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Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve

Fajardo, Puerto Rico
About Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve
A bioluminescent lagoon, mangroves, coral reefs, dry forests, sandy and rocky beaches set between headlands—visit all these ecosystems in one place, the Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, in Fajardo. You’ll find one of our most frequented visitor centers here, and it’s only steps away from the best resorts in the area. You can take traditional, night and thematic tours from here—on bike, kayak or trolley—always in the company of a nature specialist who will show you everything about the ecosystems, landscapes and wildlife of the reserve, including the breathtaking view of the northeast tip of Puerto Rico from the top of the Fajardo Lighthouse*. Multiple tours available by booking online. Spaces are limited, please reserve in advance online or by phone. *Access to the lighthouse is currently limited for restoration purposes.
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Experience the snorkeling adventure of a lifetime as you drive your own 13' Mini Boat along the protected white sand cays of Puerto Rico's eastern coast!

With a certified guide leading the way, follow the Mini Boat convoy across the mesmerizing clear blue waters of Fajardo, stopping at a selection of some of the most beautiful islands in the Puerto Rican Archipelago.

Discover the wonders of "La Cordillera Cays Nature Reserve", and enjoy a guided snorkeling experience you will never forget!
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Chuck carroll wrote a review Jun 2019
Stewart, Ohio30 contributions12 helpful votes
We signed up for a "Boardwalk tour of bioluminescence." Leg issues prevent us from getting in and out of kayaks, so we signed up for this tour. You meet at the reserve headquarters, see a beautiful sunset and then a short slideshow. Then off in the tour van to the El Faro del Fajardo lighthouse where we able to see the southern cross, a first for us. Down in Laguna Grande, we walked on a 1/2 mile long boardwalk through a mangrove swamp out into the bay. If you're tall, don't bump your head on the termite nest in the tree along the way! Once in the bay, we used 8 foot long poles to stir the water. Everywhere you stirred, the water lit up with the glow of microscopic dinoflagellates. So cool!! Then we went to a beach where we saw bioluminiscent copepods in the sand along the edge. These are 1/2 inch long shrimp-like animals that flash on and off like lightening bugs. A wonderful trip to add to your stay in Puerto Rico!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Rob Torres wrote a review Mar 2019
10 contributions2 helpful votes
It was a pretty awesome tour. It took about two hours. The guide was very informative and insightful.
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Date of experience: February 2019
nfontan687 wrote a review Mar 2019
24 contributions3 helpful votes
Conservation of the lighthouse is great. Beside has a great view of four kinds mangrove. You can also see the beach of rock, not for swimming.
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Date of experience: September 2018
Visa711 wrote a review Feb 2019
Toledo, Ohio487 contributions128 helpful votes
This is a great tour, with a very professional guide. Reservations are required. We were going to be in the area for a week and when I looked on our first day, only Spanish tours were available. All the English ones were booked. So if you need English, book early. The cost is worth it (it was about $27 after tax for 2 people). I speak enough Spanish to have learned a lot from the guide, but my guess is that the guide would have explained things to people in English if someone asked for it. He definitely spoke English, since he answered my question in broken Spanish in english! Highly recommended, educational tour.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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sydneybennet wrote a review Jan 2019
Berkeley, California37 contributions3 helpful votes
We enjoying learning more about the ecosystems on the tour and the views from the lighthouse are stunning. Our guide Sarah was very engaging and we learned so much! Our group was all adults but the kids on the tour seemed to really enjoy it.
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Date of experience: January 2019