Puerto Rico Tourism Guide

If you’ve been looking for some ideas as to where to plan your next vacation, use this Puerto Rico tourism guide to help make up your mind. Most people aren’t aware, but Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, so you don’t even need a passport to visit. Located in the waters where the Caribbean and the Atlantic meet, this little island offers travelers everything from rainforests and beaches to caves and cafes.

  1. Old San Juan This historic district in Puerto Rico was founded by Juan Ponce de Leon. The city is surrounded by walls that were erected in the 16th century when the Spanish first used the area as a military fort. Old San Juan boasts over 400 restored buildings from the Spanish colonial era. La Fortaleza, completed in 1540, was once a fortress and is now used as the governor’s home. Iglesia de San Jose is a church that was built in 1523 and served as the house of worship for descendants of Ponce de Leon. Old San Juan also offers an abundance of shops, restaurants, museums and outside cafes.

  2. Rio Camuy Caves Park This 268-acre park is home to the world’s third largest cave system. The park offers well maintained trails that snake through lush green vegetation. Open air trolleys will take you down to the caves through a 200-foot deep hole. Once in the caves, you will be treated to amazing views of stalactites and stalagmites, ancient limestone carvings, and enormous caverns and chambers. Other areas of the cave system allow access to views of the Camuy River.

  3. El Yunque National Forest The only rainforest in the United States National Forest system, El Yunque is home to over 240 species of plants and trees, as well as the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot. There are a handful of trails that twist throughout the rainforest, offering different levels of hiking difficulty. La Coca Falls and La Mina Falls are excellent photo opportunities and you can also find breathtaking views from the top of two towers within the forest system.

  4. Mosquito Bay Also known as Puerto Mosquito, Mosquito Bay is one of the brightest bioluminescent bays in the world and one of Puerto Rico’s more popular attractions. The water in the bay is filled with millions of micro-organisms called dinoflagellates. These organisms emit a light when disturbed, causing the waters to glow blue. The best time to experience the bay is at night, preferably with no moon in the sky. There are tour guides that offer different packages to experience the light show. You can kayak, take a boat ride, and even swim in the luminescent bay.

  5. El Morro Completed in 1539, El Morro is a fort that was designed to protect the city of San Juan from attacks by sea. Registered as a World Heritage site, El Morro is open to the public. For three dollars, you can explore sentry boxes, prison cells, and store rooms, and enjoy a view of the city or the Atlantic Ocean from the top of the fort. There aren’t any concessions, so bring something to drink, as it can get pretty hot walking around in the sun all day.

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