Puerto Rico Things to Do

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Puerto Rico Things to Do

  • Old San Juan

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San Juan Things to Do

    Sightseeing in Old San Juan, just walking around, is one of the best activities while in Puerto Rico. Just wander the streets, peek into the church, some of the many cafes and bars and restaurants, and just be enchanted by the old city. It is reminiscent of pirate days when Old San Juan was the heart of the Caribbean and Spanish Empire. The whole...

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  • El Yunque/Caribbean Rain Forest

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Puerto Rico Things to Do

    El Yunque is Puerto Rico's premier eco-tourism location is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest system! El Yunque has been a Federal Forest Reserve for over a century – they celebrated thier centennial in 2003. The rain forest encompasses 28,000 acres of land, making it the largest block of public land in Puerto Rico. El Toro,...

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  • Bacardi Factory

    San Juan Things to Do

    Ntot a lot of excitement to the tour. The basic tour (as of April/2015) was $12 admission, which includes a large, plastic Bacardi cup, a token for a complimentary drink, and a boring pamphlet. The basic tour gives you basic history of the company, the founder, and his family. The gift shop is rather expensive. I didn't dislike the tour, just...

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  • Beaches

    Puerto Rico Things to Do

    When you go to La Parguera it is a must to rent a boat for the day. The rates run you $20-35 an hr. There are tons of mangrove keys in the bay to explore. The locals anchor their boats at the keys and party all day. The snorkeling is really enjoyable around the mangroves. Be careful driving your boat because there is a lot of wild life like sea...

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  • El Morro

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San Juan Things to Do

    The views of San Juan Bay from El Morro are spectacular. The area was designated a National Historic Site in February 1949 with 74 total acres. It's the largest fortification in the Caribbean and rises 140 feet above the sea with 18 foot thick walls which proved to be a very important defense. The fort is a maze of tunnels, dungeons, barracks,...

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  • Old San Juan

    3 out of 5 stars

    Puerto Rico Things to Do

    Old San Jaun has over 500 years of history, beautiful colonial architecture liberally splashed with tropical colors, and a timeless magic that makes it one of the most enchanting destinations in the Caribbean. We spent a few hours just walking around the walled city, stopping in shops, restaurants and cafes.

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  • Beach

    San Juan Things to Do

    This area is east of the Condado, en route to the airport..AND IT IS CONSIDERED AMONG THE BEST BEACHES IN Puerto Rico and we were fortunate to have it right across our Marriott Hotel! There are lots of luxury condos and apartments, and even the glitzy Ritz is located here which we also took advantage of. Restaurants are aplenty, and mostly the...

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  • Water Sports & Activities

    Puerto Rico Things to Do

    We traveled to Puerto Rico during a time with lots of rough, windy weather and unfortunately our first plans were cancelled because of rough seas. The only trip East Island Excursions was running was the Icacos Beach and Snorkel trip. They had open spots on the boat that morning and we had our minds set on spending the day in the water so we...

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  • San Cristobal Fort

    San Juan Things to Do

    Along with El Morro, San Cristóbal Fort ('Castillo de San Cristóbal') was the city's defense. The largest defenses ever built in the Americas, it rose 150 feet covering 27 acres of land. The size and height along with its design was no match for the enemies of the island. Considered a strategic masterpiece, it features five independent units,...

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  • Bacardi Rum Factory

    Puerto Rico Things to Do

    Enjoyed the Bacardi Factory :10 outside of Old San Juan and the airport. This is a run down of the tour we took: When we got to the Bacardi gate, we said we wanted to take the tour and the guard gave us a parking pass for the dashboard (it has rum drink recipes on the back!). After parking, we walked into an open-air area — with a huge bar, chairs...

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  • Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San Juan Things to Do

    Originally built in the 1520's of wooden walls and a thatched roof this beautiful cathedral was then destroyed by a hurricane in 1529. It was rebuilt in 1540 and then again damaged by another hurricane in 1615. The Cathedral is said to be an authentic and rare New World example of medieval architecture. It's quite beautiful and contains the...

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  • Rio Camuy Caves

    4 out of 5 stars

    Puerto Rico Things to Do

    The Caves of Camuy are the 3rd largest in the world. $15 per person. There is a tour guide, but they provide an audio tour (English & Spanish). The audio tour is excellent! It is educational and has great music. I'm big on caves, so I'd totally recommend coming here. Get there early, if you plan to come after 11am, then you might as well not. The...

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  • El Yungue Rainforest

    San Juan Things to Do

    Hiking through El Yunque is fantastic. We hike to a little off the beaten path swimming hole with small waterfall whenever we go. Water is freezing cold, really refreshing during daytime heat. La Mina falls is ofcourse the best known, fairly easy to get to, but there are others. Explore a little. El Yunque is a national treasure, and please leave...

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  • Castillo San Felipe del Morro

    Puerto Rico Things to Do

    El Morro (“The Promontory”) is perhaps the most famous historic structure in Puerto Rico. Begun in 1539, the mighty fortress was built on a narrow point overlooking the San Juan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It would prove a formidable stronghold, successfully repelling every naval attack on the city. In fact, El Morro fell only once, in 1598, to a...

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  • Plaza de Colon

    San Juan Things to Do

    Around Old San Juan you'll find several tributes to Christopher Columbus who is credited with the island's "discovery" in 1493. This particularly lovely fountain and monument can be found in Plaza de Colon bounded by Calle Fortaleza and San Francisco Street. Originally named St. James Square, the square was given its present name in 1893 when the...

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  • Arecibo Observatory

    4 out of 5 stars

    Puerto Rico Things to Do

    The Observatory in Arecibo should be one of the wonders of the world. The size is unbelievable! It costs $10 per person. They have a 2 story museum and the radio telescope outside viewing platform. There are Spanish and English presentations about the telescope. My favorite fact is about the kind of shoes they must wear to clean up the reflector....

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  • Paseo de la Princesa

    San Juan Things to Do

    The Paseo de la Princesa is a really nice walk in Old San Juan, between the bay of San Juan and the old city wall. There are lots of other landmarks along the walk, like La Rogativa, the Raices Fountain, and the San Juan Gate. The gate is really interesting because you can see how thick the city walls really are. A lot of different festivals and...

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  • Historical Sites

    Puerto Rico Things to Do

    This is one of the historical sites of Puerto Rico. It is adjacent to the El Morro. When you go to San Juan, make sure to see these two historical sites first before you head to the shopping area in old San Juan. Both historical sites are very huge in area (it is farther than I thought to walk) and because of lack of time, I was not able to...

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  • El Capitolio

    San Juan Things to Do

    The Capitolio is Puerto Rico's Capitol building and is home to Puerto Rico's lawmakers. This impressive building was built on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The building houses both the Senate and the House of Representatives. All members of the house hold offices here in the annexed building to the Capitolio. The beautiful Rotunda...

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  • Capilla Del Cristo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Puerto Rico Things to Do

    This old church was built centuries ago. The legend behind it is that a young man on horseback plunged over the cliff that this church is located on. During his descent he prayed to one of the Catholic saints to spare his life. Legend has it that he survived and the horse died. The church was built to commemorate this spectacular event. The church...

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  • Cemetary

    San Juan Things to Do

    I visited the Old San Juan cemetary Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis with my students a couple of years back. It was amazing because I asked the tour guide to give us a walking tour of Old San Juan and asked her to take us there. She called and had a local guide who knew historical information about the cemetary meet us there and walk us through the...

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  • Plaza del Quinto Centenario

    San Juan Things to Do

    Right next to the Cuartel de Ballaja (the former Spanish barracks, the most massive building in all of Old San Juan), you'll find the Plaza del Quinto Centenario. This plaza was inaugurated on October 12, 1992, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's discovery of Puerto Rico in 1493. Unlike its predecessor (Plaza de Colon),...

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  • La Fortaleza

    4 out of 5 stars

    San Juan Things to Do

    La Fortaleza is the Governor's mansion. It's located in the western section of Old San Juan at the end of Fortaleza Street. The mansion also faces the bay. The Fortaleza is the home of several governors since the Spanish and American colonial rule. It's a beautiful mansion which was originally built as a fortress in 1540 and has gone through...

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  • Camuy Caves

    San Juan Things to Do

    Jason and I planned to hit the caves only because they were so close to the Arecibo Observatory. I'm glad that we went, I was expecting something like Howe's Cavern's like we have here in NY, but I got so much more. You start the tour by decending down 200 feet into a ravine. You ride on a sort of wheels train. I suggest keeping your hands and feet...

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  • Parque de las Palomas

    San Juan Things to Do

    Just like San Marco square, Parque de Palomas has many pigeons. Located right next to Capilla de Cristo with views of the caribbean this park is a nice spot for adults and children alike. Children love coming to this park and feeding the pigeons as do some adults. Many people can be seen surrounded by the pigeons while feeding them, I prefer to...

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  • Capilla del Cristo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San Juan Things to Do

    This Chapel built in 16th century has a few interesting stories surrounding its history and those stories conflict wildly except on one point. Someone on horseback took a terrible spill off the cliffs at the end of Calle Cristo. Whether he lived, and the chapel was built to commemorate the miracle, or whether he died and the chapel was to block...

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  • Plaza De Armas

    San Juan Things to Do

    Probably so named because it was the sight of parading Spanish troops during the Spanish-American War, we came upon Plaza de Armas on this beautiful, bright day to find it already decorated in November for Christmas--notice the big tree in the accompanying picture!! This park-like plaza is a gathering spot for humans and pigeons by the hundreds....

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  • Paseo del Morro

    San Juan Things to Do

    The Paseo de la Princesa takes you to the San Juan Gate, which is the city's oldest. Here, you can pick up the Paseo del Morro. This hike, only about a mile, follows the walls of the old fortress of El Morro.

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  • Alcaldia - City Hall

    3 out of 5 stars

    San Juan Things to Do

    Like the Capitolio, the San Juan City Hall is open to all visitors from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Located on the Plaza de Armas in a beautiful building dating back to the 17th century, the Alcadia frequently showcases small art exhibits that are accessible free of charge. Visitors can walk around the building on their own, which...

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  • El Convento

    San Juan Things to Do

    El Convento is the most famous hotel in San Juan, and probably the most popular as well although not everyone can afford to stay there. Even if you are not one of the lucky few, you can still take a look around the beautiful 17th century building. Located across the street from the San Juan Cathedral, El Convento was originally built from 1646 to...

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  • La Ballaja - The Barracks

    San Juan Things to Do

    The Cuartel de Ballajá, or "Ballajá Barracks," once housed Spanish troops during the 1800's and later became the quarters for American soldiers following the Spanish-American War. This building has also been used as a military hospital during World War II. The second floor of the barracks is now El Museo de Las Americas which has three permanent...

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  • Bacardi Rum Factory

    Enjoyed the Bacardi Factory :10 outside of Old San Juan and the airport. This is a run down of the tour we took: When we got to the Bacardi gate, we said we wanted to take the tour and the guard gave us a parking pass for the dashboard (it has rum drink recipes on the back!).After parking, we walked into an open-air area — with a huge bar, chairs...

    more
  • El Yunque

    El Yunque is Puerto Rico's premier eco-tourism location is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest system! El Yunque has been a Federal Forest Reserve for over a century – they celebrated thier centennial in 2003. The rain forest encompasses 28,000 acres of land, making it the largest block of public land in Puerto Rico. El Toro,...

    more
  • Old San Juan

    Old San Jaun has over 500 years of history, beautiful colonial architecture liberally splashed with tropical colors, and a timeless magic that makes it one of the most enchanting destinations in the Caribbean. We spent a few hours just walking around the walled city, stopping in shops, restaurants and cafes.

    more
  • Snorkeling with East Island Excursions

    We traveled to Puerto Rico during a time with lots of rough, windy weather and unfortunately our first plans were cancelled because of rough seas. The only trip East Island Excursions was running was the Icacos Beach and Snorkel trip. They had open spots on the boat that morning and we had our minds set on spending the day in the water so we...

    more
  • La Mina Falls

    La Mina Falls and the hike that takes you there are part of El Yunque National Rainforest. Depending on where you start, the hike is about 45 minutes to and from the waterfall and it's absolutely beautiful. You get to see and swim in the waterfall as well as experience the rainforest without the length or rigorous uphill climbing of some of the...

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  • Juan Ponce de León tomb

    The first governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de León, was buried in Puerto Rico, but afterwards his remains were transfered to the Catedral de San Juan Bautista, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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  • El Cueva del Indio: Indian Cave

    A visit to La Cueva del Indio will make you feel very "Indiana Jones". Located on the Northwest side of Puerto Rico in Arecibo, these insanely beautiful caves are prime for exploring. Parking is $2 per car and $.50 per person. You can hire a bilingual guide to show you the area. Ours happened to be slightly drunk, but we liked him well enough. The...

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  • A huge Hike

    The Observatory in Arecibo should be one of the wonders of the world. The size is unbelievable! It costs $10 per person. They have a 2 story museum and the radio telescope outside viewing platform. There are Spanish and English presentations about the telescope. My favorite fact is about the kind of shoes they must wear to clean up the reflector....

    more
  • Rent a Boat!

    When you go to La Parguera it is a must to rent a boat for the day. The rates run you $20-35 an hr. There are tons of mangrove keys in the bay to explore. The locals anchor their boats at the keys and party all day. The snorkeling is really enjoyable around the mangroves. Be careful driving your boat because there is a lot of wild life like sea...

    more
  • El Tunel de Guajataca

    This is a lovely place to stop by on highway 2. There use to be a train that ran through the area long ago, but now it is a nice place to take a walk. There isn't a business there any longer, so now there is Lots of graffiti and broken glass and trash. It isn't enough to recommend that you don't stop to see the beautiful beach and rocks. I hope...

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  • Playa Sucia

    Named on of Puerto Rico's most beautiful beaches. This beach is listed within a nature preserve. So, it is important to recommend that you arrive early bc there are few parking places available. Please note, that if you park in an area that isn't for parking you can be ticketed. This place is truely picturesque. You have a turquoise ocean in front...

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  • La Hacienda Buena Vista

    La hacienda Buena Vista is located about 10 miles north of Ponce on Rt. 123. It's considered a Natural Preserve and there isn't an exact address, you can find it around the 16-17km marker. At $12 per person to visit this restored plantation, you'll get a 1.5hr guided tour. Remember to call to make reservations and request whether you'd like an...

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  • El Morro

    El Morro (“The Promontory”) is perhaps the most famous historic structure in Puerto Rico. Begun in 1539, the mighty fortress was built on a narrow point overlooking the San Juan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It would prove a formidable stronghold, successfully repelling every naval attack on the city. In fact, El Morro fell only once, in 1598, to a...

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  • Bacardi Rum Factory Tour - FREE tour &...

    We took the ferry to Catano, and hopped the local bus which dropped us off right in front of the Bacardi Factory. We registered in the office and waited for the tram, which took us all around the Bacardi grounds. You don't actually get to go inside the factory, but you do get a history of rum making and sugar processing in a simulated factory. It...

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  • Aug 2, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Did I read something about a weeping statue of the Virgin Mother in a Cathedral? I can't find where I read it! Help!

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      Aug 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Welcome to VT. Very few people will see your question at the bottom of the VT travel guide. Try re-posting in the VT Puerto Rico travel forum, where you will get some helpful replies.

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