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63 Best Things to Do in Puerto Rico (By a Local)

So you’re planning to visit Puerto Rico and don’t want to miss out on all the best things to do in Puerto Rico?

I’m a Puerto Rico local – and I’m here to help! I’ve created this list of 63 unique activities, attractions, and stuff to do in Puerto Rico. We’ll cover the best of Puerto Rico’s history, nature, food, and warm welcoming culture.

Puerto Rico offers a lot so much to explore. But that means that, without the right source of information, you might miss out on some epic experiences! So be sure to read this list to the end. You should also bookmark all my Puerto Rico travel guides (I have over 50!).

Let’s dive into my local picks for what to do in Puerto Rico … 

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Best Things to Do in Puerto Rico

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San Felipe del Morro

Visit the most iconic landmark of Puerto Rico

View from San Felipe del Morro

📍 Map It: 501 Bulevar del Valle, San Juan, 00901 | Phone: (787) 729-6970 | Guide to Visiting El Morro | Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily | Entrance: $10, adults, Free under 15 

An iconic landmark of Puerto Rico located in Old San Juan, San Felipe del Morro (aka “El Morro”) is a Spanish military fort from the 16th century that protected Puerto Rico from sea attacks. The fort hides six floors of barracks, dungeons, a lighthouse, and an interior courtyard. It’s definitely one of the most popular things to do in San Juan!

Oh, and I wrote an entire guide to San Felipe del Morro to help you plan your visit to this popular attraction!

👉 Local Tip: After exploring El Morro, head over to El Morro’s esplanade and buy a kite from the kiosks there to spend the afternoon flying kites among the locals.

Old San Juan

Walk the streets of a historical city

View of colorful houses in the historic city of Old San Juan
Walking the streets of the historical city is a must!

📍 Map It: San Juan, 00901 | 👉 Browse Old San Juan Walking Tours 

Old San Juan is one of the best places to visit in Puerto Rico. The colorful colonial houses, the historical forts, the cobblestone streets, and Spanish-style buildings take visitors back in 500 years of history. Whether you choose to stay in Old San Juan or elsewhere in the city, wandering these streets is an experience not to be missed!

👉 Local Tip: History buffs and food lovers can spend weeks exploring San Juan. I especially recommend visiting Calle de la Fortaleza and Calle del Cristo for some of the best photos and places to eat in San Juan

Cueva Ventana

See the countryside of Arecibo from a cave window

View of a person in Cueva Ventana enjoying the overlooking view of the countryside
You can see the countryside from Cueva Ventana

📍 Map It: PR 10 Km. 75, 00612 | Phone: (787) 322-3554 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 4 pm daily | Entrance: $19, adults Free under 6 

You’ll find a lot of caves in Puerto Rico, but this is arguably the best of the bunch! Cueva Ventana, or Window Cave sports one of the most impressive views of the country. Located in Arecibo, this cave sits on top of a limestone cliff and its natural window opening gives visitors a bird’s eye point of view of the Puerto Rican countryside. It’s a moderate hike to get there.

👉 Local Tip: As of March 2022, Cueva Ventana is temporarily closed. Call ahead before visiting to check if they’re open again. Note that children under 3 years are not permitted to visit the cave. 

El Yunque National Rainforest

Hike in the only tropical rainforest in the United States

The author in a rocky river in El Yunque
Me in one of the rivers of El Yunque

📍 Map It: PR-9938, Río Grande, 00745  | Phone: (787) 888-1880 | Website | Hours: 8 am – 3 pm daily | Entrance: $2.00 per ticket for vehicle | 👉 Browse Viator´s Top El Yunque Rainforest Tours

If you’ve been to Old San Juan and you’re looking for other unique things to do in Puerto Rico, El Yunque National Forest is your best choice. El Yunque Rainforest is the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system of the United States. It offers nature lovers exciting hikes, a breathtaking view of the north coast, and multiple waterfalls, tide pools, and rivers to swim in.

El Yunque National Forest makes for one of the best day trips from San Juan. Some of the top Puerto Rico tours can take you there, or you rent a car using Discover Cars and visit independently.

👉Local Tip: Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, you have to book your entrance to El Yunque. Book your tickets with as much time as possible using this website. Tickets are not sold at the entrance.

Mosquito Bay

View of the glowing Bioluminescent Bay

📍 Map It: Vieques 00765 | 👉 Browse Viator´s Top Mosquito Bioluminescent Bay Tours

Puerto Rico hosts three bioluminescent bays around the island: La Parguera in Lajas, Mosquito Bay in Vieques island, and Laguna Grande in Fajardo. Mosquito Bay is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world, and even after Hurricane Maria, it mesmerizes visitors with its glow night after night!

👉 Local Tip: To get to Vieques you need to take a ferry from Puerto Rico’s main island. I highly recommend you book a hotel to spend the night in since there aren’t any overnight ferries. The Bravo Beach Hotel is just a few minutes away from the ferry terminal in Vieques island and you can catch the earliest ferry the next day back to Ceiba or Culebra. 

Los Morrillos Lighthouse 

Stand on top of the most impressive cliffs in Puerto Rico

View o the Los Morrillos Lighthouse on top of a cliff from afar

📍 Map It: WRM5+F4C, Rojo Cabo, Cabo Rojo | 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

Los Morrillos Lighthouse itself might not be an impressive lighthouse for many people but it deserves a visit for its beautiful location. It sits on top of a cliff in the southwest and it marks the union of the Caribbean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean in the Mona Passage. The lighthouse dates back to 1882, but it’s temporarily closed for remodeling.

👉 Want More Local Travel Tips? See my full list of things to know before visiting Puerto Rico!

Las Cavernas del Rio Camuy National Park

Discover an underworld of stalagmites and stalactites

View of the Rio Camuy Cave from the inside

📍 Map It: Carr. 129 K. 18.9, Quebrada, 00669 | Phone: (787) 898-1556 | Hours: 8 am – 3 pm Wed-Sun, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays | Entrance: $18, adults, $13 under 12 

If you’re visiting Puerto Rico, you can’t miss a tour through the Camuy Cave System, carved by the third largest underground river in the world. Covering three different cities, these limestone caves host impressive stalagmites and stalactites as well as picture-perfect sinkholes, that will captivate anyone looking for what to do in Puerto Rico.

T-Mobile District

Talk, dance, or eat in an open plaza with giant LED screens

View of the Coca-Cola event in T-District Mobile

📍 Map It: 250 Convention Blvd, San Juan, 00907 | Phone: (787) 936-2142 | Website | Hours: 12:00 pm – 11 pm Sun-Wed, 12:00pm – 12:00 am Tue-Sat | Entrance: Free 

The latest hot trend in Puerto Rico is the T-Mobile District in San Juan, a massive venue with a mission to bring people together. The space offers visitors exquisite Puerto Rican cuisine, modern concert halls, ziplining, a VIP cinema hall, and a big plaza with LED screens where people can socialize.

Piñones

Taste the best of street food in the fritter capital

Cars passing along Piñones in Puerto Rico

📍 Map It: F255+G2Q, Carolina, Loíza 00983 | 👉 Browse Viator’s Piñones Tours

If you’re a foodie looking for what to do in Puerto Rico, then Piñones is for you. This beachside neighborhood boasts dozens of food kiosks that sell the best of local cuisine in Puerto Rico like alcapurrias, bacalaitos, and mofongo. You’ll also find La Pocita nearby, where you can take a dip while you enjoy good food.

🍽️ Love Food? Enjoying the local gastronomy is a must-do in Puerto Rico. This San Juan Drive Around Lunch Tour will take you to some of the best eating spots in San Juan, Piñones, and Calle Loíza, so you won’t miss a single food experience.

Condado Lagoon

Kayak or paddleboard in a calm lagoon

A woman paddle boarding in Condado Lagoon
You might see manatees while paddleboarding in the lagoon!

📍 Map It: San Juan, 00910 | 👉 Browse Viator’s Kayak Tours on Condado Lagoon

There are hundreds of things to do in Condado, but practicing water sports in the Condado Lagoon is just what you need if you’re looking for adventure in the neighborhood. If you want an even more exciting tour, go kayaking at night with a LED kayak and enjoy San Juan’s night skyline.

👉 Need Helping Deciding Where to Stay? Check out my guide to the best places to stay in Puerto Rico. I break down all the best areas, cities, and neighborhoods to stay in, with hotel recommendations for each.

Gilligan’s Island

Kayak on a beautiful island with shallow waters

View of the clear water in Cayo Aurora and a wooden pathway

📍 Map It: W4VG+3PP, Guánica 00653 | Phone: (787) 821-4941 | Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Tues-Sat, Closed Mondays 

Gilligan’s Island is one of those paradises you see in travel magazines and one of the best things to do in Puerto Rico. Also known as Cayo Aurora, this beautiful island is located to the south of Guánica and you can reach it kayaking or by taking a private water taxi for $10. Gilligan’s island offers shallow clear waters where you can snorkel and see colorful fish.

Cueva del Indio

Admire one of the best Taino historical sites in Puerto Rico

Overlooking view of the blue water in Cueva del Indio

📍 Map It: F9R5+G8J, Arecibo, 00612 | Phone: (787) 733-2160 | Hours: 9:30 am – 5 pm daily | Parking: $5 

Cueva del Indio in Arecibo offers both a beautiful view of the beach and a historical gallery right by the sea. History lovers will enjoy the Taino petroglyphs carved on the walls of the cave hundreds of years ago along. Getting down to the cave can be a little tricky so wear shoes with a grip.

👉 Local Tip: There are multiple sites with petroglyphs from Taino in Puerto Rico. Book this exclusive private tour of the Taino Route to see three of them on a day trip! This tour includes three things to do in Puerto Rico: Cueva del Indio, Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Site and Cueva Ventana.

The Pork Highway

Taste the best of Puerto Rico’s roast pork

View of lechon being roasted in a charcoal

📍 Map It: Puerto Rico 184 km 33.2 Bo, Cidra 00739 

La Ruta del Lechón is a Guavate’s route with multiple restaurants that sell roast pork. You can also ask for fried pork chops, and “chicharrones”. Besides eating the best of local Puerto Rican food, you’ll get the chance to enjoy music, dance, and buy crafts from street vendors.

 👉Are you a Foodie?  Visiting the lechoneras in Guavate is one of the activities you must do in Puerto Rico, especially if you’re into food tours. This Lechonera hiking tour to infinity pool takes you both to the Lechoneras and to one of Puerto Rico’s natural infinity pools!

Pink Salt Lakes

Explore the most popular salt lakes on the island

View of the Pink Salt Lake in Cabo Rojo

📍 Map It: PR-301, Boquerón, Cabo Rojo 00622  | Phone: (787) 851-2999 | Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Fri-Sun | 👉 Book a Salt Flats Tour on Viator

If you’re already in the western part of the main island, make a quick stop at the Pink Salt Lakes in Cabo Rojo and snap a great picture of the pink salt lakes. Popular for their unique color, you can find the salt lakes inside the Cabo Rojo Wildlife Refuge. Keep in mind the pink color varies according to environmental factors.

👉Local Tip:  The viewing tower and the visitor’s center is open only during the weekends but you can visit on other days. Ditch this activity completely if it’s a rainy day.

Toro Verde Adventure Park

Ride the longest zipline in America

View of a woman riding on a zipline

📍 Map It: State Rte 155, Orocovis, 00720 | Phone: (787) 867-7100 | Website | Hours: 8 am – 5 pm Thurs-Sun, Closed Monday to Wednesday | 👉 Browse Viator’s Toro Verde Adventure Park Tours

One of the things adventure seekers must do in Puerto Rico is take a ride on the longest zipline on the whole American continent. You can find this zipline in the Toro Verde Adventure Park along with other attractions like climbing towers and zipline bicycles.

Beaches, Rivers & Waterfalls

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Flamenco Beach

Relax on this paradisiacal beach on Culebra island

View of the Flamenco Beach and the old tank by the shore

📍 Map It: Flamenco, Culebra, Puerto Rico, Culebra 00775 | 👉 Browse Viator’s Top Culebra Tours

Flamenco Beach is the most popular tourist attraction in Culebra. This paradise-looking beach allows you to relax in a picturesque landscape of white sand and turquoise waters, making it one of the top things to see in Puerto Rico.

📚 Bookmark for later: Don’t miss my local’s guide to the Best Day Trips from San Juan, Puerto Rico!

Playa Sucia

Escape to a beach hidden in a nature reserve

Aerial view of the Playa Sucia beach

📍 Map It: Cabo Rojo | 👉 Book a tour to Playa Sucia and Los Morrillos Lighthouse in Cabo Rojo

Playa Sucia is one of Puerto Rico’s most beautiful beaches. Also known as La Playuela, this beach in Cabo Rojo is exquisite for a getaway on the west side of the island. Although the road to the beach is bumpy and there aren’t any facilities, you will fall in love with the scenery.

👉 Local Tip:  Puerto Rico, like other destinations in the Caribbean, is suffering from a sargasso problem. The seaweed phenomenon can happen between March and September. The late fall and winter are safer seasons to avoid it and ensure clear beaches.

La Pared

Surf on a beach with high surf all year round

View of people enjoying in La Pared Beach
You can rent a surfboard and catch some waves at Luquillo

📍 Map It: Luquillo, 00773

La Pared Beach in Luquillo is every surfer’s dream and one of Puerto Rico’s surf spots. This beach has the ideal conditions for surfing all year around. Don’t worry if you couldn’t fit your surfboard in your suitcase, you can rent one right on the beach!

Mar Chiquita

Walk into a natural beach pool formed by rock formations

Aerial View of Mar Chiquita in Puerto Rico

📍 Map It: Tierras Nuevas Poniente, Manatí 00674  | 👉 Book a tour to Mar Chiquita

Mar Chiquita means “little sea” and it will become one of your favorite beaches in Puerto Rico. This beautiful natural pool is one of the top attractions in Manatí. It offers great scenery, soft golden sand, and blue turquoise waves that crash with big rock formations. Visit in the afternoon to enjoy the color spectacle that happens with the sunset.

Charco Azul

Hike to a natural pond in the forest

View of the Charco Azul pond in the middle of a forest

📍 Map It: PR-184, Patillas, 00723 | 👉 Suggested tour to Charco Azul

Charco Azul is a natural pond in Patillas where you can relax during the afternoon after eating in Guavate. It’s called Charco Azul because of its blue color and it’s only a 20-minute hike inside the Carite Forest. 

Oh, and if you’re a hiker, be sure to check out my local’s guide to the best hiking trails in Puerto Rico!

Steps Beach

Snorkel on a beach full of scenery and marine life

📍 Map It: PR-413 Rincon Puerto Rico 00677, Rincón 00602 l (787) 455-6614

If Sandy Beach in Rincón is too crowded for you, head over to Steps Beach. Steps Beach is part of the Tres Palmas Nature Reserve and it’s a top spot for snorkeling, so don’t forget to bring your beach gear. The Beach gets its name from the concrete steps on the shore, which you can climb to take a picture.

👉 Pro Tip: If you’ve never snorkeled before, I recommend using booking this Guided Coral Reef Snorkeling Tour. Tour guides will take you to the best spots so you can see the sea life and enjoy a safe experience.

Crash Boat Beach

Dive from the wooden dock on this famous beach

People in Crash Boat Beach and the clear blue sky over it

📍 Map It: Borinquen, Aguadilla | 👉 Browse Crash Boat Tours on Viator 

Crash Boat Beach enchants visitors every year with its bright blue waters and colorful wooden dock from where locals jump into the beach. Crash Boat is also famous for being a crowded beach with a cheerful atmosphere, watersports, music, and food kiosks where you can buy local food.

👉 Pro Tip: Parking in front of the beach is free but it gets crowded. You can choose to pay a fee for nearby parking areas or park on the street. Keep in mind bathrooms and other facilities might be closed during the low season. 

Seven Seas Beach

Swim on a beach within a beautiful nature reserve

The blue water and the clear blue sky in Seven Seas Beach

📍 Map It: Carretera. 195, km. 4.8 ½, PR-987, Fajardo, 00738 | Phone: (787) 863-8180 | Hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: $4 parking 

Seven Seas is so much more than a beach, it’s a paradise of trails, hidden natural pools, and historical sites which is why it’s one of the top things to do in Fajardo. Seven Seas Beach is located inside the Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve in Fajardo. Right in front of the beach, you will find spots for camping and trailers available for rent.

🛎️ Don’t Miss: If you’re visiting Fajardo, book a night at El Conquistador Resort and it will become one of your favorite vacation spots. You will enjoy El Coqui Waterpark, visit their private island, and enjoy a luxurious stay.

Coamo Hot Springs

Bath in the most popular thermal springs in Puerto Rico

📍 Map It: Carr 546 km1.2, Coamo, 00769 | Phone: (787) 825-6668 | Hours: 6 am – 9 pm daily  | Entrance: $3 | 👉 Browse Coamo Thermal Springs Tours on Viator

The only hot springs in Puerto Rico, the Coamo Thermal Springs offer a relaxing environment surrounded by nature. Coamo Thermal Springs feature different pools with different water temperatures filled with minerals so you can unravel. You can also get a massage at the location for a low price.

Las Pailas

Slide through a natural waterslide next to El Yunque

View of the Las Pailas river and trees from the background

📍 Map It: PR-983, Luquillo, 00773 | Hours: 8 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: $5 per car for parking + .50¢ per person to access the trail to the river

Luquillo is famous for its beautiful beaches, but if you’re in the city, don’t miss Las Pailas, one of the best Puerto Rico waterfalls you’ll find! Las Pailas is a natural waterslide created by the river running from El Yunque National Rainforest.

👉 Local Tip: If you’re afraid to try water sliding in Las Pailas on your own, I recommend booking this Rainforest and Luquillo Beach Adventure Tour. The tour guides will show you how to slide safely through the natural waterslides and you’ll visit Luquillo Beach too.

Culebrita

Snorkel side by side with the marine life of the east coast

View of a man trying out snorkeling in Culebrita

📍 Map It: Fraile, Culebra | 👉 Browse Viator’s Boat Tours to Culebrita

Snorkeling and diving in Culebrita is something you must do in Puerto Rico! Culebrita is an island that belongs to Culebra and it offers snorkeling and scuba diving fans the best beaches for swimming side by side with sea turtles and enjoying the colorful aquatic life on the east coast. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Puerto Rico!

📍 Did you know Puerto Rico is an archipelago with more than 100 islands, cays, and islets? Some of them you can visit through a boat tour like Cayo Santiago (Monkey Island), Cayo Aurora, Gilligan’s Island, Palomino, Caja de Muerto, and Icacos.

Food & Drinks

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🍴 Want to Taste Your Way Around Puerto Rico? Be sure to bookmark my list of 47 foods & dishes to try in Puerto Rico!

Casa Bacardí

Tour the largest rum distillery in the world

The Casa Bacardí from the outside
(photo: Irina Mos / shutterstock)

📍 Map It: PR-165, Cataño, 00949 | Phone: (787) 788-8400 | Website | Hours: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm daily | Entrance: $20-$75 depending on tour

Fans of a good drink need to make a stop at Casa Bacardí, the world’s largest premium rum distillery. You can take a rum tasting tour or a mixology class for a more interactive experience. If instead of touring the factory, you want to relax in the Bacardí surrounding with a good drink and snack, you can visit the Casa Bacardí Bar.

Heladería Lares

Refresh yourself with this unusually flavored ice cream

View of different ice cream flavors in an ice cream shop

📍 Map It: 10 Cll Vilella, Lares, 00669 | Phone: (787) 378-4288 | Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Mon-Fri, 9 am – 6 pm Sat-Sun 

One of the best ways to cool off the Caribbean heat is by eating ice cream in Heladería Lares. The ice cream shop in the small town of Lares is famous for its exotic ice cream flavors like rice and garlic. Although it’s off the beaten path, this ice cream shop deserves a visit on your entire trip.

Calle Loiza

Find international gastronomy in this San Juan street

View of a colorful shop in Calle Loiza

📍 Map It: C. Loiza,  San Juan | 👉 Book a tour through Calle Loíza food spots

Calle Loíza is a famous street where you’ll find art, bars, and a great number of restaurants. Travelers can choose between local food or international food like sushi, tacos, Korean bbq, and more. Most restaurants are open until late on weekends, making it a great spot for experiencing Puerto Rico’s nightlife.

Lote 23 Food Truck Park

Sample all the delicious food of this food truck park in San Juan

View of different food trucks in Santurce
Eat ‘til you drop at Lote 23

📍 Map It: 1552 PR-25, San Juan, 00909 | Phone: (787) 223-4984 | Website | Hours: 12 – 9 pm Tue-Sun, Closed Mondays

If you suddenly crave a night snack while you´re in your hotel in San Juan, head over to Lote 23 in Santurce. This food truck park is ideal to satisfy your night cravings and chill in a casual bohemian environment. You can even book a tasting tour through their website to enjoy the best of the food trucks.

👉 Local Tip: When you visit locations in Santurce at night, park in a bright place or pay for private parking instead if you aren’t familiar with the area.

Ron del Barrilito

Taste the oldest rum-making company in Puerto Rico

The author in front of an old sugar mill in Ron del Barrilito
Me in front of an old sugar mill in Ron El Barrilito

📍 Map It: Edmundo B Fernández Inc, PR-5, 00961 | Phone: (787) 415-8601 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 6 pm daily, Closed Sundays | Entrance: $45-$80 depending on the tour | 👉 Browse Ron del Barrilito Tours on Viator

Ron del Barrilito is not only a local artisanal and high-class rum, but it’s also the oldest rum in Puerto Rico. The Ron del Barrilito fabric in Bayamón was founded in 1880, and nowadays it produces quality rum through a specialized process that takes years of confection. You can visit their fabric to enjoy a drink, take a tour, or participate in a mixology class.

Luquillo Food Kiosks

Enjoy the best of gastronomy while looking at the sea

A line of different stores in Luquillo Food Kiosks

📍 Map It: 97J7+8P9, Luquillo, 00773

Nothing makes you more hungry than a beach day trip! That is why Luquillo’s Food Kiosks are perfect both for beach bummers and foodies. The Luquillo Food Kiosks are right in front of Luquillo Beach and they offer a variety of fritters, seafood, and traditional foods like mofongo. You can also find souvenir shops and bars in the long line of stores.

Puerto Rico Sites & Attractions

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Yauchromatic

Snap a picture in the most colorful neighborhood of Yauco

View of the author holding a flag in the colorful street of Yauco
Me in Yauco

📍 Map It: 29-37 Calle E Sanchez Lopez, Yauco, 00698 | Phone: (787) 429-7530 | Website 

Yauchromatic is a neighborhood of Yauco that became a public art space after Hurricane Maria. It features colorful houses and different murals that will bring a smile to your face. While visiting, make sure to take a picture holding the flag, and buy a “limber” from one of the houses on the hill.

Punta Tuna Wetlands Nature Reserve

Stroll calmly along a hidden beachside

Aerial view of Punta Tuna Wetlands Nature Reserve

📍 Map It: Km 4.2, PR-7760, Maunabo, 00707 | Phone: (939) 304-8765 | Hours: 8 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: Free 

While the east side of Puerto Rico might not be as popular as the west coast, if you’re looking for what to do in Puerto Rico without the constant touristic crowds, then you shouldn’t miss a visit to the Punta Tuna Nature Reserve in Maunabo. This nature reserve includes a beach and water wetlands. The highlight of the Punta Tuna Nature Reserve is a lighthouse built in the 1890s. 

Bahía Viva Cataño

Take your best photos in the picture-perfect spots of this boardwalk

View from the Bahía Viva Cataño

📍 Map It: Las Nereidas Ave, Cataño, 00962 

The beachfront boardwalk in the small town of Cataño is one of the cool places where you can hang out with friends and family at any hour. Known as Bahía Viva, the boardwalk sports food kiosks, a kids playground, wooden themed docks, and a fountain where kids play. What makes this boardwalk so popular is the multiple spots it features for taking pictures, with murals, sculptures, and El Morro as a background.

El Paseo de la Princesa

Stroll through a promenade with historical significance

View of the Raices Fountain under the clear blue sky in Puerto Rico

📍 Map It: 54 C. de la Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901 | 👉 Browse Viator’s Top San Juan’s Walking Tours

Walking along El Paseo La Princesa is one of San Juan’s top attractions. You will find food kiosks and local artisans as you stroll down this promenade. El Paseo features popular landmarks like the Raices Fountain, and the San Juan Gate, which is one of the original entrances to the fortified city.

La Cara del Indio

Stop at the roadside sculpture with an indigenous history

Taino Indian face carved on a rock in La Cara del Indio

📍 Map It: PR-2, Isabela 00662 

Isabela has some of the best Puerto Rico activities. One of the main attractions in Isabela is La Cara del Indio. This sculpture is carved in rock at the entrance of Isabela and it’s in honor of Cacique Mabodamaca, a Taino chief that lived in Puerto Rico and opposed the Spanish invasion.  

👉Local Tip: If you only have a day to explore the highlights of Puerto Rico’s northwest and west coast, I recommend taking this Full-Day West Puerto Rico Tour to see The Guajataca Tunnel, La Cara del Indio, the famous Crashboat Beach, and the city with the best sunsets, Rincón.

Guánica Sunflower Field

Walk in a colorful and dreamy field of sunflowers

Close up view of a sunflower in a sunflower fields

📍 Map It: PR-116, Guanica, Guánica 00653 | Phone: (939) 402-7967 | Hours: 10 am – 6 pm Fri-Sun | Entrance: $1.25

If you’re always hunting for mesmerizing spots, don’t miss the beautiful sunflower field in Finca El Girasol in Guánica. The field is perfect for photoshoots, strolling, or proposing to your loved one. Besides admiring them, you can also buy sunflowers.

👉Local Tip:  Before you visit the Finca El Girasol, call ahead or check their social media to see if the sunflowers have bloomed.

Parque de Bombas in Ponce

Enter the first firehouse in Puerto Rico

View of the ancient firehouse in Ponce

📍 Map It: Plaza las Delicias, Ponce, 00731 | Phone: (787) 840-1045 | Website | Hours: 8 am – 5 pm Tue-Fri, 9 am – 5 pm Sat-Sun, 8 am – 4:30 pm Mon | Entrance: Free | 👉 Browse Viator’s Ponce Walking Tours

Ponce is a bustling city limited by the Caribbean Sea with multiple famous landmarks. One of them is Parque de Bombas, the first fire station of Puerto Rico. The red and blag building stands out in the plaza and it’s one of Ponce’s top attractions.

Outdoor Activities in Puerto Rico

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Rio Bayamon Gulf Club

Practice your golf skills even as a beginner

📍 Map It: C. 24, Bayamón, 00959 | Phone: (787) 740-1419 | Website | Hours: 7 am – 10 pm daily, Closed Tuesdays | Entrance: $40-75 depending on the hour 

There are plenty of golf courses around Puerto Rico, but not all of them are budget-friendly or open to amateur golfers. The Rio Bayamón Golf Club offers a course of 18 holes and a Drive Range with 58 stations. It’s also open until late at night, in case you rather practice without the daylight’s heat and it makes it one of the popular things to do in Bayamón.

Vieques Wildlife Refuge

Explore all the hidden paths and trails of a unique wildlife refuge

Puerto Ferro Lighthouse in Vieques Wildlife Refuge
Visit the Puerto Ferro Lighthouse

📍 Map It: State Rd 997 km 3.2, Vieques, PR 00765 | Phone: (787) 741-2138 | Website | Hours: 7 am – 7:30 pm March-August, 7 am – 6:30 pm September- February

I already mentioned the Mosquito Bio Bay, but nature and outdoor fans can’t leave Vieques without exploring all the hidden gems of the Vieques Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to dozens of mesmerizing beaches, challenging trails, and diving destinations and it even has spots for fishing. Photographers should visit Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, where you can capture the best landscape on the island.

Antonio Neri Juarbe Airport

Go skydiving in an airport in Arecibo

View of the author and a man enjoying their skydiving experience

📍 Map It: Aeropuerto Antonio “Nery” Juarbe, Puerto Rico, Arecibo

Thrill-seekers looking for what to do in Puerto Rico can set the Antonio Neri Juarbe Airport in Arecibo as their destination, where they can skydive from a 14,000 or 10,000 feet altitude and free fall for 30-40 seconds. Both Puerto Rico Skydive and Xtreme Divers offer skydiving in this Arecibo Airport.

👉 Local Tip: Book your appointment before coming to Puerto Rico and call the day before to confirm it. Keep in mind that inappropriate weather might keep you from jumping.

Roca Norte

Climb a rock formation created by Hurricane Maria

View of the author being happy about her rock climbing experiencec
Conquer the different rock climbing routes

📍 Map It: 51 Calle, 6B Cll Monserrate, Vega Baja, 00693 | Phone: (939) 218-7887 | Website | Hours: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm daily | Entrance: $50-150 depending on tour

Rock climbing is another extreme sport you can do in Puerto Rico. Roca Norte is an outdoor gym where you can climb on rock walls formed by Hurricane Maria. You can choose to climb alone if you already know how to lead climb, clean anchors, or climb, or you can book a two-hour guided climbing.

Tanama River

Do water sports in a river that crosses through forests and caves

View of the author and her friend trying out tubing in Tanama River

📍 Map It: 76W9+FJF, Utuado 00641 | Phone: (787) 462-4121 | Website 

Lying on a tube while drifting calmly inside a cave is one of the unique things to do in Puerto Rico. In the Tanana River in Utuado you can enjoy cave tubing while a tour guide talks about the history and culture of Puerto Rico.

Cañón San Cristóbal

Go canyoning in the deepest canyon in Puerto Rico

View of a rock climber on a steep rock

📍 Map It: Cll H, Aibonito, Barranquitas 00705 

The San Cristobal Canyon in Barranquitas is a popular spot for adrenaline seekers. Once a dumping site, the San Cristobal Canyon is now an outdoor adventure park with hiking trails, walls where you can do rappelling, waterfalls, and rivers you can swim in. Past visitors have gotten lost in the area, so it’s better to visit with a tour or in groups.

Desecheo Underwater Caves

Go scuba diving into the waters of a forbidden island

Scuba divers in Desecheo Underwater Caves

📍 Map It: Desecheo, Mayaguez

Calling out all scuba divers! Desecheo Island offers a unique underwater world full of caves and marine life. Going into Desecheo itself is dangerous and forbidden because the island is full of live ammunition left behind by the United States Armed Forces, but, it’s safe to explore the surrounding waters. At the moment, only Taino Divers offer trips to the amazing area.

Humacao Nature Reserve

Bike or kayak in a breathtaking nature reserve

Overlooking view of the Humacao Nature Reserve

📍 Map It: Park Entrance Road, Punta Santiago, Humacao, Puerto Rico, 00791 | Phone: (787) 852-6058 | Hours: 9 am – 3:30 pm daily Sun-Thur, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Puerto Rico is home to dozens of nature reserves and you’ll find one of them in Humacao. The Humacao Nature Reserve goes by different names, but regardless it offers some fun things to do in Puerto Rico like kayaking, fishing, hiking, and cycling. The reserve hosts different ecosystems like a beach, a lagoon, and a forest perfect for relaxing for a day. 

Fun & Family-Friendly Things to Do

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Arroyo Surfing Park

Surf safely in this waterpark in Arroyo

📍 Map It: Carretera #3 Km 133.0, Arroyo, 00714 | Phone: (787) 455-1081 |  Hours: 10 am – 6 pm Tues-Sun, Closed Mondays (High Season), 10 am – 5 pm Sat-Sun (Low Season) | Entrance: $10, adults, $7 under 12

There aren’t many amusement parks in Puerto Rico, but instead, you’ll find plenty of waterparks where you can escape the heat and enjoy family quality time. The Arroyo Surfing Park is one of the best parks on the island, with waterslides, pools, and food kiosks, but the top attraction is the flow rider, where you can catch waves safely for an additional few bucks.

👉 Pro Tip: The Arroyo Surfing Park is open during specific seasons. They open usually from the spring break in April to October, with the high season being during the summer. Make sure to call ahead to see if they’re open and if the Flow Rider is in service.

Gran Parque del Norte

Discover 20 acres of tourist attractions along the beach

Palm trees and a small bridge in Gran Parque del Norte

📍 Map It: PR-119, Hatillo, 00659 | Phone: (787) 898-3840 |  Hours: 6 am – 6 pm daily | Entrance: Free

You can find other Puerto Rico outdoor activities in Hatillo. El Gran Parque del Norte is a beachside park that includes fun things to do in Puerto Rico, like a volleyball and basketball court, kayaking, bicycle rentals, and different spots to take pictures. Kids will love the small trolley that takes them on a ride around the park.

Carabalí Rainforest Park

Ride an ATV in the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system

View of a man riding an ATV in the mountain road

📍 Map It: Puerto Rico 992, Luquillo, 00773 | Phone: (787) 889-5820 | Website | Hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm daily

Located right next to El Yunque National Forest, Hacienda Carabalí offers visitors the exhilarating chance to ride ATVs around the foothills of El Yunque Tropical Rainforest. If you’re not a fan of ATVs, you can also take a horseback riding tour through the forest or nearby beautiful beaches.

👉 Need Help Planning Your Itinerary? Check out my complete itinerary for Puerto Rico. It’s pre-planned for you!

Plaza Las Americas

Shop in the largest mall in the Caribbean

View of car parked outside the Plaza Las Americas

📍 Map It: 525 Av. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, San Juan, 00918 | Phone: (787) 767-5202 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 9 pm Mon-Sat, 11 am – 7 pm Sundays

If shopping is your thing and you brought an extra suitcase, head over to Plaza Las Americas. The top shopping mall of Puerto Rico features brand stores, a movie theater, restaurants, bookstores, and more! You can also find occasional exhibitions, contests, and seasonal characters like Santa Clauss in the mall.

Guajataca Tunnel

Recreate history in an old railway tunnel in Quebradillas

Aerial view of the Guajataca Tunne

📍 Map It:  Av. Noel Estrada, Isabela, 00662 | Entrance: Free

The Guajataca Tunnel  is located between Quebradillas and Isabela. What was once the tracks of a railway is now a plaza for eating and buying local crafts. There’s even a free trolley that takes kids on a ride while recounting the story of the tunnel during the weekends.

Icacos Island

Take a catamaran to an uninhabited island

Aerial view of an isolated beach in Icacos

📍 Map It: Fajardo 00738 | 👉 Browse Viator Top Tours to Icacos

Vieques Island and Culebra Island are probably already on your list of what to do in Puerto Rico, but have you heard of Icacos Island? Icacos is one of the cays of Puerto Rico with shallow waters where you can snorkel or go scuba diving next to coral reefs. The cay is part of the Cordillera Keys Nature Reserve, and you can reach it through private catamaran tours.

Carolina Paintball Field

Play an airsoft game with your friends or family

View of an aiming paintball player

📍 Map It: Boulevard Joe E. Brown, Carolina, 00983 | Phone: (787) 531-9011 | Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Mon-Fri, 10 am – 5 pm Sat-Sun | Entrance: $22.25 for 3 hours

Kids and adults alike will love shooting their stress away in the Carolina PaintBall Field. They provide you both with the airgun and the safety equipment to have an exhilarating family day trip.

👉 Is it Safe to Visit Puerto? See my full guide to Puerto Rico safety for answers!

Museums & Culture

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Santurce

Enjoy the artsy and lively atmosphere of this San Juan neighborhood

View of a little girl in a street mural
One of the murals in Calle Cerra

📍 Map It: 809 Calle Cerra, San Juan, 00907 

Santurce is a neighborhood that mixes art, local culture, and good food. Visitors can spend days enjoying street art at Calle Cerra, Calle Loíza, and Avenida Fernandez Juncos, and dancing and eating with locals in La Placita de Santurce. Santurce also boasts multiple coffee shops, art galleries, bookstores, and themed restaurants.

👉 Do You Love Street Art? This Arte Boriken-Puerto Rican Urban Art Tour takes you to all the best murals and street art of Santurce. 

Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Center

Learn about the indigenous history in the largest Taino site in the Caribbean

View of a ceremonial park in Caguana

📍 Map It: Carr.111 Km. 12.4, Utuado, 00641 | Phone: (787) 894-7325 | Hours: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm daily | Entrance: $5.00, adults, $3.00 under 13

The Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Site in Utuado is an archaeological site with petroglyphs and ceremonial plazas that offers visitors a view of the pre-Columbian lifestyle of the Taino. It’s one of the best things to do in Utuado, and one of the unique things to do in Puerto Rico. 

San Germán

Explore the second oldest city of Puerto Rico

View of Porta Coeli Church from the oustide

📍 Map It: C. Felix Arce Lugo, San Germán, 00683

Outside of San Juan, you will find plenty of history in other Puerto Rico cities like San Germán, the second oldest city in Puerto Rico. Founded in 1573, the city hosts historical landmarks around the historic district including plazas, museums, and the iconic Porta Coeli Church that dates back to 1609. The city sports an overall neoclassical architecture and cobblestone streets.

Castillo Serrallés

Tour a real-life castle with a Japanese garden

View of the Castillo Serralles Mansion from the outside

📍 Map It: Sector El Vigia, P.º De La Cruceta, Ponce, 00730 | Phone: (787) 259-1775 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 4:30 pm Fri-Mon, Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays | Entrance: $15 

Once home to the Serrallés family, this Spanish-revival castle is now a museum, surrounded by other top Puerto Rico activities including a Japanese garden, a butterfly nursery, and Cruceta del Vigia, a 100 feet cross with a platform from which you can see the shore. It definitely makes our list of the best things to do in Ponce!

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

Contemplate contemporary art pieces from Latin America and Puerto Rico

View of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and some trees in it

📍 Map It: Av. Juan Ponce de León, Esquina Ave. Roberto H. Todd, Parada 18, San Juan, 00910 | Phone: (787) 977-4030 | Website | Hours: 11 am – 5 pm Fri-Sun, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays | Entrance: $5, free for seniors

The Contemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico is one of Puerto Rico activities for contemporary art fans. This unique museum founded in 1984 has a permanent collection that includes 1,200 art pieces from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico. You can also enjoy the familiar activities, movie nights, and special events they post frequently on their page

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

Enjoy art in a museum that’s both for adults and kids

View of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico from the outside and its beautiful mural
The first piece of the museum’s collection is the front mural

📍 Map It: 299 Avenida José de Diego, San Juan, 00909 | Phone: (787) 977- 6277 | Website | Hours: 11 am – 5 pm Thurs-Sun, Closed Monday to Wednesday | Entrance: $6.69, adults, $3.35 kids, Kids under 5 enter free

The Puerto Rico Art Museum in San Juan displays 24 exhibition galleries of art. The permanent exhibition, Puerto Rico Plural, groups more than 250 pieces from the 18th century to the present, including the mural on the facade of the museum made with Chinese ink. This museum also features an interactive art room and a garden perfect for visiting with kids.

Museo Las Américas

Explore a unique museum inside the Spanish military barracks

View of the Museo Las Américas from the outside

📍 Map It: C. Beneficencia, San Juan, 00926 | Phone: (787) 724-5052 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 4 pm Wed-Fri, 11 am – 4 pm Sat-Sun, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays | Entrance: $6, adults, $4 under 12

If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to include Museo Las Americas in your list of things to do in Puerto Rico. Once the Spaniard military barracks, with rooms, kitchens, and cells, this museum is now home to multiple art galleries with permanent collections about the American continent’s complex heritage. In the same building, you’ll also find coffee shops, restaurants, and shops.

Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis

Walk between historical tombs next to the Atlantic Ocean

View of an angel statue in Santa Maria de Pazzis Cemetery

📍 Map It: C. Cementerio, San Juan, 00926 | Phone: (787) 480-4617 | Hours: 7 am – 3 pm daily 

Visiting a graveyard is not exactly in your typical guide, but the Santa Maria de Pazzis cemetery could easily pass as a museum. This small graveyard is home to astonishing sculptures and a round chapel with a dome that dates back to the 19th century.

Museo de Arte Bayamón

Visit a museum with pieces from famous Puerto Rican artists

The Museo de Arte Bayamón from the outside in Puerto Rico

📍 Map It: 1500 Av. Ramón Luis Rivera, Bayamón, 00961 | Phone: (787) 269-4423 | Website | Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Tues-Sat, Closed Sundays and Mondays | Entrance: Free 

Puerto Rican art like everything else in our country is a mix of trends, cultures, and styles. The Art Museum of  Bayamón reflects exactly that through its collection. Although small, this museum holds temporary exhibitions, a hall with engravings, and another hall with the early start of Puerto Rican art.   

👉 Want More Museums? Check out my guide to the best museums in Puerto Rico.

FAQs About What To Do in Puerto Rico

The author taking a photo with a wings art wall in Puerto Rico

What are the top activities in Puerto Rico?

The top activities in Puerto Rico include walking around San Juan, visiting the beach, eating at chinchorros, shopping, visiting El Yunque National Forest, and kayaking in one of the three bioluminescent bays of the island.

Is it dangerous to go to Puerto Rico right now?

It is generally safe to visit Puerto Rico, although visitors should check the latest covid statistics, follow public health guidelines, and consider getting travel insurance to protect their trip if they’re visiting Puerto Rico.  

What do locals do for fun in Puerto Rico?

Locals from Puerto Rico go to San Juan, the shopping mall, the movie theater, or the beach for fun. Those who prefer the nightlife, visit bars or chinchorros. Places like La Placita de Santurce, Piñones, Calle Loíza, and Río Piedras are common night reunion spots.

Can you drink the water in Puerto Rico?

Tap water in Puerto Rico is potable and safe to drink. Water safety in Puerto Rico gets regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act created by the EPA. 

Should you tip in Puerto Rico?

Tipping is optional in Puerto Rico but it’s considered a courtesy in restaurants, hotels, or tours. Puerto Ricans tip frequently, even if it’s the minimum 15% percent. 

What months should I visit Puerto Rico?

The best time to visit Puerto Rico is generally between December and May to enjoy the activities to do in Puerto Rico after hurricane season and before the summer high season when prices are higher and attractions are crowded.

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👉 Want More Local Tips? Check out my guide to the best places to visit in Puerto Rico!

Now you know what to do in Puerto Rico! Those are the top natural wonders and fun activities that make up the top things to do in Puerto Rico. 

What was your favorite of all the things to do in Puerto Rico on this list? Let me know what vacation experience you are most excited about in the comments below!

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5 Comments

    1. Hi Nadiyah! I’m glad to hear that! If you need a little help with your trip’s organization, check out our Puerto Rico 7-day itinerary so you get an idea of how to cover the main attractions in just a week!

  1. Thank you! Really enjoyed reading your list and filled up the rest of my activities with it.

  2. Hi Vanessa, My family is heading to PR the first week of August. We’ll be staying in Carolina at a VRBO. Is it possible to hire a tour guide for the day to take us on day trips? If so, what is the going rate? We did this in Mexico and it was the best trip we ever had. Wondering if this is something we could do in PR.

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