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Fajardo, Puerto Rico Travel Guide

Fajardo Summary


  • Center for recreational boating
  • Clear waters make for excellent snorkeling and diving
  • Ferries to Culebra and Vieques depart from here
  • Seven Seas Beach with clear, warm water, white sand, and few crowds
  • Easy drive to El Yunque National Forest


  • Few tourist attrations
  • Parts of town feel run-down
  • Most resorts are self-contained, and have little within walking distance

What It's Like

Fajardo is a small town on the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico, about a one-hour drive from San Juan. There's not much to see in the town itself -- in fact, areas of it feel pretty run-down -- but it's a jumping off point for some of the country's best natural attractions. Ferries leave regularly from Fajardo to the islands of Culebra and Vieques, both home to beautiful, relatively untouched white-sand beaches; and the town is home to its own excellent beaches, including Seven Seas Beach. Clear waters make the snorkeling and diving in this area excellent, and the town has earned a reputation as a center for recreational boating. El Yunque National Forest, a lush, mountainous rainforest with excellent hiking and beautiful waterfalls, is about a 30-minute drive away.

Where To Stay

If you're planning multiple day trips to Culebra and Vieques, consider staying in the downtown area, near the ferry terminal. For easy ferry access to the beaches and water sports on the 100-acre Palomino Island, stay at one of the two luxury Waldorf Astoria resorts on the peninsula north of downtown.

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