With 270 miles of pristine coastline, Puerto Rico boasts a stunning array of beaches. But it’s the quality that wins guests over. From white sand and turquoise water to world-class surf breaks and breathtaking reefs brimming with marine life, you’ll find a palm-fringed stretch of sand to fit any mood.
Puerto Rico combines the best of both worlds — rugged mountains and tropic temperatures year-round. What better way to explore this dramatic landscape than by zooming above it via an adventurous zipline tour? Zipline parks abound, allowing you to fly over green valleys, lush forests and even underground rivers.
3. San Juan's Culinary Scene
San Juan has quickly risen to the culinary capital of the Caribbean thanks to its array of inventive dining options, from locavore favorites to high-end gastronomy. Check out the Asian-inspired dishes at Budatai or mingle with the locals who flock to La Casita Blanca for its authentic, fresh food.
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4. Rain Forest Adventures
With 28,000 acres of subtropical rainforest, El Yunque is one of the island’s most diverse destinations. Channel your Indiana Jones by booking a guided hiking tour for an unforgettable journey, replete with magnificent waterfalls, exotic wildlife and towering mountain peaks.
Culture is everywhere in Puerto Rico, from the historic streets of Old San Juan to the halls of its many museums, which offer a rich mix of European classics and iconic Afro-Caribbean pieces. The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico is a must, where you’ll take an extensive look back at the Island’s history through the work of its best artists, plus pop into its blissful back garden — the only one within the city.
Once the crown jewel of the Spanish Empire in the Americas, Old San Juan still retains its colonial charm. Stroll past the pastel colored buildings and down the cobblestone streets of this walled UNESCO World Heritage Site, and don’t forget a visit to El Moro, a spectacular 16th-century fort with sprawling Atlantic Ocean views.
Of Puerto Rico’s some 2,000 caves, 250 have been mapped. Explore their natural beauty by rappelling on a guided tour, or take in the verdant views of the Río Grande de Arecibo valley from Cueva Ventana, a virtual “window” cut into the sheer face of a limestone cliff.
8. Natural Wonders
Nothing exemplifies the breathtaking beauty of Puerto Rico better than the bioluminescence of Mosquito Bay. Located on the small island of Vieques, this otherworldly ecosystem is recognized as the planet’s brightest bio bay by the Guinness Book of World Records. Take an unforgettable night kayak tour as the water glows neon green.
Puerto Rico has been attracting the world’s best surfers since the 1960s thanks to its amazing waves and laid-back beach towns. Rincón on the island’s west coast offers some of the best breaks and has become a hub for the international surfing elite. But that doesn’t mean novices can’t hang ten. Book a lesson, or even try your hand at the new kiteboarding craze.
Home to 23 courses, Puerto Rico might be the golf world’s best kept secret. By mixing the layout of traditional Scottish and Irish courses with the Caribbean’s spectacular weather, Puerto Rico delights golfers year round, while its stunning ocean views guarantee a good day on the fairway no matter how you’re playing.