Fajardo, founded in 1772, was once notorious as a piratical pit stop. It later developed into a fishing community and an area where sugarcane flourished. Today, it's a hub for yachts that use its marinas; divers who head to its good offshore sites; and day-trippers who travel by catamaran, ferry, or plane to the islands of Culebra and Vieques from nearby Ceiba. With the most significant docking facilities on the island's eastern side, Fajardo is a bustling city of 37,000—so bustling, in fact, that its unremarkable and somewhat battered downtown is often congested and difficult to navigate. Much of the tourist activity in Fajardo centers on the northern reaches of Las Croabas, near the gigantic Conquistador Resort.
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