Puerto Rico’s list of attractions is truly amazing, including El Yunque Rainforest the only rainforest part of the US National Park Service full of waterfalls, scenic walks, and even a zip line. Here you can literally climb into the clouds. I can’t imagine how cool this would be, especially with my kids.
If you enjoying offroading consider taking an ATV through the foothills of the United States’ only rainforest by visiting Carabalí Rainforest Adventure Park is an action-packed ranch and a favorite adventure destination in Puerto Rico. For those seeking a tropical adrenaline rush, take off on an ATV through the 600-acre ranch in the foothills. During this invigorating ride, you get to experience the spectacular scenery of Puerto Rico’s east coast on top-of-the-line vehicles.
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Don’t feel like going to the rain forest, then go to the beach!
Puerto Rice also has 270 miles of beaches. One of their beaches, Flamenco Beach, is considered one of the best beaches in the world. We are a family of beach bums, so this sounds like heaven.
Puerto Rico is home to multiple Bioluminescent Bays and just going to see these alone would be creating a 5 star vacation experience. These bays glow at night due to a micro-organism that glows whenever the water is disturbed, leaving a trail of neon blue. You can go kayaking in the moonlight and enjoy the glowing waters.
The brightest bioluminescence effect in the world, recognized by Guinness World Records in 2006, can be found on the magical island of Vieques. Located to the east of Puerto Rico’s main island, the small island of Vieques can be reached either by ferry or via a small plane. Once there, travelers can arrange a kayak tour (some even have glass-bottom kayaks) with companies such as Bieque Eco Trips and Aqua Sunset Tours.
Need more adventure? Check out the caverns.
The Camuy Caverns are here too. The caverns are part of a large network of natural limestone caves and underground waterways carved out by the third-largest underground river in the world, the Río Camuy. There are over 10 miles of caverns with 220 caves and 17 entrances. For fun you can go spelunking in caverns.
Officially discovered in 1958, archeological evidence shows that the caves were explored hundreds of years ago by the Island’s indigenous inhabitants.
World’s Largest Rum Distillery
Visit the world’s largest premium rum distillery – When you arrive at Casa Bacardí you will be greeted with a welcome cocktail at the waterfront Bat Bar Pavilion. You will then join a guided tour to discover how Bacardí rum is made, and learn about the family-owned company’s history of craft and innovation. Other experiences include a rum tasting tour, mixology class and bottling your own Bacardí.
Where to Stay in Puerto Rico
- El Blok – Tucked away on the island of Vieques, El Blok is a chic and sustainable boutique hotel designed by award-winning architect Natanial Fuster. This concrete sanctuary sits directly across the street from the beach and is ideal for the adventurous traveler looking to explore the island’s beauty, including the natural wonder of Mosquito Bay, the brightest bioluminescent in the world recognized by Guinness World Record in 2006. With only 30 guest rooms available in the adult-only environment, visitors can enjoy the ethereal, coral-reef inspired space without the feeling of being trapped in a school of fish.
- O:Live – Resting along the Condado Lagoon and located in San Juan’s most luxurious district, the O:Live Boutique Hotel is the idyllic spot for those looking for a quiet, intimate getaway. The award-winning 15-room hotel is uniquely crafted to be the perfect setting for a traveler’s love story, complete with private verandas and outdoor soaking baths. Guests can take their love story off the pages too by taking the time to explore Condado, the most luxurious district of San Juan filled with a variety of shops, restaurants, the famous Casino Del Mar and the gorgeous Condado Beach where visitors can sail, snorkel, dive, surf and more.
- Combate Beach Resort – In the serene and untouched Cabo Rojo region of Puerto Rico, this 47-room boutique hotel offers a rugged terrain, windswept vistas and azure waters surrounding the retreat. Guests can venture off to enjoy some time at the local Salt Flats before experiencing the history and beauty that is the popular Los Morrillos Lighthouse. Between the hotel size and easy access to beautiful nearby attractions, travelers can enjoy their trips to the fullest extent without having to navigate crowded beaches or tightly packed restaurants.
- Rainforest Inn – Escape to the El Yunque Rainforest with this beautifully secluded yet luxurious bed and breakfast nestled deep within the jungle. Adventure through the beautiful, lucious rainforest to find wonders like La Coca waterfall and Yokahu Tower, an observation spot overlooking the vast vegetation covering the east coast of the island. Amidst the beautiful terrestrial paradise, guests will find themselves immersed in local Puerto Rican culture at this eco-lodge’s private villas while still feeling a thousand miles away from civilization.
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