Discover beautiful beaches, quaint villages, stunning scenery & much more
Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla Verde area is known for its hotel strip, beach bars and casinos. Its Old San Juan neighborhood features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and El Morro and La Fortaleza, massive, centuries-old fortresses. A popular vacation destination, the island is known for white-sand beaches and coral reefs, and common pastimes include snorkeling, diving, surfing, and sailing. Base yourself in San Juan and explore nearby Fajardo & Ponce, the El Yunque National Forest and the islands of Culebra & Vieques. Move over to the west coast and relax on the stunning coast at Cabo Roja & Rincon.
1. SAN JUAN
Fly in to San Juan, Puerto Rico's largest city and capital on the island's Atlantic coast. Its widest beach fronts the Isla Verde resort strip, known for its bars, nightclubs and casinos. Cobblestoned Old San Juan features colourful Spanish colonial buildings and 16th-century landmarks including El Morro and La Fortaleza, massive fortresses with sweeping ocean views, as well as the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade.
SLEEP AT CASA LOS CUMMINS
Casa Los Cummins is a restored seven-room Hispanic house built in early 1920 with a rooftop terrace and a shared kitchen on the ground floor. Enjoy your private terrace or share one of the intimate shared sitting areas. Make it yours by renting the entire house, or just one of the seven bedrooms.
SLEEP AT CASA WILSON GUEST HOUSE
Casa Wilson is a friendly, family run hotel for friends from near and far. They provide all the amenities of home with the convenience and accessibility of Condado Puerto Rico. Built in 1920’s and remodeled in 2019. The property has been transformed into a 13 room urban bungalow style guest house set amidst lush garden.
SLEEP AT DREAMS HOTEL MIRAMAR
The hotel has newly renovated rooms, which include a refrigerator, microwave, and a private bathroom. Dreams Miramar is close to Escambrón Beach, which has a Blue Flag certification, perfect for the enjoyment of children and adults. The hotel has complementary Wi-Fi and complementary shuttle to the cruise ports on Saturdays and Sundays.
SLEEP AT O:LIVE BOUTIQUE HOTEL
A luxurious boutique hotel inspired by the nectar from the Mediterranean, the olive tree, has opened its doors. The O:live Boutique Hotel presents an innovative, artistic and cultural hotel in the heart of Condado. The relaxed but luxurious hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ network
SLEEP AT THE DREAMCATCHER
The Dreamcatcher is San Juan’s only vegetarian hotel and is located in the pristine neighborhood of Ocean Park, only 200 steps from the beach. The Dreamcatcher offers 9 rooms and 3 suites, all decorated with in unique style of its own.
SLEEP AT TROPICA BEACH HOTEL
Trópica Beach Hotel invites you to take an immersive culinary and chic experience with funky/boho enriched design in harmony with exceptional service and some of the best eats Puerto Rico has to offer. Located in the heart of Condado, steps away from one of the most renowned beaches in the area, the Trópica experience is designed to treat all your senses. From the comfort of the sleek rooms and common areas to the unique culinary experience Chef Atisha Pascual brings to your table.
EAT AT CAFE EL PUNTO
Hidden gem in old San Juan. Authentic local food in a great location recommended by the locals.
The true uniqueness of Marmalade not only lies in the creativity and execution of the dishes, but in the pursuit of wellness through sustainable and non-modified foods. The food is a natural and creative blend of eclectic and nutritionally inspired ingredients. Each ingredient is part of a process and search to bring forth health, community and earth friendly ideology into the restaurant.
EAT AT OCEANO
Turn your ordinary nights into those of sultry excitement and luxury with Oceano. This modern mansion on the beach in the heart of San Juan, Puerto Rico delivers a state-of-the-art oceanfront dining experience.
EAT AT SANTAELLA
Rooted firmly in authentic dishes and local ingredients, Santaella creates an elegant evolution of the flavours that showcase the vibrant energy of the island's cocina criolla. Previously his catering workshop, Chef Santaella has transformed this historic building into an architecturally acclaimed space.
PLAY AT BORIKUA TOURS
Borikua Tours was founded by travel photographer, Robert Moreno a Puerto Rican native. Robert shares his extensive knowledge of the island on every exciting tour. At Borikua Tours you can experience everything from caves to bio luminescent bays.
PLAY AT DE TOUR CON ALI
De Tour Con Ali is a tour company that services mostly passengers that dock into the Port of San Juan. In the short time in Puerto Rico De Tour Con Ali will take you through all of her off the beaten path, non touristy sites. You will feel like a local by the time you are gone.
PLAY AT MBTION VIP EXPERIENCES
The combination of history, diverse culture, scenery, attractions, warm people and fascinating cities, makes Puerto Rico a world-class destination. At MBTION their sole ambition is to make your visit to this little piece of paradise an unforgettable one.
PLAY AT PRIVATE TOURS OF OLD SAN JUAN
Private Tours of Old San Juan bring to life the Old San Juan experience. Old San Juan is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and part of the National Register of Historic Places since 1966 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. Private Tours of San Juan offers private tours and food tours of San Juan. They will customize the tours according to your personal interest and physical condition.
PLAY AT SPOON FOOD TOURS
Taste your way through Puerto Rico with SPOON! Join their off the beaten path food tours and discover one of the best culinary and cultural destinations in the world. They craft immersive gastronomical experiences that are fun for everyone – couples, families, solo explorers, business travellers, or corporate groups.
2. CABO ROJO (173 KM FROM SAN JUAN)
Cabo Rojo (Red Cape) has some of the island's most stunning scenery and is relatively undiscovered by tourists. Cabo Rojo is the place to discover quaint towns, remote beaches, and historic lighthouses.
SLEEP AT BOHO BEACH CLUB
Boho Beach Club. Your home-away-from-home in Puerto Rico’s west coast. With local grub, a bustling nightlife, and idyllic beaches just a short walk away, the hotel is a great place to relax and unwind.
3. CULEBRA ISLAND (111 KM FROM SAN JUAN)
Culebra is a small, sparsely populated island and surrounding group of cays off the east coast of Puerto Rico. In the northwest, Flamenco Beach is a long crescent of white sand and turquoise water backed by tree-covered hills. Nearby Tamarindo Beach offers clear waters full of fish, sea turtles and rays. In the southwest, Punta Melones beach is known as a viewpoint for dramatic sunsets.
4. EL YUNQUE NATIONAL FOREST (47 KM FROM SAN JUAN)
El Yunque National Forest is a tropical rainforest in northeastern Puerto Rico. From El Portal Visitor Center, a walkway winds through the surrounding treetops. Trails run to La Mina waterfall and Mount Britton, then up to the high-altitude dwarf forest. In the south are ancient petroglyphs, made by the area’s indigenous Taíno people.
5. FAJARDO (59 KM FROM SAN JUAN)
Fajardo is a region in eastern Puerto Rico, encompassing the city of Fajardo and Puerto Del Rey marina. The area is known as a water sports hub. Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve includes the bioluminescent Laguna Grande and a colonial-era lighthouse. Sailboats dot the wide bay of Seven Seas Beach. Offshore waters are home to dolphins, turtles and manatees.
6. PONCE (117 KM FROM SAN JUAN)
Ponce is a large city on Puerto Rico’s southern coast. Its well-preserved old town features grand mansions built in the unique Ponce Creole architectural style, such as the Centro Cultural de Ponce Carmen Solá de Pereira. Nearby, the Museo de Arte de Ponce is famed for its huge European and Puerto Rican art collections. South, the seafront boardwalk of Paseo Tablado La Guancha is lined with restaurants and bars.
7. RINCON (148 KM FROM SAN JUAN)
Rincón is a town on Puerto Rico’s west coast, known for its beaches. Punta Higuero Lighthouse overlooks Domes Beach, with its pounding surf. Central Sandy Beach is lively. Steps Beach is the site of Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, home to parrotfish and hawksbill turtles. South along the coast are quiet Caribbean beaches like Corcega. Offshore, coral reefs surround tiny Desecheo Island.
SLEEP AT COCONUT PALMS INN
This beach-front guest house offers a terrace with BBQ, stunning views of the ocean and free Wi-Fi throughout. It is located in the Playa Rincón Beach and 5 minutes’ drive from Rincón city center. The rooms, studios and apartment feature contemporary décor, air conditioning, cable TV and coffee maker. All have a private bathroom offering shower.
SLEEP AT RINCON BEACH RESORT
Escape from the stress of everyday life in the relaxing waters and spectacular sunsets of the Caribbean Sea when you stay at Rincon Beach Resort. Uniquely located in Almirante Beach, you will discover one of the most intimate and serene oceanfront resorts in Anasco, Puerto Rico. Perfect for a quiet getaway or family vacation, this popular vacation spot is home to some of the world’s best beaches and surfing areas.
SLEEP AT VILLA COFRESI HOTEL
Villa Cofresi is located right on the gorgeous Rincón Beach. Experience a complete vacation with exquisite restaurant, bar by the sea, beautiful rooms, breathtaking views and the most spectacular sunsets. Here at Villa Cofresi, the sunset is celebrated every day. When you arrive in the lobby, you feel you are coming into the living room of a friend’s house with the ocean at your feet.
8. VIEQUES ISLAND (95 KM FROM SAN JUAN)
Vieques is a Caribbean island off Puerto Rico's eastern coast. It's known for boat tours of Bioluminescent Bay (or Mosquito Bay), where microorganisms give the water a blue-green glow. It also offers secluded beaches and snorkeling. Wild horses roam the countryside, much of which is preserved as the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.
PLAY AT CRYSTAL CLEAR
Commitment is the first step towards adventure. One/two hours of snorkelling at the best site in Vieques, private snorkel or mermaid classes or hire a mermaid!
PLAY AT SALTY SPIRIT
Born and raised on the island of Vieques. Salty Spirit is a 100% local company dedicated to show the natural wonders of their beautiful island.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: The best time to visit Puerto Rico is from mid-April to June, right after the busy winter season and just before the rainy summer. Spring weather is also very pleasant
VISA: Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Puerto Rico entry visa is not required for citizens of United States of America.
CURRENCY: US Dollar
SAFETY: Puerto Rico is considered relatively safe, especially in a few key areas. Though some neighborhoods pose more of a safety risk than others, the biggest concern of all is theft, such as pickpocketing or carjacking. Pickpockets are particularly common in touristy areas and on public transportation.
LANGUAGE: English and Spanish are the two most widely spoken languages in Puerto Rico.