There are so many different things to see and do in Puerto Rico. You’ll feel like you are in a different country every time you visit, from the mountains to the beaches, the sights to the food. So whether you’re looking for beauty, relaxation, or the opportunity to hike the mountains, you’ll find what you’re looking for with these top destinations in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico isn’t just for the solo adventurer; it’s also the perfect spot to enjoy breathtaking and adrenaline-packed adventures, delectable flavors, and immersion in history. It’s all just 1,000 miles from Miami, so it’s close to home with all the Caribbean vibe, beauty, and history you’ll love.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, also known as the El Morro National Monument, offers some of Puerto Rico’s best views. This 400-year-old fortress sits on San Juan Island. It’s your opportunity to explore Puerto Rico’s history while you capture breathtaking photos of the gorgeous seascapes.
It is a fortress in the so-called “walled city,” replete with tales of Puerto Rico’s colonial days and the Spanish era when the Spanish ruled it. Next, you can explore the Santa Mara Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, the final resting place for well-known Puerto Ricans. Then, walk a few blocks to the Museo de las Américas, a former military barracks, to immerse yourself in the history and culture of Puerto Rico.
Culebra is a remote destination where you can experience Flamenco Beach, one of the most popular spots for honeymooners and other visitors. Known for pristine white sands, shallow turquoise waters, and access for swimming and diving, it’s a sheltered, horseshoe-shaped bay.
With the beauty and relaxing waves, it’s no wonder Flamenco Beach is often named one of the best beaches in the world. A nearby beach, Tamarindo Beach, offers clear waters that are home to fish, turtles, and rays. Southwest sunsets are best viewed from Punta Melones Beach.
El Yunque National Rainforest
The El Yunque National Forest is unique and memorable, partly because it’s the only tropical rainforest among the national forests. Despite its relatively small size of nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the most biologically diverse.
It’s also a sacred place in Puerto Rican culture, so you get the beauty, history, and immersion in nature. In Luquillo, about 45 minutes from San Juan, there is a series of natural slides and pools called Las Paylas. Walking to the slides takes three minutes from the parking spot.
If you’ve ever watched Gilligan’s Island on TV, you’ll want to visit Gilligan’s Island, known as Cayo Aurora. It’s a tiny island, but it’s also part of the Biosphere Reserve of Guánica. So whether you’re in the mood for swimming, kayaking, or just relaxing, this is a beautiful (and quirky) destination.
Rio Camuy Cave Park
Rio Camuy Cave Park is famous for its cave system. It is one of the world’s largest, with million-year-old stalagmites and stalactites. Beyond the limestone caves, you can explore the world’s third-largest underground river, the Camuy River.
Explore this unique ecosystem. In addition to cave tours, the park houses sinkholes and other geographical features. It’s one of Puerto Rico’s most popular natural attractions.
Ron del Barrilito
You can tour Hacienda Santa Ana, take mixology classes, and try tastings. Finally, you’ll experience Ron del Barrilito, the oldest Puerto Rican rum brand still in production. The 5-star Ron del Barrilito is a collector’s edition aged up to 35 years.
The Tanama River in Utuado offers a twist on the traditional lazy river; it’ll see you floating into a pitch-black cave. The reward at the end of this adventure is a free facial with river clay. The word “Tanama” is Taino for “butterfly,” so expect to see many of them on your visit.
A trip to the Toro Verde Adventure Park in central Puerto Rico, in the town of Orocovis, nearly 2 hours from San Juan, is a wonderful way to explore the awe-inspiring mountain views. With “The Beast,” the longest zipline in the world, you’ll strap in for a 4,745-foot drop. You can also experience “The Wild Bull” hanging rope bridges and “Escape If You Can” with ziplines, suspension bridges, and rappels.
Vieques Island is a popular destination for your honeymoon in Puerto Rico. Take a kayak trip to Mosquito Bay, also known as Bahía Bioluminiscente. In the evening, you’ll see its glowing green and blue bioluminescence at night. On the southern coast of the island of Vieques, just east of Puerto Rico, it’s a magical and unforgettable experience.