16th-century Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan
Rock climbing at La Mina Falls in El Yunque National Forest
An abandoned beachside bar in Old San Juan
Heading out into the surf on a gorgeous day
The colonial architecture and cobblestone streets of Old San Juan
Colorful boats on the sands of Crash Boat Beach in Aguadilla
Street musician playing guitar outside a café
Exterior façade of Polo Norte Whiskey & Champagne Lounge located in a historic San Juan building
Amazing scenery overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Strolling the blue cobblestone streets of Old San Juan
- Major Airports:
- Luis Muñoz Marín/San Juan (SJU)
- Island of Enchantment
Island paradise with a rich cultural history
From a coastline of nearly 300 sandy beaches to maze-like 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 several caves, including Cueva Ventana (“Window Cave”) and the famous Río 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 several 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 pastelillos; and mashed green plantains called mofongo. Quench your thirst with a creamy and tropical piña colada cocktail; Medalla, the local lager; or any number of rum-based cocktails made with locally produced Bacardí, 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 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. A 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.