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Blue waters, white sands, aquatic diversity and tropical feels. If these are some things you live for, it’s time to check Fajardo off your bucket list. Located on the east of Puerto Rico, it is one of the most originally beautiful spots on the island’s shores. The region is a major boating centre, with a wide range of rentals and charters available, with daily and sport diving excursions as well as scheduled ferries and air service carrying passengers and cargo to Culebra and Vieques.
Fajardo is blessed with clear waters and perfect beaches that support snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing etc. As a surplus, the region is rich in animal and plant diversity and as such nature trails here, are superbly blissful.
Access: Due to lack of an airport in Fajardo the only way to reach there is a 45-minute drive from San Juan. It highly depends on traffic, therefore; the time may vary. From Vieques, it takes about half an hour to reach here by road. One can either book a tour service for transportation or use one-way cabs available at any airport.
If you are convinced with the factual data about this serene location in Puerto Rico, it’s time to hit it as below are listed 15 things that you can do in Fajardo to enjoy your vacation at surreal destinations and produce a highly envious Instagram feed! *wink*
1. Explore the beauty of Caya Icacos
Most sailing charters to Icacos leave from Marina Puerto Chico, Villa Marina or Puerto Del Rey Marina which are all located in Fajardo. This is a deserted region, having nothing but white sand and perfectly clear turquoise water. Tourists may explore the uncrowded region by walking around, snorkelling and swimming in the waters and spending some leisure time on the sands.
2. Discover the natural beauty of Las Cabezas de San Juan Natural Reserve
This is definitely a not-to-be-missed spot for tourists in Fajardo. The natural reserve consists of the bioluminescent lagoon, mangroves, coral reefs, dry forests, sandy and rocky beaches. A collection of ecosystems at the very same location, this place is a nature’s paradise. A nature specialist always accompanies the tourists along the breathtaking views the Reserve has to offer.
3. Climb up the Cape San Juan Lighthouse
This is a historic lighthouse located at the highest point at Cape San Juan in Fajardo. It was constructed in 1880. It is built in a neoclassical architectural style and is made fully of stone. The height of the lighthouse is 45 feet and the scenic landscape around is a beautiful sight to behold.
4. Splash in the Coqui Water Park
While travelling to Fajardo if one is up for some adventure Coqui Water Park can be considered as an option. It is a family-friendly water park located at La Marina village. High slides and rapids are boon to every adrenaline lover. The water park also has a restaurant and a bar and caters to every age group. The full day timings are from 9:30 AM to 6 PM while the half day timings are 1:30-6:00 pm.
5. Take a trip to Bio Bay
If one wishes to observe bioluminescence, Bio Bay is a must visit. Various tourism companies organise excursions, and one can always book online. Trips to Bio Bay should not be planned around the full moon night as it lessens the effect of bioluminescence. A one-way trip shall make the tourists believe in magic.
6. Spend a day at the Balneario La Monserrate Beach
If one is looking for a beautiful ambience, this beach is a must visit. Located in Luquillo, it is a popular destination for families and tourists and is known for its crystal-clear waters. The food and drinks availability are also fine.
7. Take your kids to Playa Luquillo
This beach is good for kids as there are plenty of food and drink kiosks at its western end. The sand shines golden in the daytime while the palm trees provide a breezy air perfect for a suntan.
8. Indulge in luxury at Isla Palomino
This island is off the Fajardo coast and perfectly captures the essence of a secluded tropical paradise with the luxuries of a resort. Some water activities including swimming, snorkelling and other sports on the emerald and toned turquoise water are the experience of its own.
9. Walk on the Playa Escondida
A beautiful private beach in Fajardo, Playa Escondida proves to be the calmest areas in the island. The name of the beach means “hidden” therefore, it is an out of the way place as one has to walk for 25 minutes from a mangrove forest to reach here.
10. Relax at Seven Seas Beach
This beach is a part of La Cabezas Natural Reserve and is a prime location for relaxing. There is easy access to food and drinks, and the crowd here depends on the season in which one plans to travel. Close by is located the Playa Colora which is again a private sort of a beach destination perfect for relaxing. This beach offers a quiet and calm ambience just like Playa Escondida, only that one doesn’t have to travel through forests to reach here.
11. Sip on a bowl of warm Asopao
Moving onto the cuisine of Puerto Rico, it will be a faux pas if you miss out on the food while in Fajardo. Asopao is a heartwarming stew for people after a weary day of exploring. Almost all the local restaurants will have it on their menu. This soup can be made with chicken, pork, beef, seafood or vegetables or any of the combination of above.
12. Drink it up with Coquito
This is a coconut based rum beverage. It is one of the holiday favourites and tasting this will remind you of the Christmas season. Coquito is made of an eggnog-like consistency only with alcohol in it. Usually garnished with cinnamon, the aroma is to die for!
13. Relish the local speciality of Mofongo
Also discussed as the unofficial king of Puerto Rican cuisine, Mofongo is made of tasty fillings containing a rich variety of seasonings and mashed plantain. The availability is again not a problem as chefs take pride in presenting their own version of it at every eatery or a kiosk.
14. Go Snorkeling
Fajardo supports snorkelling through its numerous tourism companies which make this adventure sport a must to experience. The diversity of aquatic wildlife is best enjoyed in clear blue waters of Fajardo which are very less crowded almost all the time. The big shoals of little fish passing before one's very eyes almost make people never want to leave the waters.
15. Sail the water with the Water Tours
Sailing through the Caribbean is a vacay worthy thing and Fajardo most of all supports it being the boating capital in the Puerto Rico. Many tourism companies take private and group excursions, whose appointments can be booked online. Apart from sailing, kayaking is also a popular option especially when the waters give rapids, however, it should only be done in presence of guides.
Overflowing with natural beauty and very rich in diversity of flora and fauna Fajardo is rightly called as La Metropolis del Sol Naciente meaning “the city that guards the sun of the Caribbean”. Now that we curated some ultra vacay-ish to do things for you, it’s time to swipe your cards and book the planes to this tropical paradise!