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Dive Into Puerto Rico

Aside from the historical sites, there are endless natural wonders with fun activities to enjoy in the area. For example, you’ve got zipline tours in El Yunque, cave tours at Parque de las Cavernas and the largest radio telescope in the world, Arecibo Observatory (made famous by the movie Contact). The beaches are great too, offering different perks, such as surfing in Rincon or great photo ops in Culebra. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from all the historical sightseeing and nature adventures, there are numerous delicious cuisine options to grub on. In Puerto Rico, the country’s rich history and natural offerings give you so much to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something exciting to do.

Puerto Rico Overview

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    Three Kings for Twelve Days

    If you think Christmas ends on December 25th, you’re missing 12 days of Christmas season fun. Three Kings Day on January 6 marks the twelfth day of Christmas, and in Puerto Rico, they end the season with a party!

     

    Christmas celebrators in Latin American countries used to exchange gifts on Three Kings Day to commemorate the three magi in the Bible who visited Jesus, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. More people give gifts on December 25th now, but the tradition and the story of the magi is still observed with smaller gift exchanges.

     

    The Three Kings Day festival in Old San Juan draws big crowds with live music, food and drink. Hosted in the Luis Munoz Marin Park, small gifts are given to kids and revelers can see arts and crafts based on the Three Kings, which are a major source of inspiration for folk art. The highlight of the festival is the entrance of three men who walk from a town near the southern coast, dressed as the three magi.

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    Getting in Touch with History, North and South

    Puerto Rico’s got a rich, colorful history. In the north, Old San Juan’s past is as obvious as the huge forts that overlook the sea. Make sure to also check out the smaller historical gems like the statues in the town squares.

     

    In southern Puerto Rico, the old fire station, Parque de Bombas, in Ponce has antique fire trucks on display along with a tale of the station’s history. Don’t miss the Centro Ceremonial Indigena de Tibes, a series of fields and astronomical chart structures discovered by archaeologists in the 1970s. If you happen to be on the south side of the country, San German features Capilla de Porta Coeli. This chapel is one of the oldest religious buildings in the Americas and is now a museum of religious art. There’s history all over Puerto Rico—you don’t have to go very far to find it.

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    Nature's Alive!

    Puerto Rico is a natural haven for many species of plants and animals. The country protects its numerous and beautiful habitats, so we can continue to enjoy them. In fact, the Yunque Rainforest is the only rainforest in the US National Forest System. Here you can find several ways to interact with nature. Everything from well-maintained hiking trails to zip line tours. The caves at Camuy offer a tram that takes visitors along a scenic route into a huge network of caverns that are home to bats, crabs, tarantulas and more. A nature-lover’s dream!

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    Where's All the Rum Gone?

    Ready to get your rum on? Good. The world’s largest rum distillery, Bacardi, is near San Juan. Casa Bacardi, as the tourist center is known, showcases Bacardi's history. This includes a film about the company's founding and the first distillery the family business used. You'll get two tickets for free drinks, and bartenders will show you how to mix rum cocktails in the lounge. Best part? The tour is free. 

     

    In southern Puerto Rico, the mansion of the family who started Don Q Rum, Castillo Serralles, is one of the many museums in Ponce. It has an exhibit that explains the impact of the sugar and rum industries on the country. It also features an extensive and well-manicured garden with a reflection pool where you can relax after touring the grounds. 

     

    After you discover Puerto Rico's long and fascinating history with this spirit, you'll have a new appreciation when you order your next mojito.

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    Anywhere but San Juan

    South, central, west and east Puerto Rico all offer unique, exciting opportunities that can be overshadowed by the country’s high-octane, glimmering capital city, San Juan. Here’s a taste of what you can find outside of the city. 

     

    Slow down and hang ten on the west coast in Rincon, where surfers convene for annual competitions. Rincon means “corner” in Spanish, and it’s a beautiful place to tuck away in this piece of paradise. If you don’t feel like rounding the corner out west, turn south. Experience beautiful beaches and culture in the city of Ponce, the second largest in Puerto Rico.

     

    In the center of the island, explore natural wonders of the terrestrial at El Yunque National Forest or the extra-terrestrial at Arecibo Observatory. If you prefer to go subterranean, descend into the fascinating ecosystems in the underground caves at Camuy.

     

    For the classic beach experience, the out islands of Vieques and Culebra offer some of the prettiest stretches of sand and surf in the Caribbean. Playa Flamenco on Culebra is widely considered one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches. San Juan is great and all, but let’s keep our minds open to the possibilities in Puerto Rico.

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    Culebra the Tasty

    Take a day trip to Culebra, and you don't only get world-class beaches, you get awesome food too!

     

    Zaco’s Tacos is a small shack on Culebra that sells inexpensive tacos in a warm, no-frills building. With bright colors inside and a terrace outdoors, you’ll feel right at home in this cozy environment as you chow down on lip-smacking tacos. You can have your choice of seared tuna, beer-battered fish, beef and more.

     

    Another popular dining spot is Juanita Bananas. Your meal here will be less of an entrée and more of a smorgasbord of delicious appetizers and its famous sushi. The restaurant serves the freshest produce and seafood. The menu changes daily, so check the chalkboard for the day's offerings. Order at the bar, and tuck in to your tasty meal on the patio.

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    Sophisticated yet Simple

    Vieques blends cultivated luxury and island seclusion for a vacation that's equal parts VIP and Robinson Crusoe.

     

    With destinations like the W Retreat & Spa, Vieques offers a mix of relaxed island time and upscale pampering. The W is a beacon of elegance and sophisticated vacationing with tourist-friendly activities like snorkeling at Gringo Beach nearby. Yet in Vieques, that luxury is tempered with an easy-going attitude.

     

    It’s not that the people of Vieques are indifferent. They just know how to enjoy life. Just check out Conuco, an upscale yet laidback restaurant that offers delectable entrees, sangria and wine.

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    Playa Flamenco, a lovely beach in Culebra

    If the out islands of Vieques and Culebra interest you, you're probably looking for that special beach experience. Well don't go all that way and start guessing at beaches. Check out these two for a relaxing good time.

     

    Playa Flamenco is Culebra’s famous gem of a beach. Its sugar-white sand and bright blue water draw crowds of people during the weekends. Our advice? Head over on a weekday to savor a more secluded experience on this amazing stretch of coast.

     

    Another great choice is Playa Caracas, located on the east side of Vieques in Bahia Corcho. The waves here are minimal, so it’s a great place to relax. This little beach with strikingly clear water is a great getaway if you'd rather stay closer to home on Vieques.

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    Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

    Rent a jeep and set out on Caribbean safari through the Vieques National Wildlife refuge. You can see tons of habitats on this reserve, and the bird watching is excellent. Vieques National Wildlife Refuge was once a US Navy base, but the Navy left in 2003, creating a tremendous vacuum of space on Vieques. Rather than resorts, restaurants or the like, the land was instead made into a nature preserve. That's lucky for us because this refuge offers another unique advantage.

     

    While you explore and marvel at the gorgeous wildlife on the island, keep your eyes peeled for a secluded beachfront. You just might find yourself on an empty stretch of white, sandy beach. A couple of hours with your very own beach is a highlight every Vieques visitor should experience.Whether for the birds or the beaches, explore the wildlife refuge to discover the natural beauty of Vieques.

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    Shop Well. Shop Often.

    Mall mavens: Look no further than Plaza Las Americas, the largest mall in the Caribbean with more than 300 stores. Here you’ll find leading U.S brands, from Ann Taylor to Zara, all within a 15-minute cab ride from your San Juan hotel.

     

    If you’re looking for something unique to the destination (we love to shop local – and often!), head for Old San Juan’s Fortaleza Street and the small boutique, Ole. That’s where milliner Guillermo Jeffs will custom-fit one of his genuine Panama hats to your head and embellish it with the colored ribbon of your choice for a truly unique souvenir. A few doors down, drop into Concalma, where the inexpensive and brightly patterned fabric tote bags will take you from the city to the sand and back again in San Juan style.

     

    If you’re ready to splurge, stroll the boutiques along Condado’s Ashford Avenue, where designer baubles and clothing await.

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    The Past is Just the Beginning

    History buff or not, you’ll enjoy touring Old San Juan’s signature historic forts, El Morro and San Cristobal, centuries-old relics of the days when the walled city was the jewel of the Spanish colonial empire. Afterward, take to the famous blue cobblestone streets of Old San Juan for shopping, lunch and people-watching. Just beyond the historic ramparts, the sugary beaches at Condado, El Escambron, Ocean Park and Isla Verde beckon, so be sure to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen.

     

    Across the bay in Catano, the Bacardi Rum distillery runs a 45-minute tour that tells the story of the famous brand and gives visitors a chance to see how the legendary liquor is made. Best of all, the tour is free and includes complimentary cocktails; score!

     

    If you have the time, consider a day trip to El Yunque, the Caribbean rainforest. But make sure to reserve some energy for the evening because once the sun goes down, the city really heats up. You’ll have your pick of bars, restaurants and clubs in Old San Juan and Condado, but OSJ’s Nuyorican Café is a must for live jazz, rock and salsa.

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    Sure Bets for Beach Lovers

    Las Vegas, Atlantic City…and San Juan. Puerto Rico is the casino destination for beach lovers. The island’s capital, San Juan, hosts several awesome resorts that pair casino fun with golden beaches and metropolitan excitement.

     

    Sashay to the timeless Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino. With a classy appearance and an enviable location, a day at the Sheraton Old San Juan includes lounging at the roof-top pool, easy access to boutique shopping, world class restaurants and – of course – courting Lady Luck at the casino.

     

    If you’d prefer a little more nature in between hands of Texas Hold ‘em, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa is located about an hour and a half east of San Juan, near El Yunque rainforest and on a gorgeous stretch of golden beach. This more remote resort removes you from the metropolitan rush that others prefer and gives you access to Puerto Rico’s natural splendor. So when you want to go all in, forget the mainland. Puerto Rico is the place to be.

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    Pack an Appetite

    Better pack those elastic-waist pants too because San Juan is a foodie’s paradise.

     

    Start your gastronomic odyssey by trying the fare of the city’s star chefs, Wilo Benet and Roberto Trevino. We adore the cuisine at Trevino’s Condado eatery, Budatai, where Asian and Puerto Rican flavors meet, and Chef Benet’s fusion cuisine at nearby Pikayo (in the Conrad Condado Plaza) makes us instantly forget our diets.

     

    It’s a much more casual affair on the beach at Pinones, where you can sample from the string of snack shacks that serve up pinchos (skewers of meat, fish and seafood) and all manner of deep-fried deliciousness.

     

    In Old San Juan, we can’t think of a more romantic place for a drink than the bar at El Convento. The intimate candlelit spot overlooks the convent-turned-hotel’s courtyard dining room, where a sprawling tree strung with fairy lights casts a magical glow. 

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    A Lush Bar Scene

    San Juan’s nightlife is often compared to Miami’s, and rightfully so. Club and bar options abound in Puerto Rico's capital. The Nuyorican Café pulses with heart-thumping salsa music and dancing. Nestled into Old San Juan, locals and visitors shake and spin late into the night, while professional dancers and great musicians keep the beat hot. Nuyorican also offers more eclectic features such as plays, poetry readings and talent shows. This hip establishment attracts a diverse, energetic and creative crowd.

     

    The local hotels host some of San Juan's favorite clubs. For a posh bar scene, head to the roof of San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel, where Mist offers excellent ocean views, leather couches and a DJ on the weekends. If you seek a hotspot to dance, boogie down to Club Brava at El San Juan Resort & Casino. This two-story dancing mecca bumps Top 40 hits and house music all night and attracts locals and tourists alike. The club enforces an upscale dress code, so everyone is dressed to impress. If you're not staying at El San Juan Resort, you'll pay a cover, but for a guaranteed night of throw-off-your-shoes dancing, Brava's got you covered.

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    Puerto Rico Quick Facts

    Language: Spanish and English (Spanish is primary)

     

    CurrencyUSD

     

    Electricity: 110 Volt plugs with standard 2 or 3 prongs

     

    Passport/Immigration: There is no passport requirement for U.S. citizens for direct travel to and from Puerto Rico. If you return to the mainland U.S. from Puerto Rico through another country (Mexico or Bermuda, for example), you will need a passport.

     

    Drinking Water: Puerto Rico's water supply is monitored by agencies of the US government, and the tap water is safe to drink.

     

    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)

     

    Peak Season: Mid-December – Mid-April

Things to Do in Puerto Rico

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    ATV Adventure

    Hop on an ATV "Ride of a Lifetime." Share fun with family and friends on 4X4 machines and feel the power beneath you as you track through different trails in this hidden paradise.

     

    Experienced guides will take you through 2,200 acres of land where you will enjoy views of mountains, mangroves, lagoons, limestone formations and wildlife roaming freely. Learn the history of Puerto Rican countryside and the plants and animals that inhabit it during the short, narrated breaks on your adventure. When the tour is over, check out the unique hilltop Mojito Bar where you can cool down with refreshing drinks of your choice.

     
    Included: 
    • Safety equipment
    • Bilingual guides
    • Roundtrip Transportation

     

    Not Included:

    • N/A
     
    Don't Forget to Bring:
    • Guest should have breakfast/lunch prior to hotel departure and are welcome to bring personal snacks. Lunch stop is not included during the tour.
    • Sneakers or closed shoes (no flip flops)
    • Light & comfortable attire, shorts or long pants
    • Cameras
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun screen; (30-50 SPF)
    • Showers available, please bring a towel if desired
     
    Hours: 9:00AM-11:00AM, 12:00PM-2:00PM or 3:00PM-5:00PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Duration approximately 2 hours, plus traveling time.
     
    Where to Go: You'll be picked up from your hotel.
     
    Age Restrictions: All passenger must be 12 years old and up.
     
    Additional Information: All drivers must be at least 16 years of age and provide a valid driver's license (permit or learners licensed are not allowed to drive ATV). Maximum weight is 350 lbs.
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    Bacardi and Old San Juan Tour

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Bacardi Rum Distillery. Start with a Bacardi special "welcome" cocktail. The trolley will then take you to the Visitor Center or museum to enjoy and interactive tour through history and to observe the production process of the Bacardi brand. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to purchase Bacardi products and souvenirs.

    After Bacardi, your tour proceeds to historical Old San Juan. Your tour includes a guided tour of the 500 year old San Cristobal Fort. Before departing the old city you will have free time for shopping among the numerous souvenir and artisans shops that the old city has to offer. You may decide to stay in Old San Juan and return to your hotel by taxi; if so please advise your guide.

     
    Included: 
    • Entrance Fees (Bacardi Historical and Fort)
    • Tour Guide 
    Not Included:
    • N/A
     
    Don't Forget to Bring:
    • Walking shoes
    • Light & comfortable attire
    • Camera
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Photo ID to consume and/or purchase alcoholic beverages
    • Sunscreen; (30-50 SPF)
     
    Hours: 1:30PM-6:30PM on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Approximately 5-hour duration.
     
    Where to Go: You'll be picked up from your hotel.
     
    Age Restrictions: N/A
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    Bio Bay Kayak

    An adventure not to be missed while in Puerto Rico! Join this fully guided night trip into one of the most amazing natural phenomenon of the world! Paddle your way through the mystical mangrove channels leading to "Laguna Grande." There, you will meet glowing friends, the Pyrodinium Bahamense, microscopic plankton capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life and what you can do to protect such a special place. Watch how every stroke of your paddle leaves behind a glowing swirl of blue light and fish light up their path like shooting stars in the water. The adventure to Laguna Grande can only be described as magical, creating memories that will last a lifetime!

     
    Included:
    • Safety equipment
    • Bilingual guides
    • Roundtrip transportation
     
    Not Included:
    • N/A
     
    Don't Forget to Bring: 
    • Bathing suit
    • Flip flops or water shoes
    • Towel
     
    Hours: 1st round: 6:00PM-8:00PM, 2nd round: 8:00PM-10:00PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday (*Times may vary depending on the time of the year). Approximately 2.5 hours, plus traveling time duration.
     
    Where to Go: You'll be picked up from your hotel.
     
    Age Restrictions: No children under the age of 6 years old.
     
    Additional Information:
    • Guest should have breakfast/lunch prior to hotel departure and are welcome to bring personal snacks. Lunch stop is not included during the tour.
    • Combined weight not to exceed 450 pounds.
    • No alcohol consumption during tour, anyone under the influence may be removed from the tour.
    • Pregnant woman are not allowed to participate on this tour due to the duration & physical requirements of the kayak.
    • Not recommended for people with any heart conditions, open heart surgeries, heart murmurs, taking high blood pressure medication, asthmatic, diabetic or has had any recent surgeries that may make it difficult to be seated in a tight position for up to two hours.
    • This tour is not suggested for those who have fear of the water and the dark.
    • Swimming at the bay is not allowed.
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    Catamaran Snorkeling

    Enjoy a 30-minute sail over to Icacos Island or to one of the breathtaking surrounding islands of the Fajardo Keys. Once the catamaran arrives to the island, it actually beaches, so that when you disembark, you will find yourself knee-deep in crystal, blue waters. Guests may take advantage of professional snorkeling lessons, provided by the crew, swim/snorkel from the shore, walk the white sands or just relax and sunbathe.

     

    After spending some time at the island, you'll enjoy a picnic lunch, prepared and served on board by the crew. Lunch consists of "build your own" sandwiches with a variety of meats and cheeses, tuna salad, chicken salad, local bread, pasta and green salad, tropical fruits, refreshments, pina coladas and rum punch.

     

    After lunch, the boat will depart the island and anchor 200 yards offshore over a living coral reef. Here, you'll have the opportunity to snorkel over the reef and view numerous tropical fish and coral formations. After a full day, you'll be back at dock by 3:30PM.

     
    Included: 
    • Snorkeling equipment and floating device
    • Snorkeling instruction
    • Lunch and beverages
     
    Not Included:
    • N/A
     
    Don't Forget to Bring:
    • Bathing suit with cover up
    • Soft-sole shoes
    • Small beach bag
    • Camera
    • Towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen; (30-50 SPF, no spray)
    • Change of clothes
    • Personal snorkeling equipment (optional)
     
    Hours: 1:30PM-6:30PM on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Approximately 5-hour duration.
     
    Where to Go: You'll be picked up from your hotel.
     
    Age Restrictions: N/A
     
    Additional Information:
    • Pregnant women over 7 months are not permitted on the tour without written consent from their physician
    • Guests with recent back injuries or major surgeries must consult with their physician prior to booking the catamaran
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    Horseback Riding

    Mount up on beautiful, gentle-spirited and well-trained Paso Fino horses and explore breathtaking countryside views just minutes from San Juan on a 2,200 acre private ranch. Soak up the Caribbean Sun while enjoining the sights and sounds of wildlife on the smoothest horses around. Experienced guides will take you around lagoons, through tropical vegetation and around mountains with views of coastal plains. Learn the history of the Puerto Rico Paso Fino and why the health and spirit of these animals is the number one priority. When the tour is over check out the unique hilltop Mojito bar where you can cool down with refreshing drinks of your choice.

     
    Included:
    • Roundtrip transportation.
    • Bilingual guides.
    • Safety equipment.
     
    Not Included:
    • N/A
     
    Don't Forget to Bring:
    • Guest should have breakfast prior to hotel departure and are welcome to bring personal snacks. Lunch stop is not included during the tour.
    • Sneakers or closed shoes (no flip flops)
    • Light and comfortable attire. Shorts or long pants.
    • Camera
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Suncreen (30-50 SPF)
    • Showers available, please bring a towel if desired
     
    Hours: Daily. 2 hours plus traveling time. 9:00AM-11:00AM or 3:00PM-5:00PM.
     
    Where to Go: You'll be picked up from your hotel.
     
    Age Restrictions: Not for children under 8 years old. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
     
    Additional Information: Activity level is low to moderate. Maximum weight is 250 lbs.
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    Old San Juan Historical Tour

    A definite "must do" while visiting Puerto Rico. Your first stop is the Museum of the Americas located in the Cuartel de Ballaja, formerly the Spanish military barracks built in the 19th century. You will drive pass the massive city wall and the Capital Building over to the 500 year old San Cristobal Castle and surrounding historical sites. Explore the fort and learn about its history from the experts. The tour will culminate with free time for shopping among the numerous souvenir and artisans shops that the old city has to offer.

     
    Included:
    • Fort entrance fees
     
    Not Included:
    • Food and Beverage
     
    Don't Forget to Bring:
    • Guest should have lunch prior to hotel departure and are welcome to bring personal snacks. Lunch stop is not included during the tour.
    • Walking shoes
    • Light & comfortable attire
    • Cameras, hat & shades (optional)
    • Sunscreen; (30-50 SPF)
     
    Hours: Tuesday and Thursday; Approximately 5 hours, from 1:30PM to 6:30PM
     
    Where to Go: You'll be picked up from your hotel.
     
    Age Restrictions: N/A
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    Rainforest Tour

    The east of Puerto Rico offers the only subtropical rainforest in the United States Forest Service. With its waterfalls, hiking trails and panoramic vistas, the forest system is a nature lover's wonderland and offers tourists a variety of activities ranging from a leisurely hike to extreme adventuring. There's no other place like it in Puerto Rico. In fact, there's no other place like it in the entire United States. Under its trees, you'll find a unique ecosystem that has enchanted its visitors for centuries. There are plenty of reasons why it was a contender for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

     
    Included: 
    • Roundtrip transportation
    • Guided tour
    • Entrance Fees
     
    Not Included:
    • N/A
     
    Don't Forget to Bring:
    • Guest should have breakfast prior to hotel departure and are welcome to bring personal snacks. Lunch stop is not included during the tour. Participants may also purchase local snacks once at the forest, but there is no time to sit down and eat.
    • Walking or hiking shoes (no flip flops)
    • Light and comfortable attire
    • Camera
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Suncreen (30-50 SPF)

    Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. Duration is 4.5 hours.
     
    Where to Go: You'll be picked up from your hotel.
     
    Age Restrictions: N/A

Tips & Transportation

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    Best Place to Chill by the Beach: Luquillo Beach

    On Luquillo Beach (near El Yunque), there’s a very cool strip on the beach complete with shops, restaurants and bars. You could seriously spend all day here. There are plenty of amenities, including restrooms, showers and lifeguards. There's even guarded parking available. This makes Luquillo very popular with families who are searching for a swimming beach that feels secure. Mar Sin Barreras, a facility at Luquillo, offers those in wheelchairs an opportunity to splash in the surf with a ramp that gently slopes into the water.

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    Best Place to Peek Under the Waves: Luis Pena Marine Reserve

    The west coast of Culebra surrounds Luis Pena Marine Reserve, where you can get in some great snorkeling and scuba diving. Colorful reefs and a variety of sea creatures make for a memorable underwater exploration. The reserve can be accessed at a few points along Culebra's coast. If you're already at the famous Flamenco Beach, grab your snorkel gear and take a walk on a trail that starts at the parking lot. The first beach you'll hit is Tamarindo Grande. If you continue on to the northwest, you'll hit Carlos Rosario Beach. Both places feature some truly incredible snorkeling. Melones Beach is easier to access with a parking lot right next to the beach. You'll just hop out of the car and into the water. You'll find reefs and wildlife near the rocky outcroppings in the water. Thanks to the reserve, all of these locations teem with fish and coral for a memorable aquatic experience.

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    Best Exotic Adventure: Camuy Caves

    Tour the majestic Camuy Caves to see exotic creatures and earthen formations. The tours begin with a short video that introduces you to the cave system. Then, you're off on tram rides to different parts of the cave. You'll see tremendous stalactites hanging from the cave ceiling and stalagmites stretching up from the floor. You may be thinking of a cold, dark place, but Camuy Caves are actually warm and dark. The tropical environment makes these caves different from many in the US. There are tons of fascinating wildlife in the cave that the adventurous and curious will love to see. Everything from blue-eyed river crabs to bats to tarantulas inhabit the diverse habitat. Tours also include tram rides to see sinkholes, where you can peer down and see the world's third-longest underground river. This is Puerto Rico at its eco-coolest.

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    Best Historical Day Trip: Fort Conde de Mirasol

    Located in Isabel Segunda, this old fort - also known as Fuerte de Vieques (Strength of Vieques) - has been restored and opened for tours. Built in 1845, the fort is now the Vieques Museum of Art and History. The museum displays some of the most fascinating archeological finds from Vieques. Conde de Mirasol was restored in 1991, and the building and the surrounding grounds have been kept in impeccable condition. In a place that mostly gets praised for natural beauty, a little time to appreciate the history of the island can be very rewarding. Of course, Vieques' natural beauty is still an advantage here. Your admission ticket lets you see not only the exhibits, but the amazing vistas from Fort Conde de Mirasol's walls as well. This is a great day trip when you want a break from the sand and surf, and the view will probably inspire you to head straight back to the beach.

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    Best Hidden Beach: Playa Negra

    This special gem of a beach is tucked away on the southern coast of the island. Getting there can be tricky, as the directions there are sometimes unclear. There are unofficial signs that say Playa Negra, but you’ll need to do your research and ask for local assistance. As the beach generates more conversation, there are more people talking about how to get there. The paths to Playa Negra usually involve rougher terrain, so be prepared to bring water shoes or sandals that have a good grip. Once you're there, you'll love the different kind of beauty this beach offers. The black sand is volcanic and a stark contrast to the usually white and gold sand on other Vieques beaches. The amount of black sand on the beach varies, depending on the tide, but whatever the amount, the blend of black and gold is a rare sight. Set out in search for this gem of a beach. It’s a treasure hunt worth going on!

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    The Best Place to Find a Home Cooked Meal: Barbara Rosas

    Barbara Rosas is a cozy establishment just south of the airport on Calle Escudero in Culebra. Barbara is the cook and hostess, and patrons eat in the living room or on the patio. It closes earlier than most restaurants, and she’s occasionally unable to make menu items due to ingredient shortages. Still, don't let that deter you. If you want some comfort food, Barabara Rosa's is the place for some culinary reassurance. She can always whip up some tasty treats for when you’re feeling a little homesick.

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    Best Place to Grab Lunch: Lago Dos Bocas

    Head to the center of the island to Lago Dos Bocas, where you can get picked up by a boat and ferried to one of the restaurants dotting the lake’s shores. The route to the lake is marked by road signs, and there is parking next to the pier. Representatives from the restaurants stand in the parking lot, handing out fliers and menus for the lakeside restaurants.

     

    There are several restaurants on the lake, and you really can't go wrong. Restaurante Rancho Marina and El Fogon de Abuela are two of the popular restaurants. Both feature local cuisine and gorgeous views. The restaurants are located at different heights. Some are right on the water, and others are perched higher on the hillsides, offering excellent views of surrounding scenery. Go on a slow afternoon when you can relax and enjoy the boat ride. You’ll get some tasty cuisine and a chance to see more of the beautiful landscape.

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    Airport

    Puerto Rico's largest airport is Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU), located three miles southeast of San Juan. The airport offers direct flights to many US cities and connections to most other airports in Puerto Rico, including Antonio Riviera Rodriguez Airport on Vieques.

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    Immigration & Customs

    When you fly into San Juan, it’s like flying in the US, only proof of citizenship is required. Acceptable documents include a U.S. passport, birth certificate or government issued photo ID. Because US citizens don’t need a passport or visa to enter Puerto Rico, they are not required to pass through immigration or customs. Your bag will be searched by the US Department of Agriculture to check for prohibited items.

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    Getting to Your Hotel

    CheapCaribbean.com has partnered with Dragonfly Adventures as our premier transportation companies in Puerto Rico. They’ll provide you with safe, comfortable and professional transportation from the airport to your hotel and back. They’ll also provide transportation to any excursions booked through our site that you’d like to take while you’re in your destination.

     

    It’s easy to find your Dragonfly Adventures team when you arrive at the airport. They’ll be standing in the waiting area, holding a CheapCaribbean.com welcome sign. All drivers are fluent in English, friendly and knowledgeable about the culture, history and things to do while you’re there. By the end of your ride, you’ll have made a new friend. Their vehicles are all clean, modern and reliable.

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    Getting Around Puerto Rico

    Once you arrive at San Juan, you can catch a cab or a hotel shuttle. San Juan offers several types of public transportation, including the Tren Urbano (Urban Train) that runs from 5:30AM-11:30PM. The Metropolitan Bus Authority, or AMA, can also get you around the San Juan area. Antique-looking trolleys operate free of charge in Old San Juan. Two ferry stations operate in Puerto Rico. Aqua Espresso in Old San Juan sends ferries to Catano, where the Bacardi Distillery is located. The Fajardo Station on Puerto Rico's east coast provides ferries to the out-islands of Culebra and Vieques.