Colorful houses on a hillside in Puerto Rico

13 Things to Do in Puerto Rico for Couples (By a Local)

Although it’s smaller than most famous couple destinations, with all the fun and romantic things to do in Puerto Rico for couples, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t visit before.

Puerto Rico is a short trip away from the United States, and a popular destination for honeymoons and romantic retreats. Couples will find all kinds of romantic things to do in Puerto Rico, including beaches, historical cities, and adventure parks. 

I’m a local Puerto Rican that knows all the best spots for an ideal couples vacation. In this post, I’ll spill the beans on 13 activities for couples that you can’t miss.

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13 Fun & Romantic Things to Do in Puerto Rico for Couples

Old San Juan

Tour the cobblestone streets of a historical romantic city

Colorful houses lined in Calle de la Fortaleza

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Nothing screams romanticism like a historical city frozen in time, and that’s exactly what Old San Juan is. Located in the capital city of Puerto Rico, Old San Juan is home to historical sites and colorful architecture from the 15th to the 19th century.

Couples can tour cobblestone streets and visit colorful homes with interior courtyards. El Morro, La Fortaleza, and Castillo San Cristóbal are some of the impressive structures worth a visit if you and your partner are history buffs. 

And if you just want to relax, stroll down Paseo de la Princesa, where you’ll find restaurants, local artisans, and the Raices Fountain. 

This is also one of the best spots to see the sunset painting orange colors across San Juan bay. To escape the heat, visit San Juan beaches like Playa Peña, La Playita de Condado, Escambrón Beach, and Ocean Park Beach. 

Flamenco Beach

Escape to the pristine beaches of a remote island

A abandoned rusted tank in the shoreline of Flamenco Beach

📍 Google Maps | (787) 742-0700 | Entrance: $2 per person, $5 per car | 👉 Book a Tour on Viator

If you’ve ever dreamed about a romantic beach getaway with your partner, Flamenco Beach is exactly what you’ve dreamed of. Flamenco Beach is one of Culebra’s beaches, outside mainland Puerto Rico. 

Since there aren’t any resorts on the small island, Flamenco is a tropical paradise that preserves its virgin beauty. The waves are calm, the water is crystal clear, and the white sand soft. 

Getting from San Juan to Culebra is easy if you rent a car, and get to the Ceiba ferry or by taking an airplane through Vieques Air Link. Besides Flamenco, couples can explore other breathtaking beaches like Tamarindo Grande and Carlos Rosario beach. 

You can even take a day trip to the uninhabited Culebrita island, where it’s possible to snorkel with sea turtles. 

👉 Where to Stay: Instead of large resorts, you’ll find a variety of Culebra beach villas to choose from for your stay. Browse villas on Booking.com to find the perfect stay for you. 

El Yunque National Forest

Find romantic waterfalls and hidden viewing towers in this tropical rainforest

View of the Juan Diego Falls in El Yunque and some rocks around it

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 888-1880 | Website | Hours: 7:30 am – 6 pm daily | Entrance: $2 per car | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

If, instead of history, the outdoors are your thing, don’t miss a chance to stop at El Yunque National Rainforest. El Yunque is one of the popular attractions in Puerto Rico, because of everything it offers. 

If you packed your hiking gear for your Puerto Rico trip, then you’ll find great hiking trails at El Yunque. Try hiking the Mount Britton Trail with your partner and you’ll reach a viewing tower with one of the most romantic views of Puerto Rico. 

You can also bathe in the tide pools of the mesmerizing waterfalls of El Yunque. La Mina Trail and Juan Diego Trail will take you to some of the most popular waterfalls in the forest.

Your day trip to El Yunque National Forest should conclude with a visit to the nearby Luquillo beach and Luquillo Food Kiosks.

👉 Pro Tip: Always check the official forest service website before visiting. Some trails might be closed due to renovations or weather conditions. Remember to book your entrance ticket at recreation.gov.

Tres Palmas Nature Reserve

Surf, watch whales, and go snorkeling in this beach town

Aerial view of the Tres Palmas Nature Reserve

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Puerto Rico’s west coast offers some of the most romantic getaways for couples. The Tres Palmas Nature Reserve in Rincon is definitely one of the places you can’t miss. 

This nature reserve is home to Playa Escalera, where you can take long sunset walks with your significant other and challenge yourself to climb the concrete stair inside the water.

Tres Palmas is also a great spot for snorkeling, depending on the season you visit Puerto Rico. During Spring and Summer, when the waves are calmer, it’s possible to see a variety of marine life including coral reefs, yellowtail fish, spiny lobsters, and hawksbill turtles.

If you’re visiting in the winter, don’t miss other unique things to do in Rincon like the chance to go whale watching at Punta Higuera Lighthouse or surfing at the world-renowned Domes Beach.

Mosquito Bay

Admire the brightest bio bay of the world

Aerial view of Sun Bay Beach in Puerto Rico

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Vieques island hosts one of the most unique experiences for couples visiting Puerto Rico: the Mosquito bioluminescent bay. 

The glowing water promises to make any date magical and the darkness of the bay will make you feel like you’re both alone. If you’re not into water sports and kayaking, you can enjoy the view calmly with a boat tour.

If you’re staying in Vieques for a few days, you’ll also get to experience some of the best beaches in Vieques for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. One of the most romantic things to do in Vieques is to go horseback riding on Black Sand Beach.

Gilligan’s Island

Kayak to a mangrove island with shallow-turquoise waters

Aerial view of the Gilligan’s Island

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 821-4941 | Hours: 9 am – 5 pm, Closed on Mondays | Entrance: $9.59 per person, roundtrip | 👉 Book a Tour on Viator

Gilligan’s Island is one of the best Puerto Rico islands to visit. This cay is popular because of its clear shallow waters perfect for snorkeling or simply floating away. You can reach the island through a ferry or kayaking. 

There are a few picnic areas where you can enjoy lunch with your partner and soak in the sun. On one side of the island, you’ll also find a small beach-like area with coral reefs.

📚 Related Reading: Best Things to Do in Guanica

Los Morrillos Lighthouse

Marvel at one of the best views in Puerto Rico

The Los Morrillos Lighthouse near a cliff in Puerto Rico

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 851-1025 ext. 4700 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 5:30 Wed-Sun, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays | 👉 Book a Tour to Los Morrillos Lighthouse on Viator

If you want to create a memory that lasts for a lifetime, visit Los Morrillos Lighthouse on the western tip of Cabo Rojo. 

The lighthouse itself is simple and might not impress many people. But, what will make you feel like you’re at the top of the world is the amazing views from the cliffs the lighthouse is located on. 

It’s said Los Morrllos Lighthouse is located at the exact point where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea unite. It’s a great spot to declare your love, make a proposal or take couple photos. 

Just a short walk away, you’ll find the amazing Playa Sucia, one of the top tourist attractions in Cabo Rojo.

Toro Verde Adventure Park

Fly through the mountains and conquer the longest zipline in America

Two people zipling in Toro Verde Adventure Park

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 867-7100 | Website | Hours: 8 am – 5 pm Thurs-Tues, Closed Wednesday | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

For a romantic trip filled with adrenaline, stop at Toro Verde Adventure Park. Toro Verde is a park with multiple zip line circuits that go through the mountains of Puerto Rico.

Adventure enthusiasts can challenge each other to ride the longest zipline in America. “The monster” is 2.5km long. You can also book an adventure night to ride the ziplines under the unpolluted sky of Orocovis.

Cavernas del Rio Camuy National Park

Descend into the largest underground cave system in Puerto Rico

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 898-8508 | Hours: 8 am – 4 pm Wed-Fri, 8 am – 3 pm Sat-Sun, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays | Entrance: $18, adults, $13 under 12, Parking $4

The Cavernas del Rio Camuy National Park is one of the Puerto Rico tours that couples will love. Carved by the Camuy river, this park is the world’s third largest underground cave system.

While visiting this tourist attraction, couples can tour the Clara Cave and watch unique-looking stalactites and stalagmites. The highlight of your visit will be the Empalme sinkhole, through which the exterior light enters the cave making everything feel surreal.

👉 Pro Tip: Arrive at the park before the parking closes at 2:45 pm. You can only visit with sneakers or hiking boots like the Columbia Waterproof Amped Hiking Boots, as the floor inside the cave is slippery. Keep in mind the trolley isn’t functioning at the moment, so you’ll have to walk down to the cave.

La Placita de Santurce

Take over the dance floor in this partying spot in San Juan

View of the Santurce Market entrance and some vendors sitting to take a rest
(photo: Mark Zhu / Shutterstock)

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 307-1364 | Website | Hours: 24 hours | 

If you love crowds, salsa dancing, and delicious food, La Placita de Santurce is just what you need in your Puerto Rico itinerary. La Placita de Santurce is located in San Juan, and it’s one of the popular activities to do in Puerto Rico for party-loving couples.

La Placita de Santurce is a traditional market during the day, but after the dark, La Placita turns into a huge club with the best of local culture. Even if everything else in the bustling city of San Juan is closed, you’ll always find a lively atmosphere at La Placita.

📚 Continue Reading: Popular Things to Do in San Juan

Museo de Arte de Ponce

Immerse yourself in one of Puerto Rico’s top art collections

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 840-1510 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily, Closed Tuesdays | Entrance: $6 adults, $3 under 12 

Art lovers will find great art galleries and museums throughout Puerto Rico, but The Ponce Museum is the top for a romantic date, and one of the top things to do in Ponce.

This museum boasts an impressive collection of European and Puerto Rican art. Whether you like classic, modern or contemporary art, you’ll find it at this museum. Besides the art collection, the structure and gardens of the Ponce Art Museum are part of Puerto Rico’s architecture patrimony. 

Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve

Explore a nature reserve with beaches, a bio bay, and a lighthouse

View from Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve during a sunny morning

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 722-5882 | Website | Hours: 8 am – 4 pm daily, Closed Mondays | Entrance: $4 in Seven Seas Beach  | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

Another romantic destination worth adding to your weekend getaways is the Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. One of the main tourist attractions in Fajardo, this nature reserve is home to Laguna Grande, one of the bio bays in Puerto Rico. 

You can also explore at your own pace the  hidden beaches of Fajardo inside de reserve like Playa Colorá, Playa Escondida, and Playa Canalejo. 

Finca Vista Bella

Taste of cup of Puerto Rican wine in the hidden mountains of Utuado

A bottle of wine, a glass of wine, and grapes on top of a wine barrel

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 390-2178 | Website | Hours: 11 am – 5:00 pm Sat-Sun

Wine enthusiasts can add Finca Vista Bella to their list of things to do in Puerto Rico. This family-owned vineyard in Utuado offers visitors a wine tasting and special dining experience. 

The romantic atmosphere makes this place perfect for a date. Although it’s somewhat difficult to reach it, once you arrive at Finca Vista Bella, you won’t want to leave.

👉 Love Unique Experiences? Find other fun things to do in Utuado like the Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Center, Cueva del Arco, and coffee plantations. 

FAQs About Couples Travel to Puerto Rico

Is Puerto Rico fun for couples?

Puerto Rico is a fun destination for couples. The island boasts historical attractions worth visiting, like Viejo San Juan, La Fortaleza, Hotel El Convento, and El Morro. 

Where should I go on a date in Puerto Rico?

Some of the most popular Puerto Rico date spots are Old San Juan, the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay, and Flamenco Beach.

Does Puerto Rico have all-inclusive?

San Juan Puerto Rico has quite a few all-inclusive resorts, including the Marriott, Caribe Hilton, and Stellaris Casino. 

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Now that you know the top romantic things to do in Puerto Rico for couples, you can start planning your next vacation! If you’re curious about what else you can do, check out my post on fun activities to do in Puerto Rico

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  1. Hi Ms. Ramos. My name is Julio Rios. Me and my wife going to PR in Oct. She is cuban and I’m trying to take her to Las Cavernas de Camuy. If you can send me more information about how I can get tickets or if it’s open to the public in general. Also if you can send me more information in things to do. I don’t visit PR since 2011, I’m a tourist in my own country.

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