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Top 10 Things to Do in Puerto Rico

Guest Post by Vanessa Ramos

Puerto Rico is a small archipelago located in the Caribbean. The country offers experiences, cuisine, and landscapes even for the most demanding visitors.

Puerto Rico was once ruled by the Spanish empire. Later, during the Spanish-American War, the United States acquired it as a territory.

Nowadays, Puerto Rico’s culture and lifestyle is the result of a mix between the Taíno, Spaniards, Black, and Americans. Everything in the country is as diverse as its history, making it a must-visit tourist destination.

Yet, as you Google our location, you might wonder, what you could possibly do in such a small and remote country? We got you covered!

Get your paper and pen ready, because here are the top 10 things to do in Puerto Rico.

Top 10 Things to Do In Puerto Rico

Old San Juan

Walk in Old San Juan, San Juan

Walking in Old San Juan is undoubtedly the top thing to do in Puerto Rico. Most structures date back to the Spanish colonial era. El Morro is Old San Juan’s main attraction.

The Spaniards used this fort to defend the city from sea attacks. In addition, Old San Juan has hundreds of places to enjoy Puerto Rican cuisine.

El Yunque

El Yunque, Río Grande

El Yunque is Puerto Rico’s tropical rainforest. It covers 29,000 acres of land and it is home to thousands of species. Currently, it rains an average of 120 inches per year.

The forest’s main attractions include hiking trails, waterfalls, ponds, and lagoons. Moreover, during your visit, you can learn about Puerto Rico’s endemic species.

While you are in El Yunque, you can visit the Yokahú Tower. The view at its top will take your breath away.


Los Morillo’s Lighthouse, Cabo Rojo

A visit to Los Morillo’s Lighthouse in Cabo Rojo is one of the top things to do in Puerto Rico not only for the site’s historical value but for the beautiful landscapes that surround it.

It was finished in 1882 and people lived in it until 1967.

On the other hand, Cabo Rojo is popular for its sunsets. When you visit Puerto Rico, a weekend in Cabo Rojo is something you will not want to miss.

Bioluminescent Bays in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is home to 3 stunning bioluminescent bays. Indeed, the bioluminescent phenomenon is something you can find in hundreds of places around the world.

However, in Puerto Rico, the temperature, deepness, chemical composition, and the presence of microorganisms in the water make it glow notoriously in three different places. These are La Parguera in Lajas, Laguna Grande in Fajardo and Mosquito Bay in Vieques.

In fact, Mosquito Bay was recognized in 2006 as the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world by the Guinness World Records.

Flags Route

Follow the Route of the Flags: 78 pueblos y 1 Bandera

Back in 2016, Hector Collazo started painting Puerto Rico’s flag in every municipality on the island. The artist quickly became popular for his murals that gave new life to abandoned spaces.

Although some of his murals were lost during Hurricane Maria, the artist has painted 65 flags already around the island.

The flag’s murals in Cidra, Guayanilla, Ponce, Luquillo, and Guanica are some of the most popular among them.

Flamenco Beach

Visit Playa Flamenco, Culebra

Flamenco is a beach from Culebra, Puerto Rico. This beach is continuously featured in travel magazines as one of the best beaches in the world.

With its crystalline and calm waters, Flamenco Beach is ideal for snorkeling and swimming. While you are there, don’t forget to take a picture in The Tank.

Piñones Food

Eat Traditional Food in Piñones, Loíza

Food is an important part of every journey! And if you are one of those people who needs to taste every country’s traditional food, then you can’t miss Piñones. Piñones is a community located between the ocean drive from Carolina to Loíza.

In Piñones you can taste the traditional Puerto Rican street food. Moreover, you can dip into the famous “La Pocita” as you drink your Piña Colada. 

Cueva Ventana

Cueva Ventana, Arecibo

Cueva Ventana is surely one of your top things to do in Puerto Rico. Aside from stalagmites and stalactites, you will see authentic Taíno petroglyphs inside it.

The cave is called Cueva Ventana because of the natural opening at the end of it. This opening offers a splendid view of the valley below and the Arecibo river.

As if you need anything else to complete the experience, the cave is home to a large population of bats that will fly around occasionally as you make your way through the dark.

View over city of Ponce

Serrallés Castle, Ponce

Castillo Serrallés is a historical museum located in Ponce. It was built in 1930 by the Serrallés family, creators of the Puerto Rican rum DonQ. The castle structure follows the Spanish-revival style and it has a courtyard.

Moreover, some of its main attractions include a Japanese garden and a butterfly nursery.  On the same hill,  you will find La Cruceta del Vigía, a popular landmark in Ponce. This tower is 100 feet tall and it offers a panoramic view of the city and the Caribbean Sea.

Festivals in Puerto Rico

Enjoy a Local Festival

Puerto Rico hosts dozens of festivals all around the year. One of the most popular is “Las Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián”. This festival is hosted on the third weekend of January and is considered the official ending of Christmas. 

Other popular festivals are Festival de la Novilla in San Sebastian, La Noche de San Juan, and La Fiesta de Los Reyes Magos. Festivals in Puerto Rico are full of music, food, and local crafts you can take home as a souvenir.

Final Thoughts

By now, you probably are more enthusiastic about your journey. Yet, the truth is Puerto Rico offers so many experiences for its visitors, that it is almost impossible to pick the top things to do in it.

However, this list doesn’t have to end here. If you continue to investigate, you will find all kinds of activities to do.

In fact, from north to south and east to west, the country’s historic sites, natural landscapes, and friendly people will make you wish you could stay forever.

Tell me, what experience are you looking forward to?

About the Author

Vanessa Ramos

Vanessa Ramos is a blogger and content creator. She’s the writer of Existence as I Know It and the developer of The Dreamer´s Life Digital Planner.

She uses her experience in career growth and self-education to motivate people to improve their lives while she travels the world. You can find her on Instagram and Pinterest.

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