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Puerto Rico is a beautiful family travel destination, as it offers an array of fun and exciting things to see and do. The island has miles of hiking trails, beautiful botanical gardens, and plenty of opportunities to view waterfalls and other impressive natural settings.
The island’s natural beauty is complemented by its rich culture and history. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is home to many notable landmarks, including El Morro, a 16th-century Spanish fort. Other cultural landmarks include places like the Paseo de la Princesa, a scenic promenade lined with restaurants and shops, and the Casa Blanca, a historic mansion that was once home to Spanish governor Juan Ponce de Leon.
Getting to Puerto Rico
It’s easy to get to Puerto Rico. Many major airlines fly to the island.
If you’re a US citizen, you don’t even need a passport since Puerto Rico is a US territory. Just bring a government-issued ID and you’re good to go.
If you have a Panamanian Citizenship, take a short flight on Copa Airlines to the San Juan airport (SJU). The flight is only about two and a half hours. From there, it’s a quick drive or taxi ride into town.
If you’re lucky enough to be located closer to Puerto Rico, in the Dominican Republic, there is a ferry that runs from Santo Domingo to San Juan. The ride is about five hours, but it’s a scenic way to travel and you’ll get to enjoy some of the Caribbean Sea.
It’s a relatively small island and you can drive around it in a day. You could also spend weeks exploring all the different beaches, towns, and attractions. The island has something for everyone, whether you’re interested in history, culture, nature, or just relaxing on the beach.
Puerto Rico is a great place to visit any time of year. The weather is warm and sunny year-round, making it a perfect beach destination. However, hurricane season runs from June to November, so be sure to check the weather forecast before you travel.
As for outdoor activities in Puerto Rico, there are so many things to take advantage of in this tropical paradise. Pack your sunscreen and water bottle and discover Puerto Rico’s natural beauty.
Explore El Yunque
In addition to the many activities, visitors who choose to sail out of Puerto Rico unleash the gates to this natural haven.
El Yunque National Forest is a tropical rainforest located in the northeastern mountain range of Puerto Rico. It contains more than 400 species of trees and 500 tropical plants and has more than 60 different species of birds living within its borders.
Explore the rainforest on a range of trails through a variety of ecosystems.
Bioluminescent bay- A kayaking paradise
Kayaking tours through Puerto Rico’s Mosquito Bay are among travelers’ most popular vacation activities. The bay is located on the island of Vieques, a short ferry ride from Fajardo and Culebra.
This body of water contains millions of tiny organisms called dinoflagellates, which emit light when disturbed. These organisms reflect off kayaks during nighttime tours and can be seen as far as 300 ft away when paddling.
Toro Verde Adventure Park
Toro Verde Adventure Park is a park with perfect activities for travelers looking for more of an adrenaline rush. Located in the town of Orocovis, it’s home to one of the longest ziplines in the Americas, at 2.5 km long.
If you’re prepared for it, there’s an unbelievable Toro bike challenge where you can cycle high above the trees like a tightrope walker.
Riding on horseback at Isabela beaches
Experience the outdoors in Puerto Rico on horseback along the beautiful beaches, and explore the lush forest. Then, ride past the island’s unique beaches, including Playa Flamenco and Playa Jobos.
You’ll enjoy views from a mountaintop as you take in sweeping oceanfront vistas of Isabela Bay and beyond, then return to your hotel by boat.
Try Snorkeling at Escambron Beach
Escambron Beach is one of the most popular snorkeling spots in Puerto Rico. This beautiful beach sits just west of Isla Verde and is frequented by both locals and tourists to the island.
The waters are shallow but filled with colorful fish, coral, and other sea life. In addition to being an excellent spot for snorkeling, it’s also a beach that’s ideal for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing!
Experience surfing at Rincon
Surfing in Rincon is best from April to October. The winds are calm this year, and the summer swells make for excellent surf conditions. Depending on the season, the waves along with this coast range from one to four feet in height, so you’ll find both beginner and advanced surfers here at Rincon Beach.
Discover Camuy Caverns
Puerto Rico’s Camuy Caverns make up an expansive network of natural limestone caves and underground waterways carved out by the Rio Camuy.
The Cayo Grande, or Large Island in Spanish, has been a sacred site for the Indigenous people of Puerto Rico since before the time of Christopher Columbus.
It was not until 1958 that this ancient Mayan site was formally opened to visitors, who could explore more than 10 miles of caverns plus 17 entrances.