Dense rainforests and bleached coastal regions, bustling nightlife, and historic architecture – Puerto Rico is a multi-faceted destination. Depending on which part of this captivating island you settle in, you can carve out a experience that’s uniquely you.
The cobblestone streets of Old San Juan wind through historic architecture and towering forts. Mixed in you’ll find trendy restaurants, coffee shops, and boutique shopping. For serious shoppers, head to the neighborhood of Condado. High-end shops offer exclusive fashions, fine jewelry, and other must have items. In addition, lofty resorts line the streets and white sand beaches beckon sun worshipers.
Numerous picturesque golf courses are located in northern Puerto Rico offering a challenging game with stunning vistas. For a different view of the island, look below. Puerto Rico boasts dramatic cave systems and one of the longest subterranean rivers in the world. We recommend visiting Rio Camuy Cave Park and Cueva de las Golondrinas.
Puerto Rico’s eastern region contributes varied opportunities for nature lovers. Laze peacefully on the often-deserted Punta Tuna Beach, which is located in the Fajardo Keys. Snorkeling is exceptional here. Waterfalls, exhilarating hiking, and postcard worthy views comprise a trip through El Yunque rainforest.
Isolated beaches kissed by calm waters of the Caribbean greet visitors to the southern area of Puerto Rico. Check out the Coamo Springs, sulphur springs that have been open for two centuries. The grounds are surrounded by aromatic tropical gardens. Art lovers will appreciate gazing upon works by artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, El Greco, and Roy Lichtenstein that are on display at the Museo de Arte de Ponce.
Rincon in the west is ideal for avid surfers. Sunbathe on captivating beaches like Boquerón and Bahia Sucia, and be awed by the Bioluminescent Bay in La Parguera. Good visibility here makes for prime snorkeling and diving. Puerto Rico’s only zoo, the Mayaguez Zoo, is located nearby.
Waterfalls sequestered by lush vegetation in the Toro Negro Forest beg exploration. Advanced hikers can opt to scale the Cerro de Punta, the island’s highest peak. If climbing isn’t your thing, consider flying. One of the world’s longest zip lines is part of the Toro Verde Adventure Park.
If you’re convinced Puerto Rico is your destination, plan your visit sometime between April and June. You’ll arrive after the winter crowds have dispersed, and miss Puerto Rico’s rainy summer.
With a strong list of outdoor activities, a healthy nightlife, and ample shopping, we think Puerto Rico is ideal for any traveler. Whether you’re here with family, as a couple, or enjoying solitary time, you’ll find plenty of ways to fill your travel journal.