Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Preserve (Las Cabezas means “the headlands”) consists of 3 promontories extending into the Atlantic Ocean north of Fajardo near Las Croabas. A nature-lover’s paradise, from the trails and boardwalks you can observe every major tropical habitat that exists on the island, except a rain forest. Trained guides, ample signs, demonstrations, and special programs and exhibits help visitors understand and appreciate this fragile ecology. To protect the sensitive eco-system, visitors are transported through the park and to the lighthouse on open trams. The Fajardo Lighthouse, located within the reserve, is one of many lighthouses built by the Spanish in the 19th century around the perimeter of Puerto Rico. This one is a jewel, both for its setting and the care with which it was restored a few years ago by the Conservation Trust. In addition to visiting the small nature center on the lower level of the Fajardo Lighthouse, be sure to climb the antique iron staircase to the observation deck. The view of the 316-acre preserve with El Yunque towering behind it is extraordinary. Even more breathtaking is the seeming endless expanse of sea, dotted with islets and far off islands.
How to Get There
Take Highway 3 to Fajardo, turn left on Road 194 and go southeast for 2.1 miles. Turn left on Road 195 and make a quick left on Road 987, which leads to the entrance.