Welcome to Puerto Rico
Welcome to our comprehensive guide to Puerto Rico, a captivating island in the heart of the Caribbean. From the enchanting beauty of its landscapes to the rich tapestry of its culture, Puerto Rico beckons travelers with open arms. Whether you’re seeking adventure in the lush rainforests of El Yunque, a stroll along the historic cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, or the ultimate relaxation at luxurious Puerto Rico resorts, this guide is your passport to discovering the best this tropical paradise has to offer. Join us on an unforgettable journey as we explore the hidden gems, vibrant traditions, and unparalleled hospitality of Puerto Rico.
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Check Out Old San Juan
San Juan is the vibrant and colorful capital city of Puerto Rico. This bustling area is a hub for arrivals, government, and an incredible restaurant scene, making it a destination not to be missed on any trip to the island.
Make sure to visit Old San Juan with its charmingly colorful houses and for a bit of history about the island. This Old San Juan Walking Tour is perfect for those wanting to explore the colored buildings while getting a tour from knowledgeable writer David Rodriguez.
Check out this other great Old San Juan Walking Tour.
Visit Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro)
This fortification is the most significant historical sight in Old San Juan. This immense stone fortress dates back to the early 16th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll learn about Puerto Rico’s engineering marvel from the colonization through WWII. You can tour Castile San Felipe del Morro yourself to get an up-close look at almost 500 years of history.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, check out this Sunset Sail by San Juan Historical Bay or San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail. Both of these tours will give you amazing views of Castilla San Felipe del Morro with colorful San Juan as the backdrop.
Explore El Yunque National Forest
This beautiful tropical rainforest is part of the U.S. National Forest System. Those looking for adventure will love the outdoor playground awaiting at El Yunque. Hiking is a great way to explore the forest; make sure not to miss out on some of the waterfalls in this tropical paradise.
The rainforest is home to 240 species of plants and animals. Be sure to keep your ears open in the evening for the sounds of Puerto Rico’s tiny coqui tree frogs.
If you are interested in exploring El Yunque National Forest in more of a small group setting as opposed to going alone, take a look at this El Yunque National Forest Rainforest and Waterfalls Half-Day Tour or this El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour.
Looking to spend a full day in the El Yunque National Forest, then check out this Day Trip To El Yunque National Forest In San Juan or this El Yunque Rainforest Guided Hiking With Waterfall Tour.
Take in The Magical Bioluminescence
There are several bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico where you can marvel at magical glowing waters at night. This strange yet beautiful natural phenomenon happens due to organisms in the water.
During the evening, the entire waterfront begins glowing in a gorgeous blue. This unique occurrence can’t be experienced in many other places in the world. Mosquito Bio Bay, a luminescent bay outside of Vieques, is one of the top destinations of bioluminescence.
If you’re interested in both a rainforest tour and a night bioluminescent kayak adventure check out this Bioluminescent Bay Night Kayak + Rainforest Combo Tour.
For more information, check out our Puerto Rico Bioluminescent Bay Guide.
Puerto Rico has miles of golden and white sand beaches with beautiful shorelines of turquoise, deep blue, and emerald waters. The island boasts some of the prettiest beaches in the Caribbean, so make sure to see as many as you can!
Some of the most stunning beaches in Puerto Rico include Luquillo Beach, a long crescent stretch of golden sand lined with swaying coconut palms. Playa Crash Boat is a fantastic surfing beach for all skill levels. Canando Beach brings a bit of Miami to the island, but due to its location, the currents can be strong here.
Playa Colora is perfect for those looking for a bit more solitude while beach hopping. Flamenco Beach on the island of Culebra is absolutely worth a visit as well.
For more information, check out our Puerto Rico Beaches Guide!
Sample Puerto Rican Rum
No trip to Puerto Rico would be complete without a trip to a local rum distillery. The Bacardi Rum Factory is located on the island and produces thousands of bottles internationally. You can discover how traditional rum is made during this Puerto Rican Rum Distillery Tour – Ron Pepon. While at the Ron Pepon Distillery and sugar cane plantation, you’ll learn all about the rum making process with a tasting included!
Get Out on The Water
There are so many amazing ways to experience Puerto Rico from the water. Whether you choose to explore the gorgeous turquoise waters by boat, catamaran, jet ski, or kayak, you can’t go wrong when it comes to getting out on the water. For something truly special, check out this LED Night Kayak Tour where you explore the waters of the island in a clear glass bottom boat at night.
Options for water fun abound in Puerto Rico, take a look at these incredible water tours.
Eat Your Way Through San Juan
San Juan, Puerto Rico is a bit of a foodie paradise, where the local traditions of Taino, African and Spanish ingredients and flavors are intoxicating. There’s no shortage of food to try on the island, but make sure to try traditional dishes like gandules, one of the best-known rice dishes in Puerto Rico. Or ensalada de pulpo, this octopus salad is another island favorite.
Don’t miss out on the fresh passion fruit, mango, or papaya in Puerto Rico. A great way to experience the food scene in the capital city is by taking a Flavors Of Old San Juan Tour.
Snorkel and Scuba Dive
The gorgeous clear waters of Puerto Rico are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. There are many fantastic places to immerse yourself in the beautiful underwater world of Puerto Rico. You can scuba dive shipwrecks in Rincon, but this area is also a great place to snorkel.
Many Spanish ships sank on the coral reef in this area, making for an interesting underwater adventure. Culebra is another great spot to snorkel and see vibrant coral reefs and amazing Marine life. Check out this Culebra Snorkeling Day Trip for a fun snorkeling experience.
Or this fantastic Beginner Scuba Diving Tour.
Have an Adventure
Puerto Rico is an adventure lover’s paradise, and there are a number of adrenaline-pumping ways to explore the island. Whether you want to ATV through rocky jungle terrain or zipline over rainforests, Puerto Rico has an adventure for you! These adventure tours are designed to make your time on the island unforgettable. Take a look at this full-day Zipline And Waterfall Rappelling Tour near San Juan.