Let’s face it – there’s no end to how much can be done when visiting La Isla del Encanto. From delving into the islands rich history, soaking up the sun on one of its many stunning beaches or exploring the natural splendor of its tropical rainforest, vacationing in Puerto Rico makes for a vacation you’ll never forget. Read on for our top things to do while in Puerto Rico!
Old San Juan
No trip to Puerto Rico is complete without a visit to Old San Juan. With its pastel hues and cobblestone streets packed with over 500 years of vibrant history, it’s hard not to feel the magic that makes this neighborhood so special. Situated not far from the Hilton Caribe, take a stroll along Old San Juan’s charming streets, and when you’re feeling hungry, make your way over to Fortaleza Street, dubbed “Restaurant Row” by many for its reputation of being home to some of the best restaurants in the city. While good food is to be had anywhere on the island, this street isn’t one to miss out on. If you’re in the mood for a little bit of history, take a tour of the home of Ponce de Leon, La Casa Blanca. One of the oldest structures in Old San Juan, de Leon’s family resided in the house for nearly 200 years. For those who savor rich history and culture, La Casa Blanca is a must-see.
A trip to Puerto Rico isn’t complete without a trip to its beautiful tropical rainforest, El Yunque. Located in the Northeastern region of the island, plan to spend a full day exploring the forest. Take a leisurely walk along the trails, or explore deeper and follow the trails to find La Mina, one of the forests many waterfalls! If you choose to explore the higher altitude regions of the forest, you may stumble upon ancient rock carvings from the Taino’s, the indigenous people of the island. For those who prefer not to walk, test our your ATV skills on a tour through the forest!
Bioluminescent Bay (Vieques)
Located in Vieques, an island off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, you’ll find the ethereal bioluminescent wonder, Mosquito Bay. Considered the brightest bioluminescent bay in the entire world, a trip to Vieques is an essential bucket list item. Locals recommend visiting during a New Moon phase for the best experience, and help you plan your trip with this in mind accordingly. The luminescence of the bay comes from millions of Dinoflagellates, who when come into contact with other organisms, produce a radiant light. Whether you chose to take a swim in the waters, kayak or simply view it from the sand, this natural phenomenon is an absolute wonder to witness.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Perhaps one of the most famous icons of the island, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a Puerto Rican landmark and testament to the islands rich history. Built in the 16th century, the structure was erected during the period of Spanish rule as a fortification to protect the harbor of San Juan. Today, the castillo has been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, and its lush green esplanade now plays host to picnics and kite-flying, among other recreational activities. Located in Old San Juan, El Morro (termed by the American armed forces during WWII) is an essential stop for the history-savvy and for those just looking to take some great photos!
Culebra (Flamenco Beach)
Located on the island of Culebra, an island territory directly east of Fajardo on Puerto Rico’s eastern coast, Flamenco Beach is famous for its vivid turquoise shallow waters and white sand. If snorkeling or diving are on your travel bucket list, a visit to Culebra is essential. And for those looking to soak up the beautiful weather from a spot on the pristine white sand, Flamenco Beach surely will not disappoint – in 2014, it was even voted the 3rd best beach in the world by TripAdvisor. Access the island via airplane from SJU, Puerto Rico’s main airport, or by ferry through Fajardo.