There are so many amazing things to see and do in Puerto Rico! Whether you’re looking for adventure, sightseeing, culture, or an opportunity to relax, Puerto Rico offers its visitors all of the above and more. It’s no wonder that Puerto Rico is considered one of the most popular Caribbean vacation destinations. You can swim in pristine beaches, zip-line through exotic rainforests, and ogle at some of the most carefully-preserved architecture in the world. If you’re looking for a starting point, follow along for our guide of 12 things to see and do while visiting Puerto Rico
12. Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay (Vieques)
Many travelers call the Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay one of their favourite destinations in Puerto Rico, and for good reason. While this south Vieques beach may seem like a typical beach during the day, it’s a totally unique experience at night since the waters emit a blue glow. The glow is from tiny organisms, called dinoflagellates, that live there. More than 600,000 bioluminescent dinoflagellates live in each gallon of bay water creating one of the brightest bioluminescence effects in the world.
11. Old San Juan
Cobblestone streets, colourful homes, and bustling streets, Old San Juan is one of the most vibrant places to visit in Puerto Rico. This area holds a lot of history and is home to a variety of churches, cathedrals and colonial homes. The main attraction to this area, however, is the entertainment. There are an array of shops, museums, cafes and restaurants to suit everyone’s tastes. Old San Juan is a definite must-see!
10. Flamenco Beach
If you’re looking to visit a beach during your visit to Puerto Rico, look no further than Flamenco Beach. White sand and crystal blue water, this beach is known as one of the best in Puerto Rico and is highly acclaimed worldwide. It’s the perfect spot for families, snorkelers or those looking for a day of relaxation. The beach is also dotted with kiosks that sell snacks and refreshments so you’ll be comfortable and relaxed all day long.
9. Toro Verde Adventure Park
If you or someone in your travel group is looking for adventure during this trip, definitely be sure to visit Toro Verde Adventure Park. It offers visitors ziplines, rope courses and rock climbing challenges that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. The park is known for its attraction “The Beast,” which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest zipline in the world.
8. Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
For the history buffs and art lovers in your travel group, look no further than Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. This grand building was once a hospital and was restored and redesigned in 1995. The permanent collection includes more than 1,000 works that display a range of Puerto Rican-made sculptures, paintings and installations. The museum also has rotating exhibitions that often attract crowds.
7. Tamarindo Beach
If you’re interested in snorkelling during your trip to Puerto Rico, definitely be sure to visit Tamarindo Beach. This beach is quiet and secluded and is a snorkeler’s dream for observing turtles and tropical fish. The vistas offer panoramic views and the water is ideal for kayaking or paddle boarding. Beware that the shores of this beach are a little rocky, though, but much worth it to truly absorb some of Puerto Rico’s natural beauty.
6. Cueva Ventana
Cueva Ventana, which translates to “cave window,” is a stunning cave located on a limestone cliff in the mountainside of Arecibo. It’s a gorgeous hike to get to this location and provides a picturesque view of mountains and river. Be sure to head over on a weekday when non-resident tickets are $19 for a 90-minute guided tour.
5. Pública Espacio Cultural
Another amazing activity for those that appreciate art and culture is the Pública Espacio Cultural. It’s a large gallery that is open to the public and has rotating exhibitions that typically feature Puerto Rican artists. Many of the displays give visitors a glimpse at the Puerto Rican lifestyle. It also occasionally features fashion or food market pop-ups. Be sure to check what’s scheduled during your visit to see if it’s of interest.
4. La Placita de Santurce
La Placita de Santurce farmers’ market is the perfect place to absorb the local culture of Puerto Rico. The farmers market is open on weekends and is packed with bars and restaurants to explore. The market is actually housed in a historic building, making it a truly unique experience. Grab a beverage in a plastic cup and leisurely walk around to explore.
3. Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Castillo San Felipe del Morro is likely one of the most recognizable landmarks in Puerto Rico. It even makes an appearance on the Puerto Rican license plate! This landmark is definitely worth a visit during your trip. It’s an iconic lookout point and a photographer’s dream for capturing a quintessential view of Puerto Rico. Be sure to take a walk down the sidewalk underneath El Morro for a unique perspective of the landmark.
2. Rum Tour
Puerto Rico is known for its rum, so if you’re a fan of this beverage it’s a no brainer to take a rum tour during your trip. Rum is actually one of Puerto Rico’s top exports, which is no surprise since it is often referred to as the “rum capital of the world.” Aside the rum tasting experience, a full rum tour will also give you a glimpse into the production of rum, which could be an incredible learning opportunity.
1. El Yunque National Forest
Puerto Rico is known for its gorgeous tropical forests, so be sure to make a trip to one during your visit. We suggest checking out the El Yunque National Forest which is actually the only tropical forest in the U.S National Forest System. It’s an amazing place to hike for the outdoor lovers in your life and a truly memorable experience. Remember that this area can get quite wet and to dress in layers and pack water resistant equipment.