Now that you’ve decided to travel to Puerto Rico, let me welcome you officially with a true Puerto Rican salute: “¡WEPA!” I hope you’ll love it here as much as I do, and for that, here’s a rundown of great things to do when traveling to Puerto Rico.
by My Puerto Rico Experience
Puerto Rico has the best beaches in the Caribbean. Some are well known, others are hidden, but you can certainly count on intense beach bumming when going to Puerto Rico. From secret paradises, to other smaller islands like Culebra and Vieques, Puerto Rico offers you great choices to enjoy our beaches. Try snorkeling during the day in Guánica or swimming in our bio bays at night in La Parguera or Vieques. If in turn your beach thing is surfing, you’ll have a blast during swell season (November-February) when visiting beaches like:
- • Aviones, San Juan
- • Cibuco, Vega Baja
- • Los Tubos, Manatí
- • Gas Chambers, Aguadilla
- • Tres Palmas, Rincón
PARKS AND RIVERS
One of Puerto Rico’s most interesting natural sights is Rio Camuy Cave Park in Lares. You’ll see huge sinkholes, stunning geological formations called stalagmites and stalactites, cavern animals like bats and all sorts of invertebrates. It’s a must-do! If you’re big on adventure and adrenaline rushes, try your luck at the island’s biggest zip-line course: Toro Verde.
We’re also big on rivers located all over the island, in municipalities like Naguabo, San Sebastian, Adjuntas, Arecibo and Ciales. My favorite one is Charco Azul, located in Patillas, because it’s a camping site and close to Guavate, pork heaven and home to the best Puerto Rican food in the island.
Yes, there’s something Puerto Ricans love doing more than Salsa dancing, and that’s eating. We’re obsessed with cooking, eating and drinking, and like everything else we do; we’re the best at it! Try local offerings like food trucks (very big now in the island!) and creative restaurants. Also, if you’re into the farm-to-table movement, 1919 and Ola at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel will send your taste buds into a frenzy.
Craving exciting nights in the Caribbean? Stay in Condado, Old San Juan, Isla Verde or Calle Loíza in Santurce. Bar hopping and after-hours eating is more accessible in these areas. You can also check local magazines like ¡Qué Pasa! or newspapers for monthly festivals, and plan your trip around big ones like Las Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián, music festivals or Fiestas Patronales.
Important Puerto Rico Travel Tip: Public transportation and car services are not so great in the island, so take this into account when traveling to Puerto Rico to ensure a smooth vacation. I definitely recommend renting a car or purchasing daily tours, of course, weigh the pros and cons. Driving in Puerto Rico is not for the faint of heart, and traffic jams can be a bummer. On the other hand, daily tours can be more comfortable but they’re usually more expensive.