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Puerto Rico… The Island of Enchantment… The Land of a Thousand Blessings

We are fortunate to have all the beauty of Puerto Rico year-round; we’ve come up with a great list of things to do, places to visit, and vacation itinerary ideas to make your planning easier.  It is an honor to share the best of Puerto Rico and help you plan an unforgettable stay.   We travel around the island often to keep this guide updated, and we speak to travelers to put together an objective, useful, and inspiring guide.

We don’t build our guides for search engines; we have built them for YOU since 2004.  We take pride in responsibly recommending places we would take our own family… places and activities that are safe, memorable, and worth your valuable vacation time and hard-earned money. 

Top Ten Things To Do & Places to Visit in Puerto Rico

Walk the Streets, See the Sights, Taste the Flavors & Dance to the Rhythms of Old San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan is the best place to start your vacation, the cultural epicenter of Puerto Rico, an open living museum that houses over 500 historic buildings.   As you walk around Old San Juan you can tour five-century-old castles, churches, relaxed squares, restored buildings turned into interesting shops, excellent restaurants, and casual cafes.  Old San Juan is constantly changing, offering something new and interesting to repeat visitors.

Top Rated Old San Juan Tours

Places to Visit in Old San Juan

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Spend a Day at Flamenco Beach – The Most Beautiful Beach in Puerto Rico & Among the Best in the World

Flamenco Beach - Puerto Rico - Best Things to Do & Beaches to Go

Simple Perfection…  As soon as arrive at Flamenco Beach, you’ll understand why it is one of the most glorified beaches in the world.

Flamenco Beach is located on the sleepy island of Culebra, located off the east coast of Puerto Rico.  Be sure to make the day trip to Culebra, or better yet, split your vacation by spending a few nights there and you’ll have bragging rights to visiting one of the best beaches on the planet.

Top Rated Tours to Flamenco Beach - Culebra

Visiting Tips & Best Places to Stay in Culebra

Best Places to Stay in Culebra Puerto Rico

Club Seabourne ⎮ Aleli CottagesNakiti Cottages

Getting to Culebra Puerto Rico

The most convenient way to spend a day in Culebra is by booking a boat tour or private charter. Be sure to book ahead of time; it is among the top excursions in Puerto Rico. If you wish to spend more than a day in Culebra, taking a short flight is the most convenient way to get there. The most budget-friendly way of getting to Culebra is by taking the ferry from Ceiba.  For more detailed information of traveling to Culebra, please visit our travel to the islands guide.

Explore The Enchanting Rainforest of El Yunque

Luquillo / Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Rainforest - Puerto Rico - Best Things to Do & Places to Visit

El Yunque National Rainforest, one of the world’s natural wonders, is within your reach.  El Yunque National Rainforest is one of the reasons this island is called The Island of Enchantment. The forest captivates and transports visitors to more ancient times, and it is free of development, cement structures, and stressors of everyday life.  Cool, clean crisp air, sights of lush green canopies of giant ferns and ancient trees, and bursts of colors from flower petals adorning the rainforest… the sounds of birds, coquis singing, and splashing of waterfalls in the distance, the feel of cool fresh water from waterfalls that Taino Natives considered sacred.  This is El Yunque, a place to get lost in unadulterated beauty and renew your body and mind.

From easy hikes to more challenging and adventurous excursions, there’s something for everyone in El Yunque. While you can explore on your own, enthusiastic and professional tour guides are happy to show you the enchanting rainforest and other fun at the foothills of the rainforest for the more adventurous.  You may also explore independently if you have more time to plan your visit. The visitor’s center will help you with a map and other information.

Popular Tours to El Yunque

Visiting Tips & Itinerary Suggestions

Booking Tours to El Yunque

Not all tours say “rainforest” means the official El Yunque National Rainforest. We created a comprehensive guide to El Yunque tours to clarify this issue, and help you avoid disappointments.

Best Places to Stay Near El Yunque Rainforest

St. Regis Bahia Beach ResortWyndham Grand Rio Mar Resort ⎮  Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham

Itinerary Suggestion when visiting El Yunque

A wonderful day trip is going to El Yunque and later going to Luquillo Beach, the most popular beach on the east coast.  In Luquillo, you can eat traditional fritters and great drinks at the beach kiosk or nearby famous Luquillo Kiosks.

Getting to El Yunque

The rainforest is in the town of Rio Grande, in the East region of Puerto Rico.   It is 45 minutes away from San JuanYou no longer need to make a reservation to enter the park if you drive there.  Please visit the full El Yunque guide for more information and useful visiting tips.

 Escape to the Idyllic Icacos Cay

Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Cayo Icacos (Icacos Cay) - Puerto Rico - Best Places to Visit

Cayo Icacos (Icacos Cay), part of Cordillera Reef Reserve is among the most popular offshore excursions in Puerto Rico, satisfying that wanderlust for that secluded island tropical experience.  Lay on the sand without the need of dreaming, because you’re already there… on a cay surrounded by nothing else but the Caribbean Sea.  Enjoy the warmth of the sun, jump in crystal clear turquoise waters… float, swim, and snorkel… experience the enchantment of Puerto Rico.  The experience begins as soon as you begin to sail away from the shores of the main island, as you admire the coastline and the lighthouse at the top of Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve from the best viewpoint.

Choose from various wonderful experiences to visit Icacos from luxurious private sailing charters, fun catamaran trips, or small group boat tours.  Tours leave from Fajardo, and various tours offer to pick up in hotels and resorts in San Juan / Isla Verde and east coast resort communities.

Top Rated Tours to Icacos Cay

Swim or Go Kayaking on Bioluminescent Waters… Under Starry Skies

Puerto Rico Things to Do - Bioluminescent Bay

This world-wonder has been included by many travel experts as one of the “things to do before you die”, and one of the most romantic experiences in nature.  You may have seen bioluminescence in scenes of movies such as Avatar and Nim’s Island… it does look like magic on the water.  You can experience bioluminescence by kayak, boat, and in one location you can jump in and swim in the glowing waters.  

Laguna Grande, located in the town of Fajardo, is the most convenient option for visitors staying in the San Juan, Isla Verde, and east region of the islandMosquito Bay is located in Vieques and is the brightest in the world, but you must stay overnight on the island.   On the west coast of the island, there is a bioluminescent bay in La Parguera, the only one allowing swimming; it is also the one with the least crowds.

We published the first extensive guide on the bioluminescent bays in Puerto RicoPlease read our guide before you book a tour so you can plan the best experience and avoid disappointments.

Tp Rated Bioluminescent Lagon Tours from San Juan

Go Snorkeling in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Best Snorkeling Spots - Best things to do

With hundreds of beaches of course Puerto Rico has great snorkeling…  If you have a longer vacation you can rent a car and bring your own snorkel gear to visit the best snorkeling spots.  If you only have a few days in Puerto Rico, we encourage you to allow one of the passionate tour guides in Puerto Rico to take you on a wonderful snorkeling excursion.  We are happy to make your planning easier, we were the first to create an in-depth guide to all the best snorkeling beaches in Puerto Rico, complete with top-rated snorkeling charters.

Top Rated Snorkeling Excursions - East Coast

Marvel at the Spectacular Camuy River Cave Park / Parque Las Cavernas del Rio Camuy 

Camuy, Puerto Rico

Camuy River Cave Park - Top Places to Visit / Attractions in Puerto Rico

Camuy River Cave Park is the most impressive natural wonder in the northern region of Puerto Rico.  This cave is very family-friendly and does not require hiking.  It is one of the world’s largest cave networks.   Take a peak at what awaits at Camuy River Cave Park… we promise you it has a wow factor not possible to capture in photos.

Top Rated Camuy River Cave Park Tours

Explore Five Century Castles at San Juan National Historic Site

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Things to Do - Forts at San Juan National Historic Site

While in San Juan, you can’t miss the San Juan National Historic Site, which includes two of the most spectacular landmarks in Puerto Rico, the forts of Castillo San Cristóbal & Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

Time Needed to Visit Both Forts:  At a relaxed pace, you can tour both forts and walk along Calle Norzagaray in a full morning/afternoon.  You’ll need about 1.5 hours at each fort.

Visit Casa Bacardi – The Largest Premium Rum Distillery in the World

Cataño, Puerto Rico

Casa Bacardi Distillery - Puerto Rico - Best Places to Visit

Casa Bacardi is the largest premium rum distillery in the world.  We recommend a Rum Tasting Tour, after the experience, you’ll be sipping on rum neat, some of Bacardi’s finest rums are too delicious to mix.  A general tour includes the history of Casa Bacardi, the distillery process, and a welcome cocktail.  Casa Bacardi also offers a fun Mixology Tour.  For something really special to take home, only at Casa Bacardi Gift Shop, you can purchase Bacardi Casa Special Reserve, which you’ll be personally pouring into a bottle straight from the barrel.

Top Rated Bacardi Distillery Tours in Cataño (near San Juan)

Go Swimming with Sea Turtles

Swim with Sea Turtles - Best Things to Do on the Water - Puerto Rico

Being on a beach is a great experience, but putting your head down where noise is canceled and your senses are introduced to a new world where sea turtles gracefully glide in tempered waters… are among the experiences that make Caribbean life so enviable.  You may think that you have to go to a secluded, out-of-the-way beach in order to swim with sea turtles, but you’ll be happy to know that there are a handful of beaches where you have a pretty good chance of seeing them.

Popular Snorkeling Tours in Puerto Rico

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