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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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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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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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Icacos Island (Cayo Icacos)

Icacos Island (Cayo Icacos)

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A small, uninhabited island located just a 15-minute boat ride from the Puerto Rican town of Fajardo, Icacos Island (Cayo Icacos) is part of Cordillera Keys Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural los Cayos de la Cordillera). Its white-sand shores, pristine waters, and colorful reefs make it a popular day-trip destination for snorkeling and diving.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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Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

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Just north of Old San Juan, within the San Juan National Historic Site, stands 16th-century Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the northwestern tip of the islet of San Juan, kept watch over the Atlantic and protected Old San Juan and the Bay of San Juan from incoming enemies for centuries.More
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Bacardi Rum Factory (Casa Bacardi)

Bacardi Rum Factory (Casa Bacardi)

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The Bacardi Rum Factory (Casa Bacardi) is entwined with the history of the Caribbean itself, and the factory’s new visitor center traces the company’s early roots as a small distillery in Cuba through American Prohibition, the Cuban Revolution, and beyond. Today, Bacardi is a well-known brand with a global presence, and its factory in Puerto Rico is the largest premium rum distillery in the world.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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Culebra Island

Culebra Island

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Picturesque Flamenco Beach is ranked number three among the top 10 most exotic beaches in the world, thanks to its white coral sand, crystal clear water and breathtaking arid tree lined hills. But there are more sandy shores to see on Culebra Island than just this spot for sun and surf—the island itself is a true paradise for beach bumming travelers.Visitors can access smaller island destinations like Culebrita and Luis Pena (after obtaining a permit) by using a public water taxi from the main town. These tiny landmasses off the coast of this picturesque island are ideal for hiking, photography and scuba diving. Since rivers and streams don’t run into the ocean waters here, so the surrounding seas are unusually clear making for perfect underwater wildlife viewing.More
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Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco)

Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco)

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Forested white-sand beaches and sapphire-blue water make Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco) as picturesque as a Caribbean postcard. Hidden away on the island of Culebra, just off the coast of Puerto Rico, Flamenco is a hot spot for water adventures. With its colorful aquatic life, beachside bars serving up cocktails, and flamingo-filled lagoons, this strip of sand provides an ideal day trip for those looking to go beyond the bustle of San Juan.More

Top activities in Puerto Rico

Culebra Day Trip by Catamaran from Fajardo
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San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour

San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour

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El Yunque Rainforest Guided Hiking with Waterfall Tour

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El Yunque Rainforest Guided Hiking with Waterfall Tour

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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

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El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour

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San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour
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Full-Day Culebra and Flamenco Beach Snorkeling from San Juan
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Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Fajardo

Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Fajardo

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Snorkel Icacos Island aboard The Innovation
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Old San Juan Walking Tour

Old San Juan Walking Tour

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

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Great excursion!
Tiana_B, Jan 2022
Culebra Day Trip by Catamaran from Fajardo
We did not get a chance to visit culebra due to the tides being too high and strong.
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Check it Out!
Nabby_K, Jan 2022
Let me show you MY island! (with visit to El Yunque)
I recommend this if you wish to see Loizon and El Yunque.
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A tour I would take again
Alex_C, Jan 2022
El Yunque Rainforest, Waterslide, Beach, Dine and Shop Adventure with transport
The activities where spaced in the right amount of time and the people in my group was friendly and all appeared to have had a marvelous time.
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When we got to Puerto...
Tiffany_T, Dec 2021
SJU Airport Transfer: SJU to San Juan (hotel, airbnb, port)
ANDRE the driver was very nice and helpful on things to do and see.
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Best thing to do in Puerto Rico
misty_a, Dec 2021
El Yunque Natural Waterslide & Rainforest Hiking with Transportation
Got to slide down rock waterfalls, cliff dive, rope swing and hike in and straight up and down muddy trails and river crossings.
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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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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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Insider’s Look into Puerto Rico
Suraj_S, Jan 2022
Full-Day West Puerto Rico Tour
This is a whole-day trip and gives you a chance to see parts of Puerto Rico outside of “the usual”.
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NW Puerto Rico adventure
Viswanathan_S, Jan 2022
North West Adventure Puerto Rico
He stopped at some fabulous destination which otherwise would not have been possible to visit.
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Highly recommend if looking for an adventure.
Jacqueline_A, Dec 2021
Full-Day Rainforest and Waterfall Adventure from San Juan
Once we arrived at the waterfall we were able to swim and explore the pool at the bottom of it.
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Ivan made this trip amazing
Taylor_E, Jan 2022
Puerto Rico Guided Adventure in El Yunque rainforest
He texted us individually before the tour to see if we needed anything and to communicate the day of.
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Old San Juan Plus Much More
Susan_F, Jan 2022
San Juan Done Right! - Driving Tour
I particularly enjoyed our travel outside Old Juan to see homes where residents lived, urban art, and the the beautiful beaches.

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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