San Juan Attractions

Even though Puerto Rico might be a small island measuring only 111 miles by 40 miles, its varying geography allows for a berth of activities. While the island is mostly mountainous, those mountains are home to the El Yunque Rainforest as well as some great sites for Caving and other things to do. The El Yunque Rainforest, located on east side of the Luquillo Mountains, is the most popular site in Puerto Rico. With gazebos and picnic tables scattered throughout and plenty of tour guides to provide walking tours in both English and Spanish, El Yunque is perfect for a family outing. To see a truly spectacular light show in Puerto Rico, the Biobay is a can't miss activity. Two lagoons on the island are home to bioluminescent dinoflagellates, plankton that float on the top of the water and light up like fireflies when moved. In order to view the phenomenon properly, numerous companies offer night kayaking tours through the lagoons and even will allow swimming in some locations. For a little more physical excursion, the Caves at Camuy offer some unique sites and things to do, like spelunking and repelling for those with more experience. With a tropical underground river, the Spiral Sinkhole, tram rides, and fantastic local guides, these caves are an amazing natural experience. Puerto Rico also boasts gorgeous natural beaches along its many coasts, boarding both the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Boqueron Beach in Cabo Rojo on the west coast has white sand and crystal clear water perfect for swimming. For some great snorkeling in shallow waters visit the beaches on Gilligan's Island. The most secluded and quietest beaches can be found on the island of Culebra. Reefs encircle the many white, coral, and dark sandy beaches and with little else to do relaxing on the pristine beaches is why you come. The history of the island also contributes not only informative, but fascinating sites to visit and things to see. Old San Juan houses most of these historic destinations as much of its area is not only preserved by the National Park Service but has also been designated a National Historic Site. This massive park includes Forts San Cristobel, San Felipe del Morro, and San Juan de la Cruz, plus many standing portions of the old city walls. These forts are such a huge part of the island's history and identity that the lookout towers are featured on many Puerto Rican license plates. If the heat of the outdoors is getting to you, Puerto Rico is home to The Museo de Arte de Ponce, which aside from being air-conditioned houses one of the Americas most impressive collections of pre-Raphaelite works. While currently closed for remodeling, it is worth it to check its status before planning things to do while on your trip. And if you are just looking to have some fun, a trip to the Bacardi Factory is always a good choice. Two drink tickets are free with every ticket purchase and the bartender at the outdoor bar and patio is able to make you whatever your heart desires, although the mojitos are especially good. Whether you are looking to enjoy nature, history, culture, or the local cocktails Puerto Rico is full of outstanding activities for all ages.

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Whale Watching

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Rincón Tourism Information Center

See Whales Roam... read more

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Cabo Rojo

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Hwy 102 and Hwy 100
(Extreme southwest tip of the island)

A cape and a town... read more

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Fort San Felipe del Morro

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501 Norzagaray

No trip to Old San Juan is complete without a trek to see this fort... read more

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Crashboat Beach

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Aguadilla

Nice sleepy beach... read more

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Vieques

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Vieques Island

Fifty magnificent beaches... read more

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Condado Beach

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Ashford Avenue

Upscale beach... read more

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Plaza de Armas

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Calle San Jose

Home to the pigeons... read more

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Café Valencia

High-end alternative in San Juan... read more

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Bombonera (La)

Must-see and a must try... read more

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Calle de San Sebastián

Calle de San Sebastián

On the Boulevard... read more

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Café Seda (El)

Calle San Sebastian 157
Viejo

Irresistible combination of art and music... read more

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Arecibo Observatory

Route 625

The world's largest single-aperture radio telescope... read more

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Plazuela de la Rogativa

Caleta Las Monjas
Old San Juan

Lovely plaza... read more

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Playa Escambron

Muñoz Rivera Avenue, Puerta de Tierra

A beautiful and well-dept locals beach walking distance from Old San Juan and Condado... read more

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Bacardí Rum Distillery

Route 165, Km. 2.6
Bay View Industrial Park

Home of the famous rum... read more

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Punta Higuero

Route 413

Famous Surf... read more

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Piñones

Rt. 187, about 10 minutes outside of Isla Verde and the LMM airport. Rollow the signs headed out from Isla Verde

A local favorite... read more

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San Juan Cathedral

Calle Cristo, across from the Hotel El Convento and el Museo del Nino

Grand old spanish architecture looking across the quaintest corner of Old San Juan... read more

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La Placita

Parada 18, between Ponce de Leon and Baldorioty de Castro

The night scene is intense Thursday and Fridays, but dead the rest of the week... read more

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Guánica Dry Forest

Off Highway 2
(Rt 333 to RT 334 and follow signs)

Spectacular natural reserve... read more
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