A Day In Our Life: Las Croabas Fajardo, Puerto Rico

After arriving in Puerto Rico only just a few days prior, we began to settle into our daily routine in Fajardo. Fajardo was a great home base so we could explore the east side of the island. It turns out this was a really good idea, our condo was only about a 5-7 minute drive from fantastic beaches and a park in Las Croabas Fajardo with really great restaurants with views of the ocean. 

Parque Pasivo in Las Croabas Fajardo

Boats moored off coast of Las Croabas Fajardo
Boats moored off coast of Las Croabas Fajardo © Joel Hartz

Parque Pasivo Las Croabas Carr 987 Las Croabas Fajardo, PR, 00738

In the small village area of Las Croabas on the outskirts of Fajardo, you can find the Parque Pasivo. The park is just a few minutes drive North of Fajardo and our condo. This is a small parque recreativo or recreational park with a children’s playground, multiple shelters, shade trees, and even restrooms.

Wandering Hartz Sign advertising Piraguas for sale in Las Croabas Fajardo
On the weekends you can find vendors selling Piraguas, Puerto Rico’s version of a snow cone© Joel Hartz

Plenty of parking is available and if seafood is your passion then you have a choice of six different restaurants offering brunch, lunch and dinner options. If you’re into some nice cold beverages, well that is covered in spades!

Watchtower with the Puerto Rican Flag Boats Las Croabas Fajardo
Watchtower with the Puerto Rican Flag © Joel Hartz

A large concrete tower sits in the middle of the park vibrantly painted with the Puerto Rican flag. Make sure you get your selfie or picture taken!

Birds sit on rocks off coast of Las Croabas Fajardo
The views are lovely © Joel Hartz

Parque Passivo is a sweet little spot that we visited often during our time in Fajardo. It is a lovely park to walk around with chickens and roosters running about. Say hi to Claudio the rooster if you’re in the area! 

Claudio the rooster in Las Croabas Fajardo
Say Hi to Claudio the rooster!

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Bioluminescent Bay Tours

For you adventurous types out there you might have booked a bioluminescence kayak tour. Parque Passivo in Las Croabas Fajardo is the meeting and take off point for tours exploring Laguna Grande, Fajardo’s bio-bay. Laguna grande is surrounded by Las Cabezas de San Juan Preserve and is accessed by a small tributary that leads into the bay. Lauguan Grande is one of only five bioluminescent bays in the whole world!!!

Other excursions also use the park as a jumping off point. Los Croabas is traditionally known as a fishing village and you can also book fishing excursions that leave from there. You can even grab a water taxi to take you across the Pasaje de San Juan to Cayo Icacos or explore the Cordillera Keys Nature Reserve.

Wandering Hartz Cordillera Natural Reserve sign Las Croabas Fajardo
Informative sign showing the Cordillera Natural Reserve off of the coast of Los Croabas Fajardo © Joel Hartz

El Conquistador Resort & Spa

A view of El Conquistador Hotel and Parque Passivo in Las Croabas Fajardo
You can see the El Conquistador Hotel on the hill above Parque Passivo in Las Croabas Fajardo © Joel Hartz

Perched high above the park on a hill sits the famous and colorful El Conquistador Resort & Spa. The resort is known for its luxurious offerings, the Coqui Water Park, and the rumored setting for a James Bond film “Goldfinger”. Supposedly the circular casino was used in the bond movie, although I have not been able to confirm this.

Cafe Playero

Wandering Hartz Cafe Playero sign Las Croabas Fajardo

Cafe Playero ended up being our favorite restaurant at Parque Recreativo. The staff was super nice and even gave us a Puerto Rico guide book when they found out we would be staying on the island for two months!

Wandering Hartz Bacalaitos Las Croabas Fajardo
Bacalaitos at Cafe Playero Las Croabas Fajardo

The food was wonderful and it was at this restaurant we had our introduction to Puerto Rican food. Joel ordered the Bacalaitos (Codfish Fritters) which quickly became a favorite of ours all over the island. Bacalaitos are flat crispy codfish made from a flour based batter with herbs and spices. It’s the perfect savory appetizer.

Cafe Playero Tostones De Pollo Las Croabas Fajardo
Tostones De Pollo form Cafe Playero were so tasty!

We also ordered chicken tostones which were served in a plantain style cup. The chicken was full of flavor with red and green bell peppers and onions. It was so delicious! 

From dishes like Mofongo to Amarillos, plantains are a staple on the island. Think of them as the local potato, or at least that’s how we interpreted the use of them. They’re part of the banana family but larger and tougher.

Wandering Hartz Cafe Playero Mojito Las Croabas Fajardo
One of the delicious Mojitos at Cafe Playero

Our drinks didn’t disappoint either. We both ordered Mojitos that were fresh and tasty. They even have a Bio Bay Mojito which is huge! Perfect to share before an evening kayaking trip in the famous bioluminescent bay.

This was the perfect little outing for us. A fun day to get acclimated into island life and it gave us a taste of what would become an unforgettable two months in paradise, I mean, Puerto Rico.

Tours & Experiences in Las Croabas Fajardo Puerto Rico

Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Fajardo 2022 by Pure Adventure

Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Fajardo – Kayak Puerto Rico

Natural One- Laguna Grande Bio Bay Kayaking By Caribbean Breeze Adventures

Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Puerto Rico By Yokahu Kayak Trips, Inc.

Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour By Bespoke Includes pick up & drop-off within selected San Juan areas and touristic zones

El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour – Leaves from multiple points in San Juan Area

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