Top Attractions in Puerto Rico
Collected by Julie Schwietert Collazo , AFAR Local Expert
While visiting Puerto Rico's waterfalls, caves, and underground rivers; checking out its busy resort beaches and romantic secluded ones; wandering its rain forests, street festivals, and farmers markets, you'll fall in love with this happy island.
501 Calle Norzagaray, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan may look, at first glance, like a few other charming cities built during the height of Spanish colonialism—Havana or Santo Domingo, for example—but what sets it apart is the extent to which its architectural infrastructure...
204 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
You're sure to find the perfect one-of-a-kind souvenir among the locally made pieces sold at this small boutique on Calle Fortaleza. Puerto Rican Arts & Crafts sources items from all over the island, from carved sculptures and woven bags...
312 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
San Juan may seem small for a capital city, but there’s no need to worry if you’re a night owl, thanks to the abundant nightlife options. Many hotels have live music and dancing, and the capital has plenty of clubs. Not sure where to...
Bahía Bioluminiscente, Puerto Rico
Phosphorescence isn’t a phenomenon limited to Puerto Rico, but the island’s phosphorescent bays (there are three of them: one in Fajardo, one in La Parguera, and one on Vieques) are easily accessible with tour operators and...
Carr. 987 Km 5.9 Las Croabas, Fajardo, 00738, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s nature conservancy, called Para la Naturaleza, recovers land and property that have historical and environmental significance, then restores and reopens them as spaces for public access and education. One such place is...
Km. 27.7, PR-184, Cayey, 00736, Puerto Rico
There are several island spots where locals flock on weekends for favorite Puerto Rican fare. Love fried seafood? Head for roadside stands on the coastal road that runs through Piñones, or the west coast shacks in Joyuda. But if...
Ponce, 00730, Puerto Rico
Constructed in 1670, the Plaza of Delights is the heart of Ponce’s historic zone. It consists of plazas and churches and decorative colonial homes, fountains, and a unique fire station - Parque de Bombas. Plaza Las Delicias also features the...
Sector El Vigia, Paseo De La Cruceta, Ponce, 00730, Puerto Rico
Castillo (castle) may be an overly generous descriptor for the former home of the Serrallés rum dynasty, but the estate is an impressive spread, especially if you buy a combination ticket that allows you to explore the grounds. Tour...
Km 16.8, PR-123, Ponce, 00728, Puerto Rico
Love chocolate and coffee? If so, a visit to this nature-conservancy property will prove worthwhile. The former plantation, acquired by the conservancy, was turned into a historical site that’s open to the public....
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Caja de Muerto, which loosely translates to Dead Man's Chest is a beautiful Nature Reserve island an hour or so boat ride south of Ponce, Puerto Rico. If you have a friend with a boat you can have them park it off shore from the beautiful Pelicano...
2325 Boulevard Luis A. Ferré Aguayo, Ponce, 00717, Puerto Rico
San Juan is considered Puerto Rico’s hub for museums and artists, but Ponce’s Museo de Arte is certainly a cultural highlight on the southern coast of the island. Its collection, initiated by former governor Luís A....
Ruta Panorámica, Puerto Rico
Many visitors to Puerto Rico confine themselves to San Juan or perhaps venture westward to the surf town of Rincón or to the outlying islands of Vieques and Culebra. If they head inland, it’s typically for specific attractions such as...
493 Km. 0.7, Hatillo 00659, Puerto Rico
The wonderful people of Quesos Vaca Negra make handmade cheeses from raw milk—and with no hormones to boot. Their Montebello will have you on cloud nine in no time, but there are more reasons this factory hidden among the farms of Hatillo is...
KM 2.0, Carretera 413 Ramal, Rincon, Rincón 00677, Puerto Rico
Nowhere in Puerto Rico is surfing more popular than Rincón. It’s so popular, in fact, that the town plays host to annual international surfing competitions. There are plenty of shops where you can get the surf report or sign up for...
200 Avenida Marina View, Fajardo, 00738, Puerto Rico
Tropical sunsets figure prominently into many travelers’ vacation dreams, and in this regard, Puerto Rico doesn’t disappoint. Locals don’t tire of the spectacular golden hour, especially on the western coast, where the blazing...
Luquillo, Puerto Rico
There are plenty of places around Puerto Rico where you can ride horses and the scenery is as varied as your imagination. You can gallop along a white- or golden-sand beach or take more leisurely jaunts through the mountain and interior regions of...
- 1 Travel News Airbnb Wants to Pay for You to Live in This Italian Village for a Whole Summer
- 2 Hiking + Cycling 6 Dream Hikes in the United States (and How to Score the Permits)
- 3 Travel for Good Here’s What You Need to Know About Getting Tickets to See “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico
- 4 Where to Go Next Where to Travel in 2019 According to Your Astrological Sign
- 5 Gear The Best Luggage for 2019