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5 Things to Do in Puerto Rico

From castles and coffee tastings to hiking and nighttime kayaking, Puerto Rico stands ready to share its history and sense of adventure.

From castles and coffee tastings to nighttime kayaking and hiking at the only subtropical rainforest in the United States Forest System, Puerto Rico stands ready to share its rich history and warm sense of adventure.

San Juan National Historic Site

San Juan National Historic Site

1. San Juan National Historic Site

Navigate tunnels, dungeons, and the famous garitas at the impressive fortifications of this much-photographed world-class attraction. The site incorporates the very popular Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the 27-acre Castillo de San Cristobal, the lesser-known Fort San Juan de la Cruz (El Canuelo), and the city wall which can be viewed up close by taking a walk along the Paseo de la Princesa or Paseo del Morro.

Old San Juan

Old San Juan

1. Old San Juan

Surrounded by stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and San Juan Bay, this oldest settlement in Puerto Rico is known for its rich history and centuries-old forts as well as its festive atmosphere and vibrant nightlife. At the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean, you can take a relaxing stroll along the cobblestone streets of the seven-block historic district, attend one of the many cultural events of this authentic community, or enjoy the energetic evening atmosphere featuring over 200 entertainment options.

Plaza de la Rogativa

Plaza de la Rogativa

3. Bioluminescent Bay

Teeming with a high concentration of microscopic dinoflagellate organisms that burst into blue light when agitated, Mosquito Bay is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. This fascinating natural phenomenon is best experienced on a dark night during a new moon phase when visitors often arrive by boats guided by local tour companies.

El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest

4. El Yunque National Forest

A variety of jungle-like flora and fauna are often shrouded in fog at the top of this subtropical rainforest which lies on the windward side of the El Yunque Mountains. Drive to the top of the winding road then continue hiking for enchanting sights and sounds of waterfalls, the mysterious 'elfin' forest, serenading tree frogs, and perhaps even the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot.

Flamenco Beach

Flamenco Beach

5. Flamenco Beach

Approximately 20 miles off the main coast of Puerto Rico on the outlying island of Culebra, Playa Flamenco is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Directly accessible via ferry or plane, the soft white sand and turquoise waters of this popular destination offer opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, diving, camping, and more.

For additional information about Puerto Rico, visit:

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