Experience the Vibrant Atmosphere of Lajas
The city of Lajas was founded by Teodoro Jacome Pagan in the year 1883. There are many legends and stories that surround the naming of the city and the reasons for its establishment. These tales, which have been passed down over generations, add to the history and culture of the city. Lajas has become a popular tourist destination in Puerto Rico due to its vast variety of noteworthy sites and activities.
Lajas is situated near the cities and towns of Cabo Rojo, Sabana Grande, Guanico and San German. It is in the southwestern area of Puerto Rico and is known for the spectacular mountains of Las Lomos de Santa Marta and Sierra Bermeja. Laguna Cartegena and Phosphorescent Bay are the two natural wonders that attract visitors to the city. Lajas receives approximately thirty-eight inches of rainfall each year and the land depends on two rivers, namely the Ganajibo River and the Rio Loco de Yauco. The Laja Valley Irrigation Project is vital for the distribution of water to the areas that are not served by the rivers.
Visitors to Lajas will still be able to enjoy a small town atmosphere, even though it has become modernized to accommodate foreign tourists. There is a great plaza within Lajas, as well as fantastic restaurants, shops and stores. Accommodation can be found in the city at any one of the inns or guest-houses. Friendly staff members are always ready to welcome new guests and are eager to assist in any way they can.
There are so many activities and sights to choose from that it can be quite difficult to decide where to go first. Rosada Beach and Mata de la Gata Cay are known for their safe swimming waters and lovely picnic spots. Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular activities. The reefs are breathtaking and the waters are clear. Phosphorescent Bay, or Florescent Bay, can be reached by boat and it is recommended that you visit the bay on a moonless night. Here, as the boats disturb the water, you will see a rainbow of colors light up beneath you. The lights are created by tiny dinoflagellates and the experience is absolutely breathtaking. Tourists are also advised to visit the Indian Museum, the Old Silver Mines, the Lajeno Soldier Monument, the Old Train Station and the ruins of the Pineapple Processing Plant.
Lajas is also an extremely festive destination in Puerto Rico, with many festivals taking place throughout the year. This beautiful fishing town has the tranquility and quiet atmosphere of a seaside resort, combined with the activity and facilities of a bustling town.