Puerto rico travel: Travel Guidelines | Discover Puerto Rico
Travel Guidelines | Discover Puerto Rico
Is it safe to travel to Puerto Rico? Should I / should travelers cancel their trips?
If you are sick, an older adult, or someone with chronic medical conditions, leading health authorities recommend delaying or avoiding travel. For information about the CDC’s classification for travel to Puerto Rico, please visit their website here.
Puerto Rico is enforcing local measures, such as social distancing. Masks are not required on the Islandforfor either indoor or outdoor establishments. However, they are still recommended for situations where vaccination status cannot be guaranteed.
Is Puerto Rico a hotspot for COVID-19?
As of June14, 2022, Puerto Rico has one of the highest rates of vaccine doses administered against COVID-19 among United States jurisdictions. The Island has a vaccination rate of 155,266 doses administered per 100,000 people. 95% of the eligible population have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 87% are fully vaccinated.
What do I need to enter Puerto Rico?
- For travelers arriving on domestic flights:
- Domestic travelers are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination or negative test prior to arriving on the Island.
- For travelers arriving on international flights:
- As of June 12th, international travelers are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to traveling, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, in accordance with CDC guidelines. However, international travelers that are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents must still present proof of vaccination.
What type of testing do I need, if I am not vaccinated or traveling internationally, prior to my visit to Puerto Rico?
As of June 12th, neither international nor domestic travelers are required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival to the Island. However, noncitizen nonimmigrant travelers must still provide proof of vaccination.
Will my health insurance cover the cost of the PCR molecular test taken at testing sites on the Island?
Healthcare plans vary by country and state. It is recommended that travelers contact their provider for additional information on medical coverage fees.
What is the airport doing to ensure health & safety?
- They highly recommend the use of face masks by everyone who transits and works at the airport.
- Only passengers are allowed to enter the terminals.
- All screens throughout the airport emphasize COVID-19 prevention guidelines.
- About 100 hand sanitizer stations have been installed.
- The addition of a third layer of disinfection with new fogger-type equipment allows for more thorough sanitation, in less time.
- A double and high-efficiency air conditioning filter system in compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Touchless hand dryers have been installed in bathrooms.
- An increase in the frequency and intensity of bathroom cleanings, which are performed every 30 to 60 minutes, based on traffic.
- Installation of acrylic barriers at airline check-in counters.
- Increasing the frequency of cleaning boarding pass printing and registration kiosks, in addition to promoting online registration to minimize contact.
I had COVID-19 less than 90 days ago, and can therefore still test positive although I have fully recovered. Will I be denied entry into the Island?
International and domestic travelers are not required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival on the Island.
Do children need to get tested for COVID-19?
International and domestic travelers are no longer required to take a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival to the Island.
Is Puerto Rico accepting travelers from U.S. states with a high number of positive COVID-19 cases?
Currently, Puerto Rico is accepting travelers from all U.S. states.
Is Puerto Rico limiting travel to the Island from certain countries?
As a non-incorporated territory of the U. S., Puerto Rico abides by Federal Law and established restrictions on the entry of certain travelers. For more information, visit the CDC. As of June 12th, international travelers are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to traveling, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, in accordance with CDC guidelines. However, international travelers that are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents must still present proof of vaccination.
Under the new CDC rule, do I have to get a PCR molecular COVID-19 test to return to the United States from Puerto Rico?
Given Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, the destination is excluded from the CDC requirement and you do not need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to return to the mainland United States. The CDC still recommends getting tested 3 – 5 days after arrival and staying home for 5 days post-travel if you are not fully vaccinated. Quarantine mandates, recommendations, and entry requirements may vary by state.
How can travelers protect themselves?
We urge those visiting to adhere to the measures put in place by the government of Puerto Rico, which can be referenced here.
Additionally, travelers should adhere to health travel practices to help protect themselves and prevent the spread of disease. These are the same personal best practices that are standard for a typical flu season and include avoiding close contact with people who show signs of illness, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and washing your hands often with soap or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.
Do I have to wear a mask after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?
Masks are not required on the Island. However, various establishments reserve the right to require masks for patrons and employees.
What should travelers do if they begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? What immediate steps should they take?
As per the CDC, Iit is recommended that travelers experiencing COVID-19 symptoms stay in their hotel rooms, isolate, and contact their hotel front desk to get support. If travelers are not staying at a hotel, contact the nearest hospital directly. It’s important that travelers and hotel staff call hospitals first before visiting, so that appropriate transportation, screening and care can be arranged, to protect those feeling ill and others.
Puerto Rico hospitals adhere to the same federally mandated health safety guidelines as those on the mainland. Common mainland franchises like Walgreens and CVS pharmacies are available Island-wide and are enforcing high standards of health safety throughout the Island.
Are Island hospitals equipped to address coronavirus?
All hospitals on the Island have established protocols for admitting, treating, and collecting samples from patients who are experiencing symptoms, and hospital staff will work with the Department of Health if testing is needed. Funds have been made available on the Island to help hospitals prepare facilities, purchase materials and train nurses and paramedic staff.
Puerto Rico also has epidemiologists throughout the Island, who specialize in disease control and prevention, to advise on transportation, testing, and care for individuals who think they may have COVID-19.
What should travelers who test positive while on the Island do?
As per the CDC, It is recommended that travelers who test positive during their time on the Island quarantine. Lodging, medical, and any additional expenses must be covered at the cost of the individual.
Where will people be housed if they need to be quarantined?
If testing positive for COVID-19 while on the Island, it is recommended that travelers isolate in quarantine at their hotel or lodging option. Costs associated with isolation are to be covered at the traveler’s expense. It is recommended that visitors connect with their hotels/hosts directly for additional information. The Department of Health has increased resources to ensure travelers are abiding by local guidelines.
What will hotels, short-term rentals, restaurants, and tour operators do if a tourist who has recently visited them tests positive?
The local industry has measures in place to ensure hotel management, businesses, and other partners have the latest information on COVID-19, including prevention measures on the Island, personal prevention tips for their teams and travelers, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and guidance for what to do if their staff or guests begin experiencing symptoms. More information on specific steps can be found in the latest industry guidance from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. This guidance is consistent with what the CDC has outlined for businesses and employers.
Can tourists staying at hotels use the pool and/or go to the beach?
Public beaches and natural reserves are open for recreational use, following social distancing recommendations. Hotel pool facilities are open. Please consult with your specific property for other policies in place.
Can I go to Vieques & Culebra?
Ferries and flights to Vieques and Culebra are operating, with masks highly recommended on all. There are some limitations on availability for lodging, attractions and transportation. Guests should check with their service providers directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols.
What guidelines are currently in place for events?
- As of October 1st, masks are optional at events hosting over 1,000 people and attendees are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test upon entry
- Sporting events and recreational activities are permitted, following local guidelines.
- All establishments and venues are operating outside of capacity limitations.
Am I required to be vaccinated to attend events on the Island?
As of October 1st, masks are optional at events hosting over 1,000 people and attendees are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test upon entry.
Regions of Puerto Rico | Travel Guide
With six distinct regions, Puerto Rico offers a world of possibilities on one Caribbean island.
Puerto Rico measures approximately 100 by 35 miles and has incredible geographic diversity—from glistening white-sand beaches to lush mountain ranges. The Island is small enough to drive around in a few hours, but the sights, sounds, and flavors you can discover along the way are vast. Each of Puerto Rico’s six regions and 78 municipalities has a unique identity that manifests in the delicious local cuisine, diverse cultural activities, landmarks and attractions, adventure tours, colorful festivals, and, of course, the people. Here, you’ll see why it’s so rewarding to explore beyond San Juan and truly discover Puerto Rico.
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Five centuries of history are on proud display in Old San Juan.
Located in the west, La Parguera is the ideal spot for relaxing and getting your tan on.
Mar Chiquita is one of the most popular natural pools on the north coast.
The southern town of Ponce is filled with history and plenty of local color.
For breathtaking sunsets, head to Rincón on the west coast.
San Juan, in the Metro region, is Puerto Rico’s hub of nightlife.
The East region of Puerto Rico is known for its rainforest and beautiful beaches, like Playa Escondida.
Postcard beaches, breathtaking mountains, and everything in between — that’s Puerto Rico.
The Island’s west coast is known for its laid-back vibes and perfect surfing conditions.
The nearby islands of Vieques and Culebra are where you’ll find some of Puerto Rico’s most stunning beaches.
For a tour of a working coffee hacienda, head to the Island’s central mountain region.
Puerto Rico’s Regions
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On your dream vacation, will you spend days exploring secluded beaches? Listening to the sounds of nature in a tropical rainforest? Morning yoga sessions followed by afternoon surfing? Exploring art museums and sampling world-renowned cuisine and cocktails? In Puerto Rico, you can do it all – but first, you’ll need to find the region that suits your travel style.
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Immerse yourself in the history of Old San Juan.
6 Days in the Metro Region of Puerto Rico
Experience where urban escapade meets relaxing paradise.
For breathtaking sunsets, head to Rincón on the west coast.
5 Days in the West Region of Puerto Rico
Experience big waves, beautiful beaches, and the best view of the Caribbean sunset.
Stunning aerial view of Playa Escondida in Fajardo.
5 Days in the East Region of Puerto Rico
A paradise for nature lovers and foodie travelers awaits.
Float along the streams of the Tanamá River in Utuado and discover what this mountainous town has to offer.
6 Days in the Central Mountains of Puerto Rico
Explore beyond the shore and into the center region of the Island.
6 Days in the South of Puerto Rico
Experience Puerto Rico’s take on southern charm and hospitality.
The famous Mar Chiquita beach in Manatí.
5 Days in the North Region of Puerto Rico
Soak up the sun while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Rico — travel and other — LiveJournal
The smallest of the Greater Antilles, Puerto Rico was the end point of my Caribbean trip. Aruba, Curacao, Grand Turk and Dominican Republic remained behind my shoulders. In less than 3 days, we managed to visit many interesting places on this, without exaggeration, amazing island!
Attention! There will be a lot of photos under the cut (about 50) 🙂
The adventures started as soon as I started going through passport control. The employee was confused by the number of stamps and visas in my passport, and he seriously thought that I was a spy. After half an hour of questioning, I hurried to the rental office, where I received a car for use with some problems. Looking at the clock, I noticed with annoyance that evening had already come and the sun had disappeared below the horizon. I had to make a choice — either go look for a hotel, or go to San Juan and see its beauty. In the end, I decided to head into the belly of San Juan. It is here, in the capital of Puerto Rico, that the so-called Atlantic cruise ends, and I was not lucky — the day of my arrival coincided with the day the passengers were unloaded onto land. San Juan was filled with thousands of tourists who swept everything from store shelves to the delight of sellers. I can’t express how much I dislike being in the epicenter of the tourist frenzy, so trying to fight off the main flow, I went to the El Morro fortress, the main attraction of San Juan. The fortress, like a fortress, dotted with tourists, did not impress me at all. Meanwhile, it was already quite dark. I was pleasantly pleased with the lawn near the fortress — it was very cozy here, and the breeze from the Atlantic Ocean pleasantly blew and invigorated me
Listening to the tourists, I smiled — I didn’t hear Russian speech anywhere. Puerto Rico is not a very popular destination for Russian tourism, here most of our compatriots will not be very interested — there are few beaches here, strict laws, and even a US visa is needed. Although Puerto Rico is not an integral part of the United States, the visa requirements are the same here. Although the majority of the population prefers to communicate in Spanish, the national currency is the US dollar. The status of Puerto Rico is interesting. Negotiations are underway to make Puerto Rico the next US state. I guess Puerto Rico will soon become one. Let’s go back to El Morro Fortress! View of San Juan and the Atlantic Ocean:
Arriving at the room, I fell into a dead sleep, so that the next day I could start my amazing adventure through the truly incredible expanses of Puerto Rico.
Waking up at 7 am, the first thing I did was look out the window. Charged a powerful downpour. Not as powerful as in the Dominican Republic when my low beam headlights stopped working and I had to drive in almost total darkness, but still it did not bode well. But in the Caribbean, the weather changes at a catastrophic rate, so, charged with enthusiasm, I moved to the main point of my trip — the Arecibo observatory. Cozy in the mountains at an altitude of 497 meters, the radio telescope is trying to pick up signals at a distance of 10 billion light years, as well as find extraterrestrial life forms. The scale is really amazing — the diameter of the telescope is as much as 305 meters !! This is the world’s largest single aperture telescope!
A truly incredible sight. This is where «Golden Eye», «Contact» with Jogie Foster and one episode of «The X-Files» were filmed. A real treat for sci-fi fans like me. Falling into ecstasy from contemplating this radio telescope, my beloved Carbon Based Lifeforms even composed a track of the same name, which I listened to all the time that I was at the observatory.
Striking the complexity of the design and at the same time its sensitivity — it can pick up signals even at the edge of the universe! Scientists use it to study pulsars, and in their souls there is a hope that someday they will receive a signal from a UFO.
These are the goodies that hide in the bowels of Puerto Rico. A unique and mesmerizing sight. The scientific brainchild contrasts with the natural world of Puerto Rico. In the meantime, it’s time to continue your journey — there are many plans, but it’s getting dark early. Gotta do it all
The road to Arecibo was not the smoothest — it constantly twisted and went either uphill or into the forests. Sudden turns forced to be constantly on the alert. It is only in the circle of Puerto Rico that there is a continuous highway, in the center of the island the roads are much narrower and more dangerous than
. And given that it was on the islands that I began to learn how to drive, sometimes it was really scary. The photo shows a wide section of the road, a rather rare occurrence in the central part of the PR.
Leaving Arecibo, I noticed an abandoned shop that used to sell various alien-themed souvenirs. I don’t know why, but the Arecibo observatory is not the most popular place, and there are very, very few tourists there. By the way, I met a lot of abandoned objects, ranging from gas stations to radio telescopes.
Deepening into the depths of the island, I soon came to another interesting point — Ventana Cave, where enterprising locals began an active sale of impromptu tickets. Having paid $5 for entry and another $2 for renting a flashlight, I signed the paragraph «in case of death, the administration is not responsible» and went to explore the caves. Somewhere it was necessary to crawl down the rope, somewhere — to make your way in the darkness through the caves. Good thing I took a flashlight. Many other tourists neglected him and then, swearing at life and at themselves, broke their spines, stumbling in the dark on stones
After a few minutes of wandering, I felt a breath of wind, and after a couple of moments I was speechless — a hole in the cave opened up a stunning view of the surroundings
I was lucky that I was here, and doubly lucky that I arrived here at 10 in the morning, there were very few people, and I, in company with local Puerto Ricans, admired the view. Indescribable beauty!
How beautiful our planet is! I was triple lucky that I was born at the «right» time. If I had been born a hundred years later, most likely, I would not have seen such beauty — the human factor inexorably harms nature
Ventana Cave is not the only cave nearby. There are a couple of other, but less interesting, caves
Typical Puerto Rico — hilly and verdant area
The next point is Rio Camuy National Park — a place that is much more popular than Ventana Cave, rich in beautiful caves and underground rivers. I was curious why tourists ride here with such a desire. The main attraction of the park is the «Shark» cave, so named because of the stalactites resembling a shark’s mouth. Beautiful, but Ventana is cooler 🙂
On the way to another cave, I came across picturesque bridges:
In general, the park was not particularly impressive, and I still did not understand why many tourists prefer it. Perhaps they just don’t know about the existence of the Ventana Cave, which is not very popular on the Internet. Parking the car in places not intended for this, I frantically tried to get on the right route, guided by the map
Here is the card itself. The area of the island is 9800 sq. km, from the most western point to the most eastern point, a little more than 2 hours by expressway. The situation is different, if you want to go from north to south, you will have to wind through endless mountain roads. Accurately in the center, the island is divided by the so-called road of death, which was nicknamed so by the locals. I rode it the next day. More details later 🙂
It was decided to meet the sunset on the shore. Riding along the eastern tip of the island, I soon came across something resembling a beach — you could see the ocean behind the fence, and thousands of palm trees stood on the coastline. Finding a hole in the fence and being on the territory, I suddenly realized that this beach was abandoned. The building, resembling a hotel, has long collapsed, the ground is overgrown with grass, and a few visitors were playing volleyball and badminton. It’s amazing how many things are completely ignored here. In the Dominican Republic, a luxury hotel would have been built here long ago, and the beach would have been dotted with a host of inquisitive tourists. Probably for this reason, I began to fall in love with Puerto Rico, here they don’t try to make money on beach tourism, and tourism itself is not very developed here. The vast majority of tourists settle in San Juan and Poncha
Another unhealthy wind turbine fetish of mine. In Puerto Rico, I met thousands of windmills! Just some kind of fairy tale.
After sitting alone on the shore and listening to suitable music, I did not notice how dark it was and it was time to move back to the room, given that the path was not short. Arriving in the room and re-walking through the moments of today, I fell asleep with a satisfied smile. I definitely liked it here. The next day was fraught with no less beauty! Early in the morning, I decided to ride along the «road of death» — I was dissuaded from this road in the rental office. But I was too curious to ride on it. Already in close proximity, I saw this picture:
Yes, yes — all this turned out to be abandoned. And a pile of metal on the left, and a KAMAZ, and a small excavator, and cars, and even (!!) a radio telescope. I was surprised at their integrity — some cars were not even touched, the plate was not dismantled for scrap. Miracles!
Having entered the death road, I roughly understood why the locals call it that. On my way, I met 7 (!!!) tow trucks that took out the remains of damaged cars. In many places the roads were very narrow, they had no fences, and yet this road passes through the highlands! Constant and unexpected repetitions will make anyone nervous. Anyway, carefully winding through the endless turns, I arrived at the central point of Puerto Rico, the place Villalba. You can see how the mountains are hidden in the clouds. very high!
No longer surprised by the abandoned volleyball courts and houses, on the other side I saw an impressive panorama of the island. The ocean was visible in the distance, and right in front of me was an observation deck behind a fence. the territory was closed, but nothing prevented us from jumping over the fence. Forgive me, law-abiding Puerto Ricans.0004
Speaking of highways — the roads are not good, but very good — nothing prevents you from driving under 160 km / h. Although in some places I got into very big traffic jams, where I could stand for 2 hours. The population in Puerto Rico is growing, plus all sorts of curious tourists like me add to the problems
Mountain villages have some indescribable charm. Whenever I got confused and asked for directions from the gornha of the inhabitants, they gladly helped me. Puerto Ricans are very kind and polite people, they love tourists. Tell them that you love Puerto Rico and that’s it, their love for you will be boundless
Having not found the road leading to the El Yunque rainforest and having spent almost the whole day on the death road, I had a bite to eat at a Burger King and went to sleep. The next day I had to vacate the room and go to the other end of the city, to the city of Aguadilla, from where I was supposed to fly to New York. But before that, I decided to visit a couple more interesting places. Not far from the city of Arecibo, a real treasure was hidden — the Cave Del Indio, located on the territory of the cottage, the owner of which quickly realized what was happening and decided to organize excursions there. After paying $1 for parking and canceling the tour, pretending to be a repeat visitor, I decided to explore the cave and surroundings myself
To say this place is amazing is an understatement. A must to visit! I was lucky enough to visit the Del indio cave itself, because it is often flooded
Looking at these letters, I felt like an archaeologist who had just found the cradle of mankind
There were only 3 tourists on the entire territory of the complex — me and two Canadians. This allowed me to fully enjoy the atmosphere of the place — I was not rejected by crowds of tourists, their conversations
Walking a little further, you could continue walking along the rocky shore
House on the ocean — what could be cooler? Especially when there is such a beautiful cave nearby. Just fantastic!
You need to watch your feet all the time — somewhere there are cliffs, somewhere — sharp stones
Approaching Aguadilla, I came across another abandoned beach. The buildings on the shore were once hotels. I parked my car and went to Pier
I don’t know what happened to him, but he didn’t look good. 3 fishermen were fishing and I found incredible peace here. Hastily turning on atmospheric music, I sat down on a stone and began to sum up my journey. Meditation on the pier put a formal end to my Caribbean trip, which exhausted me in order. It has come to an end. Looking back into the past and the moments that only recently entered my history, I realized that all this was not in vain. The trip filled me with energy and desire to live. And that means my trip was a success!
Arriving at the Rafael Hernandez airport at midnight, I did not meet ANYONE at the airport building. A slight panic seized me. Subsequently, it turned out that all flights at this airport begin after three in the morning! And employees of the airport and airlines come two hours before departure. Incredible, I’ve never seen anything like it!
When I gave the car away, I chatted with the distributor. He was very happy that I liked Puerto Rico. “Be sure to write only good things about us!” he said. Why not write here? This is quite possibly the BEST place I have ever been in my entire life.
What did I like about Puerto Rico?
— the attitude of local residents to tourists. No one is trying to deceive anyone and impose their services, as was the case in the Dominican Republic.
— relative cheapness of accommodation and food
— A HUGE number of interesting places
— scenic roads
— beautiful nature
— Arecibo observatory
— endless beautiful caves
— a unique atmosphere that cannot be missed
— few tourists outside of San Juan
— a large number of abandoned objects
— and many others.
Should I fly to Puerto Rico? Yes, if you are willing to study, explore and enlighten! Definitely!
For dessert, a couple of bonus shots:
Puerto Rico will forever remain in my heart as an incredible place in its energy and beauty. I will definitely go back there again.
Reader, if you are still here, then thank you for your patience, that you read and watched the post to the end. See you soon 🙂
The Seven Wonders of Puerto Rico — OneTwoTrip Blog
is a state located on the island of the same name in the Caribbean Sea. Translated from Spanish, its name means «rich port», and although it originally meant something completely different, today it clearly explains the popularity of Puerto Rico among tourists from all over the world. Resorts for all tastes and ideal beach holidays are just the tip of the iceberg; today we will tell you about the treasures of Puerto Rico — places that you can not help but fall in love with.
1. Living history
New generations of islanders respect the heritage of their ancestors, so in Puerto Rico modern hotels peacefully and organically coexist with centuries-old buildings. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, was built up in layers, so you can see any of the historical eras within the city. So, the famous Spanish restaurant La Mallorquina opened 150 years ago. The best paella on the island is served, as it was a century and a half ago, on the walls, painted with paintings of elegant ladies of the 19th century. The city itself is surrounded by the wall of the fort Fuerte San Felipe del Moro, which is close to 500 years old. The first Christian church in the Western Hemisphere was also built here. The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, which adorns the center of the old city, was built of wood in 1521, and later restored with stone. The gem of a journey into the past is Tibs Indian Ceremonial Center in Ponce, a restored village of Arawak Indians who lived in the Caribbean in 25 BC. This center will soon be 2000 years old!
2. Festivals for any occasion
Whatever time of the year you decide to visit Puerto Rico, you are sure to find some spectacular festival. The lightness and cheerful disposition of Puerto Ricans make even a modest event a holiday. Parades and performances are held here for any occasion, whether it is a festival of orchids or pineapples, beer or sugar cane and . .. the list is still very far from the end! The street festival of San Sebastian is celebrated on a large scale, during which a colorful parade is held, dances are arranged, tents are set up with traditional treats and works of art by local craftsmen. Annually from 19In the 70s, in mid-January, thousands of tourists flock to the old part of the city of San Juan to become part of the noisiest and most fun festival in Puerto Rico.
3. Traditional Crafts
In colonial times, Puerto Rico was a rich port in terms of exports — coffee, sugar and tobacco were actively grown on the island. Nowadays, farms and plantations have passed to private owners and still produce goods of excellent quality using traditional technologies. Families will be especially interested in excursions to cane and coffee plantations, as here children will be able to get acquainted with real rural life and see for themselves that sugar and coffee do not grow in a supermarket. And in the city of Vega Baja there is a farm where horses are bred and trained, where you can communicate with these smart and kind animals.
4. Dancing until the morning
Salsa is the hallmark of Puerto Rico. Everyone dances here and always, as if they were born on the dance floor. In the evenings, groovy rhythms are heard from cafes and restaurants, musicians perform here and there, and smart people dance until the very morning. If you don’t feel confident going out on the dance floor, you can start by taking a class; many cafes and clubs hold special training evenings for beginners. Well, if your interest in salsa goes beyond night dancing, go on a tour of San Juan called the Salsa Route. The tour passes through old record stores, themed monuments, bars and restaurants, slowly revealing the history of salsa as an integral part of Puerto Rican culture.
5. Rum and pastries
Puerto Rican rum is the main ingredient in many local cocktails, including the famous Piña Colada, which was invented here. Instead of the well-known Bacardi, be sure to try local rums that you are unlikely to find anywhere else, such as DonQ, Palo Viejo, Ron Llave or Ron del Barrilito.
After a night of adventure, the most enjoyable morning activity is a leisurely brunch in Panadería. So in Puerto Rico are called street bakeries that work in the morning. They serve excellent coffee, fresh pastries, hearty breakfasts and lunches. All over the island, in every city, there are dozens of such bakeries.
As soon as you drive a little further from the beaches inland, you will discover wild landscapes that amaze with their beauty. The main natural attractions of Puerto Rico are the Camuy River Cave Park, which is a long cave with an underground river, the Parguera Nature Reserve with a complex system of coral reefs, and the rainforest of the El Yunque National Reserve. The island of Puerto Rico is relatively small, you can drive around it in one day, so sightseeing tours are popular here, where in one trip you can see caves, mangroves, coral reefs, manatees, Puerto Rican frogs and rare birds.
7. Vieques and Culebra
These two strange words are the names of small satellite islands located east of Puerto Rico, which can be reached by ferry from Fajardo or by small plane from San Juan.