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15 Sep

Updated: What to Know About Fajardo Before A Visit

Here’s what you need to know about Fajardo before your visit.

Planning to visit us in Fajardo? Not only is our seaside village well-known for offering incredible water sports like boating, diving, and snorkeling, it’s an important historical and ecological landmark as well. If you’re planning an upcoming visit, here’s everything you need to know about Fajardo.

History in Fajardo

Fajardo is often referred to as the City that Guards the Sun of the Caribbean or “La Metropolis del So Naciente”. It was founded in 1772 as Santiago de Fajardo and was originally used as an invasion point by the USS Puritan. Captain Frederic Rodger ordered his men ashore – along with some native volunteers – with the mission of posting the American Flag atop the lighthouse. Today, the city is a mecca for boaters, sun-worshipers, and divers alike. It also serves as a gateway to popular islands, Culebra and Vieques.

Water Sports in Fajardo

Fajardo is a major boating center, located on the north-eastern tip of the island on the Atlantic Ocean. Here, there are plenty of rental and charter companies to assist with your boating needs. Generally, these companies offer tours and diving excursions. They may also help with scheduling ferries and air services to transport cargo or passengers to and from Vieques and Culebra. The water off the coast of Fajardo is beautiful, calm, clear and ideal for snorkeling. TIP: Seven Seas Beach offers great watersports facilities, offshore points for sailing, snorkeling and plenty of scuba diving.

Fajardo as a Gateway to Natural Wonders

One of the most important natural preserves in Puerto Rico, Las Cabezas de San Juan, is located right here in Fajardo. Las Cabezas means “headlands” and refers to 3 masses of high land that jet into the ocean. Each is an example of a different ecological system. Coral reefs, beaches, lagoons, mangroves, and dry forests can all be found here. The preserve is also home to several threatened species.

Also in the preserve is a 19th-century lighthouse called “El Faro de las Cabezas de San Juan”. This lighthouse, which has been beautifully restored by the local conservation trust, features an information center and observation deck with breathtaking views of El Yunque rainforest. You’ll need to make a reservation prior to arriving, so make sure you call ahead if you plan to visit.

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There you have it. Everything you need to know about Fajardo before your visit.

The Fajardo Inn is conveniently located on the east coast of Puerto Rico, just steps from the beach and an hour from San Juan. With beautiful swimming pools, botanic gardens, tennis courts, and two full-service restaurants, the out inn is the perfect spot for romantic getaways, family vacations, weddings, and reunions. Book your room today.