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Located in the very northeast corner of Puerto Rico, with panoramic views of the ocean and rainforest
El Conquistador is located in the northeast corner of Puerto Rico, about a 50-minute drive from the airport in San Juan. The area is densely populated inland, but is surrounded by gorgeous rainforest and secluded beaches. It provides a much more low-key Puerto Rican experience than staying in San Juan.
Fajardo is known for its seafood and proximity to the small Palomino Islands (the resort's 100-acre island is the largest of these). Many local companies host day trips to Culebra and Vieques for snorkeling and scuba diving. Surrounded by calm waters that are crystal clear, Fajardo is a superb destination for snorkelers and divers. For years, boating has also been a popular activity in the region.
El Conquistador's reputation tends to precede it. The 984-room cliff-side resort provides some of the most epic views in the Caribbean, and its modern, beach-chic rooms are bright and clean, with plush white bedding, balconies, and sleek, spacious bathrooms. The hotel's beach is pristine and located on a private island (accessibly by a free ferry). But nightly rates are steep, and the remote location makes it hard for guests to venture off-site for cheaper dining and entertainment options. Guests that don't want to spend all of their time on property should consider renting a car.