Some of our favorite places:
You can reach any part of the island within a few hours by car. Here we will be listing some of our favorite destinations and what not to miss while you're there.
Isla Verde Beach Area
The Isla Verde beach is considered one of the best Puerto Rico beaches. It is a peaceful inlet protected by rock formations. The water is warm, the tropical fish are very easy to see, and the public outdoor showers are helpful. In addition, there are restaurants aplenty in the area ranging from the moderately priced to the expensive.
A surfer's paradise, to be sure, but just as amazing for the surfing-challenged (such as myself). Spectacular views, gorgeous coastline and the sunsets look like a postcard. It's a bit of a long day to drive to and from San Juan but so worth it.
A short one hour drive from San Juan, this gorgeous nature reserve is teeming with tropical flora/fauna (saw the most impressive iguana) and opens up to a delightful beach, which truly felt private. Don't forget your swimsuit as this is a great spot to either just lounge with a book or take in a nice swim. The reserve itself offers gentle trails along side a few casual 'hikes' affording spectacular views. They also offer bike rentals for a fun jaunt through the grounds. Read more...
El Yunque Rainforest
This attraction really doesn't need any advertising, as it remains (for good reason) one of the most popular destinations on the island. Featuring gorgeous flora and fauna, El Yunque offers roughly a dozen official trails, all with different experience levels and duration. La Minna Waterfalls, which is at the end of the Big Tree trail, is incredible and great for a refreshing swim. (Make sure to take a change of shoes as the trails are often muddy.) It's also a good idea to bring water/snacks- but that holds true off all day trips in Puerto Rico. Read more...
Here's a helpful link to shuttle services/guided tours of the rainforest.
The island's name is a Spanish spelling of an American Indian word said to mean "small island". It also has the nickname "Isla Nena", usually translated from the Spanish as "Little Girl Island", alluding to its perception as Puerto Rico's little sister. The beaches are commonly listed among the top beaches in the Caribbean for their azure-colored waters and white sands. Snorkeling and SCUBA are excellent and there are many beaches to choose from. The island has the charming little town of Esperanza- good for relaxing walks on the beach, swimming and boating. There's also several cute restaurants and bars. The island also features a W Hotel, if you're in the mood for a swank night out.
I can say without hesitation, that I found my favorite beach in all of Puerto Rico so far, and it's Playa Flamenco (rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world), located on the satellite island of Culebra. Absolutely stunning horseshoe shaped mile long beach featuring soft, white sand and crystal clear waters. Located a short ten minute drive (I suggest taking a shuttle) from the ferry dock, the beach is equipped with food stands, restrooms and vendors with chairs and umbrellas for rent. One can easily spend the entire day here soaking up the pristine natural beauty. A must visit location while you're in Puerto Rico.
Rio Camuy Cave Park
A trip to Puerto Rico is not complete without descending into the depths of a million year old cave! Few cave systems in the world are as massive or dramatic as the Rio Camuy Cave Park. If that's not enough, wait until you see the Arecibo Observatory, the world's largest radar/radio telescope, nestled in the tropical mountains of northern Puerto Rico. Read more...