Introducing Fajardo & Around
Fajardo sprawls like an untidy suburb between the El Yunque foothills and the sea. It has many personalities: downbeat ferry port for the highly recommended islands of Vieques and Culebra; upscale yacht harbor; nature preserve; beautiful beach escape; and more. Fajardo also reigns as one of Puerto Rico’s biggest water-activity centers. For watersports, join the boaters a few miles south at Puerto del Rey, one of the largest marinas in the Caribbean.
Founded in 1760, downtown Fajardo itself, which lies between Rte 194 and Hwy 3, has little to show for 250 years of history.
Around Fajardo you can do everything from diving in the waters of the coral-rich La Cordillera islands to kayaking one of Puerto Rico’s three bioluminescent bays – the very popular Laguna Grande, which is part of the very worthwhile Las Cabezas de San Juan nature reserve.
The extended neighborhood of Las Croabas to the north of town is a good place to start a visit. Besides the nature reserve, it features the beguiling beach, Playa Seven Seas.