La Parguera Nature Reserve located at La Parguera, a fishing seafront village on the town of Lajas on the west coast of the island (Porta del Sol). The reserve was created in order to protect the bioluminescent bay, mangroves, coral reefs, natural pools, salt marshes and tiny islands. Dolphins, manatees and turtles love these waters so count on having an interesting underwater experience.
There are about 30 cays and islets, you can only get there by renting a boat or taking a taxi boat ride. Get ready to snorkel with colorful schools of tropical fish, scuba dive the long and deep coral walls, swim on natural pools with amazing clear waters right in the middle of the sea, and enjoy family picnics with spectacular views.
The Islands of Lajas
- Mata la Gata – one of our favorite places for family picnics on the west coast of Puerto Rico. A natural pool and gorgeous breathtaking views from every part of the island.
- Caracoles – the most popular for it’s great snorkeling. Get here early in the morning for the best snorkeling conditions.
- Piscina Playita Rosada – a clever idea…
- Isla Cuevas – monkeys live on this island
- Media Luna
- San Cristobal
The town of Lajas is south of San German on Rt 101.
La Parguera Nature Reserve Map
As always, we encourage you to rent a car and see why locals love this island, the west coast of Puerto Rico is perfect for those seeking to buy real estate, there is so much to do in this area, great quality of life and affordable living.