A prime spot for overlooking mountain and rainforest scenery
Aerial view of Mar Chiquita, a pool-like beach created by a natural break in the cliffs
A parranda, or a friendly, festive street party, in San Juan
A thrilling zip through a narrow tree corridor in the rainforest
Sunset stroll along the Paseo de la Princesa, a popular pedestrian thoroughfare in San Juan
A winding mountain road through El Yunque National Forest
A craftsman at work rolling cigars
Aerial view of a coastal pier and colorful swimming hole
Epic views from the pool of an oceanfront resort
Strolling the brick-lined streets of Old San Juan
- Major Airports:
- San Juan-Luis Munoz Marin (SJU)
- Isle of Enchantment
Island paradise with a rich cultural history
From a coastline of some 300 white-sand beaches to mazelike caves to bioluminescent pools, there’s much to explore here. In fact, Puerto Rico is home to three of the five bioluminescent bays in the world (Laguna Grande in Fajardo, Mosquito Bay on Vieques and La Parguera in Lajas). These bays are an awe-inspiring sight at night, packed with millions of single-celled organisms that light up the water like glowing stars. The island is also home to a number of caves, including Cueva Ventana (“Window Cave”) and the famous Rio Camuy Caves, where visitors can embark on a tour to see cave formations, bats and more.
Adventures by Land and Sea
From land to sea, there’s plenty to keep visitors busy in Puerto Rico. Tour the only subtropical rainforest in the U.S., El Yunque National Forest, to witness a wide variety of plant and animal species – some only found here. Located in northeastern Puerto Rico, the forest has a number of trails for hiking and is also home to ancient petroglyphs. Architecture lovers will want to explore some of the centuries-old buildings here, including historically significant forts and museums. Cool off in the water by swimming, surfing, rafting, tubing or kayaking down both ocean and river waters.
All of that adventure-seeking will work up an appetite, so save room for local favorites. Regional specialties include fried plantains called tostones; beef-stuffed fried pastries known as empanadillas; and mashed green plaintains called mofongo. Quench your thirst with a creamy and tropical pina colada; Medalla, the local lager; or any number of rum-based cocktails made with locally produced Bacardi, Don Q and others. From high-end dining to street food, there are dining options on the island for every mood and occasion.
Puerto Rico (which translates to “Rich Port” in English) is a collection of islands in the Caribbean, a former Spanish colony that’s now a commonwealth of the USA. The archipelago’s Spanish heritage remains prominent today in many forms, from architecture to food, music and language. English is also widely spoken, and the U.S. dollar is used throughout the island. Visiting Puerto Rico is as simple as visiting any U.S. state. An added bonus: Year-round temperatures range between 21 and 27 degrees Celsius.
Puerto Rico’s mascot is a tiny tree frog called the coqui, which makes a distinctive ‘co-KEE’ mating call at night.