When it comes to the best things to do in Puerto Rico, no one knows better than the people who live there. So, we asked some locals about their favorite activities!
Cueva Ventana in Arecibo is one of many delights waiting to be discovered in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico is best know for its abundance of places to unplug, unwind, and explore the unknown. The island is filled with secluded wonders, from beach coves and clear waters to tree swings with panoramic mountain views. If you want to discover Puerto Rico beyond the San Juan cruise port, consider renting a car or hiring a guide to reach lesser-known destinations.
Here are several of the best things to see and do in Puerto Rico. Ever thrown yourself down a waterslide carved into giant boulders by the flow of a river? The slides are a short three-minute walk from the driveway turned parking lot. Exercise caution and tuck in your elbows while going down the slides. If you work up an appetite, stop by the local kiosks for an empanada and chilled fresh coconut on your way back. Cabo Rojo is only an hour from the airport in Aguadilla for those flying into the west side of the island.
The city is a draw for its natural wonders, including salt flats that look like a vast span of pink lakes in the right light. There are no deated entry points or tickets for admission.
You can park by the side of the main road and enter for free. The salt flats are found en route to La Playuela, commonly referred to as Playa Suciaa popular white sand beach surrounded by large cliffs on which you can hike or bike. Unique flavors and community connection are family traditions at Heladeria Laresa small ice cream shop nestled in the small town of Lares in the center of Puerto Rico.
The recipes are created in-house and can range from sweet potato to cilantro flavored. Reservations are required. The 1. Other zipline options are available for those seeking moderate to mild thrills. Reservations can be made online; there is a restaurant and bar on site if you want a drink in celebration of your bravery afterwards. Puerto Rico has no shortage of rum distilleries ; the Ron del Barrilito factory is among the latest to open to the public, launching in February Those looking to experience Old San Juan in a new way should consider a food tour around the city with Spoon Food Tours.
The Tanama River in Utuado offers a twist on the traditional lazy river; it'll see you floating into a pitch-black cave. The reward at the end of this adventure, which accommodates large groups, is a free facial thanks to a large supply of river clay.
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Mosquito Bay in Vieques is the brightest of them all and several companies offer evening kayak tours on glass bottom boats. I recommend Bieque Ecotrips if you want a smaller group tour and Aqua Sunset Tours if you want a fully clear kayak versus a glass bottom. Plan your visit during the new moon to see the brightest contrast possible, and make reservations ahead of time as spots fill up quickly. There are more than 2, caves in Puerto Rico but the view from Cueva Ventana in Arecibo is arguably the most photogenic.
Cueva del Indio is about 25 minutes north of Cueva Ventana. If possible, aim to see both caves on one trip. There are a of Taino petroglyphs on site dating back nearly a thousand years. Wear sneakers or hiking shoes as the terrain is rugged and explore at your own risk.
There are lechoneras lined up one after another, small shops specializing in roasted pork—one of several essential Puerto Rico dishes to try. Pair your cut of choice with arroz con gandulesa yellow rice and pigeon peas side item that is a Puerto Rican staple.
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Subscribe to magazine. Give a gift. Customer Service. Experience natural waterslides at Las Paylas Ever thrown yourself down a waterslide carved into giant boulders by the flow of a river? Marvel at pink lakes in Cabo Rojo Cabo Rojo is only an hour from the airport in Aguadilla for those flying into the west side of the island.
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Article continues below advertisement. Try river tubing at the Tanama River The Tanama River in Utuado offers a twist on the traditional lazy river; it'll see you floating into a pitch-black cave. Kayak in a bioluminescent bay There are three places to find bioluminescence in Puerto Rico: Fajardo, Lajas, and Vieques.
Capture dramatic countryside views at Cueva Ventana There are more than 2, caves in Puerto Rico but the view from Cueva Ventana in Arecibo is arguably the most photogenic.