Puerto Rico – where the sunshine is bright; the sea waves, mighty; and, the whole island a paradise. If it’s a great tropical island getaway that you want, you will get that and so much more in the bosoms of one of the world’s most celebrated vacation destinations, Puerto Rico. Situated east of the Dominican Republic, this majestic island is known for its superb hospitality, rich culture and history, vibrant and lively atmosphere, and unadulterated God-given wonders.
With so much to see and experience in Puerto Rico, where do you start? Below is a narrowed down list of some of the most popular and highly recommended things to do in this Caribbean island.
Explore Old San Juan
San Juan is one of the most popular tourist hot spots in Puerto Rico, and rightfully so. With its colorful structures and potent and well preserved history, there’s no wonder why tourists can’t seem to get enough of this old military complex. San Juan is a very small island connected to the mainland by three (3) bridges. Located in the island are the two well-renowned twin fortresses, the Castillo San Cristóbal and the Castillo San Felipe del Morro (Morro Castle). War aficionados and history buffs will surely go gaga over these remnants of Puerto Rico’s past.
Visit Vieques Island
Rivaling San Juan in popularity, Vieques is one place you wouldn’t want to miss going to if you’re in Puerto Rico. An amazing and rare site that you will find in Vieques: waters that glow in the night. It’s the oddest thing. In Vieques’s Mosquito Bay, millions of bioluminescent microorganisms called dinoflagellates light up the waters of the bay, making it glow a bluish color in the dark. Another must see place in Vieques is the Sun Bay.
Traverse El Yunque National Forest
The only tropical forest in the US National Forest System, El Yunque is one of Puerto Rico’s pride and glory. The vast expanse of floras and faunas that make up this lush tropical rain forest are refreshing and invigorating treats to one’s soul. The two most popular of the 13 official hiking trails are the Big Tree and La Mina Trails, which collectively take two hours to traverse. If you attempt to trek the whole of El Yunque, it will take you more than a day; so why not have a camping trip surrounded by nature while you’re at it?
Unwind and Relax in its Pristine Beaches
Puerto Rico boasts stunning signature Caribbean white sand beaches and clear aqua blue waters. If you haven’t swam in its waters or luxuriated in its beaches, you haven’t really done much of anything on the island. Some of Puerto Rico’s most popular beaches are the Luquillo Beach, Pine Grove Beach, Carolina Public Beach, Boquerón Beach and the Seven Seas Beach. Whether your purpose is a romantic getaway, a family outing, meeting with friends or you just want to chill on the beach by yourself, there is a beach in Puerto Rico that will suit your tastes.
Play Exciting Sports and Outdoor Activities
If you simply want to relax and have a serene and peaceful vacation, you can just lay back and bask in Puerto Rico’s beaches. But if you’re a thrill-seeker, you’ll want to try some of these fun activities:
- Snorkelling – snorkel under transparent waters and see aquatic wildlife up close and personal
- Fishing – hop on a boat and try your hand at reeling in anything from tuna and blue marlin to sailfish and wahoo
- Surfing – Rincón, Puerto Rico’s go-to place for great waves, is known world-wide for its standout surfing environment
Other outdoor activities
- Zip lining – anyone who hasn’t tried this is missing out ‘zipping’ through the beautiful terrain at a 100 miles an hour, all while your heart is going 200 beats per minute!
- Horseback riding – What better way to getting back to nature and seeing the island than on the back of a horse
- Rappelling – the island has many cliff faces for you to explore
- Hang gliding – See beautiful views of the island from way up above. Hope you aren’t afraid of heights.
Do you have any suggestions of things to do in Puerto Rico?