The Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature State park is a 316 acre of land on Puerto Rico’s extreme north east tip. This shelter houses beaches, lagoons, dry forest, coral reefs, mangroves sea grass beds and one of the few bioluminescent bays in the world. As you enter the open-air visitor centre you pay and wait for the tour to start. This area has a beautiful veranda and a gazebo overlooking the water’s edge.
You board the tram and get off at the mangrove forest. While walking on the boardwalk your guide will educate you about the mangrove forest and the flora and fauna it supports. They have a water fountain at the tram stop. The next stop is the beach. The stunning sight of the waves crashing on the shore or against rocks and corals is a wondrous sight. The guide will enthral you with tales of how the eco system nurses Nature. The last stop is to the lighthouse. Adding historical value to this reserve is the restored and the oldest lighthouse. It is situated on a craggy headland and serves as an information house with an observation deck which offers spectacular views of El Yunque. There are iguanas and crabs in glass cages for viewing and an aquarium with lively coloured tropical fish. You are allowed to touch the sea cucumbers. Also on display are bones of animals that fished in these waters like whales and manatees.
A new exhibit is the bioluminescence room. You are given an explanation about the Bio Bay and the planktons that light up when the water is touched. These planktons are called dinoflagellates. A bag is given to you filled with these creatures and the lights are turned off. Then you shake the bags and you can see the glow.
You can get a glimpse of some of the reserve by simply walking east down the narrow beach from the Playa Seven Seas. Make sure you go in a kayak or sailboat; engine pollution is slowly killing the very microorganisms that create the bioluminescence. Ensure that you’re not doing anything to harm the atmosphere before making deals with local boat owners
Las Cabezas De San Juan Nature State Park Information
- Wear comfortable clothes & shoes. Food & drinks other than water are prohibited.
- The beach is so clear a tranquil. Be careful with the jellyfish and erizos which are sea urchins.
- You should bring water, use sunblock lotion and wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes. The tour guides are customer-oriented, well prepared to give visitors an interesting, fun learning experience.
- There is only one tour in English, rest are all in Spanish.
Las Cabezas De San Juan Nature State Park Ticket Prices
- Night tours 2hr tours: adult, senior $20 and child $ 10.
Las Cabezas De San Juan Nature State Park Opening and Closing Hours
- Spanish tours 9:30am, 10am, 10:30am & 2pm, English 2 pm.
- The recommended duration of visit is at 2 hours.
Restaurants Near Las Cabezas De San Juan Nature State Park
- Kasavista: Caribbean
- The House of Pastelillos: Latin
- Calizo Seafood Restaurant: Seafood, Caribbean, Latin, Mediterranean
- Chops Steak House: Steakhouse
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Las Cabezas De San Juan Nature State Park, Fajardo Reviews
It's truly beautiful but basically if you want to enter the park, you can only do so on a tour which is a total pain and needs booking in advance. Instead, we walked along the coastline and got to experience the stunning beaches without any reservations and for free! Found the most stunning, giant conch shells, fish and white sands, hidden coves and sunbathing spots. Only saw 2 people in 4 hours, and it was entirely rubbish free. Hard to find a decent spot to swim though, ocean ground is rocky and covered in slippery creepy seaweed.
This is one of many areas operated by this non-profit organization. Day tours fill up fast so make a reservation a few days ahead. We took the night tour which includes the lighthouse, the boardwalk out to the bio luminescent bay and a short 50 foot hike thru the woods to the sand beach to see the copepods, a microscopic animal that twinkles when disturbed. The tour was guided in English and also included a short slide show at the lighthouse. All this was in the dark and way out of my comfort range. However, it was terrific and I would definitely recommend it and go again. Very helpful and nice people, clean restrooms and a small book/visitor center round out your visit.
Very well maintained nature preserve where our tour guide provided a wealth of information on the local plants and wildlife. Well with a visit.
Great experience, a must see for any Puerto Rico explorers and muchachos. Prepare to get wet
Medalla and Michelob Ultra cans all over in the water alone with trash all over the beaches...get it together people and take care of the beaches stop going if you can't clean up after yourselves because mother nature does not want you there.