Top 19 Things To Do In Fajardo, Puerto Rico - Updated 2021

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Located on the easternmost shoreline of Puerto Rico, Fajardo is comprised of the city of Fajardo and Puerto Del Ray marina. Fajardo is known as Puerto Rico’s boating capital due to its variety of boating activities which include sailing, parasailing, kayaking, catamaran chartering, and many more. The gorgeous spot on the shore is home to pristine waters perfect for snorkeling and where you can see the bright and abundant marine flora. Fajardo is also home to one of the three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico,and is considered as its natural gem, where you can marvel at the sight of fluorescent single-cell organisms come to life at night. Aside from these wonders that are waiting to be seen on your trip, here are the things to do in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

1. Catch your breath at Coqui Water Park

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This water park serves as an interlude from tiring days of enjoying the activities that Fajardo has to offer. Grab a bite at their modern restaurants, plan your next activity as you rent a hammock near the pool, or just appreciate the ocean view for the duration of your stay. Guests of varying ages and generations can surely have fun at Coqui Water Park.

Coqui Water Park

Address: Fajardo 00738, Puerto Rico

Website: Coqui Water Park

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

2. Get refreshed at Puerto Del Rey Marina

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Puerto Del Rey Marina is on of the largest marinas in the Caribbean. Puerto Del Rey Marina serves as the perfect haven for you from your long voyage across the waters of Puerto Rico. Restock on consumed necessities from your travels as Puerto Del Rey will have you fully provisioned. You can enjoy their restaurants and bars and buy souvenirs from their shops as well. The marina is also housed by large mangroves which offer the best protection if you ever encounter a hurricane on your trip to Puerto Rico.

Puerto Del Rey Marina

Address: 4900 State Road 3 Km. 51.4, Fajardo, 00738, Puerto Rico

Website: Puerto Del Rey Marina

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

3. Discover the secret Colorá Beach

Colorá Beach, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
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Colorá Beach, also known as Red Beach, is tucked away at the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. If you are tired of the noisier areas of Fajardo and are looking for a respite to calm your nerves, Colorá Beach is the place to go. Although it is not frequented by tourists due to its secluded location and because swimming is prohibited because of the beach’s rough currents, it adds to the feeling of being isolated from the noise of civilization and offers you a moment of repose.

4. Snorkel on Icacos Island (from USD 114.0)

things to do in fajardo puerto rico | snorkel on icacos island

Icacos Island is an uninhabited island surrounded by the waters of the Caribbean. Icacos Island is accessible by a boat trip that directly heads unto the island, or by renting a catamaran (this works best if you are planning to visit with a large group or if you plan to bring along some grub and beverages). Have a peak of the abundant coral reefs that protects the vibrant marine creatures and the lush marine life as you go on snorkeling adventures on your trip, and have a leisurely swim as you appreciate the view of the great Caribbean. Or dig your toes into the diamond dust sands of the beaches of Icacos Island, dubbed as Fajardo’s best-kept beach, as you appreciate the view and enjoy the ocean breeze.

From Fajardo: Icacos Island Half-Day Catamaran Trip

Duration: 5.5 hour

171 reviews

5. Marvel at the painting-like view of Escondida Beach

Beach in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
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Escondida Beach, or the “Hidden Beach” in its direct translation to English, is situated in the vicinity of Fajardo on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico. With clear waters that are not too deep and with a narrow strip of the beach coast, it is arguably known as the smallest beach in the Carribean. Being a beach, its not known however, as a famous swimming spot. In fact, swimming is actually prohibited at Escondida Beach. It is more popular for its breathtaking views that will make you feel as if you have immersed yourself in a painting. It is so gorgeous that it will surely make the hike going to the coast worth it.

Escondida Beach

Address: Fajardo, 00738, Puerto Rico

Website: Escondida Beach

6. Relive history as you visit Faro de Las Cabezas de San Juan

Faro de Las Cabezas de San Juan, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
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Faro de Las Cabezas de San Juan, also known as Cape San Juan Light, is a renowned lighthouse situated on the northeastern part of the highest point of Cape San Juan in Fajardo, Puerto RIco. It is celebrated due to its history; the light has was constructed in 1880 and was first lit in 1882. The light house played a crucial role in the Battle of Fajardo during the Spanish-American war when Puerto Rico was involved. Now, Faro de Las Cabezas de San Juan offers a great view of the cape along with the view of the bioluminescent bay found in Fajardo. It also has several trails and boardwalks which helps to ease tourists as they explore the lighthouse.

Faro de Las Cabezas de San Juan

Address: Carr. 987 Km 5.9, Las Croabas, 00738, Puerto Rico

Website: Faro de Las Cabezas de San Juan

Opening hours: Sun, Wed: 9:30am - 5pm; Thu - Sat: 9:30am - 5pm, 7pm - 9pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

7. Relish the views from Marina Puerto Chico

Santander - Puerto Chico
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Located on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico, near the Icacos, Palomino, Palominitos and Lobo islands, Marina Puerto Chico is the most accessible marina for you to dock if you are planning to visit or are coming back from a trip from these islands. It offers the best views of the islands from foot which aids in your planning on which island you plan to visit. Marina Puerto Chico is an international yachting center which offers a variety of water sports facilities. Replenish your necessities and refill your stomach here as you return back to your travels.

Marina Puerto Chico

Address: PR-987, Fajardo, 00738, Puerto Rico

Website: Marina Puerto Chicon

8. Go boating with East Island Excursions

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If you are looking for an aide in planning your trips, then you’re in luck as East Island Excursions is ready to give you the best trip ever. East Island Excursions offers a variety of services, primarily day sailing and snorkeling services. Their destinations include Icacos and Culebra, as well as marine reserves such as Vieques and St. Thomas.

East Island Excursions

Address: Marina Puerto Del Rey, Fajardo, PR 00738, United States

Website: East Island Excursions

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 8am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 8am - 8pm

9. Experience an exciting trip on a water taxi

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Go island hopping with Mandibula Water Taxi, a tour agency in Puerto Rico that functions, well, as a “water taxi”. Their boats offer a ride across the waters of the East Cast of Puerto Rico, captained by the company’s own, for a minimum company of four persons. They also offer snorkeling trips in groups of six and over. Mandibula Water Taxi offers a different kind of experience for travelers who wish to experience the islands and waters of Fajardo on their own.

Mandibula Water Taxi

Address: PR-9987 #6.9, Fajardo 00738, Puerto Rico

Website: Mandibula Water Taxi

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 25 - 85 USD

10. Be awed by the sight of La Zanja

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La Zanja, known as “The Trench” in its direct translation to English, is located in the northeastern-most tip of Puerto Rico in Fajardo. It is a secluded utopia found in Las Cabezas de San Juan nature reserve, thus it isn’t accessible by car. Reaching the La Zanja requires you to go on a bit of a hike but as you reach the area, the exhaustion you feel from walking will suddenly be replaced with exhilaration as you witness the marvel that is La Zanja. The La Zanja is a nice pool but there are some sharp, large rocks surrounding the area and close to the surface. Thus, floating around the waters is more recommended rather than swimming.

La Zanja

Address: Fajardo, 00738, Puerto Rico

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

11. Ride a speed boat to Isla Palomino (from USD 189.0)

Palomino Island is a secluded island located at the east of Puerto Rico near the coast of Las Croabas, Fajardo. The island offers the services of being a private tropical paradise. Swim, snorkel, or try the water sports that are offered by the island along the emerald-green waters. Travel by a small boat and expect to experience Caribbean bliss in Isla Palomino.

Puerto Rico 2-Person Speedboat Snorkel Safari from Fajardo

Duration: 4 hours

143 reviews

12. Spend a day under the sun along Paseo Tablado Ensenada Yegua

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Paseo Tablado Ensenada Yegua is located near Las Cabezas de San Juan Natural Reserve. It is a boardwalk along Ensenada Yegua beach found in the town of Fajardo. Its lack of facilities is compensated by kiosks at the beachfront where you can try their famous stuffed arepas, their native delicacy. Grab one of their stuffed arepas as you lie down by the beachfront and watch the waves meet the sands and have yourself a day well spent.

Paseo Tablado Ensenada Yegua

Address: Carr. Cabezas de San Juan, Fajardo, 00738, Puerto Rico

13. Get aboard a vessel at Villa Marina Yacht Harbour

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Villa Marina Yacht Harbor is a private marina located on the the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. Villa Marina Yacht Harbor is the perfect place to begin boat trips if you are arriving via chopper as Villa Marina Yacht Harbor is only 1 mile (1.60934 km) away from a heliport. The Villa Marina Yacht Harbor offers the most convenient transition for those switching from a chopper to a yacht.

Villa Marina Yacht Harbour

Address: Avenida Marina View, Fajardo, 00738, Puerto Rico

14. Go on a snorkeling adventure at Seven Seas

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Located in Las Croabas, on the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, Seven Seas is a crescent-shaped public beach lined with palm trees. It is named Seven Seas after the seven different shades of blue-green hues showcased by its pristine waters. The Seven Seas offers a variety of water sports along its coasts and it is well-known for its terrific snorkeling adventures. Travelers can also camp along the Seven Seas’ coastline (a permit is needed, however) as you watch the sun come down.

Seven Seas

Address: Carretera 195 km 4.8 Las Croabas, 00738 Fajardo, Puerto Rico

15. Have a wholesome picnic with the family at Las Croabas Park

Fajardo Las Croabas
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Las Croabas Park is a recreation park that will surely be easily loved by tourists of all ages. Las Croabas Park offers open-air gazebos where you can rest and admire the vicinity of Las Croabas in Fajardo. Kids can ride a swing and slide at the children’s park area, as well as skate, ride a bike, and exercise. Las Croabas Park is also the perfect place to have a picnic and have a quality time with the family as well.

Las Croabas Park

Address: Fajardo 00738, Puerto Rico

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

16. Kayak across a bioluminescent lagoon (from USD 80.41)

things to do in fajardo puerto rico | kayak across a bioluminescent lagoon

Puerto Rico is home to a total of three bioluminiscent bays; these are rare ecosystems that contain microscopic, singe-celled organisms called dinoflagellates which, if are grown in enough quantities, will produce a glow-in-the-dark effect when they are stimulated by movement. One of the three bioluminiscent bays, Laguna Grande, is found in Fajardo. It is the only one that is not technically a bay, it is a narrow and long canal that is better considered as a lagoon. Ride along Laguna Grande with a kayak on your visit and go on a surreal experience as you witness these single-celled organisms come to life in the dark.

Fajardo: Bioluminescent Lagoon Kayak or Full Moon Kayak Tour

Duration: 3 hour

40 reviews

17. Try the native seafood at El Chinchorro de J

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If you wish to sample authentic Puerto Rican experience, then El Chinchorro de J should be a part of your itinerary. Enjoy native Caribbean cuisine, composed of a variety of seafood, along with a couple of popular Western snacks as you drink with the locals and listen to native indie music in this popular beach bar.

El Chinchorro de J

Address: KM 9.2 Barrio Saldinera, Fajardo, Puerto Rico 00738

Website: El Chinchorro de J

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 12pm - 12am (closed on Mon & Tue)

18. Catch the game over a beer at Hangover Sport Bar

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Watch the upcoming baseball or basketball game or the awaited boxing match as you chug down your favorite local and imported alcoholic beverages here at Hangover Sport Bar. Aside from the different sporting matches that you can watch, you can listen to the local bands and music from their DJs as well, and you can play billiards at the pool tables found inside the bar as well.

Hangover Sport Bar

Address: Conquistador Ave, Urb Valle verde #S96, Fajardo 00738, Puerto Rico

Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 1pm - 2am; Mon - Tue: 1pm - 12am

19. Enjoy the waves on a mini-boat adventure (from USD 189.55)

things to do in fajardo puerto rico | enjoy the waves on a mini-boat adventure

Once you arrive in Fajardo, it is best to start with Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. And what better way to do so by being a captain of your own boat! Ride along the eastern tip of the island on a 13-foot (~4 meters) inflatable mini-boat with a 40-horsepower 4-stroke engine. Experience the island’s pristine waters by snorkeling as you go along the nearby cays and breathtaking beaches. Listen to pre-ride instructions and be oriented from the crew before boarding your mini-boat and you are good to go!

Fajardo: Mini-Boat Adventure

Duration: 3.5 hour

9 reviews

Make the most of what Fajardo, Puerto Rico has in store for you

Fountain in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
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Fajardo is not only limited to its distinction as a popular tourist spot, it is also rich in history and filled with hidden gems that can be easily overlooked if you only have a vague idea of the area. Do not forget to make use of this guide if you plan to go on a trip to Fajardo, Puerto Rico to make the most of what it has in store for you.

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