Puerto Rico is more of an experience than a place. The blue, golden, and green tapestry of the sea waves, sand, and palm trees make it mesmerizing destination for every type of traveler.
Besides being a beautiful destination, Puerto Rico offers a lot of fun and adventurous experiences with stunning views to match.
You will never run out of things to do on your visit, especially if you’re here for a short time, but if you need help with activity ideas, here are a few things that you must do in Puerto Rico!
Things to do in Puerto Rico
It goes without saying that Puerto Rico is known for its beaches and the blue-hued ocean waters, so it’s no wonder that spending days on end exploring the palm-fringed shoreline of the island is one of the best things to do in Puerto Rico.
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Explore Flamenco Beach
Flamenco is one of the most beautiful beaches in Puerto Rico. It has the most beautiful, crystal-clear waters and is located on the Culebra island, 17 miles east from the mainland. Spending an afternoon relaxing or adventuring at this white sand beach is one of the best things to do in Puerto Rico. Plus, if you’re not the beach type, you’ll love the many hiking trails and water sports provided in the area.
Enjoy the water sports
Puerto Rico is one of the best destinations for water sports, and you’ll find a ton of them at almost all of the beaches on the island. Think surfing, paddleboarding, kite surfing, tennis, and beach volleyball, to name a few! You’ll find tons of options to join in at beaches like Boqueron, Jobos, and Ocean Park.
If you’d rather spend your time in Puerto Rico exploring under its waves, then snorkeling and diving activities are a must. The marine life and coral reefs lining Puerto Rico are considered some of the most beautiful in the world, so you won’t want to miss that!
Take a hike
Not the beach type? That’s cool, because Puerto Rico is home to some of the most amazing hiking trails in the USA.
An absolute must-do when visiting Puerto Rico is to take a walk on the wild side at El Yunque National Forest, but exploring Guánica Dry Forest, Guajataca Forest, and Toro Negro State Forest are absolute musts as well!
And for super unique hikes, make sure not to miss a visit to Cascada La mina (La Mina Falls), Cueva del Indio (a stunning cave), and Bahía Bioluminescence at night, where you’ll be able to see glowing plankton lining the bay!
Find your wild at El Yunque National Forest
Speaking of hikes, a day spent exploring the rainforest of El Yunque is one of the most exhilarating things to do in Puerto Rico.
The north-western forest is the tropical rain forest that offers the best hiking trails on the island, all of which are lined by breath-taking mountains, stunning views, and jaw-dropping waterfalls.
Explore the jungle at Toro Verde Adventure Park
If you’re looking for unparalleled adventures, a visit to Toro Verde Adventure Park will not disappoint. The park is home to some pretty adventurous hiking trails, a zip line, waterfalls to plunge into, suspension bridges, and rappelling activities.
Become a history buff
Puerto Rico is home to some seriously interesting archaeological sites, so if you’re feeling like taking it slow, a day spent exploring fortresses and castles is a must on your itinerary!
Start with Viejo San 16th Juan century fortress, one of the most quintessential landmarks of the island. Then, hope over to Castillo San Cristobal, a castle and fortress where you’ll get to learn all about Puerto Rico’s colonial times.
If you’re still hungry for more history, another archaeological site to visit is the blue-white beautiful and intricate La Fortaleza which is the house of the governor of the state.
The museum Castillo Serrallés is yet another interesting place to visit that offers information about the sugar cane and rum industries and their evolution throughout the Puerto Rican culture.
Do not miss out on the Red and black, the funky-looking building of Parque de Bombas. Casa Blanca is another place to visit if you are interested in history and architectural beauty. Sitio Histórico de San Juan is another colonial-era fort that is absolutely grand.
In short, there are a lot of fun archaeological sites with tons of information and cultural exploration to offer for all my history buffs out there!
Enjoy the colors of Old San Juan
The Old City of San Juan is one of the most colorful places in the world, so a day exploring it is one of the coolest things to do in Puerto Rico.
The city is home to a lot of cultural and historical sights, and you won’t have a hard time finding a walking tour to join if you want to cover more ground in less time.
Go on a foodie and shopping spree
Puerto Rico is a haven for foodie travelers and shopping addicts alike, so a relaxing day spent doing just that is the perfect way to end your vacation in Puerto Rico.
You can explore the many food options on the island at snack bars on the beaches, but our absolute go-to is definitely Old San Juan. A few of the staple dishes here include Tripleta made with three types of meat, fried plantains, fritters, Alcapurias and Pork Chops, or Chuletas De Cerdo.
For shopping, you might want to visit the Mall of San Juan for an upscale shopping experience. For a more local vibe, head to places like Ole Puerto Rico or Poet’s Passage, both of which boast beautiful local art.
What are some other amazing things to do in Puerto Rico? Let us know in the comments section below!