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is a island and U.S. territory with a rich and turbulent history, a spectacular and diverse landscape of mountains, grottos, islands, coral reefs, and waterfalls, and many historic structures. Beautiful historic is the capital and the delight of history buffs who enjoy its charming colonial architecture and old forts that actively defended the island from invaders. The El Yunque tropical rainforest is a fascinating place with unique plants that thrive in hot and very humid conditions.
Hundreds of islands, big and small, are surrounded by magnificent sandy beaches and coral reefs teeming with life. Please note that certain attractions remain closed after Hurricane Maria.
Spanish engineers built two castles to protect San Juan from the attacks: Castillo San Felipe del Morro, guarding the city from the sea, and Castillo San Cristobal to defend it from the land. , or El Morro, is a six-level fort built on top of a high promontory, standing guard from anyone coming from the ocean. It was completed in 1787 and was attacked in 1595 and again in 1598, by the Dutch in 1625 and by the US Navy in 1898.
Today, its 60-foot tall walls and old cannons make for a great destination when you want to take a trip into the past, and the walls offer a spectacular view of the ocean. Castillo Can Cristobal was completed in 1790 at the eastern gate of the walled city.
It covers 27 acres, the biggest fort the Spanish built in the New World. The fort and its sentry boxes are very well preserved and are fun to explore. Don’t miss seeing Devil’s Sentry Box, from which, as legends say, soldiers used to disappear mysteriously. Calle Norzagaray | Old San Juan, San Juan00901, Puerto Rico, Phone: 787-729-6777 El Yunque National Rainforest, one of very few rainforests in the US, is located in northeastern Puerto Rico high up on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains.
It covers 28,000 acres of land. The highest peak, El Toro, rises 3,494 feet above sea level. Rainfall and high humidity create lush, dense jungle rich in tropical species and diverse ecosystems, including unique dwarf forest.
El Yunque is a popular tourist spot and excellent hiking trail allow visitors to enjoy waterfalls, dense foliage, rivers and crags, as well as Taino Indians petroglyphs. Two observation towers offer spectacular views. There are lodging opportunities at the edge of the rainforest, but not in it. Carolina, Puerto Rico | 65664556, El Yunque National Forest 00979, Puerto Rico, Phone: 787-888-1880 Whatever your age and interests, Puerto Rico Tour Desk has specially chosen well trained guides and the most interesting tours for you.
They combine thorough information about the places you will visit with a focus on safety, support of local small businesses, and care for the environment. You can choose from the large range of tours, from “Off the Beaten Path” Hiking Tour in El Yunque Rain Forest and kayaking in the Bio Bay to exploring the caves and tarpoon fishing. If you are interested in history, the tour of Old San Juan will enchant you.
For the adrenaline junkies, there are several zip lining tours over the jungle canopy, handgliding, or hiking through the jungle. Kiosco numero 1 Plaza Colon, San Juan00901, Puerto Rico, Phone: 787-710-1109 One of the best art museums in Puerto Rico, The museum was established by philanthropist, industrialist, and art collector Luis A.
Ferre in 1959 and moved to its current building in 1965. The magnificent structure on Avenida Las Americas has 14 hexagonal galleries full of natural light, two gardens, and a spacious amphitheater. The front yard of the museum features Roy Lichtenstein’s 28-foot-high aluminum sculpture Brushstokes in Flight, and it is considered "the largest public artwork in Latin America.” 2325 Ave. Las Americas, Ponce 00717,Puerto Rico, Phone: 787-840-1510 is a small, one kilometer long uninhabited coral island off the coast of Culebra Island in Puerto Rico.
The entire island is a nature reserve and is accessible by boat from Culebra. The island has six magnificent sandy beaches. Playa Tortuga is famous as a breading and feeding ground for turtles, and people can be seen swimming with these gentle giants. On the east side of the island are large tidal pools that many people use as bathtubs.
They are rich in sea life trapped in low tide. There are two small shallow lagoons on the west side of the island and the Culebrita Reef off the southern coast, both of which are great for snorkeling and scuba diving. The island is home to 97 species of plants, 32 birds, four reptiles, and two mammals. The oldest lighthouse in the Caribbean is on Culebrita.
Imagine sailing in the calm Caribbean waters on the way to a beautiful, uninhabited small island where the only sound you hear are tropical palms swaying in the breeze and waves washing on the golden sand beach. If you would like to make your trip to Puerto Rico truly memorable, take one of the snorkeling or sailing trips with Erin Go Bragh. They organize personalized, small group day charters aboard their 50-foot Gulfstar Ketch the Erin Go Bragh III and 45-foot Moody sailboat Tanto Amor.
They have several different sailing trips. Their day charter starts around 10 a.m. and returns around 4 p.m. They will take you to one of the islands – Palominos, Lobos, Icacos or Palominitos. Once there, they anchor, and you can snorkel, swim, take a stroll on the beach, and have a delicious barbecue lunch and drinks. After lunch, the boat will take you to a second snorkeling site before returning to port.
They provide all snorkeling gear, even the kids’ size. Puerto Del Rey Marina, Fajardo 00738,Puerto Rico, Phone: 787-860-4401 More: , , , , , , Culebra Island Adventures specialize in snorkeling and kayak tours of Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, one of the most pristine destinations in the Caribbean. This local family-owned company will take you snorkeling with turtles and stingrays, explore underwater magic of coral reefs, and watch colorful fish in their own world.
They provide professional certified tour guides who are also certified scuba divers. The trip from Fajardo to Culebra takes about one hour and fifteen minutes, and you will spend about three hours having fun on Culebra.
About halfway into your adventure, you will be offered light snack and refreshment. They also have a one-hour long tour of Tamarindo beach where you can swim with green turtles and rays and enjoy the beauty of the reef rich with marine life. Posada del Coronel, Cll 2 #31, General Delivery, Culebra, PR 00775, Phone: 787-529-3536 More: , , , , , , , There is so much to see in Puerto Rico on land and on the water, and you can easily miss some very special places unless you have exceptionally good guides to show you around.
If you like to spend time on the water and enjoy kayaking, let Kayaking Puerto Rico take you to the pearls of the country such as Seven Seas Bay, which is located on the secluded Northeast corner of the Island. There is also a protected, spectacular snorkeling area with abundant marine life or the bio-luminescent Laguna Grande.
You can combine kayaking and snorkeling with their Aquafari Culebra trip, or can have fun on land and water by hiking through El Yunque Rainforest and kayaking in Fajardo’s Bio Bay.
They provide all equipment, instructions, light refreshment, and the best guides and instructors you will find anywhere. Rt. 987 Km. 5 Las Croabas, Fajardo, PR 00738, Phone: 787-245-4545 More: , , , , One of the most romantic spots in the magnificent Puerto Rican Caribbean waters is Puerto Mosquito Bio Bay, hidden on Vieques Island where the mysterious green light called bioluminescence created by micro-organisms will mesmerize you.
The bay is a very special environment with unique conditions necessary for the tiny animals to thrive. A night trip with Island Adventures Biobay will be the highlight of your visit to Puerto Rico. Their highly trained guides will explain the fragile, unique ecology of the bay and the plants, animals, and mangroves that live in this fascinating world. After an interpretive lecture aboard the boat, they will stop where the bioluminescence is high and let you enjoy the spectacle created by nature.
Island Adventures Biobay Boat Tour’s electrically powered double-pontoon Luminosa II glides slowly and quietly through the glowing waters of Puerto Mosquito Bay. Laguna Grande | Las Croabas, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Phone: 787-435-1665 More: , , , , , Cueva Ventana or Cave Window is a fascinating cave carved by nature on top of a limestone cliff overlooking the scenic Río Grande de Arecibo valley.
It is accessible from a narrow trail that starts next to a Puma gas station on PR-10 highway. The most interesting feature of this interesting cave is a large window in the wall of the cave looking out onto spectacular view of the valley below.
Cueva Ventana Tours provides knowledgeable guides and biologists who offer interesting information on cave inhabitants such as insects, bats, and snakes. They will also point out the plants that survive in the cave environment, some near extinction, and will share with visitors interesting history of the local Taino Indians. The tours take about one hour, and your guides will pick you up from your hotel in San Juan and take you to the cave in comfortable air-conditioned buses.
Road PR10, KM 75 | Beside Puma gas station, Arecibo 00612, Puerto Rico, Phone: 787-322-3554 Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo, or Los Morrillos Light, is a historic lighthouse located at the southwestern end of Puerto Rico in Cabo Rojo. The Spanish built the lighthouse in 1882 to assist passing ships through the through the treacherous Mona Passage from the Caribbean Sea into the Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse is perched on a white lime cliff surrounded by salt water marshes.
There is a 200-foot drop from the cliffs where the lighthouse sits to the ocean below. The lighthouse was renovated in 2002, and its original simple unadorned architecture has been preserved, while the structure was returned to its original condition and painted in its original gray color with white trim.
It is open to the public as a museum. Aguadilla is a small charming coastal town on the northwest of Puerto Rico between the towns of Aguada, Moca and Isabela and the Atlantic Ocean.
Luis de Córdova founded Aguadilla in 1775, and today it is a popular tourist destination famous for its 16 magnificent beaches. The most popular is Crash Boat Beach, great for surfing and other water sports, located just north of Aguadilla.
Aguadilla has the only skating rink in the Caribbean, several golf courses, Las Cascadas Aquatic Theme Park with fun rides and a lazy river, historic Punta Borinquen Lighthouse built in 1889, Punta Borinquen tennis courts, and wonderful horseback rides through the surrounding jungle. Carabalí Rainforest Park is a 600-acre ranch in a lush tropical jungle snuggled between El Yunque National Rainforest and the the Atlantic Ocean. It is a great adventure destination combining plenty of action with the magnificent tropical jungle full of life.
You can go horseback riding through the El Yunque National Forest, admire the unique eco system with rare plants and animals, and go swimming in the Mameyes River, or you can take your horse to the beach.
You can zoom through the forest, hop over creeks, and climb hills on a 650cc four track or hit the jungle trails on a mountain bike. And when you come back from your adventure, you can enjoy one of several excellent restaurants, bars, or wine cellars.
Puerto Rico 992, Luquillo, 00773, Puerto Rico, Phone: 787-889-4954 Museo Castillo Serrallés or Serrallés Castle Museum is located in Ponce, Puerto Rico in the magnificent four-story colonial revival building built in 1930 for the proprietor of Destileria Serralles, one of the largest rum distilleries in Puerto Rico.
The museum has one permanent exhibition showcasing the history of sugar cane production and rum industries in the area and in the country, demonstrating its impact on Puerto Rico economy. There are also several galleries with changeable temporary exhibits. The museum, which opened in 1991, is surrounded by a 2.5-acre lot and is now one of several attractions. Others include an observation tower, a Japanese garden, and a butterfly garden.
17 Calle El Vigia | (take a taxi), Ponce 00730-2926, Puerto Rico, Phone: 787-259-1774 Located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the was the largest radio telescope in the world from 1963 when it was completed until 2016. The observatory is the facility of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center and is operated by several agencies under the National Science Foundation.
The observatory has a 1,000-foot radio telescope and serves as a venue for research in radio astronomy, radar astronomy, and atmospheric science. Self-guided tours of the observatory are available – there are 3,500 square feet of exhibits.
Tour guides provide help when requested. The 20-minute movie Beyond the Big Dreams plays in the auditorium. It covers the work and discoveries that have taken place in the Arecibo Observatory.
You can also visit to the observation deck to see the telescope. HC-3 CAJA 53995, Arecibo 00612, Puerto Rico, Phone: 787-878-2612 Voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Flamenco Beach on the island of Culebra in Puerto Rico attracts thousands of tourists with its warm, shallow blue waters, powder fine white sand, wonderful diving and snorkeling and one mile of beautiful sandy shore that stretches along the wide, protected horse-shoe-shaped bay.
The beach has lifeguards on duty and small concession stands with beach chairs, umbrellas, snacks, food, and diving and snorkeling equipment. The beach is easily accessible from from the town of Dewey where the ferry lands.
There is a well-organized campground at the entrance to the beach. Route 251, Puerto Rico For six decades, Vieques Island was a navy bombing range and testing ground. After a series of protests, the navy left the island in 2003, and part of the island previously occupied by navy was proclaimed a national wildlife refuge. One of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Blue Beach (as the navy called it) regained its original name La Chiva, but some keys off La Chiva are still off limits because of abandoned ordnance.
Wide sandy beach stretches all along the azure bay, and it is wonderful for long walks, snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, and diving. Protected waters are calm and warm, perfect for the kids. The best snorkeling is next to the rocky areas and near the small key. Playa Caracas on the south side of Vieques island in Puerto Rico is a gorgeous wide sandy beach with fine white coral sand that stays cool underfoot even when the sun is at its strongest.
The water changes colors as it gets deeper, and it is a photographer and painter’s dream. Gentle waves protected by the wide bay make the beach perfectly safe for the kids. There are a few gazebos for family picnics, as well as volleyball nets. The beach is surrounded by magnificent tropical greenery and palm trees that offer patches of shade.
The beach is part of the wildlife preserve and was previously located on the navy testing ground when it was known by the name of Red Beach. Located just outside charming Arecibo, La Cueva del Indio, one of the oldest colonial towns in Puerto Rico, is a spectacular cave cut into limestone rock by thousands of years of rain and wind.
The most interesting features in the caves are petroglyphs left by Taino Indians long before Columbus came to Puerto Rico. It is believed that the petroglyphs were part of the religious ceremonies held in the caves, and they are amazingly well preserved.
The walk from the busy highway to the caves is short but treacherous – the exposed limestone gets slippery and the drop from the trail to the cave below is 25 feet. The ceiling of the cave is open to the sky so there is enough light to see petroglyphs from above. There is also a ladder going into the cave. Once you get to the caves, the view that stretches all the way to the ocean and the beaches is spectacular.
Take a walk around and see the spectacular cliffs, arches, and a natural bridge. Arecibo 00612, Puerto Rico La Playuela is located in Cabo Rojo on the south west end of Puerto Rico. It is a true Caribbean paradise in a wide crescent-shaped bay that is protected, secluded, and big enough to offer a spot for a solitary swim or snorkel. The scenery around the beach is magnificent – on one side are turquoise clear Caribbean waters and on the other is lush tropical greenery that offers pleasant shade from the intense sun.
You can see the lighthouse perched high on the cliff and the line of seagrass at the end of the beach. The sand is very fine, and sometimes it makes the water look a bit murky. There are many trails around the beach for a bit of exploring and bird-watching. Cabo Rojo, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico Cayo Icacos is a small uninhabited island off the coast of Fajardo, a small town on the east coast of Puerto Rico. It is part of the Cordillera Keys Nature Reserve and can be reached from Fajardo by a fifteen-minute water taxi ride.
Magnificent healthy reefs that support abundant marine life surround the island, so snorkeling and scuba diving are out of this world. The beach on the island is made up of fine coral sand perfect for long strolls. You can also explore inland, as the island is covered with lush greenery. The island and its fantastic beach are very popular among locals and tourists, so expect it to be crowded on weekends.
Isla Palomino is a small private island on the east coast of Puerto Rico near Las Croabas, Fajardo. Most of the island is occupied by the El Conquistador Hotel & Casino.
This luxury 100-acre resort has its own ferry that brings guests to the island. Besides presenting wonderful sandy beach surrounded by stately palm trees and crystal clear Caribbean waters, the resort offers a range of activities such as horseback riding, windsurfing, Jet skiing, kayaking, and snorkeling and scuba diving on the surrounding reef. You do not have to stay at the resort to enjoy the island and its amenities; they offer a day pass that provides access to most that island offers.
1000 El Conquistador Plz Ctr, San Juan00976-6448, Puerto Rico Tamarindo Beach is for a good reason one of the most popular beaches in Culebra, and it is famous for its fantastic beaches. Protected by small key Cayo Luis Pena, the water is calm and perfect for kayaking, snorkeling, and fun for kids.
Almost not a day passes that the snorkelers do not see green turtles and manta rays gliding across the bay, and the coral reefs are healthy and teeming with marine life. The shore is unique, with a mix of golden sand and wide trails of colorful smooth pebbles and coral stones pushed ashore by the waves. Kids enjoy collecting colorful stones, but keep an eye on them, as the water gets much deeper near the shore.
There are no lifeguards on site, so don’t go snorkeling or swimming alone. West end of island, Puerto Rico Of all the Culebra beaches, Zoni is one where you should go if you want to spend some time in solitude. The long, wide expanse of fine sand is perfect for long walks, or you can hang your hammock between two leaning palm trees and read a book in the light shade while the gentle sound of surf soothes you.
The scenery is breathtaking. The water changes its color from pale green to deep blue as it gets deeper, and the coast gets more rugged and rocky towards the end of the beach. Zoni Beach / Playa Soni is a nesting site for Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles, so you might be able to spot these gentle giants laying eggs between April and June.
Stay away and do not disturb them; they come back year after year to the same spot. There are volunteers who mark the sites so that they are not disturbed. East end of PR 250, Puerto Rico This striking red and white building at the Plaza de las Delicias in the center of Ponce is always attracting the attention of tourists, and it is the pride of locals. Wooden Gothic structure with Moorish influence was designed by Maximo Meana and was built as the main pavilion for the 1882 Ponce World Fair.
After the fair ended in 1885, the building became Ponce's official firehouse – Parque de Bombas de Ponce – and it served the city faithfully for more than 100 years.
Today, it is a museum honoring Ponce's firemen and has a display of various artifacts used by the fire brigade to combat the famous 1882 and1883 fires as well as some other artifacts of historical significance. Plaza de Las Delicias, Ponce, Puerto Rico 25 Best Things to Do in Puerto Rico & Places to Visit • , Photo: Courtesy of Ruth P. Peterkin - Fotolia.com • , Photo: Courtesy of Wirepec - Fotolia.com • , Photo: Courtesy of Anna - Fotolia.com • , Photo: Museo de Arte de Ponce • , Photo: Courtesy of ArenaCreative - Fotolia.com • , Photo: Courtesy of De Visu - Fotolia.com • , Photo: Courtesy of Vladlens Studios - Fotolia.com • , Photo: Courtesy of demerzel21 - Fotolia.com • , Photo: Courtesy of Shakzu - Fotolia.com • , Photo: Courtesy of amadeustx - Fotolia.com • , Photo: Courtesy of amadeustx - Fotolia.com • , Photo: Courtesy of Jose G.
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#1 of 11 · PR is more family oriented than other caribbean islands, who have much more of a party atmosphere or couples only hotels. It is safe to drive around, so you can experience the culture and visit nature sites (rainforest, caves, biobay) outside of the metro/tourist area. So I'm not sure why your travel agent was against it. Search the forum and you will see ideas on what to do with kids. #2 of 11 · We visited PR with our two kids ages 11 and 13 and we thought it was very family friendly.
We stayed in at Las Casitas Village and we enjoyed the Biobay excursion, rainforest and also a day in . I felt there was a good mix of history and culture. Just as a comparison we spent a week in last spring and I felt it was not family friendly at all as the previous poster noted there was more of an emphasis on rum drinks and beaches without much to offer in the way of history and culture.
#3 of 11 · He was of the opinion that it wasn't totally safe. He said he took his family there and that even though they could speak the language, he said it was easy to accidentally end up in a potentially dangerous area, which made him nervous. Seeing as my family isn't bilingual, he didn't recommend it. However, after seeing these two posts, I think I should consider it, because you both obviously had a positive experience and your families felt safe.
#4 of 11 · We just returned from a trip to , including Vieques, with two young children (9 and 3.5 years old) and I never felt unsafe. Sure there is plenty of poverty and crimes of opportunity, but you could say that about most US metropolitan areas. We rented a condo in and then a house in , so we weren't cocooned in a resort of any kind. Just use common sense and follow the advice given on tripadvisor and other local sources and you'll be fine. We think that it's important for our children to know from a young age that the world is not like our neighborhood at home.
That said, we wouldn't take them somewhere obviously unsafe, such as Nigeria, the Middle East, or Turkey! And just for some context, we arrived in last year (heading to ) only to be utterly shocked by the news of the marathon bombing in our beloved . You never know when tragedy will strike but common sense will go a long way.
#5 of 11 · Not sure how speaking spanish will prevent you from getting into a dangerous area. Certainly I wish dangerous places had a huge warning sign at the entrance :)). Honestly, there are very few places here that I would consider super dangerous. The other day I was lost and stopped right in front of the projects to ask for directions. Even if you do step into such a place, they will realize you are a tourist and leave you alone.
#7 of 11 · Your kid will enjoy visiting PR. With so many things to do, you will have trouble deciding what to do :) El Morro Fortress and OSJ are a must for families.
On Sundays OSJ is filled with families out for a stroll, site seeing and dinner. If times allows, and you want some beach time, stay at El Conquistador in . The resort has a nice small water park for kids to enjoy and parents too. From there you can do day trip to and visit the Bio Bay too.
Also, you could drive to for a stops at the kiosks there. I'm not sure why your travel agent said that it was easy to end up in a "potentially dangerous area", really? Has he gone to , LA, ? Not that these are really dangerous cities, but still driving in an off beaten path, and not knowing where you are can make you feel a bit unsafe.
Just use common sense and you will be fine. #9 of 11 · Our very first visit to PR we took our girls early teens and we traveled the whole island staying at different places every couple of days. We never ever felt unsafe. You will be just fine only speaking English. Just use common sense as others have posted and you will have a wonderful time. Enjoy!
If you’re thinking of a vacation that combines sun, sand, and surf with some opportunities to soak up culture, there is no better destination than Puerto Rico. As commonwealth of the United States, you won’t need a passport if you’re American. No matter where you’re traveling from, these are the best things to do in Puerto Rico and some important information for traveling to this small commonwealth.
Culture Club Puerto Rico is a cultural amalgam mixing Caribbean, North American, and Spanish histories into a vibrant society brimming with music, food, and language. No matter how much you think you only want to lie on its beautiful beaches, be sure to check out some of these great spots, too!
Fine Arts Cinema: After a day in the sun, cool down at 654 Ponce de Leon Avenue with a film at . Host to typical blockbusters, the cinema also offers independent, foreign, and local films. Check out films not showing at your local multiplex. A nice touch is that you can upgrade your usual movie snacks to sandwiches, cheese platters, and sushi.
You can even buy a bottle of wine to enjoy during your film. Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours: What better way to learn about Puerto Rico than by partaking in a The signature tour involves strolling around San Juan while learning and tasting for three hours. Want to bring something home with you? Consider a three hour group cooking class – rather than inviting friends over to view your pictures, or just posting them on facebook, invite friends over for an authentic meal.
The company also offers a one hour Boozy Bites rum tour for those looking to imbibe a little while learning about food and culture. Atlantic San Juan Tours: In addition to food tours, consider checking out variety of tours from rain forests to underground caves to their tour of historic San Juan and the Bacardi Distillery.
With a variety of tours and full day excursions, you can make a great day out of whatever piques your interest. Spoon Food Tours: If you’re a foodie or are traveling with one, this is the . Whether you want to drink, learn to make cheese, go for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is a tour for you and your group. Highly praised and professionally curated, these are the best food tours in Puerto Rico.
They even offer personalized, private tours perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary, engagement or other special event trip. Community La Perla: Though it has a bad reputation, La Perla is an interesting neighborhood in San Juan.
Originally established to house slaughterhouse workers, because the law required slaughterhouses to be outside of the city limits, La Perla was also home to non-white slaves and farmers. The neighborhood has its own record label and hosts weekly salsa and hip hop concerts.
During the year there are also art and craft fairs. Your Spanish should be more than passable if you plan to explore La Perla. Bespoke Lifestyle Management: Don’t let the name fool you. This is an excellent company offering car service, limos, and private custom tours of Puerto Rico. Consistently rated the highest possible on Trip Advisor and Yelp, Bespoke takes its time to develop the perfect experience for travelers looking for a top notch tour experience.
Get in an adventurous mood and plan a “non-touristy” tour for the best experience possible. Don’t Know Much About History The history of Puerto Rico is rich and there are many opportunities to learn about it on tours of landmark sites or in several museums. Make sure to make time to learn about the island’s storied past while you are there.
Museo de Las Americas: From the history of slavery to fashion, has it covered. For only US$3.00, there are several exhibits at this favorite stop in Puerto Rico that appear on many of the “secrets” and “hidden gems” lists. The museum is fairly small and won’t take more than two hours but it’s located across the street from El Morro, so plan it as part of your site seeing.
Also not to miss? The museum’s coffee shop – delicious! El Morro: Whether or not you’re a history buff, this historic fort, used as a defense for attacks coming from the water, is an awesome spot to learn and explore.
The admission is US$3.00 and it is conveniently located right across the street from the Museo de Las Americas. Castillo San Cristobel: This is the largest fort built by Spain in the New World and where El Morro protected against attacks from the sea, here the Spanish protected themselves from attacks on the land.
When scheduling a tour, you might be lucky enough to view one of the monthly reenactments by professional re-enactors. There are also tours, extensive tunnels, and artillery exhibits. On the third Sunday of the month, artillery firings are offered.
Ghost Tours: A favorite activity for travelers to Puerto Rico is the “Night Tours” historical walking tours. Mixing legend with history, the night tours offer a unique glimpse into the past while sharing stories from locals about ghostly apparitions often reported as seen or felt in the area. Will you encounter something or someone? Maybe if you are open to it! It’s Only Natural Puerto Rico is a nature lover’s dream, add to that the dash of adventure some natural attractions add and you have a recipe for the adrenaline junkie in all of us.
Here are the best things to do in Puerto Rico if you want to see its natural sights. Carabali Rainforest Park: From horseback riding tours along the Mameyes River (with a break to swim and snack) to mountain biking to ziplining, this rainforest park offers something for everyone.
For those less inclined to do something physical but still in search of excitement, there are also go-karts and ATVs. The beauty of the rainforest surrounds you no matter how you choose to see it! El Yunque Rainforest Park: While many rainforests are privately owned and operated, is the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Parks system and as such is a much more rugged nature experience.
There are many opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, and scenic drives but there are no ziplines or other activities found in the commercial parks. This is the perfect place for true lovers of nature interested in getting to the heart of the jungle.
If you are interested in camping, make sure to plan in advance – most campsites require a permit to be secured two weeks prior to camping. Kayaking: If you want to enjoy the beauty of the island while doing something physical, try kayaking. While there are many opportunities for kayaking, consider . This company has a small focus: Kayaking and snorkeling. Their experienced guides and eco-friendly practices guarantee two key things: You will be kept from the crowded beaches and taken to pristine locations, and your trip will have little to no impact on the beautiful ecology of Puerto Rico.
Acampa: More than just ziplining, Acampa provides all day classic or custom adventure tours for viewing the best of nature while taking part in physical activity. Groups must have at least 6 people but can be mixed reservations. In addition to ziplining, they offer hiking, historical coffee tours, boating, and more. A great option if you want an entire day excursion. Aventuras Tierra Adentro: Want to turn your excursion up to 11?
Call on for caving excursions. From learning about ropes and rescue classes to caving, you’ll be safe and knowledgeable when it comes to this extreme sport.
Be sure to research all requirements prior to booking if you’ve never done this before – there are physical requirements that go along with extreme sports like caving! EcoQuest Tours: Rather than head to an adventure park on your own, will design and provide your entire excursion experience no matter what you want to do: zip lining, rappelling, kayaking, 8×8 vehicles or canopy bridges.
EcoQuest prides itself on being eco-friendly and knowing some of the most beautiful spots on the island. East Island Excursions: Puerto Rico offers accessibility to several area islands and to see them, whether on a half or full day excursion.
Group, private, and corporate charters are available and include lunch buffets and/or beach barbeques for participants. If you will be in Puerto Rico for a week or more, this is a great way to expand your experience and see some other nearby islands.
Luquillo Beach: Puerto Rico has beautiful beaches and this is one of the best with mild, calm waters and soft sand. Beachgoers often suggest staying south of the busy food kiosks to maximize your experience and heading to the kiosk area at the end of your stay for either lunch or dinner.
If you’re bringing the kids, the kiosks are a great way to break up the day as they contain little shops that are fun to stroll through. Dance the Night Away Nuyorican Café: A favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, be sure to check out this nightclub for live music, dancing and drinks while you’re on the island. No matter what night, it’s a guaranteed good time and often has live music. In addition, there are poetry nights and several themed events that keep it interesting on a night-to-night basis.
After walking and exploring all day and enjoying a dinner out, there’s no better way to end the night than in an authentic spot like this! What You Should Know When Traveling to Puerto Rico • The busy season for tourists is December through April.
Keep in mind, though, that while the low season is May through November, the hurricane season is June through October. Puerto Rico hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane in years but expect rain, wind and more rain if you visit during hurricane season. • If you are American, you do not need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico. • Don’t ask why, because no one knows, but distances are posted in kilometers and speed in miles per hours. Gas is sold in liters. • Traffic in Puerto Rico is crazy with driving laws viewed more as guidelines than hard and fast rules.
Be careful, whether driving, cycling or walking. • Speaking of traffic, emergency vehicles always have their lights on – no need to move over or stop unless you hear a siren. • The American dollar is the currency in Puerto Rico but, as with most destinations, plastic is easiest. • Most roads in Puerto Rico require tolls. If you are renting a car be sure to get the auto express pass to get through faster and without the hassle of cash. • Puerto Ricans give driving/walking directions using landmarks.
They will not use distances or time so be sure to mapquest or google map any directions prior to going out or use a GPS. While this is endearing, it can be very confusing to drivers not used to the area (especially with the drivers being what they are!). • Puerto Rico is home to many lizards of all sizes. They will be everywhere – in your room, in your shoes and yes, in your bed.
While they are more frightened of you than you are of them, it’s still a good idea to shake out shoes and clothing that have been laying out and check the bed before climbing in.
• The languages of Puerto Rico are English and Spanish and a working knowledge of either will get you through your stay.
Visit Puerto Rico, the hidden gem of the Caribbean!