Medio Mundo y Daguao Reserva Natural

El Yunque & East Coast

Pioneering nonprofit Para la Naturaleza acquired 3408 acres of land in the Roosevelt Roads US Navy base for conservation purposes. Currently, it offers bike and kayak tours along the mangrove channels with the chance to spot birds and go snorkeling, as well as hiking tours to discover the history, flora and fauna of this protected space. There are volunteer activities available too. Make reservations in advance through the office in San Juan.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby El Yunque & East Coast attractions

1. Puerto del Rey


Standing behind a breakwater 2 miles south of Fajardo and around 5.5 miles north of the ferry dock, this is one of the largest marinas (more than 1000 wet…

2. Parque las Croabas

6.91 MILES

On the eastern side of Fajardo's peninsula, this small seaside park is edged by seafood restaurants looking across the water to Culebra. There's not much…

3. Playa Seven Seas

7.38 MILES

On the southwestern shore of Las Cabezas' peninsula, Playa Seven Seas is a sheltered, palm-shaded, horseshoe-shaped public beach. Quiet at times, it gets…

4. Malecón de Naguabo


One of the set locations for The Rum Diary movie, Naguabo's waterfront is a long, pleasant malecón (promenade) overlooking the bay, with dramatic views of…

5. Cabezas de San Juan Reserva Natural

7.51 MILES

A nodule of land on Puerto Rico’s northeast tip, this Para La Naturaleza–run reserve protects the Laguna Grande bioluminescent bay, rare flora and fauna,…

6. El Faro de las Cabezas de San Juan

8.23 MILES

Built in 1882, El Faro de las Cabezas de San Juan is Puerto Rico’s oldest lighthouse. Adorned with rich neoclassical detail and topped by a distinctive…

7. Las Paylas

8.46 MILES

This series of natural waterslides in El Yunque's foothills is popular with locals, especially on weekends. The water bounces over boulders, ending in a…

8. Playa La Pared

9.73 MILES

A block from Luquillo’s plaza, this is the place to catch a surf break, admire the sculpture by local artist Carlos Guzmán, grab a bite from a gourmet…