To experience why Puerto Rico is such a special destination, please take the time to read our attractions guide
Puerto Rico is the smallest island in the Greater Antilles, considering its size, the amount of attractions and activities available, it’s easy to understand why the “Island of Enchantment” if often referred to as “The Land of a Thousand Blessings”. The diversity of natural treasures and world wonders are among the top reasons Puerto Rico is one of the top destinations in the Caribbean. You could drive around the entire island in a day, but if you were to stop in order to explore all it’s natural treasures, it would take you over a year to see them all. Best of all, many of these wonderful attractions are free, allowing families on a budget to have a wonderful vacation without breaking the budget.
Puerto Rico is a small island, about the size of Connecticut. From San Juan to Cabo Rojo on the southwest tip of the island is only about 1 hour and 45 minute drive with regular traffic. We have created guides divided into regions with a list of top attractions, best beaches, fun things to do and recommended places to stay in the area to make your planning easier.
Rent a car to experience the Real Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has amazing hotels and resorts tempting enough you won’t want to leave the property. We encourage you to rent a car and see why Puerto Rico is called “La Isla del Encanto” (The island of Enchantment). With some planning you can visit the top attractions and get a feel of the island in about 9 days.
For water and beach lovers, Puerto Rico’s coastline is dotted with beach coves, each one different from the next. Kayak to offshore cays, glide over bioluminescent waters, snorkel and scuba our coral reefs, surf the best waves in the Caribbean, and enjoy a variety of water sports.
Up at our verdant lush mountains, you’ll have unforgettable adventures, such as rappeling deep into a cave, flying over the longest zipline in the world, go horseback riding, hike forests and much more.
Top 10 Attractions in Puerto Rico
We’ve come up with a list of the top ten attractions under the Puerto Rican Flag. If you’re the adventurer type, all you need is a car rental, a little planning and a full week. These attractions are world-class, like no other place on the planet. See the top 10 attractions in Puerto Rico.
Best San Juan (Capital City) Attractions & Places to Visit
The capital city of San Juan ought to be on your list of “Must Visit Places in Puerto Rico”. San Juan is two destinations into one, the Old City and the New City. San Juan is the perfect starting place for a great vacation in Puerto Rico. Some of the most spectacular man-made attractions are within the 7 block historic district of Old San Juan.
We came up with a list of Best Attractions and Places to Visit in San Juan, we are confident you’ll have a wonderful time.
Points of interest in the capital city are: Old San Juan, Condado, Ocean Park, Puerta de Tierra and Convention Center District.
Highlights of San Juan: Five century year old forts, Old San Juan Historic District, beaches.
Best East Coast Attractions & Places to Visit
The east coast of Puerto Rico offers visitors the most hotel choices from mega resorts to budget friendly inns. Staying on the east coast offers you plenty of attractions both in land and on the water.
Points of Interest on the East Coast: Fajardo, Loiza, Luquillo, Rio Grande, Maunabo, Humacao
Highlights of the east coast: El Yunque Rainforest, Laguna Grande Bioluminescent Bay, easy access to offshore islands and cays, nature reserves and empty beaches on weekdays.
Here’s our list of Best Attractions & Places to Visit on the East Coast of Puerto Rico.
Best West Coast (Porta del Sol) Attractions & Places to Visit
The west coast of Puerto Rico has always the preferred region for Puerto Ricans to vacation, and if locals say so, you know it’s a great place. Porta del Sol offers something for everyone, from pristine secluded beach coves to adventurous surfing waters, forests to explore, lighthouse ruins, interesting rock formations, cliffs along the shore for majestic views, historic sites, religious attractions and authentic laid back beach towns for both locals and visitors to experience the pleasures of island life. You’ll need a car in Porta del Sol, because the best of the west can only be experience by driving on the roads less traveled.
Points of Interest: Quebradillas, Isabela, Aguadilla, Rincon, Mayaguez, Cabo Rojo, Lajas, San German, Guanica
Best North Coast Attractions & Places to Visit
No matter where you stay in Puerto Rico, we highly recommend you rent a car, and head to the northern coast of Puerto Rico. This tourist region offers visitors one of the best vacation day trips the entire family will rave about, packed with 4 really cool places. Two of the places are world class attractions, including the Camuy River Cave Park and the Arecibo Observatory.
Points of Interest: Dorado, Toa Baja, Camuy, Arecibo, Manati, Quebradillas
Vacation Tip: Fly into the San Juan International Airport and stay in San Juan or Isla Verde for 1 – 2 nights. Explore the historic city of Old San Juan, then head to another region that best suits your travel interests.
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