Lajas

(LAH-huz)

Lajas is known as "La Ciudad Cardenalicia" (cardinality city). Lajas was founded in 1883 by Teodoro Jácome Pagán.

Lajas is located in southwestern region, south of San Germán and Sabana Grande; east of Cabo Rojo; and west of Guánica.


La Parguera (Photo: Maria Ximena Hernandez)

South of semi-arid farmland in the Lajas Valley, the fishing village of "La Parguera" has developed onto a popular resort center while maintaining much of its small town atmosphere. Guest houses and inns, seafood restaurants, water sports and boating centers and small shops fan out from the small plaza. In the evening, boats leave regularly for nearby Phosphorescent Bay, where millions of luminescent dinoflagellates light up when disturbed by movement; moonless nights are best. Numerous mangrove cays and islets form ornate channels places. Bathers and picnickers visit Rosada Beach or Mata de la Gata Cay. Snorkelers and scuba divers explore nearby reefs and spectacular outer shelf walls that lie up to seven miles offshore. On weekends the town becomes more bustling.

There are many well-known "lajeños", among them: first Puerto Rican Cardinal Luis Aponte Martnez.

Lajas is made up of 12 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Candelaria
  • Costa
  • Lajas
  • Lajas Arriba
  • Llanos
  • Palmarejo
  • Parquera
  • Paris
  • La Plata
  • Pueblo
  • Sababa Yeguas
  • Santa Rosa

Things to See and Do In Lajas

Want to know what to see and do in Lajas? Discover few ideas for exploring and enjoying the city.

What to Do and See?

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Festivals and Events

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Symbols

Anthem: Nuestro Lajas, pueblito querido...

Education

There are 12 public schools in Lajas, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

Climate

10 Day Forecast

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Did You Know?

The only succesfull attack against San Juan happened on June 15. The British Navy led by George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland, conquered the island and held it for several months.