Whether young in years or young at heart, Puerto Rico has a wide array of things to do to suit any type of tourist. For the adventurous, there is caving in Rio Camuy Caves on the eastern part of the island, kayaking on Bioluminescent Bay on the island of Vieques and scuba diving in the warm waters of the Caribbean sea. For the active, there is golf and tennis, horseback riding, snorkeling and sailing. For those who wish to soak in Puerto Rico’s more cosmopolitan side, there are museums galore, casinos and excellent dining and shopping opportunities. Whatever your passion, you’re sure to find it in Puerto Rico.
On Land :
One of the most popular land bound activities in Puerto Rico is hiking in The Caribbean National Forest (El Yunque) with its acres of virgin rain forest. Miles of well-maintained trails ranging in difficulty snake through tall trees, verdant tropical plants and waterfalls. Trails are marked with informative signs about the area’s flora and fauna or you can take a guided tour with a park ranger. Another option for exploring the land is caving on the Rio Camuy Cave System. Tours range from easily accessible paved pathways through large chambers to rapelling and spelunking through dark narrow caves. Other landlubber activities include golf, tennis and horseback riding.
In the Water :
Just off the beach, Puerto Rico offers many water sports. The beaches on the east coast of Puerto Rico near Rincon are world renonwn for their surfing with waves often reaching over 20 feet high. Other popular off shore sports include wind surfing, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving. The islands surrounding Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra to the east and Mona Island to the west, offer untouched reefs teaming with large schools of colorful fish, coral and other sea creatures. Kayak tours are another popular way to tour the reef systems, mangrove swamps and bays surrounding the islands. One of the most popular trips is a night kayak tour of Bio Bay where miniscule sea creatures cause the waters to light up when disturbed.
Arts & Entertainment:
San Juan is a haven for museums, cultural activities and nightlife. The old town is brimming with museums of all kinds from an interactive children’s museum to modern art. At night Old San Juan is alive and vibrant. The cobblestone streets are lined with outdoor cafes and nightclubs begin to jump. Nearby, in Isla Verde, the casinos offer a taste of Vegas with a Caribbean flair.
On the south side of the island, Ponce offers a wide array of museums and art galleries.