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La Parguera, a Little Jewel on the SW Coast

As mentioned in my last post, we made a quick dash through La Parguera while checking out the area around Guánica. La Parguera is most famous for its bioluminescent bays, followed by its seafood. Our plans precluded sticking around until after sunset so we gathered contact info for later.

You can reach La Parguera from Lajas via Hwy 116, then take Hwy 304 on into town. Hwy 324 would take you Kiosk Detail of Arcade in La Parguera, Puerto Ricofrom La Parguera to Guánica which is how we got there.

La Parguera is actually a sector of Lajas and falls within it’s jurisdiction (Fixed/thanx Sdog). It even has its own police station and Post Office. The bay is part of the La Parguera Nature Reserve established in 1979.

We were there on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty busy. It is as popular with the locals and San Juan as it is with tourists.

Shuttle Boat Service in La Parguera, Puerto RicoIn some respects, it kind of reminded me of Lahaina on Maui, minus the upscale art galleries and boutique shops.

From a Google Maps satellite view, you can see how built-up La Parguera has become. The main road through town (Hwy 304) takes you down past the waterfront. On the bay side, there is a small Plaza with a formal public arcade/promenade next to it. From the arcade there is access to several shuttle boat and tour services. Continue reading

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