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Things to do in Puerto Rico

Things to do in  Puerto Rico

Welcome to Puerto Rico

Often dubbed the Isle of Enchantment, Puerto Rico—flanked by the Dominican Republic to the west and the Virgin Islands to the east—is characterized by bone-white beaches, lush jungle, and a rich indigenous past and present. Whether you want to lounge on the sands, get to grips with the fraught history of this Caribbean archipelago, or hike through dense rain forest, there's something to suit you in Puerto Rico, a destination which boasts multifaceted appeal and provides a wealth of activities for foodies, history buffs, and thrill seekers alike. San Juan, the Caribbean island's capital, teems with cultural vibrancy. Take a walking tour of Old San Juan, replete with colorful facades and lookout points, and home to La Fortaleza, built in 1533. History buffs also won't want to miss San Juan National Historic Site and San Juan Bay, both full of monuments. San Juan also serves as a convenient gateway to El Yunque National Forest, a biodiverse expanse of tropical rainforest boasting La Coca Falls, the reef-protected Luquillo Beach, and the Bacardi rum distillery. The bioluminescent bay in Vieques, an island off the mainland, offers one of the brightest displays of bioluminescence in the world—opt for a kayaking tour for an up-close display. For exceptional snorkeling, take a boat tour of Culebra, another island off the coast, with stops at Flamenco Beach; try the Cayo Luis Pena Nature Reserve from Fajardo; or go ziplining, horseback riding, or hiking through the lush jungle surrounding San Juan.

Top 10 attractions in Puerto Rico

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Old San Juan

Old San Juan

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The cobblestone streets of Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan, lined with brightly colored Spanish colonial houses, lend themselves to aimless yet inspired wandering—but don’t let yourself pass by the neighborhood’s key attractions. From the UNESCO World Heritage-listed forts of Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro) and Castillo San Cristobal to restaurants serving plates of aromatic rice and fried plantains, Old San Juan charms travelers at every turn.More
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Laguna Grande

Laguna Grande

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During the day, Laguna Grande in Fajardo looks like other bays along the tropical Puerto Rican coastline. But come nightfall the bioluminescent lagoon glows fluorescent, thanks to pyrodinium bahamense, microscopic plankton that thrive in its shallow Caribbean waters and glow when disturbed.More
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El Yunque National Park

El Yunque National Park

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The El Yunque National Park is the only tropical rain forest under the protection of the US Forest Service, as well as the largest nature reserve in densely populated Puerto Rico. Situated in the mist-wreathed Luquillo Mountains—where year-round precipitation ensures lush, green landscapes and a healthy diversity of animal life—El Yunque is home to the rare Puerto Rican parrot and the Coqui frog, whose distinctive croak provides El Yunque's soundtrack.More
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San Juan Gate (Puerta de San Juan)

San Juan Gate (Puerta de San Juan)

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Named in honor of Saint John the Baptist, San Juan Gate (Puerta de San Juan) was originally one of five doorways to the city used to protect its streets from invaders and each gate has its own unique function. Today, this towering red and white entryway that’s tucked into the city’s surrounding stonewall offers a truly magical way to enter and explore Puerto Rico’s capital city.Travelers who pass through this historic entrance will find energetic vendors selling traditional snacks and ice-cold piragua along walkways heading towards the historic old town. Ancient trees stretch high into the sky and provide cool shade for lovers on romantic strolls. Narrow cobblestone streets lined with restored Spanish colonial homes and ornate balconies add to the charm of this favorite San Juan attraction.More
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Bioluminescent Bay (Mosquito Bay)

Bioluminescent Bay (Mosquito Bay)

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Bioluminescent Bay (aka Mosquito Bay or Puerto Mosquito) is one of Puerto Rico’s three bioluminescent bays, located on the island of Vieques. A popular destination for nighttime boat tours, this bay is by far the brightest. The water is illuminated by dinoflagellates called Pyrodinium bahamense, tiny microorganisms that glow when touched.More
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San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

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Built in 1521, San Juan Cathedral(Catedral de San Juan Bautista) is one of the highlights of Old San Juan. The second-oldest cathedral in the Americas, this landmark in the heart of Old San Juan has an impressive array of religious and historical artifacts. The church is still operational, with services held throughout the week.More
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Window Cave (Cueva Ventana)

Window Cave (Cueva Ventana)

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Most caves aren’t the types of places that also come with a view; by their very nature, caves are dark, musty holes full of rocks, stalactites and bats. But at Window Cave (Cueva Ventana), about an hour outside of San Juan, the dark cave opens to up to Puerto Rico’s best view.Ensconced in cliffs towering high above the Rio Grande Arecibo, Cueva Ventana is where subterranean suddenly meets surreal. Though there was once a time when it was free to visit, the area today is privately administered to protect against damage and decay. The downside, of course, is the added cost, but the upside is the fact that the ticket price now includes a local guide. Here you’ll hear history of native Taino who left their marks on the cave, and be presented with flashlights for navigating the depths of the dark, guano-filled room.Scrambling down rocks, tree roots and mud while weaving through dripping stalactites, the adventure is backed by a soundtrack of bats all squeaking in unison above. Thankfully the cave—since it’s open on both ends—doesn’t have much of a smell, and right when the enveloping darkness begins to feel a bit claustrophobic, light filters through the massive window to reveal a framed, panoramic view of the Arecibo Valley below.More
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Cueva del Indio

Cueva del Indio

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Visitors to this popular natural wonder must scramble up rocky ledges, treacherous cliffs and ancient wooden staircases to access some of the region’s most impressive views. Stationed 700 feet above the Puerto Rican countryside, these beautiful caves are one of Arecibo’s most popular destinations and offer a unique taste of Taino cultural history, too.While the hike to the top is somewhat technical, amazing views and ancient rock paintings known as petroglyphs make it worth the challenge. Less-skilled travelers will still find plenty to do nearby since relaxing beaches, easier trails and off shore fishing are all possible ways to spend an afternoon here.More
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Luquillo Beach

Luquillo Beach

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Puerto Rico’s Luquillo Beach (Playa Luquillo), also known as Balneario Monserrate, is a tranquil crescent famed for its coconut palm trees and long stretch of powdery white sand. Considered one of the island’s best public beaches, the calm waters here are perfect for swimming, wading, kayaking, and other water sports.More
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Pinones

Pinones

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A beautiful boardwalk, picturesque beaches and an impressive local food scene are just part of what makes a visit to Pinones the perfect escape for gringos in search of a truly Puerto Rican experience. Travelers can rent bikes and cruise along the scenic coast, or head off road on a ride through the diverse ecosystems that line paths leading to shallow shores. Whether it’s sky-high palm trees or low lying sea brush the range of accessible plant life is astounding.Travelers also love the wide variety of traditional island fare, like alcapuria, papa rellenas and pinchos, all served alongside strong, cold cocktails. A number of kiosks on the beach offer these local dishes, made fresh to order, making Pinones one of the best food destinations in Puerto Rico.More

Top activities in Puerto Rico

Culebra Day Trip by Catamaran from Fajardo
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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

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San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour

San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour

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Deserted Island Catamaran Day Sail from Fajardo
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Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Fajardo

Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Fajardo

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San Juan ATV Adventure Tour

San Juan ATV Adventure Tour

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San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour
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Old San Juan Walking Tour

Old San Juan Walking Tour

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Jet Ski Tour from Isla Verde

Jet Ski Tour from Isla Verde

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Full-Day Zipline and Waterfall Rappelling Adventure Near San Juan
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Full-Day Culebra and Flamenco Beach Snorkeling from San Juan
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Recent reviews from experiences in Puerto Rico

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Great fun and great people!
Alisha_B, Nov 2021
El Yunque Rainforest, Waterslide, Beach, Dine and Shop Adventure with transport
This experience was fun and you get to see some amazing sites!
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Must see experience!
Anna_T, Nov 2021
Bioluminescent Bay Night Kayaking Tour in Laguna Grande Fajardo
A must see if you are visiting Puerto Rico as there are only two other places in the world to see this natural phenomenon!
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Best guidance
Sara_C, Oct 2021
Guided Snorkeling Tour plus FREE video in San Juan (next to hotels)!
We got to see many precious 🐠🐟 and more.
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Amazing experience
Gloria_A, Sep 2021
The New Taino Route
We really wanted to see the indigenous history of Puerto Rico and Javier delivered!
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Nice experience to see...
Natarsha_B, Sep 2021
Sunset Harbor Boat Ride in San Juan
Nice experience to see Puerto Rico on the water.
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Very enjoyable fun won’t regret
Carlene_D, Sep 2021
Glass Bottom Kayak Tour - Condado Lagoon
Our first time in Puerto Rico and kayaking, very peaceful waters and being able to see marine life upfront.
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Just a wonderful must do...
Wendy_D, Aug 2021
Arenales Caves and River Adventure in Puerto Rico
Great way to see some of Puerto Rico’s national treasures.
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Amazing night!
Kelly_T, Aug 2021
San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail
The captain and Pedro were so great and gave us great recommendations for things to do in Puerto Rico.
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Definitely worth seeing
Shirene_B, Aug 2021
El Yunque Rainforest, Waterslide, Beach, Dine and Shop Adventure with transport
Great to see another part of Puerto Rico.
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Awesome experience!
Miya_H, Jul 2021
San Juan ATV Adventure Tour
We also got to see animals and got a little lesson on Puerto Rico!
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Excellent Tour
Nihir_P, Jul 2021
Let me show you MY island! (with visit to El Yunque)
I recommend to take this tour to give you an idea of things to see in Puerto Rico
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Must do in PR with Hector!!!
Chad_W, Jul 2021
Let me show you MY island! (with visit to El Yunque)
He is very good with kids too.
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Exciting
Emonnie_B, Jul 2021
Hacienda Campo Rico Heritage Tour
This was so fun and exciting got to see a lot of fun exciting things and animals I learned a lot that I didn’t know about Puerto Rico which was a goal made and achieved very exciting fun experience definitely Book this !!
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A must experience
Emmanuel_Figueroa, Jul 2021
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
I wanted to bring my wife to visit Puerto Rico and experience the beauty it has to offer.
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What a great tour!
Diamond_R, Jul 2021
From Concrete Jungle to Actual Jungle: Private Puerto Rico Tour
We learned so much about Puerto Rico and went to see some main highlights the island offers.
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Great walk and very informative
Kristina_K, Jun 2021
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
It’s great to see and hear such pride from one of Puerto Rico’s own, I would highly recommend.
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Excellent trip, not too strenuous
Whitney_K, Dec 2021
Day Trip to El Yunque Tropical Rainforest from San Juan
From there, we went to La Coca Falls which is also way better in person.
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History and Food
Yolanda_E, Dec 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
It great to go during Christmas celebrations you get to all decorations and activities.
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This was our first time...
Anonymous, Dec 2021
Hike to a Hidden Gem
During our hour ride up to the waterfall Tony gave us a little background on the history of Puerto Rico.
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Yunque Hiking Adventure
Lourdes_S, Nov 2021
Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour
Our tour guides were Patricia and Aumari both fluent in English and Spanish, extremely welcoming and knowledgeable.

All about Puerto Rico

When to visit

Sunny days and happy hours are seemingly endless in Spain’s Puerto Rico. December through March is heaven for winter sun-lovers, while the summer is popular with beach-seeking families and younger travelers. Meanwhile, the shoulder months of April and November see temperatures, crowds, and prices dwindle.

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