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20 Best Places to Visit in Puerto Rico — From Uninhabited Islands to Bioluminescent Bays

With incredible beaches and historic cities, Puerto Rico is a must-visit island destination.

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Everyone from  reggaetoneros  hunting out Bad Bunny's favorite party places to starry-eyed honeymooners drawn by posh beach resorts can agree: Puerto Rico easily lives up to its name as the  Isla del Encanto , the Island of Enchantment. A slew of new  flights to the island offered by Delta  and other major carriers are kicking off this winter, making it easier than ever to enjoy a trip to this tropical paradise —  no passport needed .

Part of the joy of a visit to Puerto Rico comes from scouting out its hidden beaches, visiting tiny, white-sand islets, and hiking to the jungle waterfalls that other travelers missed. With the help of locals and insiders from PADI, Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, and Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, we've assembled a list of the best places to visit in Puerto Rico, from the best surf spots to winding cave systems and the best places to chow down on  local dishes like  alcapurrias  and  mofongo . 

Related:  Travel + Leisure 's Guide to Visiting Puerto Rico

Old San Juan

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The historic heart of Puerto Rico's capital, Old San Juan is vibrant beyond its colorful colonial architecture or its iconic "Umbrella Street," Calle de la Fortaleza. Stroll down cobblestone streets lined with centuries-old mansions before arriving at Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a Spanish fortress crowning the western tip of the historic neighborhood and offering spectacular ocean views. End a day of exploring with local bites at one of the neighborhood's countless rooftop restaurants or with a drink at  La Factoría , named the best bar in the Caribbean in 2023.

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The oceanfront Condado neighborhood is the place to be in San Juan, with upscale apartments, the city's best restaurants, and plenty of fantastic shopping. Visit La Placita de Santurce, a favorite destination with locals and visitors alike, for frequent cultural events, street parties, and  Puerto Rican bites  at local spots like La Alcapurria Quemá.

Condado is also home to some of our readers' favorite resorts in Puerto Rico . Among them shines the Condado Collection of hotels and resorts, including  La Concha Resort ,   Condado Vanderbilt Hotel , and  Condado Ocean Club , nestled along some of the most beautiful beachfront in San Juan.

Dorado Beach

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Those looking to enjoy a retreat from energetic San Juan without traveling far will love the palm-fringed, pristine beaches of swanky Dorado Beach. Stay at  Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve , perhaps Puerto Rico's most exclusive resort. Known for its championship golf courses and the sanctuary-esque Spa Botánico with treehouse treatment rooms, it offers the bespoke luxury experience you'd expect from a Ritz-Carlton Reserve property.

El Yunque National Forest

The only tropical rainforest within the U.S. National Forest System,  El Yunque National Fo rest  is one of the island's natural gems, crisscrossed by hiking trails and home to endless rivers and hidden waterfalls. While El Yunque makes for a popular day trip from San Juan, there's much more to explore than a day trip allows, including  natural swimming holes  like Charco El Hippie and the over 1,500-foot-tall Yokahú Observation Tower with its panoramic canopy vistas. Finish your visit with a stop for farm-to-table Puerto Rican cuisine at nearby  Bacoa Finca + Fogón . 

Related:  T+L's Guide to the Underrated Region of Eastern Puerto Rico

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There are no stoplights on the island of Vieques, just untouched beaches and dreamy boutique accommodations on the largest island off the coast of the Puerto Rican mainland. The most popular attraction on Vieques is the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay, which glows blue at night as visitors kayak through its waters filled with phosphorescent plankton. Enjoy a day trip to the island or spend a few nights at  Finca Victoria  in one of 14 unique cabins, treehouses, or guesthouses amidst the lush vegetation of the island's interior.

La Parguera

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Travelers who can't make it to Vieques to experience Puerto Rico's most famous bioluminescent bay should head to  La Parguera . Located on the island's southwestern coast, La Parguera is home to the only bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico where visitors can swim through the glimmering waters, so make sure to bring your suit. Drive in for the experience, or spend a night in one of the small guesthouses in town and spend the day visiting nearby keys for snorkeling and paddleboarding among the mangroves.

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Located off the eastern shore of the main island of Puerto Rico, the laid-back island of Culebra is tiny but packs a serious travel punch. Home to less than 2,000 permanent residents, it earned a spot on our list of our  readers' favorite islands in the Caribbean in 2023 . Culebra's famed Flamenco Beach often appears atop lists of the world's most beautiful beaches. The abandoned, graffiti-covered U.S. Navy tank at one end of the shore is simultaneously an Instagram icon and a dark monument to the island's past use for naval gunning and bombing exercises.

From Culebra, jump on a 15-minute water taxi ride to the even more remote islet of Culebrita. Impressive beaches with impossibly clear water are the main draw to this speck of an island. Tortuga Beach, named for the numerous sea turtles that nest here year after year, is considered one of the  best beaches in Puerto Rico .

Cayo Icacos

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Yet another of the white-sand keys located off the island's eastern coast,  Cayo Icacos  is an increasingly popular day trip destination in Puerto Rico that beach lovers won't want to miss. Take an excursion from Fajardo to Cayo Icacos by booking a catamaran trip to enjoy the untouched beaches and shallow waters of this uninhabited island for the day.

Río Camuy Caves

Escape the heat of the Caribbean sun at Río Camuy Cave Park  in northwestern Puerto Rico. These limestone caverns have been carved out over centuries by the immense underground river, Río Camuy. While geologists have identified at least 220 caves and 17 miles of natural tunnels, much of the area remains unexplored. Reservations are required, so make sure to book in advance with a registered tour company.

Palomino Island

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"Forget the Maldives, I'll stay in Palomino," muses Bad Bunny in his hit song, "El Apagón." There are no overwater bungalows here, but the white sands and clear seas at Palomino Island certainly warrant a comparison to a Maldivian atoll. The 100-acre, uninhabited island off the eastern coast of the Puerto Rican mainland is for the exclusive use of guests of the  El Conquistador Resort , located just a short ferry ride away.

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On the island's western shores, the town of Rincón reigns supreme as one of the best destinations for surfing in the Caribbean. Numerous beaches offer waves for surfers of all levels, though Domes Beach is where you'll find the massive swells that host an international surfing competition every year. October through February is the  best time to visit Puerto Rico  if you're scouting out waves, but Rincón has plenty to offer year-round, even for those who prefer to stay on the shore.

Desecheo Island

Puerto Rico is home to an impressive array of diving destinations, but few are as famous as the uninhabited Desecheo Island, located just off the island's western coast. With an intricate cave system offering memorable swim-throughs and a dive site so colorful it's known as “Candy Land,” visitors will have plenty to see while enjoying what  PADI  considers some of the best underwater visibility in all of Puerto Rico.

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Surfers and travelers scouting out the best beaches on the island will love Aguadilla, located on the island's western coast. Aguadilla's Crash Boat Beach is one of the most famous beaches on the island, with an intoxicating mix of white sand, water sports, and a party atmosphere fed all day by beach bars and food trucks serving up tropical cocktails and local fare. While the beach offers great visibility for snorkeling, take care when getting in the water; towards the north of the beach is Gas Chambers, one of Puerto Rico's most famous surfing breaks.

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Many travelers skip over Mayagüez, the largest city on Puerto Rico's western coast, and head directly for the area's smaller beach towns. However, Mayagüez can be a convenient base for exploring the best of the western side of the island; its charming historic center and booming culinary scene certainly don't hurt. Mayagüez is also known as the "City of Pure Waters" for its proximity to some of Puerto Rico's best diving destinations, including Desecheo Island and Mona Island.

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Isabela is Puerto Rico's ultimate laid-back beach town, boasting shores that attract everyone from backpackers and surfers to the San Juan elite looking for a weekend escape. Trace the coastline and visit Isabela's most beautiful beaches by renting a bike and hitting the Paseo Lineal de Isabela, a 4.5-mile oceanfront route perfect for morning jogs or contemplating the sunset. Or, head inland to Guajataca State Forest for miles of lush, forested trails, hidden caves, and camping.

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Puerto Rico's second-largest city tends to be overlooked by travelers, but the "Pearl of the South" has the historical charm and cultural weight to warrant a trip. Explore the city's historic plazas and numerous museums, or escape to the countryside for a visit to  Hacienda Buena Vista , a coffee hacienda (among countless others) that once brought Ponce both wealth and fame.

Casa Bacardí

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It wouldn't be a trip to the Caribbean without sampling some of the best local rums. Puerto Rico is home to a few different distilleries, though  Casa Bacardí , located just across the bay from Old San Juan, is the number one destination on the island for visitors curious to learn more about the Caribbean's most famous beverage. An impressive visitors' center and panoramic views of the city make for a great tasting and tour experience, though the unmatched rum selection is the real star of the show. 

Related:  5 Best Tours to Take in Puerto Rico

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Located just 45 minutes west of San Juan, the coastal town of  Manatí  feels a world away from the big city. Come here for stunning, less-crowded beaches like the half-moon-shaped crystalline bay at Mar Chiquita or Los Tubos Beach, known for its perfect surfing pipes. 

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Puerto Rico's  Capital del Sol (Capital of the Sun) is fittingly home to some of the island's most beautiful beaches. Luquillo Beach and Balneario Monserrate are the most popular playas in the area for their size and extensive public beach amenities, but there are several beaches in Luquillo to choose from. Head to Luquillo after a day spent exploring neighboring El Yunque National Forest, or use this town as a base for exploring less-visited areas of the rainforest.

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As a tropical Caribbean travel destination, Puerto Rico has it all and then some. Beautiful palm-lined beaches, some with calm warm waters lapping the golden sand and others with huge waves and famous surf breaks, draw all kinds of beach seekers, from couples and families to hard-core surfers.

Architecture in Old San Juan

Home to the US Forest System's only tropical rainforest and the nighttime wonders of Bioluminescent Bay , Puerto Rico is a pleasant surprise for nature lovers. Add to this the culture and charm of historic San Juan, with its colonial architecture and old forts, and the picture is complete.

Puerto Rico is a complex island with a Spanish Caribbean culture and an obvious American twist. This is particularly visible around San Juan, with its American chain restaurants and other comforts associated with mainland USA. Venturing further afield, you will find quaint towns, small villages, beautiful islands, caves, and a rugged mountainous interior.

For more sightseeing ideas, see our list of the top tourist attractions in Puerto Rico.

1. Old San Juan (San Juan Viejo)

2. el morro fort (fuerte san felipe del morro), 3. castillo de san cristóbal, 4. el yunque national forest, 5. culebra island (isla culebra), 6. vieques and bioluminescent bay, 7. catedral de san juan bautista, 8. cayo icacos, 9. bioluminescent bay at la parguera in lajas, 10. surfing and whale watching at rincon, 11. luquillo beach, 12. rio camuy caves (parque de las cavernas del río camuy), 13. ponce's historic city center, 14. isla verde, 15. condado beach, 16. seven seas beach, 17. museum of art puerto rico, frequently asked questions, when is the best time to visit puerto rico, what is the best way to get around puerto rico.

Stairs in Old San Juan

Walking the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, with its lovely colonial architecture and imposing forts, is like stepping back into another era. Old San Juan is a tapestry of history and color with surprises around every corner.

The second oldest city in the Americas, Old San Juan is a mix of history layered on present-day Puerto Rican life. The entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with hundreds of restored 16th- and 17th-century Spanish colonial buildings.

Old San Juan (San Juan Viejo)

The best way to experience the Old Town is to stay right in the heart of it. Beautifully restored hotels are hidden behind historic facades, and inside you'll find luxurious accommodations, pools, fabulous restaurants, and shady courtyards. During the day you can wander freely through history, return for some pool time (or a nap) and then stroll to a rooftop patio to catch the sunset before dinner.

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Aerial view of El Morro Fort in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

The main attraction in Old San Juan, and one of the top tourist destinations in Puerto Rico is El Morro Fort (Fuerte San Felipe del Morro). Set majestically out on a peninsula, this fort dating from 1539 is a fascinating step back in time.

View from El Morro

Wander through the well-kept grounds of this national park and give some thought as to what life would have been like here nearly 500 years ago. Explore the dungeons, walkways, ramps, and tunnels, much of it built in the mid to late 1800s. Be sure to ascend to the top of the walls and walk out to one of the guard towers for fantastic views out over the ocean and back towards Old San Juan, the modern city towering in behind.

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It's a short walk from the Old City to El Morro. Try to come in the morning when the temperatures are cooler. In the afternoon, the sea breezes rise and the large green space in front of the fort becomes a popular place to fly a kite. At night, El Morro is lit up and makes for fantastic photos.

Castillo de San Cristobal

Hiding in plain sight but still in the shadow of the more famous El Morro (which gets all the fame), Castillo de San Cristóbal is definitely worth a visit. Bring your walking shoes – San Cristobal is bigger than El Morro. In fact, it is the largest Spanish fort ever built in the New World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

Castillo de San Cristobal is a fun place to explore. For defensive purposes, five separate units are interconnected with moats and tunnels, and spread across 27 acres. If one unit was breached, the occupants could easily move to another one.

Constructed between 1634 and 1790, the fort was designed to stand guard over the eastern gate of historical San Juan. Unlike El Morro, which was constructed and designed to repel a sea attack, Castillo de San Cristobal was designed to protect against an attack from the landward side.

It's possible to walk between El Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal, count on about 25 minutes. You'll enjoy sea views most of the way.

Castillo de San Cristobal is a national park. Your admission here is good for a week and also gets you into El Morro.

El Yunque National Forest

Experience some of Puerto Rico's lush inland beauty at El Yunque National Forest. Spread along the Luquillo Mountains, including Pico El Yunque, El Yunque National Forest is home to the only tropical rainforest in the National US Forest System.

Walking trails wind through the forest, allowing hikers a closer look at some of the 240 species of trees and hundreds of species of plants (50 species of orchids alone), as well as an abundance of smaller wildlife. El Yunque's peak reaches 3,500 feet above sea level, and the forest covers 43 square miles, including three-quarters of the island's remaining virgin forest.

El Yunque National Forest is one of Puerto Rico's most popular natural attractions and is often visited on a tour from San Juan. The main highlights in El Yunque National Forest include La Coca Falls , Yokahú Tower , Baño Grande , Baño de Oro , and La Mina Falls .

Located beside the highway, La Coca Falls features an 85-foot cascade onto boulder formations and is the first major attraction visitors will come to in El Yunque.

The El Portal Tropical Forest Center is a visitors' center for those seeking information on the area. Nearby is Yokahú Tower, a 1930's tower that is open to the public to climb, offering good views out over the rainforest.

The climate here is considerably cooler than along the coast and at lower elevations, and it is noticeably wetter.

El Yunque National Forest was severely damaged by the back-to-back hurricanes in 2017. Repair and recovery has been completed and the visitor center is open again complete with helpful information, displays, a café, and a theater.

Culebra Island (Isla Culebra)

Although Culebra is often mentioned in the same breath as Vieques, this smaller island with beautiful beaches and lush hills has its own unique character. The pace here is unhurried, and the atmosphere relaxed. Eco tourism is big on the island, and many of the tourist establishments are run by expats.

About 17 miles east of Puerto Rico and 12 miles west of the Caribbean island of Saint Thomas, Culebra is only seven miles long and three miles wide, with 23 offshore islands of its own. The area's coral reefs are considered some of the best in the entire Caribbean.

The horseshoe-shaped Playa Flamenco is the most popular beach on the island and as close to perfect as possible. The water is clear with no surf, making it a good place for swimming or diving, and the blazingly white sand is lined with palms.

Isla de Culebra National Wildlife Refuge is a well-preserved slice of nature that includes the entire coastline of Culebra and more than 20 offshore cays. More than a third of Culebra is designated as the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, which includes Cayo Luis Peña , a small island just west of Culebra. Here, coves and rugged terrain make for some interesting but challenging hiking opportunities.

Vieques

Vieques, eight miles from mainland Puerto Rico, has become a popular beach resort with small, upper-end hotels, restaurants, shops, and galleries. With the departure of the United States Army from the island in 2003, Vieques turned its focus to tourism.

Beautiful beaches are now supported with a quality tourism infrastructure that attracts both Puerto Ricans and foreign travelers, who take the time to make their way over to the island. There are no large hotels or high-rise condo complexes. At 21 miles long and five miles wide, Vieques is the largest of the Spanish Virgin Islands but still offers a small-island feel.

The island is also known for a unique phenomenon at Mosquito Bay (also known as Bioluminescent Bay ), where a large concentration of phosphorescent dinoflagellates light up movement in the water at night.

Take a tour, either in a boat or canoe, or a bioluminescent bay kayak trip after dark to experience this natural wonder. While this phenomenon occurs in other areas of Puerto Rico, this is this best place to experience it. Vieques can be reached by air or ferry, with ferries departing from Fajardo.

Cathedral of San Juan Bautista

Dating back to 1540, the Catedral de San Juan Bautista, also known as the Cathedral of San Juan is one of the most important religious sites in Puerto Rico. The church is famous for being the final resting place of Ponce de Leon, the Spaniard who undertook the quest for the Fountain of Youth.

One of the lesser known facts about the church is that it is the second oldest structure in the Western Hemisphere. However, the church has aged well, with the generous support of its parishioners. Inside, it's immaculate, and the stained-glass windows glow as brightly, if not more so, than the day they were created.

Across the street from the Cathedral is a delightful little park with huge trees and sitting areas. Pleasant cafes with outdoor patios line the streets nearby.

The Catedral de San Juan Bautista is a working church and the seat of the Archdiocese of Puerto Rico.

Cayo Icacos

With all the beautiful beaches on the mainland, it may seem strange to want to get on a boat and go to another one. However, don't let that thought process derail you from one of the best things to do when visiting Puerto Rico.

Cayo Icacos, known for its incredible beach, is about a 20- to 30-minute boat ride from Fajardo, a small town found at the northeast end of the island. Cayo Icacos is located in La Cordillera Nature Reserve, so you won't find any development here; it's as close to a deserted island as you can get.

Most people take a tour on a large catamaran that includes transport, a luncheon, and drinks. These sociable tours leave around 9am and return around 4pm each day, with a stop for snorkeling at an offshore reef on the way back.

Bioluminescence at night

La Parguera in Lajas is an easily accessible bioluminescent bay located on the southwestern shores of Puerto Rico. Only a two-hour drive from San Juan , this mesmerizing natural light show is well worth the trip.

Bioluminescent Bay is home to dinoflagellates, which are micro-organisms found in the ocean. These can be seen at night as they light up with motion. Take a nighttime paddle in to see the underwater show. You can see fish zip under and along the boat trailed by an ethereal blue glow.

Several operators in the area offer tours that will take you out to see this phenomenon. One of the most popular options is a kayaking tour, which includes an optional swim. You will have a guide and be given instructions. These typically last about 2.5 hours.

La Parguera is best visited on a moonless night, so be sure to check the calendar when planning your visit and book in advance.

Surfing and Whale Watching at Rincon

Often called "Pueblo del Surfing" (Surfing Town) and "Little Malibu," Rincón is known to Puerto Ricans as a "Gringo Paradise." The dominant language in the area is English, with many foreign surfers and other expats making this town their home.

Rincon became a surfing mecca after the World Surfing Championships in 1968, when images of Rincón and the frequent 15-foot-high waves were transmitted worldwide. Surfing not your thing? Beautiful beaches that are suitable for swimming are mostly to the south of town.

Rincón is also one of Puerto Rico's main areas for whale watching excursions. The prime whale watching season is mid-January through to March, when humpback whales are in the area. Tours are easily arranged in town.

Luquillo Beach

For an easy escape from the busy beaches of San Juan, Luquillo is a terrific option. Luquillo Beach, just a short drive from the city, is a palm-lined stretch of golden sand that offers a fair degree of tranquility, without surrounding high-rise buildings and development.

The water is generally calm for swimming and the beach stretches on for almost a mile, making it ideal for walking. On the grounds, which are shaded with coconut palms, are modern restrooms, showers, and changing rooms with lockers, and just outside the entrance are food sellers. A stop at the beach can be combined with a day trip to El Yunque National Forest .

Rio Camuy Caves (Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy)

The Rio Camuy Cave Park features a huge cave system covering 268 acres and is thought to be the third largest cave system in the world. A trolley bus transports visitors to a 200-foot-deep cave, or sinkhole, which is now a preserved area known as Cueva Clara Empalme.

The caves feature various rooms, in some cases with extremely high ceilings, stalagmites, and stalactites, and rivers rushing along the base. A guided tour leads visitors through the Cueva Clara Empalme. In addition to the natural wonders the cave system presents, it's also interesting to note that the caves were used by the indigenous population long ago.

You'll find the main entrance to the caves located in the Quebrada area of Camuy.

Ponce's Historic City Center

While Ponce is a large city and generally not on the typical tourist route through Puerto Rico, its historic city center is a delight, with 17th-century architecture and open plazas. The Plaza Las Delicias is a good starting point for visitors, with cafés and park benches for convenient people-watching.

Buildings of particular note here are the red- and white-striped Old Ponce Fire Station , the City Hall , and the much more recently built Cathedral (Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Guadalupe). Ponce also has a large number of quality museums, most notably the Ponce Museum of Art .

Isla Verde

For the all-inclusive crowd looking for nice resorts and a decent beach within easy reach of a major airport, Isla Verde is just the answer. Everything an overworked, sun-seeking, beach-loving vacationer could ask for - minus Puerto Rican culture - can be found right here. With calm waters lined by a white-sand beach and backed by palm trees and resorts, Isla Verde is a tropical get away with all the comforts.

This area is a suburb of San Juan, and those who are looking to get off the resort without venturing too far will find the historic streets of Old San Juan just a short taxi ride away. Similarly, El Yunque National Rainforest can also be done as an excursion for a quick escape from the beach.

Palm trees on Condado Beach

Similar in nature to Isla Verde, Condado Beach is a beach destination that is mere minutes from the historical sights of Old San Juan. The beach is lined with condo and hotel towers, creating a lively scene here with some of the best people watching in the city.

Condado Beach itself is a relatively small beach with golden sand, washed by the warm waters of the ocean. For a longer stretch of sand, head a bit east to towards Punta Piedrita.

It's what is back from the beach that makes this area hum. The Condado area of the city is a trendy and luxurious place, with Michelin-rated chefs whipping up the latest trendy dishes, while upscale boutiques showcase the latest styles in clothes and home décor.

Some of San Juan's swankiest hotels are here, including the spectacular and popular 5-star-rated Condado Vanderbilt Hotel .

Seven Seas Beach

Only 30 miles from San Juan, Seven Seas Beach is a quiet beach with calm, clear waters and great facilities. The beach is family friendly, and just back from the sand, you'll find picnic tables, restrooms, concession stands, and easy parking.

The sand here is a golden brown, and the beach has a gentle slope. The swimming area is roped off, and boats are prohibited. The best section of the beach is at the western end; the eastern end can be rocky.

Museum of Art Puerto Rico

One of the most important museums in Puerto Rico, the Museum of Art is one of the top cultural things to do in San Juan. The permanent and temporary collections are showcased in 24 different halls throughout the 130,000-square-foot museum. The museum is spread out across two buildings, one historical and one modern.

The main focus of the permanent collection is work from the 17th century through to more contemporary works. A good way to get a better understanding of all the cherished pieces is to take one of the free tours offered on Saturday at 10am or Sunday at 2pm.

Address: #299 De Diego Ave, San Juan

Official site: https://www.mapr.org/en

The best time to visit Puerto Rico is December to May. This is the dry season, and at this time, the weather will be consistently warm and sunny. You'll pay more, but it's definitely worth the premium. The months to avoid are August and September. At this time it's hurricane season and the humidity and temperature skyrocket.

The shoulder season, between the busy winter and the rainy summer seasons, is the most ideal time to be in Puerto Rico for good weather and deals. The holidays are over; snowbirds have left; and the weather is perfect, with highs in the mid-80s Fahrenheit and low humidity levels.

Within the historic Old City of San Juan , it's all about walking. Streets are narrow, and you'll want to take your time checking things out. If you are arriving via cruise ship, the port is only a 10-minute walk away. Ride sharing apps work here, UBER is the most popular and prices are very reasonable.

If you plan on exploring the rest of the island, rental cars are easy and affordable. The same rules of the road apply as mainland USA.

Intercity buses , called guaguas, are available, but the routes and schedules are not ideal for tourist use. For short hops between towns or in town, jump on a publico. These are minibuses and are very cheap. You can stand on the side of the road and flag them down.

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45 Places To Visit In Puerto Rico In 2024 (Attractions & Destinations)

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Puerto Rico has many places to visit, including multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

The first Spanish settlement was built in 1508 near Old San Juan. Since then, Puerto Rico has developed into a unique destination that welcomes millions of visitors each year. 

I was born in Puerto Rico, and have traveled extensively across the island. 

In this article, I will cover the 45 best destinations, attractions and places to visit in Puerto Rico.

1. El Morro, San Juan

Located at the northwestern most point of Old San Juan. 

The Castillo San Felipe del Morro — better known as “El Morro”, is one of the most popular places to visit in Puerto Rico. 

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The iconic fortress is permeated with 500 years of ancient and modern history and is one of the National Monuments of Puerto Rico.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of El Morro:

Learn more in our article El Morro  – All You Need To Know .

2. Paseo de la Princesa, San Juan

You can’t leave San Juan without taking a stroll through this picture-perfect promenade. 

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Adorned with beautiful lamp posts and striking fountains, El Paseo de la Princesa is one of the most historically renowned landmarks of the island.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Paseo de la Princesa:

Learn more by reading our article Paseo de la Princesa – All You Need To Know .

3. Calle San Sebastian, San Juan

Famous for holding Puerto Rico’s largest festival.

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Filled with music and joy, Calle San Sebastian is full of restaurants and bars where you can appreciate a lot of Puerto Rican culture and customs.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Calle San Sebastian:

Learn about more activities in San Juan in our article 40 Best Things To Do In San Juan .

4. Las Sombrillas Exhibit — Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 

You’ll love the whimsical look of the hanging umbrellas in Calle Fortaleza.  

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Visit this colorful exhibit and take a walk through the cobblestone street admiring the beautiful architecture of the adjacent shops and restaurants.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Calle Fortaleza:

Learn more in our article Old San Juan – All You Need To Know .

5. La Perla, San Juan

The most scenic neighborhood of Old San Juan. 

Located near El Morro, La Perla (The Pearl) is the go-to night spot for people of all ages.

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Visit its small rustic bars and enjoy a night of dancing and singing in La Perla.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of La Perla:

6. Plaza del Quinto Centenario (Quincentennial Plaza), San Juan

The Quincentennial Plaza is located at the northern point of Old San Juan.

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Meant as the symbol of the new world, a 40-foot-tall tower stands tall in the middle of this commemoration of Columbus’s first voyage to the Americas.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Plaza del Quinto Centenario:

7. El Yunque Rainforest, Rio Grande

Home to over 240 tree species, El Yunque is rich in flora and fauna. 

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Explore its hiking trails and magnificent waterfalls of the only tropical rainforest of the National Forest System.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of El Yunque National Forest:

Read more in our article about El Yunque – All You Need To Know .

8. Flamenco Beach, Culebra

Even for the locals, Flamenco Beach is the perfect getaway. 

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Complete with white-sand beaches and waveless cerulean water, Flamenco Beach lives up to its reputation as one of the best beaches in the world.

Below is a video touring Culebra:

Flamenco Beach is Located on the Island of Culebra, 20 miles off the coast of Fajardo. 

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Flamenco Beach:

Read more in our article Flamenco Beach – All You Need To Know .

9. La Placita, Santurce

La Placita de Santurce is another historical landmark of Puerto Rico. 

image of La Placita de Santurce

But you should know that La Placita has a split personality! 

During the day La Placita is a marketplace, but after sunset, it turns into one of the most popular party places where patrons go to restaurant/bar hopping.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of La Placita:

10. La Guancha, Ponce

The picturesque seafront boardwalk of the south.

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Take a stroll along La Guancha’s kiosks and restaurants and enjoy the Caribbean flavor of cocktails and food.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of La Guancha:

Learn more about the area in our article Ponce – All You Need To Know .

11. Charco Azul river, Vega Baja

Cave diving in Charco Azul is a must-do!

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This hidden gem includes a breathtaking view that you can enjoy while swimming in the lake. 

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Charco Azul:

12. Rio Blanco Campground, Naguabo

A camping ground to relax. 

If you are looking to connect with nature and relish the impressive views all around you, Rio Blanco Campground is what you’re looking for.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Rio Blanco Campground:

13. T-Mobile District

T-Mobile District is an entertainment setting.

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There is no other place in Puerto Rico where you can watch a movie, enjoy a delicious meal in a fine restaurant, catch a concert, and zipline all in one place!

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of the T-Mobile District:

14. Mar Chiquita, Manatí

This jellyfish-shaped natural pool is one of a kind. 

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Visit Mar Chiquita and relax in aquamarine waters while trying a delicious Puerto Rican fish taco.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Mar Chiquita Beach:

15. La Playuela (Playa Sucia), Cabo Rojo

One of the most popular beaches in the southwest. 

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Visit this natural wonder and you will get a perfect tan while admiring the majestic view.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Playa Sucia:

16. Crash Boat Beach, Aguadilla

Crash Boat Beach is known as the island’s party beach. 

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The water is excellent for swimming and snorkeling, and the sand is great for dancing as you jump from one kiosk to another.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Crash Boat Beach:

Read more about Crash Boat Beach here.

17. Castillo Labadie, Moca

El Castillo Labadie is one of the historical landmarks of the island.

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Take a tour of this century-old structure and learn about Puerto Rico’s culture and history.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Castillo Labadie:

18. Luquillo Kiosks, Luquillo

Only 11 minutes from the El Yunque Rainforest.

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Walk through this row of over 50 kiosks where you can eat all kinds of seafood, enjoy refreshing drinks, and buy beautiful souvenirs.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Kioskos de Luquillo:

Learn more in our article Luquillo – All You Need To Know.

19. Balneario La Monserrate, Luquillo

Located just steps from the Luquillo kiosks.

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This beautiful beach includes camping and picnic areas as well as bathrooms and showers.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Monserrate Beach:

Read more in our article about Luquillo Beach.

20. La Parguera, Lajas

La Parguera is a waterfront block located in the southwest of Puerto Rico.

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Walk through its streets sipping a refreshing Mojito Beach while enjoying the festive atmosphere.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of La Parguera:

Later at night you can swim or snorkel in its bioluminescent bay.

Learn more by reading our article Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bays .

21. Poblado, Boquerón

One of the most popular weekend destinations.  

image of a street in Poblado, Boquerón

Located in the southwest of Puerto Rico, this fishing village is lined with restaurants where you can enjoy the best tropical seafood.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Poblado de Boquerón:

22. Casa Bavaria, Morovis

Beautiful restaurant with a striking view.

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You will not find another place in the world where you can have mofongo and schnitzel in the same place.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Casa Bavaria:

View their menu here.

23. La Cara del Indio, Isabela

This imposing rock sculpture is located at the entrance of the town of Isabela.

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This monument was carved in honor of Cacique (Chief) Mabodamaca, who fought fearlessly to protect his people during the Spanish and European invasions.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Cara del Indio:

24. Playa Peña Blanca, Aguadilla

A perfect-picture beach.

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This secluded beach is a captivating natural scenery. 

If you want to relax you will enjoy the serene waters during summer, but if surfing is your thing best to visit during winter.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Peña Blanca Beach:

Learn more by reading our article Peña Blanca Beach – All You Need To Know.

25. Toro Verde Adventure Park, Orocovis

This adventure park holds one of the longest ziplines in the world.

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If you are an adrenaline junkie come and fly over one of the most amazing forests at over 90 mph. 

“The Monster” is a 1.5-mile-long zip line and the main attraction of Toro Verde Adventure Park.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Toro Verde Adventure Park:

Learn more in our article 12 Best Zipline Adventure Parks In Puerto Rico .

26. Cerro de Nandy, San Lorenzo

This restaurant sits at the top of a hill! 

image of Cerro de Nandy's entrance

Go up the hill on their 4×4 truck and enjoy a delicious meal while admiring hundreds of miles of splendid forests. 

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of El Cerro de Nandy:

Get more information by visiting the Cerro de Nandy Facebook page.

27. Cavernas de Camuy National Park, Camuy

Explore this cave system of over 10 miles of wondrous caverns.

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Take the Rio Camuy Cavern Tour and discover more than 200 caves and the third-largest underground river in the world.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Cavernas del Rio Camuy National Park:

Learn more in our article 12 Best Caves In Puerto Rico.

28. Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Site, Utuado

Learn about Puerto Rico’s indigenous culture.

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The Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Site is the Caribbean’s most important archaeological site. It preserves numerous monoliths and petroglyphs of the indigenous inhabitants of Puerto Rico.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of the Caguana Ceremonial Indigenous Heritage Center:

29. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Santurce

Enjoy the exhibits of contemporary art of Puerto Rico’s community.

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The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) cultivates a new view of contemporary art. 

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico:

Learn more on the museum’s website .

30. Mirador de Guajataca, Quebradillas

This lookout point presents the most amazing views of the north coast.

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Don’t forget your camera!

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Mirador de Guajataca:

Learn more in our article Mirador de Guajataca – All You Need To Know .

31. Carabalí Rainforest Adventure Park (Hacienda Carabaí), Luquillo

This adventure park/ranch is loaded with activities for the whole family.

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Visit Hacienda Carabalí and spend the day horseback and ATV riding.

You can also enjoy their mouth-watering steaks and seafood.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Hacienda Carabalí:

Visit the Carabali Rainforest Park website to learn more.

32. Puente Hamaca, Adjuntas

Visiting the Hamaca bridge of Garza Lake is a unique family adventure.

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Puerto Rico is full of beautiful forests and landscapes and Puente Hamaca is visually captivating.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Puente Hamaca:

33. Museo de Arte, Ponce

This renowned museum includes over 4,500 works of art.

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The Museo de Arte de Ponce includes sculptures, paintings, photographs, and Puerto Rican folk art that dates from the IX century. 

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Museo de Arte de Ponce:

Note: As of late 2022, the main galleries of Museum of Art of Ponce are currently closed for renovations.

Contact [email protected] or call 787-840-1510 for the most current information.

34. Piñones, Loiza

This ocean drive is lined with kiosks where you can enjoy Puerto Rican cuisine.

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Try the best food and drinks in Puerto Rico hopping from kiosk to kiosk while enjoying a day on the beach.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Playa Piñones:

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35. Las Croabas, Fajardo

This park sits in front of the Fajardo bioluminescent bay.

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Surrounded by restaurants, Las Croabas is the departing point of many kayaking tours.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Las Croabas:

Learn more about the area in our article Fajardo – All You Need To Know.

36. Playa Jobos, Isabela

This beach is one of the summer favorites.

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Ideal for surfing and paddleboarding, this arch-shaped beach is surrounded by bars and restaurants.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Playa Jobos:

Learn more about the area in our article Isabela – All You Need To Know.

37. Plaza de las Delicias, Ponce

Visit the main Plaza of Ponce.

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Located in the center of the town of Ponce this plaza includes many historic buildings like the Parque de Bombas and Teatro Fox.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Plaza Las Delicias:

38. Castillo Serrallés, Ponce

Take a tour of Castillo Serrallés Museum.

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Learn the history of rum in Puerto Rico in a guided or virtual reality tour.

This setting is also perfect for weddings and social events.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Museo Castillo Serrallés:

39. Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, Vieques

This wildlife refuge contains more than 17,000 acres of land.

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Learn about endangered plants and animals like the Calyptranthes Thomasiana and the Antillean Manatee.

To learn more in our article Vieques – All You Need To Know.

40. Black Sand Beach (Playa Negra), Vieques

Black Sand Beach (Playa Negra) is one of the most unique beaches in Puerto Rico.

This beach has dark black sand.

If you go to Vieques island you can’t skip visiting this beach.

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During heavy rains, volcanic material washes down and ends up at this beach creating a stunning effect.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Black Sand Beach:

41. Toro Negro State Forest, Orocovis

This extensive forest is the perfect venue for hikers.

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More than 10 miles of trails, natural pools with waterfalls, and mesmerizing views.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Toro Negro:

42. Plaza Colón, Mayagüez

Another historical landmark.

image of Colón Plaza

Visit this 182-year-old town square and enjoy its monuments, and statues and learn the history behind them.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Colón Plaza:

43. Isla Verde, Carolina

At only three minutes from SJU airport the most popular beach in the metro area.

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  This 3-mile-long beach is surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and fast food venues.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Isla Verde:

44. Condado, San Juan

This luxurious oceanfront has been the setting of many Hollywood movies.

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Condado is the heart of the nightlife of the metro area. 

Hotels, casinos, exclusive shops, nightclubs, and restaurants define the area. 

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Condado:

Learn more by reading our article about Condado .

45. Casa Bacardí Tour, Cataño

The largest rum distillery in Puerto Rico.

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Take a guided tour and learn the history of rum Bacardi.

Activities include a virtual mixology class.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Casa Bacardí:

FAQ section

Where should i visit in puerto rico.

The best areas to visit in Puerto Rico are San Juan for touring, Culebra for the best tan, Isabela for surfing, Orocovis for adrenaline junkies, and Lajas to see the bioluminescent bay.

What is the prettiest place in Puerto Rico?

Not even the locals can agree on which is the prettiest place in Puerto Rico.  El Yunque and Flamenco Beach are good places to start.

What part of Puerto Rico is most popular?

The Metro area is the most popular, and known as the center of everything.

What is a popular site in Puerto Rico?

San Juan is the most popular place to visit for tourists and locals alike.

Final thoughts

If you are visiting the San Juan metro area, Old San Juan and Condado are great places to explore.

Cabo Rojo, Culebra, and Vieques offer some of the more secluded beaches.

For hikers and outdoor explorers, don’t miss El Yunque and ziplining opportunities .

I also recommend that you check out the bioluminescent bays that Puerto Rico has to offer.

45 Places To Visit In Puerto Rico In 2024 (Attractions & Destinations)

Dimary Hernández Soto

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I have lived in Puerto Rico my entire life. When I’m not writing, I work in the healthcare industry as a Quality Control Specialist. After Hurricane Maria, my teammates and I were responsible for ensuring that life support equipment reached patients in need around the island. 

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Why Go To Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is rich in charm and character with a dash of the familiar. Less than a three-hour flight from Miami , Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth (in case your high school history class didn't teach you that). So, when you're shopping in San Juan, the capital city (or anywhere else), you can pay for your souvenirs with American dollars. But don't be mistaken: This isn't quite a home away from home. Puerto Rico has both 20-foot waves for surfers and calm, clear waters for families. It's a stroll back through time ( El Morro ) and an up-close look at the contemporary ( Calle del Cristo ). It's an exhilarating mix of landscapes, from the serpentine jungle of El Yunque to brilliant beaches like Condado in metropolitan San Juan and the high-energy Crash Boat in Aguadilla on the west coast. And if you want to get further away from civilization, you can ferry over to the secluded – not to mention jaw-droppingly gorgeous – islands of Vieques and Culebra .

In 2017, Puerto Rico was pummeled by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma, which combined claimed thousands of lives, destroyed hundreds of thousands of buildings, and left much of the island without power for months. More than five years later, some basic infrastructure has been restored, but reconstruction efforts are ongoing. However, traveling to Puerto Rico is safe, and tourism will help the island in its recovery efforts. So, go ahead and book your flight; a world of natural enchantment, delicious food and historic experiences await.

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  • # 2 in Old San Juan
  • # 3 in El Morro (El Castillo San Felipe del Morro)

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Puerto Rico Travel Tips

Best months to visit.

The best time to visit Puerto Rico is from mid-April to June, right after the busy winter season and just before the rainy summer (August is the month with the most rainfall). Spring weather is also very pleasant, barely escaping the mid-80s on most days. The island sees its best weather in winter – which is partly why this is the most crowded and expensive time to visit – but with careful planning you might uncover a pretty good discount during those months as well, particularly if you travel in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. You could also plan an enjoyable and affordable trip for the fall, when lodging can sometimes be found for under $200 per night. However, keep in mind that fall is also the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June to November.

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What You Need to Know

It's open for tourism Puerto Rico is safe and ready for visitors. Tourism is a vital part of the island's economy and traveling there is a great way to help Puerto Rico recover from natural disasters.

It's got a great food scene From traditional foods like mofongo (plantains mashed with garlic and topped with meat, fish, vegetables, or other ingredients), arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas) and tostones (fried plantains) to staple drinks like rum and coffee, sampling the food of Puerto Rico is a must. Sign up for one of the best tours in Puerto Rico for help navigating the local food scene.

The "paradores" These inns scattered throughout the island's countryside are often an affordable alternative to staying in San Juan.

The sound is the coquí The coquí (pronounced ko-KEE) is a tiny tree frog. It's a symbol of the island and is indigenous to Puerto Rico. You'll hear the males singing nightly throughout the island.

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Take an Eastern Caribbean cruise Puerto Rico really should be explored over several days. But if you're short on time, you can get your fill during a shore excursion to San Juan.

Dine local Panaderías in Puerto Rico are far more than simple bakeries: they're also where locals gather for gossip, coffee, and inexpensive meals for breakfast or lunch. Food trucks and stands selling popular street food like alcapurrias (plantain and yucca mash stuffed with meat and deep fried), e mpanadillas , and bacalaitos (fish fritters) are another low-cost but delicious and authentic alternative to expensive restaurant meals.

Ride the Pú blicos If you want to travel like locals do, and at minimal cost, hail a ride from a público, which are transit vans that have specific routes and inexpensive fares (which you can only pay in cash). But, low fares come at a cost: Traveling via público can take a lot of time.  

Culture & Customs

Much of Puerto Rican culture, from the food to the music, represents the island's combined North American, Caribbean, Spanish and indigenous Taíno heritage. In Old San Juan you can grab comida criolla (traditional Puerto Rican meals of pork, rice and beans) just a stone's throw from Calle del Cristo's Coach and Tommy Hilfiger factory outlets.

Speaking of clothes, you're on vacation in the tropics and you're going to want to dress informally. But it's a good idea to cover up your swimsuits with clothing unless you're at the pool or the beach. Also pay special attention to your attire before enjoying Puerto Rico's nightlife – only tourists go out dressing like they're at a barbecue. If you want to blend in at the bar, smart casual attire (slacks or dark jeans for men and dresses with heels or statement flats for women) is a must.

Many Puerto Ricans speak English, but Spanish is the language of daily life. Know some basic phrases such as "hola" (hello), "gracias" (thank you), "por favor" (please) and "de nada" (you're welcome). As you move farther outside San Juan, you'll likely meet fewer people who know English fluently. Pack a Spanish phrasebook, and know that Puerto Ricans welcome your efforts to converse with them in Spanish. In addition, you'll find that chatting with locals may mean carrying on several conversations at once or being interrupted. You may also find Puerto Ricans will stand closer to you when they meet you or reach for a handshake or hug when greeting you.

Since Puerto Rico is part of the United States, the island's currency is the U.S. dollar and credit cards are widely accepted. Tipping etiquette is the same here as in other parts of the United States; 15 to 20% is considered the standard, but more is appreciated for exceptional service.

What to Eat

Dining in Puerto Rico reflects the island's mixture of Caribbean, Latin, North American and indigenous Taíno influences. No matter where you dine, make sure you get a taste of some of Puerto Rico's most authentic eats:  asopao  is a traditional stew often made with chicken or beef;  mofongo  consists of seafood, meat or vegetables atop mashed plantains; pasteles are made of mashed banana (or yucca) and stuffed with pork, chicken or cod; and  lechón  is smoky, roasted suckling pig. Other items to try include tostones (fried plantains), arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas). For something sweet, try tembleque (a coconut custard), pastelitos de guayaba (a guava-filled pastry) or mantecaditos (a Puerto Rican shortbread cookie).

Drinks in Puerto Rico are a huge part of the island's dining culture, too. Coffee and rum are its two best-known beverages. Puerto Rico's climate makes it perfect for growing coffee, so you'll find lots of local growers and no shortage of places to enjoy a great cup. You can also visit one of the haciendas for tours of the coffee farms or to enjoy a warm drink.

You won't want to leave the island without trying local rum. Start with a piña colada, which was first created in Puerto Rico (specifically at the Caribe Hilton Hotel ) and is the island's national drink. If you'd rather do a tasting, pop by the Bacardí or Ron del Barrilito distilleries. Each distillery offers tours of its facilities, tastings and mixology classes. And if you visit around the holidays, be sure to sample coquito, a coconut-based drink akin to eggnog.

If you're staying in the northeast, you can expect a quieter dining experience along Luquillo or Fajardo beaches. The kiosks in Luquillo are a must-visit in the area, as you can sample a range of different cuisines. If you want to try some of the best eats in the area, Puerto Rico's tourism board has put together a list of food trails themed around island staples like pork, coffee and rum.

Puerto Rico sees some violent drug-related crime as well as thefts in San Juan and Ponce, but it's usually not directed toward tourists. Still, watch out for pickpockets, especially on the beach, and don't leave your property unattended or it might be swiped. Steer clear of certain areas in San Juan at night, such as La Perla and portions of Santurce, as these towns are prone to drug activity and violence.

Getting Around Puerto Rico

The best way to get around Puerto Rico is by car if you want to see more than the city in which you're staying, you'll need your own vehicle as intercity train service doesn't exist and intercity bus service is time-consuming and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, driving is a courageous pursuit carried out on snaking roads, and you'll need to carry spare change for the occasional toll.

In San Juan, you can likely get around without a car with careful planning. Parking can be expensive and traffic often is a nightmare in the city, so relying on the bus and your own feet are likely your best bet during your time in the capital. Uber is also available in the city.

You'll likely fly in to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), which is about 8 miles east of Old San Juan. You can pick up a rental car here or you can take a taxi to your destination. Taxis from the airport charge a fixed rate to different destinations around the island. The airport's website provides the fare list

Puerto Rico has smaller airports: Mercedita International Airport (PSE) on the southern coast (about 3.5 miles east of Ponce) and Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) on the west coast in Aguadilla. Check the flight schedule for airlines like Spirit, United and JetBlue that fly into either of those hubs.

Entry & Exit Requirements

You don't need a passport to enter Puerto Rico, as it's a United States territory. However, if you are traveling onward to another Caribbean destination (other than the  U.S. Virgin Islands ) from Puerto Rico, you will need to present your passport. Visit the U.S. State Department's  website  for more information on entry and exit requirements.

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Key Takeaways – Top Puerto Rico destinations

Takeaway 1: puerto rico is a rich destination filled with history, culture, outdoor adventures, and beautiful beaches..

If you’re craving a vacation that’s packed with excitement and diversity, look no further than Puerto Rico. This gem of the Caribbean offers a little something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff wanting to step back in time or an outdoor enthusiast seeking thrilling adventures, Puerto Rico has got you covered. And let’s not forget about those beautiful beaches that will leave you breathless. So grab your sunscreen and get ready for an unforgettable journey through this vibrant island.

Takeaway 2: Old San Juan and its historic sites offer a peek into the past.

For all the history lovers out there, Old San Juan is an absolute must-visit. As you wander through its charming streets, you’ll be transported back in time. The Castillo San Felipe del Morro stands tall, reminding us of the battles fought long ago. The Casa Blanca Museum unveils the stories of past residents who once called this place home. And don’t forget to step inside the awe-inspiring Cathedral of San Juan that exudes old-world charm at every corner. Old San Juan truly is a living testament to Puerto Rico’s rich heritage.

Takeaway 3: Nature lovers will be in paradise with El Yunque National Forest and breathtaking beaches.

Calling all nature enthusiasts! El Yunque National Forest should definitely be on your bucket list. This lush tropical rainforest will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another world altogether—a world of enchanting waterfalls, towering trees, and exotic wildlife. But if beaches are more your thing (and who can blame you?), then Playa Flamenco in Culebra island is an absolute gem waiting to be explored. Imagine sinking your toes into pristine golden sand as gentle waves kiss the shore. It’s pure bliss. And let’s not forget about the mesmerizing Camuy Caves or the untouched beauty of Vieques island. Puerto Rico truly is a paradise for those who seek adventure and serenity in nature. So, whether you’re a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, or simply looking to relax on stunning beaches, Puerto Rico is the perfect destination for you. With its rich history, diverse culture, and breathtaking landscapes, this island will capture your heart and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t wait any

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Exploring the Historic Heart of Puerto Rico: Old San Juan

My first stop on this fantastic journey was the historic heart of Puerto Rico, Old San Juan .

Now that I think about it, every corner here tells a story.

The historic sites like Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Casa Blanca Museum, and Cathedral of San Juan , each carries a piece of the brilliant past.

It’s no wonder that Old San Juan sightseeing is a beloved part of any San Juan travel .

Delving into Nature’s Wonders: El Yunque National Forest and Cave Explorations

Nature lovers listen up! The unique splendour of Puerto Rico isn’t only confined to its cities; it expands to its natural wonders.

A visit to El Yunque National Forest, , the only tropical rainforest under the US National Forest System, is an experience not to be missed.

In any case, if you’re seeking a different kind of adventure under earth rather than over,journeying into the depths at Camuy Caves at Camuy River Cave Park or Cueva del Indio are perfect wonders for cave explorations.

Beach Bumming and Nightlife Revelries in Condado and Isla Verde

If you’re craving some beach time or looking for pulsating nightlife, then Isla Verde activities and Condado Beach visits hold promise.

All things considered, whether sunbathing on their beautiful beaches or immersing in thrilling nightlife, these vibrant neighborhoods have no shortage of excitement.

Imbibing Culture and History at the Bacardi Rum Factory and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

For the cultured traveler, a tour of Bacardi Rum Factory and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico are both insightful and exciting.

By the way, don’t miss out on sampling the rum at Bacardi, you can even learn about their production process.

Experiencing Unique Attractions: Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay, Toro Verde Adventure Park, Ponce City, Vieques Island, Luquillo Beach, and Cabo Rojo

You see, Puerto Rico’s attractions go beyond just beaches and cityscapes.

The country boasts some truly unique destinations that offer a different kind of thrill.

From witnessing the surreal glow at Vieques Bioluminescent Bay , getting an adrenaline rush at Toro Verde Adventure Park to exploring neoclassical buildings in Ponce City.

Oh and let’s not forget dipping in the unspoiled beauty of Vieques Island or in the golden sands of Luquillo beach.

Diving into Flavors: Food Tourism in San Juan

Being a food lover myself,I absolutely relished delving into local Puerto Rican food through various food tasting tours available throughout San Juan.

Puerto Rican cuisine tasting tours are increasingly popular among travelers who want to explore destinations through local food culture; combining food tasting with learning about local history related to those foods.

In summary, top puerto rico destinations offer something for every type of traveler – history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, beach-goers or food lovers.

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When planning a trip to one of the top Puerto Rico destinations, it’s important to know when the best time is. According to this post , there’s actually no bad time to visit Puerto Rico! Make sure you read up on the weather patterns and potential occurrences of natural events such as hurricanes. All-inclusive resorts are a popular choice for families visiting Puerto Rico. If this sounds like your kind of vacation, check out these family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Rico . They offer convenience and value for money with food, drinks, activities and accommodation all included in one price. No trip to Puerto Rico would be complete without spending some time on its stunning beaches. According to this post , Puerto Rico indeed has some beautiful beaches that are worth checking out during your trip. From secluded coves to bustling city beaches, there’s something for everyone. And let’s not forget about the vibrant nightlife scene in Puerto Rico. As highlighted in this article , entertainment options abound after dark – from salsa dancing and live music bars to beach parties and cocktail lounges – ensuring no shortage of fun for night owls visiting this Caribbean destination.

My Personal Take about Top Puerto Rico destinations

Hey there, it’s your old friend Steve! You know me, I’ve spent years exploring the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and can’t get enough of all its hidden treasures.

Every corner of this vibrant paradise is filled with wonderful surprises that scream out their story – a song full of flavors, colors, and people basking in a delightful rhythm that you just cannot resist. The phrase “ top Puerto Rico destinations ” doesn’t quite do it justice. In any case, let’s move on to what you should definitely see this year when it comes to journeying across the culturally rich soil of Puerto Rico. Your 2021 travel bucket list must include these spots:

  • The spellbinding waters of Mosquito Bay – nature’s best night-light.
  • El Morro Fortress – where centuries whisper tales into your ears.
  • Rum tasting at Casa Bacardi – embrace flavors drowning in tradition.

Now think about it for a second…The ironclad ramparts painted by sunsets every evening…Martini glass held high against star-studded Caribbean nights or warm smiles keeping rhythm with upbeat maracas. Drawing towards an end here but believe me when I say: words fail to encapsulate just how incredible my experiences have been navigating through remarkable tourist spots and quaint nooks alike in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Ricans’ contagious joyous spirit , their enchanting roots seen even in modern living is incredibly uplifting – feels like hope wrapped up neatly in brightly painted houses and blooming bougainvillea trails. This magical island holds unimaginable richness .

By words within each sentence on this blog post titled “ Top Puerto Rico Destinations to Include in Your 2021 Travel Bucket List “, I hope to convey just how rewarding it would be for you to take a trip down.

So why wait? Leap into an epic adventure today and bring back stories of a lifetime!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Top Puerto Rico destinations

1. what historic sites can i visit in old san juan.

In Old San Juan, you can explore historic sites like Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Casa Blanca Museum, and Cathedral of San Juan.

2. Which beach destinations are a must-visit in Puerto Rico?

For beautiful beaches, head to Condado and Isla Verde neighborhoods or check out Playa Flamenco in Culebra island.

3. What are some natural attractions in Puerto Rico?

Nature lovers should not miss El Yunque National Forest, Camuy Caves at Camuy River Cave Park, and Cueva del Indio.

4. Where can I learn about the production of Bacardi Rum?

You can take a tour of the Bacardi Rum Factory to learn about their production process and even taste some samples.

5. Are there any unique museums to visit in Puerto Rico?

If you’re interested in art and history, don’t miss Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico which showcases Caribbean identity through its art collection.

6. What other attractions should I consider during my trip to Puerto Rico?

Some other notable attractions include Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay, Toro Verde Adventure Park, Rincón for surfing enthusiasts, Ponce city with its neoclassical buildings, Vieques island known for its unspoiled beauty, Luquillo beach with its golden sand stretch, and Cabo Rojo with pink salt flats and an impressive lighthouse.

Now you know Top Puerto Rico destinations , but that’s only the beginning of your journey here at we like PR. If you found this post useful there’s more to learn to get you to the next step of your Puerto Rico journey. If you read our next articles you’ll be a step further than most people.

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You’ve heard it for years: Puerto Rico delivers on classic Caribbean charm—swaying palms, colorful colonial architecture, ever-present rum drinks—and you don’t even need your passport to visit. But this isn’t your grandparents’ Puerto Rico. The island is changing, and fast. The devastation and resulting challenges wrought by hurricanes Irma and Maria kick-started a widespread, homegrown effort at recovery and rejuvenation that has only enhanced Puerto Rico's identity, lending it a new, self-assured energy. Ambitious young chefs, contemporary artists, and reggaeton’s biggest names right now (many of whom hail from PR) are injecting fresh dynamism into the island, and demanding the rest of the world pay attention. If you think this is just another island, think again. 

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For travelers looking for the ultimate Caribbean vacation, it doesn't get much better than Puerto Rico. This small island is where you can find relaxation and adventure. If you're interested in visiting this charismatic island, you may be wondering where the best places to visit in Puerto Rico are.

An underrated town in Puerto Rico is Luquillo. This small town has a lot of character and beautiful beaches. The oldest part of the island is Old San Juan , which has a lot of history. The best family-friendly spot is Aguadilla Pueblo, with fun activities for all ages. For the best nightlife scene, we suggest Isla Verde.

While Puerto Rico may be small, many wonderful places are hidden within this island. If you're planning your first trip to Puerto Rico, you've come to the right page. Today, we're going to discuss the best places to visit while you're here and why you need to check them out.

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Vieques is a majestic destination that people around the world have fallen in love with. In this area, there are many places to explore where you can appreciate the natural beauty of Puerto Rico.

Why Should You Visit Vieques?

Vieques is known for its selection of all-natural beaches and water activities. When you explore this city you can find both black sand and white sand beaches. It's also home to a wildlife refuge where visitors can see animals, like wild horses.

  • Location: Vieques, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 70° to 88°F/ 21° to 31°C
  • Best Month To Visit: April & May
  • Best Activities: Snorkeling, Bird watching, Hiking, Horseback riding, Paddle boarding, Swimming

2. San Juan

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For a great cultural experience, we recommend visiting San Juan. This is the largest city and the capital of Puerto Rico. Visitors can learn a lot about this Caribbean island in San Juan.

Why Should You Visit San Juan?

San Juan has attractions for every traveler. Nature enthusiasts can explore the trails. There are plenty of beautiful beaches where you can relax in sun. Visitors can also enjoy a lively nightlife scene.

  • Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 66° to 89°F/ 19° to 32°C
  • Best Month To Visit: May & June
  • Best Activities: Beach lounging, Hiking, Cocktails at bars, Visiting the casino

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3. El Yunque National Forest

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El Yunque National Forest is one of the main tourist hotspots in Puerto Rico. This rainforest park spans 29,000 acres. It is one of the best destinations for people that love exploring nature.

Why Should You Visit El Yunque National Forest?

El Yunque National Forest is a place where you can spot a diverse selection of wildlife. There are 97 species of birds in this forest, including the endangered PuertoRico parrot. It is also home to several species of reptiles, amphibians, and bats.

  • Location: El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 61° to 75°F/ 16° to 24°C
  • Best Month To Visit: December through April
  • Best Activities: Hiking, Bird watching, Visit the observation tower

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Rincon is best known for its sunsets. When the sun goes down, the sky lights up with vivid shades of red, orange, and purple. This is an excellent destination for anyone who wants to spend time by the beach.

Why Should You Visit Rincon?

If you want to enjoy a relaxing vacation, Rincon is the place to go. This leisure town encourages people to enjoy a slower pace. You are likely to come across many friendly faces and plenty of fun activities.

  • Location: Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 68° to 90°F/ 20 to 32°C
  • Best Activities: Snorkeling, Surfing, Dining out

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Ponce is a picture-perfect town. Many visitors make time to stop in Ponce during their trip to get a glimpse of the world-famous architecture. This place is also known for its exotic native flowers, including several types of heliconia and sintenisii.

Why Should You Visit Ponce?

Ponce is a great place to learn more about Puerto Rico's history and culture. This town is where you can find the highest number of museums on the island.

  • Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 70° to 90°F/ 21° to 32°C
  • Best Activities: Visiting landmarks, Museums, Shopping

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Culebra has all the things visitors are looking for in a Caribbean vacation. There is a whole other world to explore in Culebra underneath the water where you can find seagrass beds, coral reefs, and marine life.

Why Should You Visit Culebra?

The scenery makes Culebra a top-choice destination for tourists. Visitors find sanctuary in the all-natural beaches and mangrove forests. Culebra is one of the best spots in Puerto Rico to unwind in nature.

  • Location: Culebra, Puerto Rico
  • Avereage Temperature: 73° to 90°F/ 23° to 32°C
  • Best Month To Visit: November through March
  • Best Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Boating

7. Aguadilla Pueblo

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Aguadilla Pueblo is a fun destination in Puerto Rico for all ages. Visitors never get bored, as they can explore nature, unwind a the beach, or check out local attractions in the town.

Why Should You Visit Aguadilla Pueblo?

Beaches are one of the main reasons people travel to Puerto Rico. Aguadilla Pueblo has stunning beaches with crystal clear water. This area offers some of the best locations for surfing.

  • Location: Aguadilla Pueblo, Puerto Rico
  • Avereage Temperature: 64° to 90°F/ 18° to 32°C
  • Best Month To Visit: December & April
  • Best Activities: Surfing, Museums, Visit the lighthouse ruins

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Some of the most charming hotels in Puerto Rico are located in Fajardo. This is a popular tourist destination because there is a lot of activity happening. One of the main attractions in the area is the marinas.

Why Should You Visit Fajardo?

Fajardo is a wonderful spot to stay because it's nearby other islands and cities. You can explore more of the island and natural reserves when you stay here. On top of that, Fajardo is famous for its breathtaking views.

  • Location: Fajardo, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 70° to 32°F/ 21° to 32°C
  • Best Month To Visit: September & October
  • Best Activities: Boating, Kayaking, Swimming

9. Old San Juan

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Old San Juan is the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico. This neighborhood is part of the San Juan district and there is a lot of history within it.

Why Should You Visit Old San Juan?

This is one neighborhood that every visitor needs to explore. The buildings are colorful, the food is divine, and the people are always in a cheerful mood. Events like the Umbrella Sky Project add more color to this area.

  • Location: Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 66° to 90°F/ 19° to 32°C
  • Best Activities: Walking tours, Food tours, Drink pina coladas

10. Castillo de San Cristobal

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Castillo de San Cristobal is a famous historic site in Puerto Rico. This area attracts visitors that want to learn more about the city's history. The site also boasts captivating military architecture.

Why Should You Visit Castillo de San Cristobal?

Some of the best views on the island can be found at Castillo de San Cristobal. This hotspot has a breathtaking view of the Caribbean sea and the city of San Juan. Visitors can also take a self-guided tour to enjoy this site at their own pace.

  • Location: Castillo de San Cristobal, San Juna, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 75° to 90°F/ 24° to 32°C
  • Best Month To Visit: January through March
  • Best Activities: Self-guided tours

11. Rio Camuy Cave Park

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Another way to enjoy Puerto Rico is underground. When you visit Rio Camuy Cave Park, you can explore a large underground cave system with exquisite natural beauty.

Why Should You Visit Rio Camuy Cave Park?

Rio Camuy Cave Park is the 3rd largest cave system in the world. There are over 10 miles of formations to explore in these caves. It's an excellent place for a day tour, but it's only open on Wednesday through Sunday during the day.

  • Location: Rio Camuy Cave Park
  • Average Temperature: N/A
  • Best Month To Visit: December through May
  • Best Activities: Cave tours

12. Crash Boat Beach

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Crash Boat Beach is one of many gorgeous beaches in Puerto Rico. Visitors have fallen in love with this beach because of the clear turquoise water. Its natural beauty makes it one of the most popular beaches on the west coast.

Why Should You Visit Crash Boat Beach?

Crash Boat Beach is an excellent place for your first time snorkeling or scuba diving. It's a safe beach with a calm current and clear underwater views. When you get hungry, you won't have to go far. There are several waterfront restaurants on this beach.

  • Location: Crash Boat Beach, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 68° to 88°F/ 20° to 31°C
  • Best Month To Visit: May & September
  • Best Activities: Swimming, Surfing, Diving, Snorkeling

13. Laguna Grande

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Laguna Grande is one of three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico. There is a microorganism in the water called dinoflagellates, which creates a blue glowing effect on the water.

Why Should You Visit Laguna Grande?

If you're looking for an activity for when the sun goes down, Laguna Grande is a great spot to visit. The glowing effects of the water are best to see at night, especially on moonless nights.

  • Location: Laguna Grande, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 68° to 90°F/ 20° to 32°C
  • Best Activities: Kayak tours, Adventure tours

14. Castillo San Felipe del Morro

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Another very popular tourist attraction in Puerto Rico is Castillo San Felipe del Morro. This site has a lot of history. It was originally used to deter sea attacks and has been through 2 wars.

Why Should You Visit Castillo San Felipe del Morro?

This tourist attraction was originally built in 1539. Today, people visit to tour through the mazes and cells, while also learning more about the area's history.

  • Location: Castillo San Felipe del Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Best Activities: Tour the fort and exhibits

15. Catedral de San Juan Bautista

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The most famous religious building in Puerto Rico is the Catedral de San Juan Bautista. This cathedral dates all the way back to 1521, making it the 2nd oldest religious building in the Western Hemisphere.

Why Should You Visit Catedral de San Juan Bautista?

There are a few attractions within this cathedral that draw in visitors. The stained glass windows are a work of art. Many people also visit to see the mummy of St. Pio and the tomb of Ponce de Leon.

  • Location: Catedral de San Juan Bautista, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Best Month To Visit: December
  • Best Activities: Enjoy artwork and historical artifacts

16. Mosquito Bay

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Mosquito Bay is the brightest bio-luminescent bay in the world. This place is famous for the flashes of blue light that people see around their boats when they tour the bay at night.

Why Should You Visit Mosquito Bay?

This is one of the most magical places in Puerto Rico at night. Tours can be arranged in the evening to ensure that visitors are safe and get to make the most of their journey on the bay.

  • Location: Mosquito Bay, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 72° to 88°F/ 22° to 31°C
  • Best Month To Visit: January & February
  • Best Activities: Guided tours

17. Cayo Icacos

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Cayo Icacos is a very popular small island on the eastern side of Puerto Rico. A lot of travelers enjoy the beach in this area because of the pristine turquoise water. It's an excellent place for diving and water activities.

Why Should You Visit Cayo Icacos?

There are several small islands in Puerto Rico, known as cays. Cayo Icacos is the largest of all of these islands. Visitors have more places to explore when they visit this cay.

  • Location: Cayo Icacos
  • Best Month To Visit: December through March
  • Best Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Snorkeling

18. Isla Verde

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Isla Verde is an excellent tourist destination for people of all ages. There are various outdoor attractions to explore. People can enjoy water activities and lounge by the beach. Isla Verde also has a very lively nightlife.

Why Should You Visit Isla Verde?

Travelers love Isla Verde because they can have an enjoyable vacation without going over their budget. This area has plenty of top-rated hotels that are close by restaurants and attractions.

  • Location: Isla Verde
  • Average Temperature: 72° to 90°F/ 22° to 32°C
  • Best Month To Visit: January through May
  • Best Activities: Hiking, Shopping, Nightlife

19. Luquillo

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Luquillo is a small town that is very popular for its beaches. Travelers love visiting the beaches in this town because the waves are soothing and palm trees create the right mood.

Why Should You Visit Luquillo?

It's not just the beaches that make Luquillo an excellent destination. The landscape in this town is well worth exploring. On top of that, there is easy access to the nearby mountains.

  • Location: Luquillo, Puerto Rico
  • Best Month To Visit: December & January
  • Best Activities: Visit parks and beaches

20. Santurce

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If you want to visit a modern and urbanized area of Puerto Rico, we suggest visiting Santurce. There is a lot for visitors to experience within this city, like great cuisine and art murals.

Why Should You Visit Santurce?

One of the top reasons to visit Santurce is for the art scene. This city has several murals, exhibits, and museums to explore. Santurce is also known for its trendy nightlife scene.

  • Location: Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Best Activities: Art galleries, Local restaurants, Nightlife

21. Condado Beach

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Condado Beach is one of the best places for tourists to stay. There are several resorts along this beach that allow guests to enjoy a tropical vacation at its finest. This beach stretches for several miles throughout San Juan.

Why Should You Visit Condado Beach?

Condado Beach is in the perfect location for travelers that want to enjoy a balance of relaxation and mingling. Guests can enjoy lounging by the beach during the day. When the sun goes down, they will find plenty of restaurants and bars for entertainment in San Juan.

  • Location: Condado Beach, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 73° to 86°F/ 23° to 30°C
  • Best Activities: Swimming, Spas, Surfing

22. Pinones

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Pinones is famous for two things: the restaurant scene and the mangrove forest. This area has the best authentic cuisine in Puerto Rico. It's also home to the largest mangrove forest on the island.

Why Should You Visit Pinones?

Pinones is rarely mentioned in tourism, but locals believe it's one of the best places on the island. It's considered the soul of Puerto Rico and is known for its community and authentic culture.

  • Location: Pinones, Loiza, Puerto Rico
  • Best Time To Visit: September through December
  • Best Activities: Biking, Exploring, Dining out, Tours

23. La Parguera

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La Paraguera is a delightful spot for all things nature. Visitors that love being outdoors won't get bored with the assortment of activities here. You can enjoy everything from bike rides to scuba diving.

Why Should You Visit La Paraguera?

The third bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico is La Paraguera Bay. There are various tour companies in the area that provide boat ride and kayaking tours at night when you can see this bay glowing.

  • Location: La Paraguera, Lajas, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 68° to 91°C/ 20° to 33°C
  • Best Activities: Boat tours, Hiking, Scuba diving

24. Seven Seas Beach

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If you want to visit Puerto Rico to spend time in the water, Seven Seas Beach is one of the top places to consider. This area is perfect for most water activities because the water is calm and crystal clear.

Why Should You Visit Seven Seas Beach?

This public beach has facilities to enjoy spending the entire day there. Guests will have access to a barbecue area, restrooms, and more. There is also an option to reserve an area to camp overnight.

  • Location: Seven Seas Beach, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
  • Best Month To Visit: August, October, & December
  • Best Activities: Snorkeling, Surfing, Swimming, Paddle boarding

25. Isla Desecheo

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Isla Desecheo is one of the most talked about places in Puerto Rico for diving. Many professional divers have given this area a 5-star rating for diving activity.

Why Should You Visit Isla Desecheo?

This tiny island offers a unique diving experience. However, it's only recommended that experienced divers who are confident with their skills attempt this area. It's popular because of its unusual path of underwater tunnels.

  • Location: Isla Desecheo

26. Museum Of Art Puerto Rico

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Art is a big part of Puerto Rico's culture. Visitors can see works of art all over this island, from murals to colorful buildings. Museum of Art Puerto Rico is one location where you can enjoy work from some of the island's most talented artists.

Why Should You Visit Museum Of Art Puerto Rico?

Guests can enjoy more of Puerto Rico's culture at this museums. The colorful works of art leave people feeling inspired. Visitors can also arrange a guided tour to make the most of their visit.

  • Location: 299 Avenida de Diego Santurce, Puerto Rico
  • Best Month To Visit: November through January
  • Best Activities: Guided tours, Enjoy art

27. The Pork Highway

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Meat lovers are going to want to travel to the Pork Highway while they're in Puerto Rico. Pork is a staple of Latin American cuisine and the locals know how to cook it to perfection.

Why Should You Visit The Pork Highway?

If you want to try some mouth-watering food on the island, you should take the journey to the pork highway. On this stretch of road, you will find over a dozen restaurants that specialize in slow-roasted pork.

  • Location: The Pork Highway, Cidra, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 61° to 84°F/ 16° to 29°C
  • Best Month To Visit: June & July
  • Best Activities: Eat delicious pork-based dishes

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Manati is home to some of the best nature reserves in Puerto Rico. It's a gorgeous area that's known for its limestone hills, lush greenery, and white stone beaches.  A lot of visitors have fallen in love with this destination, naming it the best town in Puerto Rico.

Why Should You Visit Manati?

This town is blossoming with beautiful places to explore. Visitors can find springs, rainforest waterfalls, and an array of beaches. Manati also has a historic downtown where you can see architecture and monuments that date back to the 19th century.

  • Location: Manati, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 66° to 88°F/ 19° to 31°C
  • Best Activities: Tours, Beach days, Hiking

29. Carolina Public Beach

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Carolina Public Beach is one of many beautiful beaches that people enjoy visiting while they're in Puerto Rico. Visitors enjoy dipping their toes in the white sand at this beach. It's also popular for swimming because the water is crystal clear.

Why Should You visit Carolina Public Beach?

Carolina Public Beach is a family-friendly destination in Puerto Rico. There are fun activities for all ages. Some of the most popular attractions are the volleyball court and the kids' water park. This beach also has many waterfront restaurants to grab a bite to eat.

  • Location: Carolina Public Beach, Carolina, Puerto Rico
  • Best Month To Visit: May
  • Best Activities: Water park, Swimming, Dining out, Volleyball, Water sports

30. Faro Los Morrillos

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Faro Los Morrillos is the home of the famous Cabo Rojo Lighthouse . This attraction is a short but challenging hike that offers stunning views to people that attempt it. Once visitors have reached the top of this limestone mountain, they will have a breathtaking view of the Caribbean sea.

Why Should You Visit Faro Los Morrillos?

If you're looking for adventure with picture-perfect views, you will enjoy Faro Los Morrillos. One of the reasons this place is popular with tourists is that every single angle of this cliff provides an amazing view of the town and the sea below.

  • Location: Faro Los Morrillos, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 68° to 91°F/ 20° to 33°C
  • Best Month To Visit: January through April
  • Best Activities: Hiking, Photography, Explore the lighthouse

31. La Poza del Escambron Beach

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If you're visiting San Juan and want to enjoy some water activity, La Poza del Escambron Beach is the best spot to go. It has been named the #1 beach for diving and snorkeling in the city. This allows guests to have a fun snorkeling experience without having to travel across the island.

Why Should You Visit La Poza del Escambron Beach?

La Poza del Escambron Beach is a family-friendly beach that has received nearly perfect reviews. People love to spend the day relaxing here because the weather is nice, the sand is kept clean, and the water is calm.

  • Location: La Poza del Escambron Beach, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Best Activities: Snorkeling, Diving, Swimming, Paddle boarding, Relax in the sun

32. Fortin San Juan de la Cruz

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Fortin San Juan de la Cruz can be found on Isla de Cabras. This historic landmark dates all the way back to 1610 and it's approximately 80 square feet. It's one of the most famous landmarks in San Juan, but it can be challenging to find.

Why Should You Visit Fortin San Juan de la Cruz?

Fortin San Juan de la Cruz is an interesting landmark for guests that want to learn more about the island's history of war. Another reason why this is one of the best places to visit is that it offers amazing views of San Juan Bay and Boca Vieja Cove.

  • Location: Fortin San Juan de la Cruz
  • Best Month To Visit: May through August
  • Best Activities: Hiking, Photography, Enjoy the view

33. Isla de Cabras

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Isla de Cabras is a popular tourist destination for people of all ages. Part of the reason this area is so captivating to travelers is that there are stunning views of the water and a wide variety of recreational activities, like kayaking and fishing.

Why Should You Visit Isla de Cabras?

May people choose Isla de Cabras for a family-friendly vacation. Adults find the scenery relaxing while children find the activities exciting. Smaller kids can have fun on the island's playground, while older kids enjoy water sports and nature walks.

  • Location: Isla de Cabras
  • Best Activities: Swimming, Snorkeling, Biking, Nature walks, Kayaking

34. Mar Chiquita

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Manati is home to many glorious beaches, and the most stunning of all is Mar Chiquita. This famous beach is known for its oval shape and love for its crystal clear turquoise water. The water is also surrounded by soft golden sand.

Why Should You Visit Mar Chiquita?

This popular beach is where you can go to enjoy soaking up the sun. If you're in the mood to pull up a beach chair and spend the day relaxing, this beach won't disappoint. When you feel like going for an adventure, you can hike along the unbeaten paths.

  • Location: Mar Chiquita, Manati, Puerto Rico
  • Best Activities: Swimming, Sunbathing, Exploring

35. La Placita de Santurce

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If you're visiting the Santurce area, you need to stop by La Placita district. This is the historic area of Santurce. It was originally founded as a market over 100 years ago. Today, it's one of the most bustling areas in Puerto Rico.

Why Should You Visit La Placita de Santurce?

This is an excellent place for adults to visit. You can have fun in the town all night long. La Placita is home to many great restaurants, bars, and pubs. You will be able to find places with great music, dancing, and friendly people.

  • Location: La Placita de Santurce
  • Best Activities: Stroll Downtown, Shopping, Dining out, Nightlife

36. Balneario Punta Salinas

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If you're looking for a safe beach to bring your family, Balneario Punta Salinas is a great choice. There is a lifeguard on-site at this beach. Balneario Punta Salinas is managed by the Toa Baja Municipality, so there is a $5 fee to get in.

Why Should You Visit Balneario Punta Salinas?

The water is clear and calm at Balneario Punta Salinas. One of the highlights is that you may be able to see endangered sea turtles in the water. These animals are protected and visitors must leave them alone.

  • Location: Balneario Punta Salinas
  • Best Activities: Swimming, Snorkeling, Picnics, Kayaking

37. Casa Bacardi

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Bacardi is one of the most famous brands of rum worldwide, especially white rum. This brand originates from Puerto Rico. If you want to learn more about the history of this world-famous rum brand, you should visit Casa Bacardi in San Juan.

Why Should You Visit Casa Bacardi?

If you're in San Juan, you can arrange a tour at the Casa Bacardi. Visitors get to start the tour off with a welcome cocktail. They host rum tasting tours, legacy tours, and mixology classes. There's also a gift shop on site where you can snag some Bacardi merchandise. You can also enjoy rum pairing and chocolate pairing.

  • Location: Casa Bacardi, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Best Month To Visit: March through May
  • Best Activities: Learn drink combinations, Rum tasting

38. Isla Culebrita

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Islas Culebrita is best known for its calm beaches. If you want to spend your day lounging by the beach, this place won't do you wrong. Once visitors put their feet in the sand and take in the views, they instantly feel more relaxed.

Why Should You Visit Isla Culebrita?

Sometimes you crave a vacation that is 100% about relaxation. That is what you will get on this small island. It's very quiet here, especially at night. This is why Isla Culebrita is one of the best places to go when you want to escape the busy city life.

  • Location: Isla Culebrita, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 73° to 90°F/ 23° to 32°C
  • Best Activities: Relax in the sun, Swimming, Kayaking, Hiking

39. Dorado Reef Public Beach

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One of the most intriguing beaches in Puerto Rico is Dorado Reef Public Beach . While this beach is public, it's in a location that makes it feel private. You can enjoy all the fun activities of a public beach without the crowds.

Why Should You Visit Dorado Reef Public Beach?

There are boulders in this water approximately 150 feet away from the shore. These help to keep the current calm, leaving excellent snorkeling and diving conditions for guests. The water is clear, allowing snorkelers to see more of what's underneath.

  • Location: Dorado Reef Public Beach, Dorado, Puerto Rico
  • Best Activities: Swimming, Snorkeling, Surfing, Paddle boarding

40. Cueva del Indio

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One of the main attractions in Puerto Rico is Cueva del Indio. This famous cave is surrounded by cliffs that face the Atlantic ocean. Some of the unique features are the carvings that were made by Tairo natives.

Why Should You Visit Cueva del Indio?

This prehistoric rock site is fascinating to explore. Guests are able to go on a 90-minute walking tour to get the full experience. While this tour is a lot of fun for adults, it can be too strenuous for children or anyone who is recovering from any injury.

  • Location: Cueva del Indio, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 63° to 90°F/ 17° to 32°C

41. Monte Choca State Park

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Monte Choca State Park is a popular location because large bamboo trees grow here. Visitors come here for a leisurely hike where they can take their time and enjoy the scenery.

Why Should You Visit Monte Choca State Park?

There are just over 244 acres of tropical forest to explore here. Visitors can stay at the campground on site if they want to spend a few days and enjoy all of the park's activities.

  • Location: Monte Choca State Park, Corozal, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 66° to 93°F/ 19° to 34°C
  • Best Month To Visit: February & March
  • Best Activities: Camping, Hiking, Fishing

42. San German

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San German is a popular area for travelers that enjoy learning about the area's history. There are over 250 historic buildings in this city. It's a great destination for anyone who's interested in learning more about old-world architecture.

Why Should You Visit San German?

The 2nd oldest city in Puerto Rico has a lot to offer visitors. You can enjoy historic attractions, a day at the waterpark, or even a scenic drive. Many visitors enjoy a stroll through the town looking at the architecture.

  • Location: San German, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 61° to 91°F/ 16° to 33°C
  • Best Month To Visit: February
  • Best Activities: Museums, Waterpark, Hiking, Shopping

43. Playa Ballena

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Playa Ballena is one of the most underrated places to visit in Puerto Rico. This long beach is located within Guanica's Dry Forest. Since it's somewhat hidden, it's not as busy as other beaches on the island.

Why Should You Visit Playa Ballena?

Playa Ballena is a very romantic setting. It's surrounded by lush forests and exotic flora. You can also enjoy a mesmerizing sunset in the evening.

  • Location: Playa Ballena, Yauco, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 68° to 91°F/ 20° to 31°C
  • Best Activities: Swimming, Picnics, Watch the sunset

44. Cueva del Viento

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One of the most talk-about caves in Puerto Rico is Cueva del Viento. Travelers enjoy this location because the cave tour is similar to a maze.

Why Should You Visit Cueva del Viento?

There are several caves throughout the island. However, Cueva del Viento has gained a lot of attention because you get a more in-depth cave experience. During this tour, visitors can see the fascinating features of the cave formations up close.

  • Location: Cueva del Viento, Isabela, Puerto Rico
  • Average Temperature: 55° to 93°F/ 13° to 34°C
  • Best Month To Visit: November & December
  • Best Activities: Cave touring

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The Most Beautiful Destinations in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is a beach lover’s paradise, and its pristine shores and many attractions make the US territory the biggest tourist destination in the Caribbean. You’ll walk through historic squares lined with Spanish colonial architecture, float in bioluminescent lagoons and take incredible snorkelling trips in the dazzling Caribbean waters. Here are the most beautiful destinations on the island.

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Old San Juan

Visiting this historic district is like travelling back in time. Walk the twisting cobblestone streets of Old San Juan to find grand, pastel colonial architecture from the 16th and 17th centuries and old Spanish military forts. Despite its well-preserved history, the more than 500-year-old settlement – the oldest in Puerto Rico – is also home to more modern Puerto Rican culture. Be sure to stop by the 16th-century El Morro citadel, the neoclassical San Juan Cathedral and the Fortaleza. However, the whole district is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, so you really can’t go wrong.

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Playa Flamenco

The pristine white-sand shores and sparkling crystalline waters of Playa Flamenco are regarded as the best on Culebra, a small island about 27km (17mi) off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Indeed, Playa Flamenco is often noted as one of the best beaches in the world. The beach’s name comes from the flamingos that rest in a nearby lagoon in the winter. Visit during the week when the beach is at its least crowded.

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El Yunque National Park

Along with its stunning beaches, Puerto Rico’s natural beauty comes from a lush rainforest in the most famous national park on the island. Hike through the mist under giant green canopies in the Sierra de Luquillo, and try to spot as many of the forest’s 240 species of trees and hundreds of plant species as you can. The 111sqkm (43sqmi) park contains El Yunque’s 1,055m (3,461ft) peak, the 26m-tall (85ft) La Coca Falls and much more.

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Mosquito Bioluminescent Bay

This incredible, rare sight is not to be missed on a trip to Puerto Rico. The glowing waters of the island’s three bioluminescent bays are the result of many factors, including the water’s shallow depth, high temperature, low circulation and high nutrients. These qualities combine to make an excellent habitat for dinoflagellates, the plankton that creates the stunning star-studded sight of the glowing lagoons. Swim, kayak or watch the glow from the shores. Mosquito Bay is regarded as the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world, though its magic is hard to capture on camera.

This famous surfing town is hugely popular with international travellers, prompting Puerto Ricans to call it “Gringo Paradise”. The waves swell to huge proportions here, but there are also beaches on the south side of town that are great for swimming and relaxing with a piña colada. The area is also popular for humpback whale-watching trips from mid-January to March.

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Isla Desecheo

This satellite island off Puerto Rico’s west coast, about 19km (12mi) from Rincón, is a top destination for divers wanting to escape the heavily crowded tourist areas. The water is calm and translucent, with a visibility of around 24m (80ft), perfect for viewing the coral reefs and spotting bright fish in the water. The tiny uninhabited island is a wildlife and marine reserve managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Ponce is a city that is uniquely Puerto Rican. Take a walk through the Pearl of the South’s historic town centre to see fantastic examples of colonial architecture and well-preserved mansions as well as a dozen or so great museums – including art, history, music and more. You can also walk 5km (3mi) south to the coast to find the Paseo Tablado La Guancha – a boardwalk home to many excellent restaurants and bars.

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Río Camuy Cave Park

This cave park is one of the largest cave systems in the world, covering 108ha (268 acres). The limestone caves and waterways were carved out by the Río Camuy, the third-largest underground river in the world. Here, you can ride a trolley bus into the depths of the 61m-deep (200ft) cave. There are numerous rooms featuring stalagmites, stalactites and running rivers. Although the cave system wasn’t rediscovered until 1958, there is evidence that Puerto Rico’s first inhabitants explored them.

La Parguera Natural Reserve

Near La Parguera village and resort is a beautiful area of preserved natural beauty. The reserve houses some of the most extraordinary natural sights in Puerto Rico, including mangroves, salt marshes, coral reefs and a smattering of satellite islands. There is no camping allowed on the reserve, but there are hiking trails, boat rides, and snorkelling and windsurfing opportunities.

Lago dos Bocas

In the centre of Puerto Rico, between Arecibo and Utuado, this human-made lake was constructed in 1942, and it’s one of the island’s drinkable water reserves. Jump on a ferry and take a ride on the lake’s calm waters – the area is full of natural charm and beauty. Enjoy lunch at one of the lakeside, open-air restaurants while you bask in the peacefulness of it all.

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In southern Puerto Rico, Guánica is a town that lies in the narrow harbour of the same name. It has stayed connected to its traditional roots, and there are plenty of historical sights to see. Visit the Caprón Fortress, Guánica Lighthouse and the Guánica State Forest. You can also visit a little place called Gilligan’s Island, named after the popular TV show.

This area is popular among native Puerto Ricans and tourists. Fajardo is known for its excellent seafood, high-quality hotels and proximity to Palomino, Icacos and Palominito – all popular islands for day trips. The turquoise sea on Fajardo’s shores is calm and fitting for snorkelling trips, and it houses one of Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent lagoons, Laguna Grande. Visit Las Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse, one of the oldest in Puerto Rico, and check out Puerto del Rey Marina, one of the largest marinas in the whole Caribbean.

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Looking for somewhere different to stay? Book into one of the best boutique hotels in Puerto Rico , or treat yourself to an unforgettable luxury hotel . Inspire your itinerary with the most beautiful beaches in San Juan ; don’t miss the must-see attractions . And, when in the Puerto Rican capital, book yourself a table at one of the best restaurants in San Juan . To discover delicious food, check out the best food festivals in Puerto Rico .

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13 things to know before you head to Puerto Rico

Amaya García

Nov 30, 2023 • 10 min read

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Don't just dive right in! A little local knowledge can help you on your way to a perfect trip to Puerto Rico © Stephen Frink / Getty Images

With breathtaking oceanfront vistas, lush, breezy mountains, tropical rainforest, some pumping nightlife and one of the coolest food scenes in the Caribbean, a Puerto Rico vacation is all about enjoying the ride.

Learning a few of the island's unspoken social rules will go a long way to helping you enjoy the vibe and understanding what makes Puerto Rico such a memorable spot for your vacation.

So whether you're hiking, surfing, zip-lining, boogie boarding or heading to one of the island's many festivals, here are our top tips on planning, etiquette and health and safety in Puerto Rico.

1. Check the visa rules and passport requirements

While Puerto Rico is its own country, and local laws and customs differ from those of the United States, the island is still a Commonwealth of the USA. This means US citizens don’t require a passport or a visa for entry.

Flights from the US are considered domestic, so you won’t go through customs when you arrive on the island and you won’t need to present a visa or pay a departure tax when you leave.

However, visitors must still pay the local tax of 11.5% on goods and services and you’ll be required to pass through the US Department of Agriculture channel at the airport before you leave, just to make sure you don’t bring fruits or vegetables or open food packets back into the US.

Non-US citizens taking a trip to Puerto Rico may need to apply for a 90-day visa before arrival, but countries that are part of the US Visa Waiver Program won’t need a visa thanks to international agreements. Check out this list to see what countries are part of the program and which have visa requirements.

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2. Rent a car for long-distance road trips when traveling in Puerto Rico

When planning a trip to Puerto Rico, it's necessary to know that public transportation often falls short. Keep this in mind when planning how long you want to stay.

The bulk of the San Juan metropolitan area – comprising the municipalities of San Juan, Bayamón, and some parts of Carolina – is served by buses run by Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses (AMA), but the routes and pick-up times are unreliable.

A road trip to the beautiful central mountain range, the beaches of the northwest, or the southwestern desert requires a rental car. 

Cars can go up or down in price depending on the season , but you’ll get more out of your trip if you’re driving as you can make all the stops you need to take photographs at the amazing miradores (lookout points) sprinkled along Expressway 22 in the north or Route 66 in the northwest.

Two young women kayaking in a bioluminescent bay, Peurto Rico

3. Don’t expect to see the whole island in one trip

Puerto Rico is 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, but don't let that fool you – the geography is anything but small in scale and there are many things you'll want to do while you're there. The island has a surface area of 3515 sq miles, and white, sandy beaches are only one of the natural wonders you’ll experience in Puerto Rico.

Visitors can marvel at bioluminescent bays, caves that are thousands of years old and adorned with Taino hieroglyphics, and a wealth of rivers, canyons, high mountain peaks, and salt flats. 

While a lot of tourist attractions and popular bars are in San Juan, real Puerto Rican culture is often best encountered in places outside of the metropolitan area. It can take up to three hours to get from one side of the island to the other, and there are bound to be some roads that are either closed or temporarily closed for repairs.

Traveling from one end of the island to the other can be a breeze if you use the expressways, or it can be a long rollercoaster ride via the island’s beautiful backroads.

Expect delays due to construction and improvement work along major highways, and be prepared for epic traffic jams during the peak commuter hours, from 6am to 9am and 4pm to 7pm.

People sit and drink cocktails at La Factoria, Puerto Rico which has a green and white tiled floor and a bar

4. Pack bathing suits and your Sunday best

As a former Spanish colony, Puerto Rico was left with a legacy of Spanish colonial practices, including widespread Catholicism, also common in other nearby Latin American countries such as Cuba and the Dominican Republic . 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Puerto Ricans tend to be quite conservative when it comes to dress codes and the places where these apply. In Old San Juan – where the governor’s mansion, La Fortaleza is located – it’s common to see workers in full suits or long shirts regardless of the tropical heat.

Flip flops are usually reserved for the beach or super-casual situations, such as trips to kiosks and beachside restaurants, or riverside walks. You’ll stick out like a sore thumb if you show up at the main mall, Plaza las Américas , in your swimsuit.

Some clubs have dress codes too, requiring men and women to wear smart shoes. Pack your bathing suit and flip flops, but also bring some dressy outfits for going out at night and clothes that cover the knees and shoulders if you plan to visit any religious sites. 

5. Buy tickets ahead for tours and attractions

If you’re planning to join a snorkeling trip, go on a catamaran tour, or eat at the 1919 Restaurant in the Vanderbilt Hotel , book your spot ahead of time. Trust us, planning ahead will be a game-changer.

6. Don’t expect everyone to speak English

Regardless of Puerto Rico’s modern political status, Spanish remains the language most widely spoken on the island. While you’ll find plenty of Puerto Ricans who speak near-perfect English, you're most likely to meet these people in the metropolitan area and peripheral cities such as Caguas, Bayamón, Guaynabo, Carolina, and Trujillo Alto.

Even in Old San Juan, where restaurant and tourism industry workers will speak to you in English without a problem, it’s considerate to ask someone if they speak English before continuing. If you're venturing outside of the main tourist zones, brush up on your Spanish, be patient and courteous and you’ll make fast friends with island residents.

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7. Discuss politics with care   

Conversations about the island's political situation can get heated and emotional – the subject of the islands' status is a controversial one, and Puerto Ricans' views vary widely.

The best approach is to come to these conversations with an open mind and remember that Puerto Rican politics and US politics are incredibly different. There's much to be gained by just listening to Puerto Ricans' stories and hopes for what they want to see the island become in the future.

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8. Be ready to sample the full range of Puerto Rican cuisine

Don’t let the tasty street snacks – pernil (roast pork), alcapurrias (stuffed, fried fritters), and bacalaitos (codfish fritters) – steal all your attention. While these traditional and delicious foods are prevalent, Puerto Rican cuisine is vast and complicated, with influences that range from West Africa to Spain and Asia.

You’ll find vegetarian-friendly restaurants such as vegan cafe El Grifo in Caguas and 100% HP in San Juan. Then there's the fine dining experience at the internationally renowned 1919 Restaurant inside the Vanderbilt Hotel in Condado or the French restaurant Trois Cent Onze .

Puerto Rico has a host of extraordinarily talented home-grown chefs and wonderful influences from other countries, such as the island's ubiquitous Puerto Rican-Chinese restaurants, which are typically family-run and cozy. Come for the mofongo (mashed fried plantains) and pernil , but stay for the surprising breadth of culinary experiences that await in Puerto Rico.

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9. Be ready for the real “island time”

It’s tempting to think of Puerto Rico as a laid-back escape where the majority of the time is spent going to the beach or hanging around in the sun. The reality is that the island is centered on a busy, metropolitan city, with people rushing to work early in the morning, and traffic jams at the end of long workdays.

If you need to do any errands, plan ahead, because government offices, fast food restaurants, bakeries, and supermarkets will almost always have long lines. Making a scene or looking exasperated because the cashier took a little bit more time than usual will most likely earn you some dirty looks. 

You’re on vacation; enjoy the slower pace and go with the flow. You’ll soon learn the art of Puerto Rican small talk and taking a breather while you wait.

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10. Be aware of the hurricane season

Hurricane season in the Caribbean runs from June 1 to November 30, and while Puerto Rico isn’t typically hit by hurricanes, when they do hit, they can be devastating. When booking hotels and plane tickets during hurricane season, always check with your airline about their natural disaster policies.

If you get stuck in Puerto Rico during a hurricane, your hotel will likely have an emergency plan. Tourists are well taken care of on the island, so ask your lodging about contingency measures before you go.

This is not to say you can’t travel during the hurricane season – indeed, June to November is one of the most wonderful seasons on the island. Just keep an eye on the news and monitor your favorite weather app for warnings of approaching storms.

Colourful buildings by the sea in San Juan, Puerto Rico

11. Exercise caution on Puerto Rico's beaches 

Beaches in Puerto Rico are beautiful, with crisp white sand and crystal clear waters for all to enjoy. However, there are usually no lifeguards on duty, and if you’re staying on the Atlantic coast in the north, the ocean tends to be choppier compared to the mild waves of the Caribbean in the south. 

You can usually spot rip currents and whirlpools by the appearance of the surface of the water, which will look different from the water where waves are moving towards the beach. 

Don’t panic if you do get caught in one – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends conserving your energy and swimming parallel to the shore until you get out of the current. While rip currents can be deadly, they rarely pull people under the water, just away from the shore.

Exercise caution when swimming with children and if you see a patch of water or a beach that’s completely empty, that’s usually for a reason. This could be jellyfish, spiky sea urchins, or strong undercurrents. 

When visiting the beach, don’t bring flashy jewelry, expensive cameras, or leave purses out in the open, as pickpockets can be an issue on high-traffic tourist beaches such as Ocean Park and Isla Verde.

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12. Exercise the same caution you would use in a big city back home

Puerto Rico is generally safe for travelers but keep an eye out for risks such as dark, empty streets in Old San Juan and other San Juan neighborhoods . In particular, exercise caution when venturing out to clubs in Santurce – this is a high-crime area at night.

Some beaches in urban areas aren’t safe to hang out at night either. There’s no police presence and these beaches tend to be hidden behind hotels and residences with little to no lighting, providing an excellent opportunity for petty crime.

Research the area where you’re staying and try to speak to someone who already lives there or has visited to gauge safety levels.

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13. Don’t skimp on sunblock and bug spray

Caribbean sunlight can hit hard if you’re not used to it. The islands are close to the equator and get hit directly by the sun, with noon to 4pm being the most punishing hours of the day. Don’t skimp on sunblock – aim for SPF50 or higher – and you'll avoid nasty burns.

Any local will tell you that bugs – especially mosquitoes – are a nuisance on summer nights. In the worst cases, they can also carry tropical diseases such as dengue fever, Zika, and chikungunya.

Your best protection against bugs is to wear a lot of DEET-based bug spray, especially in areas close to bodies of sitting water, such as mangroves, lagoons and lakes. 

This article was first published May 2022 and updated November 2023

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Puerto Rico is a diverse and exciting destination, with attractions ranging from pristine beaches to verdant jungles.

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  • Explore the historic charm of Old San Juan, with its Spanish colonial architecture and prominent attractions like El Morro and La Fortaleza.
  • Relax on the pristine Flamenco Beach in Culebra, known for its turquoise waters and white sand, perfect for snorkeling and swimming.
  • Experience the natural beauty of Puerto Rico by visiting El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the National US Forest System.

With its beautiful scenery and abundance of fun things to do, Puerto Rico is the Caribbean's most popular vacation spot. A popular destination for sun worshippers and island hoppers, this is the most populous of all the islands in the tropics. It's no surprise that the picturesque palm-lined beaches attract visitors of all stripes, from young couples to college students to families with young children.

Experience magnificent snorkeling in the Caribbean's beautiful waters , unwind in peaceful bioluminescent lagoons, or discover the region's history at one of the many historic Spanish villages. Here's a list of must-see places for those considering visiting Puerto Rico.

UPDATE: 2023/09/12 11:05 EST BY TANVI AKHAURI

There is no dearth of beautiful places in Puerto Rico that travelers can make the most of during their next visit to this Caribbean paradise. The updated list contains more unique spots worth visiting, with added details of where to stay in Puerto Rico.

15 Old San Juan

To visit this city is to step into another period altogether. San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital and largest city, is situated on the island's Atlantic coast. Stay around the Isla Verde resort strip —famous for its casinos, nightclubs, and bars—which sits in front of the island's largest beach. Spanish colonial architecture and narrow, winding lanes characterize Old San Juan. El Morro and La Fortaleza, two significant strongholds with magnificent ocean views and the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade, are some of the city's most prominent attractions, and both date back to the 16th century.

  • Where you should stay: San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  • Address: 1309 Ashford Avenue, San Juan 00907-1324 Puerto Rico
  • Amenities: Valet parking, Free WiFi, Pool, Fitness Center with Gym, Bar/Lounge, Beach, Bicycle Rental

Related: These Are The 10 Must-Visit Puerto Rico Islands (Recommended By Locals)

14 Castillo San Felipe Del Morro

Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a citadel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries and is the primary attraction in Old San Juan. Enjoy a stay close to the stately fort, which dates back to 1539, stands alone on a peninsula, and offers visitors a unique glimpse into the past. In 1983, together with the San Juan National Historic Site, the United Nations designated the citadel as a World Heritage Site. One of Puerto Rico's top tourist destinations, Castillo sees over two million tourists annually.

  • Where you should stay: Hotel El Convento
  • Address: 100 Cristo St, San Juan 00901 Puerto Rico
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, Pool, Fitness Center with Gym, Bar/Lounge, Rooftop terrace

13 Castillo De San Cristóbal

Castillo of San Cristóbal is a must-see, even though it remains in the shadow of its more well-known neighbor, El Morro. Find a hotel nearby and pack a pair of walking shoes; San Cristobal is much larger than El Morro. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most prominent Spanish fort ever constructed in the New World, it offers visitors enjoyable sightseeing thanks to its five independent defensive units spread across 27 acres, all connected via moats and tunnels. This fort, built between 1634 and 1790, protected the eastern entrance to old San Juan.

  • Where you should stay: Decanter Hotel
  • Address: 106 Calle de San Jose Old San Juan, San Juan 00901-1317 Puerto Rico
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, Pets Allowed, Baggage storage, Bar/Lounge, Rooftop terrace

Related: Visit Puerto Rico And Tour The Oldest European Settlement In America

12 Flamenco Beach

Flamenco is a beautiful stretch of white sand and turquoise water, making it one of the best beaches in the world. The lack of waves at this beach makes it perfect for water sports like snorkeling and swimming and more sedate pursuits like lounging, playing in the sand, and reading a book. Visitors staying in the area can access lifeguards, a camping area, showers, and food stalls serving traditional Puerto Rican fare. Flamenco is also home to Culebra's most famous landmark, The Tank, a monument commemorating the United States Navy's time on the island.

  • Where you should stay: Hix Island House
  • Address: Carr. 995, KM 1.5, 00765 Puerto Rico
  • Amenities: Free parking, Free internet, Pool, Free Breakfast, Hiking, Snorkeling, Pets Allowed

11 Mosquito Bioluminescent Bay

The beautiful island of Vieques hosts the brightest bioluminescence phenomena on Earth, as verified by the Guinness World Record in 2006. A must-do activity for guests vacationing on Vieques is a bay kayak tour with one of the island's tour companies (some of which provide clear-bottom kayaks). Consider the moon phase while planning the trip, as the luminous effect peaks on nights when the moon is new or in its crescent phase.

  • Where you should stay: El Blok Hotel
  • Address: 158 Calle Flamboyan, Esperanza 00718-2128 Puerto Rico
  • Amenities: Free public parking nearby, WiFi, Bar/Lounge, Evening entertainment, Patio, Car hire, Adults only

10 El Yunque National Forest

Experience the tropical splendor of Puerto Rico's nature by visiting El Yunque National Forest. Pico El Yunque is part of the Luquillo Mountains, home to El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the National US Forest System. One of the most visited natural attractions in Puerto Rico, it is often included in day trips for guests staying in San Juan. La Coca Falls, Yokah Tower, Bao Grande, Bao de Oro, and La Mina Falls are some of the most visited sites in El Yunque National Forest.

  • Where you should stay: Casa Alternavida
  • Address: PR 968 Km 0.87, Rio Grande 00721 Puerto Rico
  • Amenities: Free parking, WiFi, Yoga classes, Free breakfast, Beach, Hiking, Airport Transportation

9 Culebra Island

Culebra may be smaller than Vieques, but its beautiful beaches and rolling green hills give it its own character and make it a perfect place to stay. The pace and the atmosphere here are relaxed. Culebra, a small island in the Caribbean , is just seven miles long and three miles wide and is surrounded by 23 smaller islands. More than twenty offshore cays and the entirety of Culebra's shoreline are protected as part of the Isla de Culebra National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Where you should stay: Villa Pelicano Oceanfront
  • Address: Fulladoza #7, 00775 Puerto Rico
  • Amenities: Free parking, WiFi, Beach, Bicycle rental, Children's Activities, BBQ facilities, Outdoor furniture, Self-serve laundry

8 Cayo Icacos

Located off the shore of Fajardo on the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, Icacos is a tiny island with no permanent residents. Cayo Icacos, also known as Icacos Island, is the largest and most picturesque cay in the La Cordillera Nature Reserve. Azure seas lap softly against a narrow stretch of diamond-dust sand. To get to Icacos, visitors need to take a boat, so plan and book a ride on a catamaran or a water taxi. Even though there aren't any lined palm trees to provide shade, the island is excellent for swimming and snorkeling due to the abundance of aquatic life to be discovered, so visit during a vacation in Puerto Rico .

  • Where you should stay: El Conquistador Resort
  • Address: 1000 El Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo 00738-3711 Puerto Rico
  • Amenities: Free private parking nearby, Pool, Fitness Center with Gym, Bar/Lounge, Beach, Boating, Children's Activities

Related: What To Know About Visiting Isla De Mona, Puerto Rico's Untouched Caribbean Island

7 Rio Camuy Caves

The massive cave system in Rio Camuy Cave Park covers 268 acres and is arguably the world's third-largest. Visitors nearby can take the Cueva Clara Empalme trolley bus to a sinkhole (or cave) 200 feet deep and part of a protected area. There are many different chambers in the caverns, some of which have sky-high ceilings, rivers gushing out of their bottoms, and stalagmites and stalactites dangling from the walls. Visitors can visit the Cueva Clara Empalme on a guided tour. The cave system is stunning in its own right, and it is even more incredible to think that ancient people lived there.

  • Where you should stay: Royal Isabela
  • Address: 396 Ave Noel Estrada, Isabela 00662-3279 Puerto Rico
  • Amenities: Free parking Free WiFi, Pool, Yoga classes, Bar/Lounge, Beach, Golf course

6 Isla Verde

Isla Verde is perfect for travelers who want to be close to a big airport and have access to great resorts and a decent beach. Besides Puerto Rican culture, this place has everything visitors needs on vacation: sun, sand, and surf. Isla Verde is a tropical paradise with all the amenities, including calm waters, a white sand beach, palm trees, and luxurious resorts.

  • Where you should stay: The Royal Sonesta San Juan
  • Address: 5961 Isla Verde Avenue, Isla Verde, Carolina 00979, Puerto Rico
  • Amenities: Valet parking, Free WiFi, Pool, Fitness Center with Gym, Bar/Lounge, Beach, Patio

5 Cueva del Indio

One of the best caves in Puerto Rico , Cueva del Indio, is a rock formation jutting out onto the Atlantic Ocean in the city of Arecibo. The cave has a majestic form that not only makes for a striking visual but also deeply connects to Puerto Rican heritage by way of the indigenous petroglyphs (rock carvings) found there. Travelers can either explore the attraction via a guided tour ( Cave Day Tour from San Juan by Tourism Family is a high-rated option) or hike by themselves to enjoy the grand scenery at Cueva del Indio.

  • Where you should stay: Parador El Buen Café
  • Address: #381, Carr. 2, Km. 84.0 Bo. Carrizales, Hatillo 00659-2814
  • Amenities: Vending machines, free parking, ATM on-site, karaoke

4 Paseo de La Princesa

Paseo de La Princesa is among the prettiest places in Puerto Rico for travelers to soak in the country's traditional charms. The walkway, lodged in the neighborhood of Old San Juan overlooking the bay, is beloved by locals and tourists alike for its magnificent sights and scenic beauty. Lined with lush foliage and antique structures that complement its nearly 200-year-old character, Paseo de La Princesa is one of Old San Juan's most prized attractions . Romantic walks here (taken early morning or during sunset hours) carry the promise of being memorable for a lifetime.

  • Where you should stay: El Colonial
  • Address: 312 C. de San Francisco, San Juan 00901
  • Amenities: Adults only, pet-friendly, windsurfing, daily housekeeping

3 Casa Bacardí

This one's a must-visit for all those who love a tipple! Home of the globally beloved spirit label, Casa Bacardí is a distillery based in Puerto Rico, renowned as the world's largest for rum. Tickets are available on the attraction's official website for visitors to indulge themselves in the history of the brand, rum tasting experiences, and mixology classes. Book out a day for a tour of Casa Bacardí for a boozy break from hanging out at the beach.

Casa Bacardí lists several entry rules for its visitors, ranging from age policies to dress codes. Those planning a visit here are strongly recommended to go through these while purchasing tickets.

  • Where you should stay: Hotel Villa del Sol
  • Address: Calle Rosa #4, Carolina 00979
  • Amenities: Car rental, outdoor pool, beauty salon, kitchenette

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2 San Juan National Historic Site

It's impossible for one to visit Old San Juan and not spend time at the San Juan National Historic Site. It is, after all, the stretch on which Puerto Rico's famous historic structures of Castillo San Felipe Del Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal stand. There are more fortresses beyond these two magnificent constructions in the area that hark back to the country's colonial-era Spanish heritage. History buffs and families will have an enriching experience at this spot in Puerto Rico !

  • Where you should stay: La Buena Vida Inn
  • Address: 150 C. Diez de Andino, San Juan 00911
  • Amenities: Flat-screen TV, casino, beach access, daily housekeeping

1 Laguna Grande

Done with Puerto Rico's famous beaches during the day? Head over to Laguna Grande at night to witness bioluminescent magic. One of the Caribbean island's three popular bio-bays, besides Mosquito Bay and La Parguera, Laguna Grande offers lovely panoramas during the day as well. But it turns into a real treat for the eyes at night when it comes alive with sea sparkle that travelers can experience up close on kayaking tours. The Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Puerto Rico by Yokahu Kayak Trips, Inc. is a top-rated tour that assures visitors of a comprehensive experience of the bio reserve.

  • Where you should stay: Fajardo Inn
  • Address: 52 Parcelas Beltran, Fajardo 00740
  • Amenities: Spa, hot tub, outdoor tennis, laundry facilities, scuba diving

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Top Rated Tour in Puerto Rico

Welcome to Puerto Rico, the most exciting Caribbean destination, luring travelers to leave the resort boundaries to experience rich natural wonders, and fun experiences.  Vacationers will have many interesting places to visit and fun things to do, from relaxing on uncrowded beaches , hiking the enchanting tropical forest of El Yunque , kayaking in bioluminescent bays , visiting UNESCO historic sites to thrilling activities such as ziplining , cave tubing, rappelling, surfing and more.  Whether you’re traveling with children, dreaming of a romantic tropical escape, longing for a fun city weekend trip, or a pampering luxurious vacation, Puerto Rico will not disappoint.

Sit back, relax, and begin your journey… We hope to inspire you to travel more meaningfully for a lifetime of memories.

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No passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Puerto Rico .  The official name of Puerto Rico is Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico (Free Commonwealth of the United States), an unincorporated territory of the United States since 1952, those born on the island are U.S. citizens.  English and Spanish are both “official” languages of Puerto Rico, and most staff in tourist regions are bilingual.  You’ll see the American influences in everyday life around the island, while still maintaining its own culture, language, and traditions.

Puerto Rico Flora - El Yunque National Rainforest

Puerto Ricans are known to be among the happiest people in the world.  Their festive outlook on life inspires visitors and is evident in their hospitality, making your stay and excursions extra special. Forget your busy life while in Puerto Rico and get immersed in the vibrant culture and richness of Puerto Rican Island Life.

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 Puerto Rico, an island in the Greater Antilles of the Caribbean is 35 miles wide (north-south), and 100 miles long (west-east), just under the size of Connecticut.  Puerto Rico is roughly 3,500 square miles and is the largest island of Puerto Rico’s archipelago.  San Juan, is the capital city of Puerto Rico .  Puerto Rico is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.  West of Puerto Rico is the neighboring country of the Dominican Republic, the point of Rincon is directly across from Punta Cana .  Puerto Rico has 78 municipalities , including the islands of Culebra and Vieques .

Basic Facts about Puerto Rico

  • Country Name:  Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico / Free Commonwealth of the United States
  • Aboriginal Name: Borinquen / Boriken
  • Airports:   There are three international airports: Luis Muñoz Marin International in Carolina (SJU), Rafael Hernandez International Airport in Aguadilla (BQN), and Mercedita International Airport in Ponce (PSE).
  • Anthem:  La Borinqueña
  • Citizenship:  United States of America
  • Climate of Puerto Rico is Tropical Marin e, with balmy and wonderful temperatures between  80 °F (26.7 °C) and 70 °F (21.1 °C).
  • Puerto Rico Flag
  • Coordinates are 18°15’N, 66°30’W
  • Currency:  United States Dollar (USD) $
  • Driving Side: Right
  • Electricity : 110 volts standard just like in the United States
  • Emergency Number:   Dial 911
  • Ethnic composition:   The population is 75.8% white, and of Spanish Origin /  12.4% Black / 8.5% is Native Origin
  • Gas Stations: Gas sold/measured in Liters
  • Gentilic: Puertorriqueños and / or Boricuas (Spanish), Puerto Ricans (English)
  • Government:  Democracy, Republic
  • Land Area:  9,104 sq km (3,515 sq mi)
  • Language: Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto Rico.  Most Puerto Ricans working in hospitality in tourist districts speak both English and Spanish, however only about 5% speak English fluently around the island.
  • Nationality:  Puerto Rican
  • Political Status: Unincorporated Territory of the United States – 1952
  • Population:   3,221,789 (2022 U.S. Census)
  • Road Distances : Measured in Kilometers
  • Road Speed:   Measured in Miles per Hour
  • Time Zone is Atlantic Standard (UTC – 4:00)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Puerto Rico part of the United States? – Yes, Puerto Rico is a Free Commonwealth of the United States.  Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States like the US Virgin Islands and Guam, among others. 
  • Can a US citizen live in Puerto Rico?   Yes, a US citizen can travel and live on the island as any other state on the mainland.
  • Do Puerto Ricans have U.S. passports?   Yes, Puerto Ricans have U.S. passports just like any other citizen born in the mainland of the United States.

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Visitors that venture out of the resort property can testify to the island’s magnificent natural treasures.  Puerto Rico offers world-class attractions you won’t find anywhere else such as  the enchanting rainforest of El Yunque National Rainforest    Head to the karst region to explore the impressive caves, don’t miss The Camuy River Cave Park , and if you crave a more thrilling adventure, book a tour to Cañón de Tanamá to enjoy cave tubbing, rappelling, and more.  If you enjoy hiking, there are dozens of nature reserves, lush wildlife refuges, and state forests with hidden treasures and scenic rewards.

Unforgettable Experiences On The Coastline Under the Sun & Bioluminescence under Stars

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Puerto Rico is a beach lover’s destination, with hundreds of beaches easily accessible, each possessing its own vibe and unique landscape.   This is a Caribbean destination where the best way to enjoy it is by renting a jeep and going beach hopping till sunset.  Due to its size, travelers don’t have to drive long distances to explore a list of great beaches.  In one week you could visit 20+ beaches at a relaxed pace without spending much of your vacation budget.  Choose from secluded and quiet, to Miami Beach style in the city, to world-class surfing beaches with a casual island life vibe.  Puerto Rico is home to Flamenco Beach , one of the best beaches in the world.  Your most difficult decision will be deciding which beach to visit if you only have a few days, but our beach guide has made that easier for you to plan.

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We’d like to think God took just a bit more time when designing the coastline of Puerto Rico, the many curves that move in, out, and around created hundreds of unique beaches, each with its own seducing shape and feel.  On the west coast of Puerto Rico , there are mangrove cays such as Caracoles and Gilligan’s Island , where locals and visitors can enjoy natural pools with crystal clear waters where schools of fish abound, perfect for the little ones to snorkel .  On the east coast , book a boat charter or sail away to beautiful cays, and keys, where movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed, offering visitors the most pristine beaches with dreamy landscapes.  Sail away for the ultimate tropical Caribbean pleasures: relax, swim, and snorkel to your heart’s content.

Bioluminescent Bay - Puerto Rico - Travel Guide

While most Caribbean destinations have nothing going on at night on the waters… locals and visitors get ready for the natural wonder of bioluminescence when the skies go dark.  The rare wonder of bioluminescence around the world abounds in Puerto Rico.  There are three bright bioluminescent bays and one lagoon , visitors can take a variety of tours by kayak, or boat and in one of them, you’re allowed to swim enhancing the experience.

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Puerto Rico offers a plethora of fun things to do for the whole family .  Go on a fun off-road adventure, take a romantic horseback ride on secluded beaches, go hiking in scenic trails, have an exhilarating ziplining experience in the rainforest, go rappelling, or cave tubbing.  Book a catamaran cruise to Flamenco Beach,  go on a romantic sailing adventure to offshore islands and so much more…

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On the water, enjoy a variety of activities from total relaxation on serene beaches to exhilarating activities such as riding the waves of Rincon and scuba diving at night.  There are many beaches where you can jump in and begin snorkeling over coral reefs and swim with sea turtles.

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Puerto Rico... Rich in History, Culture & Old World Architecture

Historic treasures.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro at Night - San Juan Puerto Rico

History buffs will enjoy driving around the island to visit various towns rich in history.  In San Juan, the Capital City, visitors can visit Old San Juan , the historic and cultural hub of the island.  On the west coast, head to the town of San German , known as the founder of towns, filled with historical and architectural treasures without the crowds of the capital.

Warm Hospitality, Vibrant Culture, Fun Family Events & Happy Vibes

Puerto Rican People & Culture - Puerto Ricans and Tourists Dancing Together at Paseo de La Princesa in San Juan, Puerto Rico

You won’t often see, people as part of the reasons to visit a destination… if read through reviews, you’ll find travelers describing the warmth, friendliness, and humor of Puerto Ricans, enhancing the vacation experience and changing every stereotype you may have heard.  Puerto Ricans always make up a reason to gather, laugh, dance… and celebrate life and when trouble comes, we sing our way through challenges.  Across the island, every town has many events throughout the year, we invite you to attend cultural events, there’s always good food, live music, artisan stands, and a family-friendly atmosphere.  San Juan has the most events year-round.

We invite you to be part of the happiest culture in the world, take a salsa dance class, spend a few days exploring beaches the chilled Boricua way, and live the island life.  While you explore, don’t look for fancy top-rated restaurants on your phone, stop by roadside food vendors and local restaurants and bakeries, where you’ll get good food at non-tourist spot prices.

Architectural Masterpieces

Puerto Rico Travel & Tourism Guide - 2023

If you love architecture, don’t miss the town of Old San Juan , take a walk on blue cobblestone streets where you can admire five-century-old forts and restored buildings housing museums, restaurants, shops, and romantic hotels.  The towns of Ponce , San German , and Mayaguez have many architectural gems, with fewer crowds than San Juan.

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Over the past decade, the sister islands have received much attention and are often featured on “top lists”.  The sleepy islands of Vieques & Culebra are some of the last true virgin islands that remain unexploited by tourism and best represent the Caribbean of the past.

Culebra an archipelago of islands, says it all with two words “ Flamenco Beach “, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, a catamaran cruise to the island is one of the top excursions for travelers in Puerto Rico.

Vieques is a destination with a high percentage of return visitors, visitors lucky enough to explore the magic of this island, are truly spoiled for life and end up coming back year after year.  There are dozens of beaches open to the public, each one with a unique natural look, unblemished by development.  Vieques has bragging rights to Puerto Mosquito, the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world , a natural phenomenon that ought to be on everyone’s bucket list.

Icacos Cay is one of the most popular excursions for tourists… aquamarine water, snorkeling, and families of dolphins that love to play.

Head to the west coast of Puerto Rico and visit La Parguera Nature Reserve  and  Gilligan’s Island .

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City destinations.

The most popular vacation destination on the island is the capital city of San Juan , complete with beaches, historic UNESCO sites, museums, excellent dining options, plenty of fun activities on the water, and a vibrant nightlife.  Just 5 minutes from the airport,  the district of Isla Verde is a popular vacation spot for its beaches , beachfront resorts , casinos , nightlife, and convenient location to the attractions in San Juan .

San Juan – Capital City

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Best Resort Destinations

A short drive from San Juan is the resort communities of Rio Grande and Dorado, where you’ll find the best and most luxurious beachfront golf resorts on the island.  From there, visitors are near the top tours and attractions of the island.

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Best Beach Towns

On the west side of the island , you can experience authentic tourist-friendly towns where the pace is slower, with an abundance of quiet beaches , charming towns, and plenty of interesting sights and places to visit.  Rincon and Isabela located on the northwest coast of the island, are popular among locals and travelers in the know for great surfing conditions all year.  Isabela is home to the most romantic and best golf resort on the west coast.  Rincon has many lodging options from small intimate hotels to vacation rentals just steps from the beach at affordable rates.

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If this is your first time in Puerto Rico it may be a bit overwhelming sorting through all the information available and figuring out where to stay, which places to visit, and activities to do.   The region guides are meant to make your planning a little easier.  Keep in mind that Puerto Rico is small and in just about 2.5 hours you can go from one end of the island to the other.

North Coast / San Juan Metro Region

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East Coast Region

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West Coast Region

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South Coast Region

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  • Tours – Puerto Rico South Coast

Traveling to Puerto Rico is just like flying to another state with no passport required for US citizens.  With so many daily flights from the U.S., in just a few hours, one can escape the cold and enjoy basking under the warm sun, enjoying a Piña Colada right where it was first created.  The island is often described as the easiest and most exciting getaway in the Caribbean.  The islands’ unique attractions and warm culture offer travelers extraordinary experiences without all the hassles of traveling to faraway places.  

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Puerto Rican Hospitality

La Borinqueña  (The Borinquenian)  [ˈla βoɾiŋˈkeɲa]  is the national anthem of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Not an official anthem but much beloved song by Puerto Ricans is   La Isla Preciosa  by Rafael Hernandez.

You’ll find local banks throughout the island with ATM’s that function on U.S networks.  The 2 most popular banks are:

  • Banco Popular Puerto Rico (aka Banco Popular de Puerto Rico or BPPR)
  • Banco Santander Puerto Rico

Capital of Puerto Rico

San Juan is the capital city of Pueto Rico.   San Juan is located on the north east of the island.

Cities & Municipalities in Puerto Rico

The main cities of Puerto Rico are San Juan, the Capital City, located in the north, Mayagüez (west), and Ponce (south).  Other cities are Arecibo, Guaynabo, Bayamón, and Caguas.

Citizenship

Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States (U.S. territory). Puerto Ricans are US Citizens (since 1917!) and US travelers do not need a passport to visit.

Climate, Weather, Temperature

The climate is primarily classified as tropical rainforest .  With a comfortable average temperature of about 82 °F (28 °C) throughout the year, it’s always summer in Puerto Rico…making it a great place to visit all year round.  The weather does not vary much, but there is a dry and a hurricane season.  More about  Puerto Rico weather

You will find many pharmacies in all the towns of Puerto Rico, there are many US chains such as CVS and Walgreen’s as well as smaller local pharmacies.   If you need a refill in Puerto Rico you will need to have a hand signed prescription.

After World War II, urban manufacturing (aka Operation Bootstrap) replaced the once booming rural agricultural economy which consisted mainly of large amounts of coffee and sugar exports.   The two main industries today are manufacturing (textiles, pharmaceuticals, electronics) and services (health, real estate, banking/finance/insurance, and tourism).  Sadly, the economy of Puerto Rico has been in a recession for more than a decade as a result of unfortunate U.S. tax and trade policies causing increasing job loss.  Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy protection in 2017 as it could no longer make payments on its public and pension debts exceeding $120 billion.  And since Hurricane Maria devastated homes, small businesses, and the infrastructure of the island on September 20, 2017, the near-term economic outlook for the island is more gloomy than ever before.  With island unemployment more than double that in the mainland states, at more than 14%, it’s no surprise that 45% of the population lives under the U.S. poverty line.  Nevertheless, great hope remains with outside investors and especially for the island’s tourism industry.

Emergency Services

If you have an emergency please dial 911 to be connected with the services you require.

  • Puerto Rico Police
  • City Hall Office  (787) 724-7171

Famous People

Roberto Clemente – baseball star (born in Carolina); Yadier Molina – baseball star (born in Bayamon); Héctor Camacho – boxer (born in Bayamon); Félix Trinidad – boxer (born in Fajardo); Luis Fonsi, Ricky Martin, & Chayanne – singer-songwriters (born in San Juan); Daddy Yankee – rapper/actor (born in Rio Piedras); Benicio Del Toro – actor (born in San German); Roselyn Sánchez – actress (born in San Juan).

Flag of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Flag  ( Bandera de Puerto Rico ):  The current flag of Puerto Rico was officially adopted in 1922.  The red stripes are symbolic of the “blood” that nourishes the three branches of its government; Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary.   + Puerto Rico Flag and its history

Puerto Rico’s mainland, the major island named Puerto Rico, is blessed with 3 different distinct regions:  La Cordillera Central  is the central mountainous region and home to the lush tropical rainforest of  El Yunque .  Its highest peak,  Cerro Punta , reaches 4,390 ft.  Second, and loved by locals and visitors, are the coastal regions full of hundreds of beautiful  beaches to enjoy.  The third is the  karst  mountain area of the north/northwest which consists of many large round mountains with caves and caverns underneath.  Puerto Rico also possesses offshore islands and cays, including  Culebra  &  Vieques .

Puerto Rico is a democracy, a self-governing commonwealth, and an unincorporated territory under the ultimate sovereignty of the United States.  Like a U.S. state, the legislature consists of a Governor, a House of Representatives, and a Senate. 

The governor is currently Pedro Perluisi  (New Progressive Party), the 12th elected governor – elected on November 8, 2016.

Puerto Rico, like the U.S., really only has 2 significant, Primary political parties:

  • Partido Nuevo Progresista  (PNP) – New Progressive Party – known for being Pro-U.S. statehood
  • Partido Popular Democrático  (PPD) – Popular Democratic Party – known for keeping “territory” status with more autonomy 

Although Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory/colony, not many people like to reference the island that way.  The conflict over the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States got much more attention after Hurricane Maria.  Puerto Ricans have voted to become a state, but it is up to Congress, and for decades Congress has not given the status the attention it deserves.  Video that best explains the current status .   Official  Government Website

Heritage / Race

Puerto Ricans are proudly a mix of three beautiful races and cultures: Spanish, Native Taino and African.  Puerto Rico feels very much like a different culture because it has retained it’s traditions.  Puerto Ricans consider themselves Americans but if you ask them they will say they’re “Puerto Ricans or Boricuas”.   Boricua  is a term used to describe a strong sense of pride for being a Puerto Rican.  That beautiful mix is evident in Puerto Rican’s music, traditions, food, dance and the arts.

History - Periods & Events

History (major time periods & events) :

  • Approx. 4,200 B.C. to 250 B.C. – The Puerto Rican islands are inhabited by various migrating indigenous peoples / tribes primarily originating from the Orinoco River Valley region of northeast South America.
  • Approx. 250 B.C.. to 1508 – The native Taino culture develops from the Saladoid / Arawak indigenous peoples…grows, flourishes, and controls main island Puerto Rico with chiefdoms until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.
  • 1493 – Christopher Columbus “discovers” mainland Puerto Rico, names the island “Isla de San Juan Bautista” (Island of St. John the Baptist), and claims the lands for the rulers of Spain – King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
  • 1508 to 1897 – The Spanish settle & colonize mainland Puerto Rico, repress the Taino natives, then take control and defend the island.
  • 1521 – What is now the capital city, San Juan is officially founded.  Ponce de Leon names the city “Puerto Rico” (Rich Port).  This becomes Puerto Rico’s first “government” settlement. Over time, the main island is called Puerto Rico and the city, San Juan.
  • 1897 – Puerto Rico is granted autonomy by the Spanish Crown.
  • 1898 – Puerto Rico becomes a U.S. Territory resulting from the Treaty of Paris after the Spanish-American War.  The main island is renamed “Porto Rico” and the official currency is changed from the peso to the dollar.
  • 1917 – The United States Jones-Shafroth Act grants Puerto Ricans restricted U.S. citizenship (i.e. cannot vote for President).
  • 1932 – The name of the island is officially changed back to its original name, “Puerto Rico” by order of the U.S. Congress.
  • 1930’s – The Puerto Rican economy is devastated by the Great Depression.
  • 1948 – Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first popularly elected governor of Puerto Rico after that right given by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1952 – The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is established ( Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico ) through its own Constitution and the Puerto Rican flag is displayed publicly again.
  • 2017 – Puerto Rico files for bankruptcy protection.  The island is ravaged with the largest natural disaster in U.S. history, Hurricane Maria (est. $100 billion in damages).

Holidays 2023

Puerto Rico has a long list of holidays observed, and then there are those that are truly celebrated in true festive Puerto Rican style.  Puerto Rico observes holidays celebrated in the United States in addition to nine observed Puerto Rican holidays.  If you do the math, Puerto Ricans get to enjoy many holidays and as you may heard, they sure know how to party and celebrate, of course, it helps having great weather all year round and gorgeous beaches everywhere.  Puerto Ricans were very smart to hold most holidays on a Monday, with so many long weekends, it is no wonder residents love their island, there is always time to enjoy the beach with family and friends.      Just like in the US, banks and government agencies are closed during observed holidays.

CALENDAR OF HOLIDAYS IN PUERTO RICO 2023

  • January 1:   Día  de Año Nuevo   / New Year’s Day
  • January 6:   Día de los Tres Reyes Magos   / Three King’s Day
  • January 14:  Conmemoración del Natalicio de Eugenio María de Hostos  / Birthday of Eugenio María de Hostos Birthday
  • January 18:   Conmemoración del Natalicio de Martin Luther King   / Birthday of Martin Luther King’s Birthday
  • February 14:   Día  de San Valentin   / Valentine’s Day
  • February 20:   Día  de los Presidentes   / President’s Day
  • March 22:   Día de la Abolición de la Esclavitud   / Emancipation Day
  • April 07:   Viernes Santo   / Good Friday
  • April 09:     Día  de Resurrección   / Easter Day
  • April 15:   Conmemoración del Natalicio de José de Diego  / Birthday of José de Diego
  • May 14:     Día de las Madres /  Mother’s Day
  • May 31 : Memorial Day
  • June 18: Día de los Padres / Father’s Day
  • July 4:   Día de la Independencia de Estados Unidos   / Independence Day
  • July 17:   Conmemoración del Natalicio de Luis Muñoz Rivera    /Birthday of Luis Muñoz Rivera
  • July 25:   Conmemoración del Estado Libre Asociado (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico)   /  Puerto Rico’s  Constitution Day
  • July 27:   Conmemoración del Natalicio de José Celso Barbosa  /Birthday of José Celso Barbosa
  • September 4:   Día del Trabajo    / Labor Day
  • October 12:   Dia de la Raza
  • November 11:   Día del Veterano   / Veteran’s Day
  • November 19:   Día del Descubrimiento de Puerto Rico   / Day of The Discovery of Puerto Rico
  • November 23:   Día de Acción de Gracias   / Thanksgiving Day
  • December 24:   Noche Buena   / Christmas Eve
  • December 25:   Día de Navidad    / Christmas Day
  • December 31:   New Year’s Eve

Spanish & English are the official languages in Puerto Rico.  Spanish is preferred but most locals speak English especially in tourist areas.

Puerto Rico is an archipelago part of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean Region.  Puerto Rico  is east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands.  The north and east shores face the Atlantic Ocean and the southern and west coasts face the Caribbean Sea. The main island of Puerto Rico is the smallest and most eastern of all the islands of the Greater Antilles.

Ask any Puerto Rican and they’ll tell “El Coqui”.  Coqui is a tiny tree frog that can only be found and melody heard in Puerto Rico.  When you visit you’ll heart their melody sound, they love rain and hide in the lush flora of the island.

Money / Currency

The official currency is the US dollar $.  When you’re here you’ll hear most locals calling dollars “ pesos “.

Municipalities of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico  has  78 municipalities that function like counties in the US, each one has an elected mayor and a municipal legislature for a term of 4 years.  The offshore islands of Vieques & Culebra are municipalities.

Names Used for Puerto Rico

  • Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico  is the formal name .  (Free Commonwealth of Puerto Rico)
  • Borikén  – original name of the island given by the Taino natives. Today the name Borinquen is widely used.  Puerto Ricans proudly call themselves boricuas which carries pride and love for their island.
  • San Juan Bautista  –    When Christopher Columbus landed in Puerto Rico in 1493, he named the island San Juan Bautista in honor of John the Baptist.
  • Puerto Rico  – Under the govern of the Spanish, the island was named  Puerto Rico  and they settled on the islet that today is  San Juan  – the capital of Puerto Rico.  The name of Puerto Rico (rich port) derived from all the gold that the Spanish found on the island.

Per the July 1, 2017 Census Bureau estimate – 3,337,177.  New estimate – 3.1 million and falling since Hurricane Maria struck on September 20, 2017.

Sales Tax (VAT) Rate

11.5%   (10.5% for the state level, and 1% for the municipalities)

Size of the Island

Puerto Rico’s mainland is roughly 35 miles from north to south and 100 miles wide from west to east, making its area about 3,500 square miles. Puerto Rico is comparable to the state of Connecticut and bigger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island put together.  The main island is blessed with an estimated 300 miles of coastline.

Income & Employment Taxes:

  • Puerto Rico Commonwealth Tax – 4.0%
  • U.S. Federal Income Tax – paid only on income sources from the U.S.
  • U.S. Social Security & Medicare Taxes – must pay as in the U.S. (6.2 & 1.45%, respectively, for both employees plus employers).  

AST (Atlantic Standard Time)

So, what time is it in Puerto Rico?

  • During U.S. daylight savings time (March – November), the time in Puerto Rico is the  same  as the U.S. Eastern Time zone, i.e. New York.
  • Outside of daylight savings months, Puerto Rico is one hour ahead of Eastern Time, two hours ahead of Central, etc.

Electric:  Current is 110 volts AC, same as the United States

Drinking “Tap” Water:  Puerto Rico  Tap Water  is mainly “city water” and  safe to drink , tastes good, and meets the same requirements set by the EPA for the United States.  The Puerto Rico Water Company,  Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AAA) , uses the latest technology to filter and purify drinking water for residents and tourists throughout Puerto Rico.  For water quality information, visit their website at  acueductospr.com .   As in the U.S., if a business or home uses well water (rural areas only), they are responsible for monitoring its quality and safety.

Fuels :  Regular or Premium Unleaded Gasoline, Diesel Fuel, and Propane Gas are available in Puerto Rico

T.V., Internet:  Television and Internet access are available via satellite or cable companies as in the United States.

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Posted: December 27, 2023 | Last updated: December 27, 2023

<p>Miles of sandy beaches, a lush forested interior, elegant upscale resorts, and an exciting blend of Spanish, African, and indigenous Taíno culture have seen Puerto Rico become one of the Caribbean’s go-to destinations. Lying 1,000 miles southeast of Miami, this unincorporated United States territory is a short hop from mainland America, but the archipelago’s incredible natural biodiversity and infectiously joyful vibe are uniquely its own.</p>  <p><strong>Click through the gallery to discover 21 reasons to add Puerto Rico to your vacation wish list...</strong></p>

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Miles of sandy beaches, a lush forested interior, elegant upscale resorts, and an exciting blend of Spanish, African, and indigenous Taíno culture have seen Puerto Rico become one of the Caribbean’s go-to destinations. Lying 1,000 miles southeast of Miami, this unincorporated United States territory is a short hop from mainland America, but the archipelago’s incredible natural biodiversity and infectiously joyful vibe are uniquely its own.

Click or scroll through the gallery to discover 21 reasons to add Puerto Rico to your vacation wish list...

<p>Spend a couple of days wandering the blue-grey cobblestone streets, buzzing plazas, and UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortifications of Old San Juan: a unique Caribbean city shaped by five centuries of history. Old San Juan is the second oldest city established in the New World and from the well-preserved Spanish citadel of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, to its rows of rainbow-coloured townhouses and elegant Moorish-inspired facades, the city reveals snapshots of its past at every turn.</p>

1. Step back in time in Old San Juan

Spend a couple of days wandering the blue-grey cobblestone streets, buzzing plazas, and UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortifications of Old San Juan: a unique Caribbean city shaped by five centuries of history. Old San Juan is the second oldest city established in the New World and from the well-preserved Spanish citadel of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, to its rows of rainbow-coloured townhouses and elegant Moorish-inspired facades, the city reveals snapshots of its past at every turn.

<p>A perfect, horseshoe-shaped curve of white sand fringed by swaying coconut palms, sloping gently into a warm sea. Sound like paradise? Flamenco Beach on the island of Culebra consistently ranks as one of the best in the world, and you can explore this tropical idyll on a boat cruise with <a href="https://sailgetaway.com/">Sail Getaways</a> from Fajardo, stopping at snorkeling spots along the way. Walk along the beach to see The Tank, left behind by the US Navy.</p>

2. Bask on one of the world’s best beaches on Culebra

A perfect, horseshoe-shaped curve of white sand fringed by swaying coconut palms, sloping gently into a warm sea. Sound like paradise? Flamenco Beach on the island of Culebra consistently ranks as one of the best in the world, and you can explore this tropical idyll on a boat cruise with Sail Getaways from Fajardo, stopping at snorkeling spots along the way. Walk along the beach to see The Tank, left behind by the US Navy.

<p>There are very few places around the world where natural bioluminescence lights up the ocean at night, and Puerto Rico is home to three of them: Laguna Grande in Fajardo, La Parguera in Lajas and Mosquito Bay on the island of Vieques; the brightest bio bay in the world.</p>  <p>Join a kayak tour with <a href="https://www.tainoaquaadventures.com/">Taino Aqua Adventures</a> or <a href="https://kayakingpuertorico.com/">Kayaking Puerto Rico</a> to experience the neon-blue aquatic displays, created by microscopic organisms called dinoflagellates, which illuminate these magical marine realms, which are particularly visible on moonless nights.</p>

3. Kayak on a bioluminescent bay

There are very few places around the world where natural bioluminescence lights up the ocean at night, and Puerto Rico is home to three of them: Laguna Grande in Fajardo, La Parguera in Lajas and Mosquito Bay on the island of Vieques; the brightest bio bay in the world.

Join a kayak tour with Taino Aqua Adventures or Kayaking Puerto Rico to experience the neon-blue aquatic displays, created by microscopic organisms called dinoflagellates, which illuminate these magical marine realms, which are particularly visible on moonless nights.

<p>Set on a coconut plantation between two of Puerto Rico’s stunning natural attractions, El Yunque National Forest and Espíritu Santo River State Preserve, the <a href="https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/sjuxr-the-st-regis-bahia-beach-resort-puerto-rico/overview/?scid=f2ae0541-1279-4f24-b197-a979c79310b0">St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort</a> is the perfect base for some hiking adventures, but equally as inviting if you’re here to relax and recharge. With two miles of sandy beach overlooking the Atlantic, guests can enjoy water sports, a round of golf on the 18-hole course, and pampering in the sanctuary of the Iridium Spa.</p>

4. Relax and recharge at an upscale resort

Set on a coconut plantation between two of Puerto Rico’s stunning natural attractions, El Yunque National Forest and Espíritu Santo River State Preserve, the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is the perfect base for some hiking adventures, but equally as inviting if you’re here to relax and recharge. With two miles of sandy beach overlooking the Atlantic, guests can enjoy water sports, a round of golf on the 18-hole course, and pampering in the sanctuary of the Iridium Spa.

<p>When night falls in Puerto Rico, the territory's mountains and forests ring with the mating calls of thousands of coquí tree frogs. Named after their distinctive, uplifting song, which sounds like “Co-Kee! Co-Kee!”, the amphibians inhabited the archipelago long before the indigenous Taíno people immortalized their image in petroglyphs thousands of years ago. The coquí remains a much-loved cultural symbol for Puerto Ricans today, with the little frogs’ image found on everything from pottery to postcards.</p>

5. Follow the call of the coquí frog

When night falls in Puerto Rico, the territory's mountains and forests ring with the mating calls of thousands of coquí tree frogs. Named after their distinctive, uplifting song, which sounds like “Co-Kee! Co-Kee!”, the amphibians inhabited the archipelago long before the indigenous Taíno people immortalized their image in petroglyphs thousands of years ago. The coquí remains a much-loved cultural symbol for Puerto Ricans today, with the little frogs’ image found on everything from pottery to postcards.

<p>A laidback town in northwestern Puerto Rico, with over a dozen beaches and some of the best waves in the Caribbean, Rincón has been a surfing mecca since the late 1960s. Experienced surfers can catch a variety of big breaks around the coast, but there are also plenty of surf schools if it’s your first time on a board and you need some tips. At night, the restaurants and bars around the plaza offer plenty of fun for visitors too.</p>

6. Catch some waves in Rincón

A laidback town in northwestern Puerto Rico, with over a dozen beaches and some of the best waves in the Caribbean, Rincón has been a surfing mecca since the late 1960s. Experienced surfers can catch a variety of big breaks around the coast, but there are also plenty of surf schools if it’s your first time on a board and you need some tips. At night, the restaurants and bars around the plaza offer plenty of fun for visitors too.

<p>Drawing on the territory’s Spanish, African, and Taíno history, the favorite Puerto Rican dish of mofongo features a tight mound of mashed green plantains, traditionally served with meat, seafood, or vegetables. Join an adrenaline-fuelled <a href="https://aguadillawatersports.com/">jet ski tour</a> of the coast, then head to Vittata Gastropub at Rompeolas Beach to replenish with a Cachita Daiquiri, made from rum blended with passion fruit, lime, and coconut foam; alongside their excellent El Mofongo Vittata (fried mashed plantain), served with an earthy porcini broth.</p>

7. Try the mouthwatering mofongo

Drawing on the territory’s Spanish, African, and Taíno history, the favorite Puerto Rican dish of mofongo features a tight mound of mashed green plantains, traditionally served with meat, seafood, or vegetables. Join an adrenaline-fuelled jet ski tour of the coast, then head to Vittata Gastropub at Rompeolas Beach to replenish with a Cachita Daiquiri, made from rum blended with passion fruit, lime, and coconut foam; alongside their excellent El Mofongo Vittata (fried mashed plantain), served with an earthy porcini broth.

<p>A biodiversity hotspot, El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest system and is home to sparkling waterfalls and pools, more than 830 native plant species, wildlife including bats, geckos, and anole lizards, and 97 species of bird including hummingbirds and the endangered Puerto Rican parrot.</p>  <p>You’ll also find 13 of the 17 species of coqui frogs here, and plenty of hiking trails through the soaring tabonuco trees, bromeliads, and ferns.</p>

8. Explore the only rainforest in the US

A biodiversity hotspot, El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest system and is home to sparkling waterfalls and pools, more than 830 native plant species, wildlife including bats, geckos, and anole lizards, and 97 species of bird including hummingbirds and the endangered Puerto Rican parrot.

You’ll also find 13 of the 17 species of coqui frogs here, and plenty of hiking trails through the soaring tabonuco trees, bromeliads, and ferns.

<p>Get a different view of Puerto Rico’s legendary beaches on a jet ski tour along the coastline with <a href="https://aguadillawatersports.com/">Aguadilla Water Sports</a>. The family-run business has a ‘Top Gun’ fleet of yellow Sea Doo jet skis, and fun guides leading the exploration of the northwest coast’s coves and bays. Ride solo or with a buddy on the back, and don’t forget to pair your phone with the on-board Bluetooth speakers, so you can listen to tunes along the way.</p>

9. Go on a jet ski adventure in Aguadilla

Get a different view of Puerto Rico’s legendary beaches on a jet ski tour along the coastline with Aguadilla Water Sports . The family-run business has a ‘Top Gun’ fleet of yellow Sea Doo jet skis, and fun guides leading the exploration of the northwest coast’s coves and bays. Ride solo or with a buddy on the back, and don’t forget to pair your phone with the on-board Bluetooth speakers, so you can listen to tunes along the way.

<p>With a restaurant, café, and resident peacocks nonchalantly strutting their stuff, Hacienda Muñoz is a serene place to spend a couple of hours learning about Puerto Rico’s coffee-producing past. Surrounded by slopes covered with palms and coffee plants, the family-run hacienda is just 30 minutes from San Juan, and a tour takes visitors through the cultivation process to harvesting, sorting, and roasting, ending with a tasting of some of their award-winning specialty blends in the coffee shop.</p>

10. Catch a coffee tour in San Lorenzo

With a restaurant, café, and resident peacocks nonchalantly strutting their stuff, Hacienda Muñoz is a serene place to spend a couple of hours learning about Puerto Rico’s coffee-producing past. Surrounded by slopes covered with palms and coffee plants, the family-run hacienda is just 30 minutes from San Juan, and a tour takes visitors through the cultivation process to harvesting, sorting, and roasting, ending with a tasting of some of their award-winning specialty blends in the coffee shop.

<p>It’s estimated around one million Puerto Rican parrots inhabited the archipelago at the beginning of the sixteenth century, but the arrival of Spanish colonists took its toll and by 1975, just 13 remained. The Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Plan has helped bring them back from the brink, and despite the devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017, there are now an estimated 250 of these endangered endemic parrots in the forests of Maricao, El Yunque, and Río Abajo.</p>

11. Search for the endangered Puerto Rican parrot

It’s estimated around one million Puerto Rican parrots inhabited the archipelago at the beginning of the sixteenth century, but the arrival of Spanish colonists took its toll and by 1975, just 13 remained. The Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Plan has helped bring them back from the brink, and despite the devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017, there are now an estimated 250 of these endangered endemic parrots in the forests of Maricao, El Yunque, and Río Abajo.

<p>The warm waters around the islands of Puerto Rico are a haven for marine life, including dolphins, manatees, and whales, and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to swim with turtles on the surrounding reefs. On the island of Culebra, guides lead snorkeling tours of the Luis Peña Nature Reserve, where green turtles graze on the seagrass, while <a href="https://scubadogs.net/">Scuba Dogs</a> at Escambrón Marine Park offers snorkeling and diving a stone’s throw from San Juan, with a good chance of seeing turtles.</p>

12. Swim with turtles in Culebra and San Juan

The warm waters around the islands of Puerto Rico are a haven for marine life, including dolphins, manatees, and whales, and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to swim with turtles on the surrounding reefs. On the island of Culebra, guides lead snorkeling tours of the Luis Peña Nature Reserve, where green turtles graze on the seagrass, while Scuba Dogs at Escambrón Marine Park offers snorkeling and diving a stone’s throw from San Juan, with a good chance of seeing turtles.

<p>Beneath Puerto Rico’s lush mountain peaks and forests lies an equally impressive limestone labyrinth. The Río Camuy Cave Park is the third-largest underground river cavern system in the world. Over 10 miles of caverns and 220 caves have been explored and mapped, but experts believe there could be at least 800 caves waiting to be discovered. There are 18 known entrances and visitors can join tours to see stalagmites and stalactites in the 170-feet-high main cave, Clara.</p>

13. Explore an underground cave system

Beneath Puerto Rico’s lush mountain peaks and forests lies an equally impressive limestone labyrinth. The Río Camuy Cave Park is the third-largest underground river cavern system in the world. Over 10 miles of caverns and 220 caves have been explored and mapped, but experts believe there could be at least 800 caves waiting to be discovered. There are 18 known entrances and visitors can join tours to see stalagmites and stalactites in the 170-feet-high main cave, Clara.

<p>Enter a real-life Barbie Land with a visit to the candy-pink salt lakes of the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Puerto Rico. The rosy hue of the pools comes from a combination of algae, salt, bacteria, and water, offering an other-worldly location for an Instagram shoot, before exploring the hiking and biking trails of the 1,800-acre refuge. Nearby, the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse sits high on rugged limestone cliffs, offering epic views of the Caribbean Sea.</p>

14. Embrace Barbiecore at Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge

Enter a real-life Barbie Land with a visit to the candy-pink salt lakes of the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Puerto Rico. The rosy hue of the pools comes from a combination of algae, salt, bacteria, and water, offering an other-worldly location for an Instagram shoot, before exploring the hiking and biking trails of the 1,800-acre refuge. Nearby, the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse sits high on rugged limestone cliffs, offering epic views of the Caribbean Sea.

<p>Close to the airport, San Juan’s upscale oceanfront district has all you’ll need for a luxe stay, with elegant hotels, beachside restaurants, and big-brand boutiques, plus a long stretch of sand. <a href="https://www.adventurespuertorico.com/">VIP Adventures</a> offers water sports rentals, so travelers can explore the lagoon by paddleboard or kayak. Stay at the <a href="https://www.condadovanderbilt.com/hotel/">Condado Vanderbilt Hotel</a> for the best views of the coastline, a buzzy cocktail bar, and infinity pool, plus a spa offering the only hammam experience in Puerto Rico.</p>

15. Live the highlife at classy Condado Beach

Close to the airport, San Juan’s upscale oceanfront district has all you’ll need for a luxe stay, with elegant hotels, beachside restaurants, and big-brand boutiques, plus a long stretch of sand. VIP Adventures  offers water sports rentals, so travelers can explore the lagoon by paddleboard or kayak. Stay at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel for the best views of the coastline, a buzzy cocktail bar, and infinity pool, plus a spa offering the only hammam experience in Puerto Rico.

<p>With the longest zipline in America, ToroVerde Adventure Park is not for the fainthearted. The Monster is over 1.5 miles long and hits speeds of up to 95mph, as you fly horizontally above the forested mountain peaks, 1,247 feet up. Meanwhile, The Beast has you soaring like a bird along one of the world<span>’</span>s longest single-run ziplines at 4,745 feet, while the Toro Bikes cycle along a cable high in the sky, against a breathtaking backdrop of coastal views.</p>

16. Fly the longest zipline in America

With the longest zipline in America, ToroVerde Adventure Park is not for the fainthearted. The Monster is over 1.5 miles long and hits speeds of up to 95mph, as you fly horizontally above the forested mountain peaks, 1,247 feet up. Meanwhile, The Beast has you soaring like a bird along one of the world ’ s longest single-run ziplines at 4,745 feet, while the Toro Bikes cycle along a cable high in the sky, against a breathtaking backdrop of coastal views.

<p>Home to a wildlife refuge, the laidback, beautiful isle of Vieques is easily reached by tour boat or ferry from Puerto Rico’s main island. With the world’s brightest body of bioluminescent water at Mosquito Bay, a herd of Spanish Paso Fino horses roaming free, secluded sandy beaches and some of the best snorkeling spots in the territory, Vieques can also be accessed by plane from San Juan and offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury villas to guesthouses.</p>

17. Enjoy a tropical escape in Vieques

Home to a wildlife refuge, the laidback, beautiful isle of Vieques is easily reached by tour boat or ferry from Puerto Rico’s main island. With the world’s brightest body of bioluminescent water at Mosquito Bay, a herd of Spanish Paso Fino horses roaming free, secluded sandy beaches and some of the best snorkeling spots in the territory, Vieques can also be accessed by plane from San Juan and offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury villas to guesthouses.

<p>The dream of horse riding along a windswept beach is a reality in Puerto Rico. Join a two-hour tour with <a href="https://tropicaltrailrides.com/">Tropical Trail Rides</a> and you’ll weave through a shady almond-tree forest, before riding along the sweeping sands of Survival Beach on the northwest coast, near Isabela. Owners Craig and Michelle Barker hail from California, came to Puerto Rico for a visit and never went home. As the sun sinks over the ocean, you’ll be tempted to stay too. </p>

18. Ride a horse along the beach in Isabela

The dream of horse riding along a windswept beach is a reality in Puerto Rico. Join a two-hour tour with Tropical Trail Rides and you’ll weave through a shady almond-tree forest, before riding along the sweeping sands of Survival Beach on the northwest coast, near Isabela. Owners Craig and Michelle Barker hail from California, came to Puerto Rico for a visit and never went home. As the sun sinks over the ocean, you’ll be tempted to stay too. 

<p>When Christopher Columbus sailed into Puerto Rico in 1493 on his second voyage to the Indies, the islands were home to the indigenous Taíno people, and some of their ancient petroglyphs (rock carvings) can still be seen around the island today. One of the most famous spots to view them is the dramatic Cueva del Indio in Arecibo on the Atlantic coast, an hour west of San Juan, which has one of the highest numbers of these culturally significant artworks.</p>

19. See ancient indigenous rock art in Arecibo

When Christopher Columbus sailed into Puerto Rico in 1493 on his second voyage to the Indies, the islands were home to the indigenous Taíno people, and some of their ancient petroglyphs (rock carvings) can still be seen around the island today. One of the most famous spots to view them is the dramatic Cueva del Indio in Arecibo on the Atlantic coast, an hour west of San Juan, which has one of the highest numbers of these culturally significant artworks.

<p>The deepest canyon in the Antilles, San Cristóbal Canyon is Puerto Rico’s adventure playground, offering excellent hiking, rappelling, and swimming amidst its waterfalls, caves, and pools in the central mountains. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/gohikingpr">Go Hiking Puerto Rico</a> keeps thrill-seekers safe and pumped on rock climbing and canyoning day tours, while hikers can enjoy spectacular views of the forests, cliffs, and Usabón River rumbling through the six-mile-long ravine: a protected habitat for a variety of native flora and fauna.</p>

20. Enjoy an extreme adventure in San Cristóbal Canyon

The deepest canyon in the Antilles, San Cristóbal Canyon is Puerto Rico’s adventure playground, offering excellent hiking, rappelling, and swimming amidst its waterfalls, caves, and pools in the central mountains. Go Hiking Puerto Rico keeps thrill-seekers safe and pumped on rock climbing and canyoning day tours, while hikers can enjoy spectacular views of the forests, cliffs, and Usabón River rumbling through the six-mile-long ravine: a protected habitat for a variety of native flora and fauna.

<p>The coral reefs around Puerto Rico<span>’</span>s islands and cays offer some magical snorkeling and diving experiences, and the chance to swim with a huge diversity of tropical fish and larger marine life, including manta rays. Join a <a href="https://sailgetaway.com/charters/cordillera-cays-sailing-catamaran-beach-snorkeling-tour/">catamaran tour</a> or take a water taxi from Fajardo to the deserted island of Cayo Icacos – the largest in a remote collection of sandy cays in La Cordillera Nature Reserve – and you’ll soon be snorkeling in some of the east coast’s clearest waters.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleryextended/65459/incredible-private-islands-you-can-actually-afford-to-rent"><strong>Now check out these incredible private islands you can actually afford to rent</strong></a></p>

21. Sail to a remote desert island

The coral reefs around Puerto Rico ’ s islands and cays offer some magical snorkeling and diving experiences, and the chance to swim with a huge diversity of tropical fish and larger marine life, including manta rays. Join a catamaran tour or take a water taxi from Fajardo to the deserted island of Cayo Icacos – the largest in a remote collection of sandy cays in La Cordillera Nature Reserve – and you’ll soon be snorkeling in some of the east coast’s clearest waters.

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