Lighthouse sights in Fajardo & Around
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A 316-acre nodule of land on Puerto Rico’s extreme northeast tip, the Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserva Natural ‘El Faro’ protects an historic lighthouse, a bioluminescent bay, rare flora and fauna, lush rainforest, various trails and boardwalks, and an important scientific research center. Despite its diminutive size, the reserve shelters seven – yes seven – different ecological systems, including beaches, lagoons, dry forest, coral reefs and mangroves. Animal species that forage here include big iguanas, fiddler crabs, myriad insects and all kinds of birds. Such condensed biodiversity is typical of Puerto Rico’s compact island status and ‘Las Cabezas’ is…
Adding historical value to a potent natural brew on Las Cabezas de San Juan is the splendidly restored 19th-century lighthouse, Puerto Rico's oldest, dating from 1882) that overlooks the peninsula's steep, craggy cliffs where the stormy Atlantic meets the Sonda de Vieques (Vieques Sound). The lighthouse has an information center and observation deck, open the same hours as the reserve, which offers spectacular views of El Yunque.