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Municipio Autónomo de Fajardo
Town and Municipality
Ocean view in Fajardo
Aerial view of Fajardo's basin
Flag of Fajardo
Coat of arms of Fajardo
Coat of arms
"Los Cariduros", "La Metrópolis del Sol Naciente"
Anthem: "Fajardo que aquí en el oriente"
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Fajardo Municipality
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Fajardo Municipality
Commonwealth  Puerto Rico
Founded 1772
 • Total 60.41 sq mi (156.45 km2)
 • Land 31 sq mi (81 km2)
 • Water 29.13 sq mi (75.45 km2)
 • Total 32,124
 • Density 531.804/sq mi (205.331/km2)
Demonym(s) Fajardeños
Time zone UTC−4 (AST)
ZIP Codes
00738, 00740
Area code(s) 787/939
Major routes PR primary 3.svg PR secondary 194.svg PR secondary 195.svg
Toll plate yellow.svg
PR primary 53.svg

Fajardo is a town and municipality-Fajardo Combined Statistical Area.

Fajardo is the hub of much of the recreational boating in Puerto Rico and a popular launching port to Culebra, Vieques, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. It is also home to the largest marina in the Caribbean, called Puerto del Rey. The town contains various hotels and inns.

Off shore, near Fajardo, a few islets can be found. These are Icacos, Isla Palomino, Palominito, and Diablo, among other uninhabited coral islands and barrier reefs.


Fajardo was founded in 1760, 1773 or 1774 (depending on the authority) as Santiago de Fajardo. It was one of the locations used by the Americans to invade Puerto Rico. On August 1, 1898 the USS Puritan under the command of Captain Frederic W. Rodgers, was sailing by the coastline of the city of Fajardo, when Rogers noticed the "Faro de Las Cabezas de San Juan" (Cape San Juan lighthouse) which was supposed to be the landing site for the US Army in Puerto Rico. Rodgers ordered some of his men ashore, which included Puerto Rican volunteers, with the mission of posting the American Flag atop the lighthouse.


  • Fajardo River
  • Aguas Buenas Gorge, Fajardo Gorge, Juan Diego Gorge and the Mata Redonda Gorge
  • Aguas Prietas and Grande lagoons


  • Barriada Obrera
  • Las Cabezas (Las Croabas)
  • Demajagua
  • Fajardo Pueblo
  • Fajardo Gardens
  • Florencio
  • Monte Brisas
  • Monte Mar
  • Monte Vista
  • Naranjo
  • Paraiso
  • Quebrada Fajardo
  • Quebrada Vueltas
  • Río Arriba
  • Santa Isidra
  • Sardinera
  • Jerusalén
  • Valle Puerto Real
  • Veve Calzada
  • Villa Clarita


Fajardo church 1
View of the church

Fajardo is popular among tourists, especially local tourists, because of its seafood, hotels, closeness to the small islands of Palomino, Icacos and Palominito, and the many daily trips that are (or were) available to Vieques and Culebra, both by boat and by the four airlines that served Fajardo Airport (now closed): Air Culebra, Air St. Thomas, Isla Nena Air and Vieques Air Link.

Fajardo's beaches are bounded by calm, clear water ideal for snorkeling. Seven Seas Beach offers plentiful water sports facilities, offshore points for sailing, snorkeling and plenty of scuba diving.

Fajardo is also home to one of the few Bioluminescent Lagoons in the world. Nightly trips are offered by kayak by local companies who give educational tours.

Landmarks and places of interest

Fajardo street
Street scene near Fajardo Town Square
  • Las Cabezas de San Juan Light House - One of the oldest lighthouses in Puerto Rico. Only one used for nautical reasons in the entire island.
  • Laguna Grande - One of the few Bioluminescent bays in the world.
  • Puerto del Rey Marina - Biggest marina in the Caribbean.
  • U.S. Customs House - Constructed in 1930 still in use by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection.
  • Santiago Apostol Cathedral
  • Seven Seas Beach - One of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Classified Blue Flag for its sanitary health guarantees.
  • Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve - Home to mangroves and to the lighthouse.
  • Fajardo Port - Used by locals and tourists to visit the island municipalities of Vieques and Culebras.
  • Town Square - One of the most charming, antique styled, town squares of Puerto Rico. It has free wireless internet.
  • Old Fajardo Sugar Cane Refinery
  • Isleta Marina
  • Natural Reserve Las Croabas
  • Las Croabas Recreational Park
  • Hipolito Robles Sports Complex
  • Icacos, Palomino and Palominito Cays (islets) Island Water Taxi
Aerial view of El Conquistador Resort and Harbor
Aerial view of El Conquistador Resort and Harbor


Festivals and events

Fountain in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Fountain in Fajardo's plaza
  • Bicycletada Fajardeña - April
  • Kite Festival - April
  • Kelly Cup Sailboat Regata - April
  • Bomba & Plena Festival - May
  • Fiesta Patronales Santiago Apóstol - July
  • Paradise Fiesta - August
  • Cocolía Festival - November


Fajardo in the past was home to a National Superior Basketball; Baloncesto Superior Nacional BSN basketball team, the Fajardo Cariduros or as they are known in the Island Cariduros de Fajardo. George Torres, Mario Morales and Mario Butler were three of the most famous players to play for that franchise.

In 2007, the team returned once again to the BSN. The team known as the "Titanes de Morovis" was moved to Fajardo, and was renamed "Cariduros de Fajardo". Unlike the NBA and other sports leagues in the United States, Puerto Rican franchises rarely leave the original name of the franchise when they move to a different city.

Once, there was a basketball team for the Puerto Rican Basketball League known as the "Conquistadores de Fajardo".

Fajardo also has a AA Amateur Baseball Team Los Cariduros de Fajardo and have won over 10 sectional championships, 3 time national runners-up in 1974, 2003 and 2005, and 3 times national champions in 1954, 2004 and 2010.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 16,782
1910 21,135 25.9%
1920 14,302 −32.3%
1930 16,321 14.1%
1940 20,405 25.0%
1950 22,116 8.4%
1960 18,321 −17.2%
1970 23,032 25.7%
1980 32,087 39.3%
1990 36,882 14.9%
2000 40,712 10.4%
2010 36,993 −9.1%
2020 32,124 −13.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1899 (shown as 1900) 1910-1930
1930-1950 1960-2000 2010 2020
Ethnicity - Fajardo, Puerto Rico - 2010 Census
Ethnicity Population  % of Total
European 23,964 64.8%
African 6,864 18.6%
Native American and Alaska Native 258 0.7%
Asian 73 0.3%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 4 0.0%
Some other ethnicity 3,822 10.3%
Two or more ethnicities 1,986 5.4%



Fajardo's flag is a tricolor triband. The upper band is gules (red), symbolizing the color of the shield's border. Silver (white), the center band, stands for the color of the main pieces that appear in the shield and the crown. Azure (blue), the lower band, represents the color of the sky and the sea of Fajardo. Centered is the Coat of Arms of the village (villa) in natural colors.

Coat of Arms

The Coat of Arms is formed as a square with a rounded base and stamped at the top with a crown mural of three towers. It is supported by two dolphins, and underneath the base a banner with the inscription Codey Astol DE SANTIAGO".

Notable Fajardeños

  • Roberto Angleró - Music composer and singer
  • Carlos Arroyo - Basketball Player
  • Antonio R. Barceló - Politician & The First President of the Puerto Rico Senate.
  • Eugenio S. Belaval - Legislator
  • General Antonio Valero de Bernabé - Fought with Simón Bolívar.
  • Norma Candal - Comedian
  • Ivonne Coll - Actress
  • Héctor Cotto - Athlete
  • Emilio Belaval Maldonado - Served as Associate Justice for the Puerto Rico Supreme Court.
  • John John Molina - Boxer
  • Pedro Rosa Nales - TV reporter
  • Dr. Antonia Coello de Novelo - Former Surgeon General of the United States.
  • Josefina Barceló Bird de Romero - Politician
  • Marquita Rivera - first actress from Puerto Rico to appear in a major Hollywood motion picture.
  • Peter John Ramos - Basketball Player
  • Carlos Rivera - Professional Baseball Player
  • José Pérez - Actor


Island off the coast of Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Island off the coast of Fajardo


Electrical components, metal work, furniture manufacturing. Fajardo is also home to pharmaceutical and bio-sciences companies.

Due to its rich ports and closeness to smaller islands, Fajardo is also known for its fishing industries.


PR-971 Puente entre Fajardo y Ceiba en Puerto Rico
Bridge on PR-971 between Fajardo and Ceiba near Las Tinajas, Charco Frio and Hacienda Tinajas, two tourist attractions located just inside the eastern side of the El Yunque National Forest

There are 20 bridges in Fajardo.

Diego Jiménez Torres Airport was Fajardo's airport and handled commercial airline flights to the city, but it was permanently closed in 2015.

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