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It’s Winter and I’m already thinking about travel plans for summer and fall. Puerto Rico has been on my list to visit for a while and a huge benefit of visiting the island is not needing a passport as a US Citizen. With passport costs raising, that alone can be a money saver for family trips or first-time travelers. If you’re planning a trip and wondering what to do, here’s a list of five 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, paddleboard, or just lay out and read a book to relax.
Be Adventurous at El Yunque
Did you know that El Yunque is the only rainforest 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 parasailing.
|Adventure Lovers Tour in Puerto Rico: Full-Day Zipline River Caving and Hike – $320.00 Spend the day exploring Puerto Rico on this adrenaline-seekers tour. You will be exhilarated as you take to the sky for aerial views of Puerto Rico’s lush forests while zip lining and hiking. Enjoy kayaking the Tanama River through the caves in Utuado.|
Learn about Puerto Rican History
History was my favorite subject, so every vacation I find myself in the city’s historic district. Take a trip to 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 dates 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.
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 in La Placita.
Enjoy Puerto Rican Cuisine
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. You can also take 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 rum tastings.
Whether you’re going solo, with friends, family, or your significant other, there are tons of fun things to do in Puerto Rico. Start planning your visit today by checking out where to stay and excursion suggestions online.
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13 thoughts on “5 Fun Things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico”
Cocquito!!! Yum!!! One of my best friends is Puerto Rican- can’t wait to visit!
A friend of mine went to Puerto Rico last year, and had the time of her life. I’ve had to live vicariously through her photos lol.
Same here. I’m waiting for a really good deal so I can go. lol
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.
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.
thanks for letting me know. I really want to zip line.
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!
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.
I certainly ate plenty while in Puerto Rico. Did some of the activities you mentioned my favorite was going into the rain forest & the falls. It was gorge.
I’very never been to Puerto Rico but would really love to visit.
These all seem like amazing things to do… I have never been to Puerto Rico, but it does seem fun.
My work friend is originally from Puerto Rico and visits home often. I would love to learn the culture and eat the food.
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.