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It’s Winter and I’m already thinking about travel plans for next summer and fall. One country that has been on my list to visit for a while is Puerto Rico. A huge benefit of visiting the island is if you’re a US citizen, you don’t need a passport. That alone can be a money saver if you have children or if you’re someone getting their “feet wet” traveling out of the mainland. If you’re interested in visiting, here are some fun things to do in Puerto Rico.

Go to the Beach

You can’t visit an island in the Caribbean without going to the beach at least once. Flamenco Beach in Culebra is cited as one of the best beaches in the world. Other popular beaches include Boquerón, Seven Seas, La Monserrate, Caja de Muertos, Carolina and Sun Bay. Take a dip, surf, snorkel, paddle board, or just lay out and read a book to relax.

Be Adventurous and Explore

Did you know that El Yunque is the only rain forest under US national park service? Take a solo or guided tour and hike along the trails. You can also take part in zip-lining, hang gliding, rock climbing and para sailing.

Learn the History

History was hands down my all time favorite subject, so every vacation I find myself in the city’s historic district. Take a trip into the past and visit Old San Juan. El Morro and its sister fort, Castillo San Cristóbal are the oldest European constructions in the United States National Park Service. The architecture in much of Old San Juan date back to when the Spanish ruled the island. Make sure you visit the Paseo La Princesa promenade to purchase souvenirs from street vendors. The view is also beautiful for a nice walk with the family and people watching. There are also a number of museums and UNESCO World Heritage sites to visit in the area.

Puerto Rico Island
photo credit Kez B
Old San Juan
photo credit Kez B

Embrace the Culture

Puerto Rico is an island with European, African and Taino and American influences and it is reflected in the music, art, dances, celebrations and food. Do you like salsa? Take a dancing class or put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the nightlife.

Eat, Drink and Eat some More!

Everyone I know that has gone to Puerto Rico has raved about the food. For me, rice and beans are a must for most, if not all meals. Popular dishes include Mofongo and pernil. Go on a walking food tour or take a cooking class. If you plan on visiting during the holidays, make sure to get a glass of coquito, a traditional eggnog-like drink. Puerto Rico is also the home of BACARDI rum. Take a tour of the distillery and enjoy free rum tastings.

Whether you’re going solo, with friends, family or your significant other, there’s something to for everyone. To start planning and view excursion and itinerary suggestions, like SeePuertoRico.com on Facebook and follow @PRTourismCo on Twitter.

Have you visited Puerto Rico? What were your favorite things to do?

13 comments on “Fun Things to do in Puerto Rico”

  1. That last tip is right up my alley LOL I’m always down for some local cuisine. I’ve actually been to Puerto Rico several times and have never had the chance to actually experience it.

  2. I’ve been three times; evenings in La Placita was always a highlight. Such amazing fun and energy. I need to do a solo trip to PR, really get a chance to explore.

  3. I keep meaning to visit Puerto Rico and have yet to get there! It is on my travel bucket list! I love the fact that you don’t need a passport to travel there!

  4. I love Puerto Rico! I’ve been 3 times. I agree with all of the places you mentioned. I still haven’t been to Culebra yet but hopefully I’ll get there on my next visit. Caguas is another rain forest with zip lining and canyoning in waterfalls.

  5. I went to Puerto Rico for a weekend with my hubs a few years ago and absolutely loved it. We only went to Old San Juan, so the next time I go, I definitely will explore more of the island. Totally agree with your recommendations for trying mofongo and visiting the Bacardi factory.

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