La Parguera Beach
Lajas, Puerto Rico
La Parguera Beach is a small, but picturesque, town located in the southwest of Puerto Rico in the town of Lajas. The place has been for many years a place of entertainment for the whole family.
The municipality of Lajas has great places of interest but without a doubt La Parguera Beach is the main attraction. This figure as one of the most visited areas for being the cradle of great attractions and gifts in natural resources. La Parguera is the most concrete evidence of the synonym of the word perfection. The air and the purity that you see and breathe is one like very few.
The main activities as the main point of tourism are boat trips to the keys, through the mangrove channels, sport fishing for dorado, wahoo, tuna and snapper, diving with tanks and kayaking among other aquatic activities.
La Parguera is also a nature lover’s paradise with ample opportunities for snorkeling, diving, hiking, bird watching, cycling and much more.
This place is the starting point for several keys that are part of the ecosystem of that area. There are companies that give the tour by boat to the keys at different times of the day. One of the most requested tours is at night, to enjoy the two bio-luminescent bays: Monsio José Bay and La Parguera Bay.
For the more adventurous there are kayak excursions and to practice “snorkeling” or diving. La Parguera has one of the best snorkeling sites in the Western Hemisphere called La Pared (the Wall), located five miles offshore.
The town of La Parguera is primarily a collection of late-night pubs and small restaurants that usually fill up with people of all ages on weekends. There are several options to enjoy in this tourist region. You can start by trying the tasty seafood fritters and the typical sweets that are sold in the various kiosks. If you want a more elaborate dish, you will also find it since this area is known for having a wide variety of restaurants specializing in seafood.
This place is surrounded by commercial fishing and establishments related to maritime or aquatic sports as well as tourism businesses, such as hotels, guest houses and restaurants. If one day is not enough to enjoy the ecological beauty of the place, you will not have any problem, since in La Parguera there are inns for all budgets.
The name “Parguera” derives from the Spanish fish name “Pargo”. The official English translation is “porgy”, but this fish name is also translated as “snapper”. Therefore, the word La Parguera means the “Land of the snapper” this is because of the large varieties and quantities of snapper fish on the coast.
How to get
Take PR 304 south, ends at La Parguera. When you get to the boardwalk, turn left where you will see the main parking lot. Here you will see signs for tour guides, and this is where the boat tours take off towards the bio-luminescent bay. If you need information, your best source is the friendly local owners of nearby hotels and restaurants.