Lajas is known as "La Ciudad Cardenalicia" (cardinality city). Lajas was founded in 1883 by Teodoro Jácome Pagán.
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 Martínez.
|Land Area:||156 sq km (60.2 sq mi)|
|Water Area:||41.04 sq mi|
|Density:||167.8 per sq km (436.2 per sq mi)|
|Per Capita Income:||$7,691|
|Source: 2000 Census|
|Hymn:||Nuestro Lajas, pueblito querido...|
|Wards:||Candelaria, Costa, Lajas, Lajas Arriba, Llanos, Palmarejo, Parquera, Paris, La Plata, Pueblo, Sababa Yeguas, and Santa Rosa.|
|Driving Distance:||111.6 miles *|
|Driving Time:||2 hours, 28 minutes *|
Festivals and Events
- Festival de Chiringas - February
- Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria - February
Every year, Lajas celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 899-1450
- Feria Agricola de la Reserva del Valle - September
- Lola Rodriguez de Tio Festival - September
Quick Links* The distance was calculated from San Juan.
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