This week’s Beach Thursday post is a photo essay about the things to do in Fajardo Puerto Rico. One of my favorite beach towns, I love its narrow roads that hug the ocean and the many hidden beaches to choose from. Also, it happens to be the doorway to the outlaying islands of Vieques and Culebra, which I will talk about in the coming weeks. Let’s discover Fajardo’s great food and spectacular scenery!
The Governor’s House Reserve
This claims the top spot of things to do in Fajardo Puerto Rico! Now legal to enter, the sign is battered and the policemen that actually found my friends and I while there were simply checking us girls out whilst telling us to not pass a certain mark. Oh, yes, because we walked so far into the reserve that we actually found the secret Governor’s Beach House — as of the “Camp David” of the Governor of Puerto Rico…
This is the reason why I have personally named this “unidentified” natural spot as “The Governor’s House Reserve” XD 😛 Ha! What an adventure. Only way of reaching this beauty is by walking for 30-40 mins. through the coast (from Seven Seas Beach). Water, rocks, bushes, and narrow dirt paths. This is how your trail should look like (read the photo captions for detailed instructions, by the way!)
Walk a little further and you won’t see any bathers. At all. Enjoy! 😉
Bioluminescent Bay or Lagoon
There are only 5 bioluminescent bays or lagoons in the world, from which a whooping 3 are located in Puerto Rico. One of them is in Fajardo and you can kayak there at night. My advice, of course, is for you to book a tour in order to reach the best area to see the bioluminescence. It is a truly magical experience.
I believe Vieques’ Mosquito Bay has healthier organisms, making the glow stronger, so you should head there if you can only visit one of the bays. You may reach La Isla Nena by a short flight or simply pay the $4.00-round-trip ferry ride.
Icacos, Palomino and Palominito Cays
Speaking of boat rides, you should ither befriend some Puerto Ricans and/or hitch a boat ride to the islets (or cays) of Icacos, Palomino or Palominito. If you seek an isolated beach (other than the “Governor’s Reserve”! 😉 haha), Icacos is the least crowded of the 3, as you can only get there via private boat.
Conversely, Palomino and Palominito are so well known that too many locals and now even tourists on tours from the nearby 5-Star El Conquistador Resort flood their tiny coasts daily. Still, if you like a good vibe, the latter have gorgeous beaches and offer more activities. Icacos is better suited for those seeking to just drink with locals and be lazy at a beach with few visitors. The choice is yours!
Fajardo Town Square
Last days in town and just wish to unwind? Plaza de Fajardo (Town Square) is a perfect place to read a book, look at colonial Spanish architecture (i.e. the Santiago Apostol Cathedral) and/or simply people watch. The characters of el pueblo are interesting and very photogenic, so be sure to drop by, photographers! 😉
Las Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse and Reserve
A natural reserve with mangroves that happens to be the home of one of the oldest lighthouses of Puerto Rico. Enough said? 🙂
La Estación Restaurant
Eating the street food and/or dropping by a local restaurant right in front of the sea whilst visiting Seven Seas beach is a given. However, after a long day sun baking, do yourself a favor by eating at La Estación in order to close the night with broche de oro.
This amazing restaurant cooks homemade BBQ and seafood that is to die for. They use some traditional cooking methods as well, in addition to making their own salad dressings and sauces. Please try the Lobster or Mahi Mahi Mofongo — and go right up to Puerto Rican food heaven.
I live 1 block away from the lanchas en fajardo it was a beautiful experience alot of mosquitos I went thru but it was a beautiful scenery in the lanchas in 4th of july my kids went to school near by
it is definitely fun! but yeah, you always have to beware of those nasty mosquitoes anywhere on the island: they are vicious!
We stayed in Fajardo when we visited PR. Beautiful and very relaxing. I am still craving mofongo. The bioluminescent bay is indeed fascinating and an experience not to be missed.
I can’t believe I missed out on this when I visited PR for the first time last year! We only went to Fajardo to catch the ferry to Culebra Island! Good to know for when I decide to go back!
Can’t see it all on one trip. Good excuse to go back! 😉
I think i’d go loco once i do beach hopping in Puerto Rico! 😀
This looks amazing! I love mahi mahi!
Ahh yes, mahi mahi is good anywhere 😀
Beautiful beach! We visited San Juan while on a cruise but didn’t have time to see much outside the Old Town. Must get back to Puerto Rico!!
Indeed, Puerto Rico has much more to offer than Old San Juan!
What an adventure 🙂 The water looks gorgeous and the walk looks very enjoyable, so totally worth it!
You are right Sabrina – it is MORE than worth it! Plus good exercise 😉
The Biolumenescent bay is on my bucket list! Lovely photos!
I agree, you must go! The kids, particularly, find it very very fascinating (I count myself as one, haha) 😉
Take me there now and I’ll have the snapper too.
I’m going back in July!! Wanna join me? 😉
No he pasado mucho tiempo en Fajardo, excepto para coger la lancha para ir a Culebra o Vieques… Debería hacer una visita un día de estos! A ver si encuentro la “Governor’s House Reserve”! Great post 🙂
Siiii, TIENES que ir, tomar fotos/vídeo y contarme cómo te fue! 😉