- Greg and Betsey
7 Must Dos in Puerto Rico!
Puerto Rico is an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea consisting of the main island, four small islands, and hundreds of cays and islets. Only 35 miles wide and 100 miles long, this island packs a lot of exciting punch!
There are beautiful beaches, unbelievable snorkeling and swimming, incredible views and even mountains. Taking time to explore San Juan and all it's culture is can't miss.
There's something to do for everyone!
Our kids were having silly time with their Gigi. See if you can find this spot and take the same pic!
Sailing around the island gives you some of the best views! There are lots of options. Explore the crystal clear water and reefs. This excursion provides snorkeling and swimming, a buffet lunch and pina coladas and rum punch. Then relax on a private beach with the perfect sand. A great combination of adventure and relaxing!
2- Rainforest Hike and Kayak Adventure!
Go off the typical path and explore the beautiful rainforest with this excursion! Enjoy the waterfalls and private swimming hole! Away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts, this excursion delivers an out of this world experience. Next, kayak at the island’s famed Bioluminescent Bay. The plankton in the water will glow when the conditions are right! This is more physically demanding than other trips, but worth it if you are up for an adventure!
3- Sunset Cruise
Being on a tropical island lends itself to some incredible views and experiences! Be sure to checkout the sunset from the water. This excursion offers the unique experience sailing on a 19th century modeled topsail schooner. Get a picturesque view of San Juan and the setting sun. Perfect for that romantic moment!
4- ATV Adventures
Rev your engines and go for a thrill ride in the Puerto Rican country side. This ATV excursion is 3.5 hours long, with round trip transportation available from many hotels, and has you exploring over 2200 acres of landscape, lakes, and subtropical forrest. Everyone gets their own ATV and comes with a guide!
Puerto Rico is home to some of the oldest buildings in the Americas. Be sure to visit Old San Juan, the walled buildings that are over 500 years old. Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a must see. Casa Blanca Museum was originally a mansion built in the 1500s for Juan Ponce de León. You can learn the story of the Conquistadors and the stories that have been around for more than 500 years.
We had a blast viewing the old forts. The views of San Juan are awesome too!
So many beautiful beaches. You can check out Parchola Beach, Condado Beach, and Mar Chiquita Beach--all are close to San Juan.
If you're looking for more remote options, check these out.
Flamenco Beach. White sand. Clear water. Need we say more?!
La Playuela is breathtaking. No hotels or restaurants block the views since its part of a nature preserve.
Be sure to check out Cayo Icacos (or Icacos Island). This is the biggest cay of the the La Cordillera Nature Reserve. Icacos can only be reached by boat, so plan a head. The view is worth it!
Peña Blanca Beach is unique place for snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles.
7- Get Local
There's many options to immerse yourself into the culture. Check out a local rum distillery tour or a walking food tour. There are dozens of festivals and celebrations going on throughout the year. Be sure to check the calendar here to see what's going on when you are there.
Walking around San Juan was great. Exploring the small shops and local restaurants is a lot of fun. Of course you can grab a Starbucks if you're so inclined, but there's a lot more to enjoy.
Puerto Rico offers so much fun! Let us know what you end up doing on your adventure there!