One of the great pleasures of a trip to Puerto Rico is its incredible diversity. For thrill-seekers, it offers a variety of white-knuckle adventures. For beach lovers, its white sandy shores rival anywhere in the world. For history buffs, there are plenty of monuments of days gone by. And that’s without even scratching the surface of the countless natural wonders that this island has to offer including towering mountains, cascading waterfalls and lush green rainforest. Though there is plenty to do and see while you are here, take a look at this list of some of the top attractions to inspire you if you are planning a visit.
El Yunque National Rainforest
Sometimes referred to as the Caribbean rainforest, El Yunque is a wonderful destination for hikers looking to enjoy a unique natural environment. Don’t forget to pack your raincoat if you’re planning a visit as it tends to get very wet here! There are 13 well marked trails that vary in difficulty so decide which you want to take depending on your fitness and experience. If you are only planning on staying for a short time, La Mina & Big Tree Trail are the most popular trails. If you are planning on staying longer, many people choose to stay overnight either by camping in the park or staying in a guesthouse. Best of all, it’s free to visit if you are on a budget.
The capital of the island is the historic town of San Juan. Jutting out from here is the six storey fortress known as El Morro. Built way back in the 16th century, it survived through two World Wars and numerous other minor battles. As well as being a fascinating site for history enthusiasts, is also offers superb views over the Atlantic Ocean. It can take upwards of three hours to explore the entire fortress, so make sure you wear some comfortable shoes.
Located on the island of Culebra, this is a beautiful spot for sun seekers, snorkelers and people searching for some seclusion. The white sand contrasts with the turquoise water, and it really does feel like you’re setting foot on an island paradise. It’s located about 20 miles east of the main island of Puerto Rico, so it may well be worth staying overnight to fully appreciate this picturesque place.
This is the number one spot on the island for surfing and whale watching. Many expats have also chosen to make Ricon their home. Although the waves do rise up to enormous heights in certain areas, there are also beaches which are more appropriate for swimming and relaxing. Between January and March is the peak season for whale watching, when people hope to spot a few of the famous humpbacks.
Rio Camuy Caves
Yet another impressive natural wonder, this enormous cave system covers 268 acres – believed to be the third largest in the world. Visitors are whisked 200 feet below the ground’s surface to see the impressive formations on a guided tour that takes in all the natural wonders.