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“Hidden gem”

Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve
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$106.00*
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Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure from San Juan
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$94.78*
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2 Passenger Mini Boat Snorkel Safari
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Very cool place. This is a ecological protected area in Fajardo. It is run by a not for profit organization. The tour includes a great informative session on the mangrove forests, the beach with broken coral all over. Some great example as of brain coral and fan coral just lying on the beach. The views from the light house were magnificent. The guide (leonora) was very knowledgeable.
The only hard part is making the reservations. Would recommend combining the 2 pm tour with the bio bay kayaking trip at sundown.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We made reservations via the internet and had a bit of trouble doing it. However the tour was most informative and the scenery is so beautiful, that it is worth the time to make the reservations.

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

The rainforest was lovely and cool and the tourist center was nice. We heard lots of birds though we did nothikebecause of an injury

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We took the day tour (the English tour is offered at 2 pm). We had a crazy drive there - there was construction that led to a detour that had us making loops and missing the entrance of the nature reserve. I called the reserve and they very kindly stayed on the phone with me giving us very detailed directions (in English) until we arrived. We got there 15 minutes late and the tram had already left, but they gave us a ride in the security van to catch up which was very, very nice. So my first advise is to leave extra time to get there!

The only way to see the Reserve is by guided tour, so I definitely recommend the tour because the reserve was so beautiful. We walked through a mangrove forest, stopped at a rocky beach (so nice to see undeveloped views!), and went to the lighthouse which also had great views of the surrounding islands - we even saw St. Thomas! There wasn't really that much "tour" - we got info in the mangrove forest but were pretty much on our own on the beach and at the lighthouse. So the tour gets 3 stars, but the overall experience, and views, get 5 stars. I would recommend it! We did the biobay kayaking tour afterwards (also recommended), and the timing worked well to do the 2 pm Las Cabezas tour and then do the 5:30 kayaking tour.

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Very informative! Knowledgeable guide! Awesome Views! Favorite part was going to the rocky beach, priceless view. The tour gives you a different perspective on Mangroves and how important they are to society. I believe the English tour is only at 2pm so book early as they fill up fast!

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