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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 attractions in Puerto Rico for Spring

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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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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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San Juan Gate (Puerta de San Juan)

San Juan Gate (Puerta de San Juan)

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Named in honor of Saint John the Baptist, San Juan Gate (Puerta de San Juan) was originally one of five doorways to the city used to protect its streets from invaders and each gate has its own unique function. Today, this towering red and white entryway that’s tucked into the city’s surrounding stonewall offers a truly magical way to enter and explore Puerto Rico’s capital city.Travelers who pass through this historic entrance will find energetic vendors selling traditional snacks and ice-cold piragua along walkways heading towards the historic old town. Ancient trees stretch high into the sky and provide cool shade for lovers on romantic strolls. Narrow cobblestone streets lined with restored Spanish colonial homes and ornate balconies add to the charm of this favorite San Juan attraction.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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San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

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Built in 1521, San Juan Cathedral(Catedral de San Juan Bautista) is one of the highlights of Old San Juan. The second-oldest cathedral in the Americas, this landmark in the heart of Old San Juan has an impressive array of religious and historical artifacts. The church is still operational, with services held throughout the week.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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Cueva del Indio

Cueva del Indio

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Stationed high above the Puerto Rican countryside, these beautiful caves are one of Arecibo’s most popular destinations and offer a unique taste of Taino cultural history, too. While the hike to the top is somewhat technical, amazing views and ancient pre-Columbian rock paintings and carvings make it worth the challenge.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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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

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan

How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan

Top activities in Puerto Rico

San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour

San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour

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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

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Deserted Island Catamaran Day Sail from Fajardo
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Jet Ski Tour from Isla Verde

Jet Ski Tour from Isla Verde

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Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Fajardo

Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Fajardo

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Puerto Rico Guided Adventure in El Yunque rainforest
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El Yunque Natural Waterslide & Rainforest Hiking with Transportation
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Culebra Snorkeling Day Trip
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Recent reviews from experiences in Puerto Rico

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Great experience!
Jessi_G, May 2022
Full-Day Rainforest and Waterfall Adventure from San Juan
The hike was fun and wasn’t too difficult and the waterfall was so beautiful.
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Rain Forest Adventure
Jennifer_J, May 2022
El Yunque National Forest Tour from San Juan
It was nice seeing some of the rain forest and the water activities was so awesome!
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It was a great experience...
Frank_M, May 2022
El Yunque Rainforest Guided Hiking with Waterfall Tour
It was a great experience good people fun time I will definitely do it again One of the fun things I did in Puerto Rico
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Fun and Informative
Erin_L, Apr 2022
Sunset Harbor Boat Ride in San Juan
A unique way to see another side of Puerto Rico.
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We enjoyed the bat cave...
Jolene_P, Apr 2022
Arenales Caves and River Adventure in Puerto Rico
We enjoyed the bat cave and the water fall the most.
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This trip is a must!
Jaclyn_G, Apr 2022
El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour
All the best things to see in one tour.
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Casual one with Kids is a great experience
arjithaap, Apr 2022
Casual One: El Yunque Rainforest, Waterslide, Beach, Dine, and Shop w/ Transport
The experience with kids was great.
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Excellent
Nikola_J, Apr 2022
Vivid Day Tour in El Yunque Rain Forest with Transportation
They are open for every question, very knowledgeable and always there to help you and encourage you for any activities you might be scared to try.
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Awesome day
Christopher_P, Apr 2022
Puerto Rico Off-Road Adventures
Definitely recommend to anyone looking to see the lesser experienced parts of Puerto Rico!
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Perfect Spring Break Activity
Sheccid_R, Apr 2022
Casual One: El Yunque Rainforest, Waterslide, Beach, Dine, and Shop w/ Transport
Decided to do this with my friends while in Puerto Rico on spring break and we had a great time.
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Great tour
Amy_K, Mar 2022
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
The fort was amazing to see .
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It’s a great tour to sign up for
Paul_J, Mar 2022
Let A Local Show You Puerto Rico: Visit to El Yunque Included
We got a chance to see all parts of the Island and taste the food.
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Great Tour.
Donald_S, Mar 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
I felt like I saw everything there was to see on the surface.
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Paul_M, Mar 2022
Puerto Rico Tour to El Yunque Rainforest Hiking to Waterfall
Guide took us through the rain forest to a secluded waterfall and pond where we swam.
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My favorite time in Puerto Rico was snorkeling
Tammy_G, Mar 2022
San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour
I highly recommend this adventure because you do get to see sea turtles and tropical fish.
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Very nice walking tour
SUMANTH_G, Mar 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Got to see old San Juan up close and learnt some of the history of Puerto Rico.
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Just awesome hike to waterfall 😍
Sandeep_K, Mar 2022
Puerto Rico Tour to El Yunque Rainforest Hiking to Waterfall
It was really a great hike to the fall and Narayan he was a fantastic person guided us very well.
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Just Do IT
BAILEY_B, Jan 2022
The Monster Zipline at Toro Verde Adventure Park
Incredible staff and just genuinely the most beautiful way to see some of Puerto Ricos immense beauty.
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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 A Local Show You Puerto Rico: Visit to El Yunque Included
I recommend this if you wish to see Loizon and El Yunque.

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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