The Caribbean is more than just Instagram eye candy and delicious, authentic meals. It’s also home to an abundance of golf-centric experiences graced with upscale resorts, nearby white sands, and other activities that belong to your itinerary.
If you’re already eyeing Puerto Rico as a year-round holiday destination, here are a few things you need to know about planning a golf vacation.
Why Go Golfing in Puerto Rico?
On and below the surface, Puerto Rico is an ideal destination for avid golfers—it’s scenic, rife with course options, and beautiful weather. If you’re on the fence about booking a stay in Puerto Rico, here are a few reasons why you should.
Many Puerto Rican courses are situated on oceans, hills, and mountains. As a result, the country’s varied terrain features and awe-inspiring backdrops have become a magnet for tourists and champions alike. Nowhere else will you witness spectacular rainforest settings and seaside cliffs while teeing off than in Puerto Rico.
There is nothing quite like retiring from your four-hour game than with an exceptional meal. In Puerto Rico, after-par meals include deep-fried mofongo and spit-roasted pork. However, if you prefer something a little more familiar, you can explore the seemingly endless depths of Afro-Caribbean food—you’re bound to find something that suits your fancy.
Abundant in Culture
What makes a sterling golf employee is an equally agreeable attitude—you’re not going to find warmer welcomes anywhere than Puerto Rico. The country is peppered with genuinely gracious and hospitable locals, ready to share their customs and unique attractions.
Top Tourist Courses
Convinced that Puerto Rico is a must-see on your international golf tour? Then, don’t forget to include these top courses on your list.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar & Golf Beach Resort
Home to two excellent courses considered Puerto Rico’s best, the Wyndham provides guests with the pleasure of playing on the beach. If you prefer something jungle-laden and with rolling hills, opt for the River Course instead of the Ocean Course.
The two challenging courses at Dorado Beach will give seasoned golfers a run for their money. Its dramatic setting is laden with ponds, lakes, and deep bunkers. They are also part of a hyper-luxurious resort whose amenities will make your stay worth every penny.
This secluded and dramatic clifftop course plays links-style but will satisfy any golfer who enjoys a scenic backdrop. However, remember that this over 7,600-yard, par 73 course is not for the faint of heart, especially when it comes to deep gorges, jungle-like brush, and windy conditions. You’ll be spending long hours on this course, so don’t forget to pack the essentials.
The St. Regis Golf Club
Set across the El Yunque National Forest, you won’t experience being as close to wildlife when you golf as you will here. The course itself snakes through lakes and ponds, culminating in a sunkissed two-mile beach.
Hotels & Resorts
You’ll be pleased to know that most of Puerto Rico’s five-star courses are part of the country’s most sought-after resorts. If you’re looking for places to stay while you tee off daily, consider booking these renowed accommodations.
When you hear the word “Hilton,” you’re likely to associate it with luxury—in this case, you wouldn’t be wrong. This classic, San Juan located resort is open, well-equipped, and ideal for golfers who want ot try their hand—and club—at multiple courses over a quick week trip.
Rooms begin at $141 a night.
El Conquistador Resort
This Waldorf Astoria resort has been claiming its spot atop top 100 lists for years—and for a good reason. It is upscale, family-friendly, and right next to the Coqui Water Park, among many other golf courses.
Rooms begin at $156 a night.
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
If you’re already been eyeing the Regis as a must-see golf destination, you’ll be happy to know it is also part of the country’s first Five-Diamond resort. This relaxed tropical setting has everything you could possibly need on a spectacular holiday—a challenging, picture-perfect course, round-the-clock service, and a spa.
Rooms begin at $639 a night.
The Bottom Line
If you’ve been wondering whether packing your gear for an international golf trip to Puerto Rico is worth it, we hope this guide has provided you with an enlightening answer. To make the most of your trip, be sure to peep these must-know tips before traveling to this beautiful, cultured destination.
About the Author
Jordan is a seasoned traveler and golf enthusiast. Through Golf Influence, he provides budding golfers with tips on how to improve their game, where to explore the best courses, and what gear is worth their business.