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Explore the Outdoors: Puerto Rico’s Top Nature Tours

Hike up the mountains of Toro Negro and get in touch with nature. 

Outdoor experiences in Puerto Rico are suited for all types of travelers.

Scenic rainforest hikes, enchanted kayak trips, and more.

Whether you want to spend some time in nature to relax and clear your mind or get your adrenaline pumping, there are outdoor experiences in Puerto Rico suited for all types of travelers. Here are a few of the places you need to add to your bucket list, and some of the tour companies that can help you simplify the planning. 

Tap into your adventurous side and enjoy Puerto Rico’s waterfalls and greenery. 

El Yunque Rainforest

Spend a day (or half-day, if you prefer) in the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System. Located in Río Grande, about 45 minutes from San Juan, you’ll find hiking trails, scenic views, waterfalls, and petroglyphs made by Taínos (the island’s indigenous people) carved in stone.

Depending on the tour, you’ll learn about the history and biology of the area, including the more than 240 species of plants, such as tree orchids, giant ferns and wildflowers, and animals that thrive in the habitat, especially the native coquí frog. Tours usually include several stops at picture-perfect spots as well as a chance to try authentic Puerto Rican cuisine.

Tour companies

  • El Yunque Tours
  • Kayaking Puerto Rico
  • Castillo Tours
  • Borikua Tours

Watch the water sparkle to life as you paddle through Laguna Grande bio bay in Fajardo.

Bioluminescent Bay: Laguna Grande

Explore one of the most wonderful nighttime nature experiences kayaking through the bioluminescent bay in the Natural Reserve at Laguna Grande in Fajardo, located on the east side of the island, an hour drive from San Juan.

Paddle through dense mangrove forest channels under the stars in a two-person clear bottom kayak and learn about the fragile and unique eco-system where the microscopic sea plankton pyrodinium bahamense can produce fluorescent light when disturbed. Although you’ll be able to play with the water and watch the interaction with the organism, in an effort to protect their habitat, swimming is not allowed. You’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel for what is about a five-hour excursion. There are two other bioluminescent bays located around Puerto Rico that are also worth checking out.

Tour companies

  • Pure Adventure
  • Kayaking Puerto Rico
  • Island Kayaking Adventure

Visitors relax in the clear water in La Parguera.

La Parguera

If you love water adventures, La Parguera fishing village is the perfect option for you. Located in the south coastal town of Lajas, two hours from San Juan, this swim and snorkeling tour lets you discover the bioluminescent phenomenon in a different way than the others. Home to a particular species of small dinoflagellates, water organisms that emit a small white or blue sparkle that can be seen in the dark, the bay is one of only five of its kind in the world, and the only one in the island where swimming is allowed.

During the six-to-eight hour guided tour (depending on the package you choose) you’ll take a 25-minute ride through the mangrove swamps, learn about the natural ecosystem, put on your snorkel and spend 45 minutes swimming. Transportation is included and you’ll be provided with snorkel gear and a light dinner.

Tour companies

  • Vámonos Tours
  • Kayaking Parguera Tours
  • Borikua Tours

Cueva del Indio Tour

Enjoy a day full of close encounters with wildlife while exploring one of Puerto Rico’s most scenic caves: Cueva del Indio. Located in the northside town of Arecibo, 45 minutes from San Juan, this day trip takes you into the caves and shows you their diverse ecosystems and the formation of the stalagmites and stalactites found in the caves.

Situated on top of a limestone cliff, Cueva del Indio offers an ocean-front location and ancient Taíno wall carvings.

Some tours also offer add-on options for hiking and other nearby activities, depending on the length of trip you want to take. The round-trip hotel transportation, admission fees, light refreshments, and necessary equipment are included.

Tour companies

  • Fun Tours PR
  • PR4Less Adventures
  • Natural Wonders PR

Horseback ride along the beach at Añasco Bay. 

Luquillo Beach Horse Ride

For nature lovers who enjoy beautiful views and memorable experiences, this is an ideal way to explore the countryside of Puerto Rico (as well as some of its beautiful beaches). Start your trip in the morning, leaving on horseback from Luquillo and ride the countryside, passing through the forest and Mameyes River, until reaching the Luquillo beach, where you will have time for swimming, sunbathing, relaxing, and have a drink at a local bar.

This 2 to 3-hour tour is suitable for all experience level riders, and hotel pick up is available.

Tour companies

  • Carabali Adventure Park
  • Tropical Trail Rides
  • Eco Action Tours

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Puente Natural de Piedra — Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico — Natural Bridge

Puerto Rico  ⏐  Best things to do – West Coast of Puerto Rico >  Puente Natural de Piedra (The Natural Arch / Bridge)

One of the most photographed places in Puerto Rico…Romantic, Dreamy, Mysterious…Worthy of a Pirates Movie Scene

If you love to hike, be enveloped in the wonders of nature, head to Cabo Rojo where you’ll find unique natural works of art formed beautifully formed by water and wind.  The natural bridge has graceful beauty, taking the spotlight of an enchanting and magical landscape fit for a “Pirates of the Caribbean” scene.  El Puente Natural is surrounded by bright red limestone cliffs, a beach cove fit for a pirate where the sunset light creates a dramatic scene like nowhere else on the island. The flora is lush and dry making the scene mysterious with a feel of being in a faraway place.

This natural bridge/arch has become one of the most popular sights on the west coast of Puerto Rico featured in magazines and ads all over the island.  Today, locals commonly call this attraction “El Punte Natural or El Puente Natural de Piedra” (The Natural Bridge or The Natural Stone Bridge).

Back in 2005 when we created our sister site, there was no information about this enchanting spot.  We began receiving messages from photographers, magazines, and tv channels, wanting to know how to get to this natural work of art.  Today, it is one of the most photographed places in Puerto Rico.  We are happy more travelers are experiencing the Puerto Rico we love, don’t miss visiting El Puente Natural.

Just when you think you’ve seen the prettiest sights in the area if you keep walking you’ll find more natural rock formations, caves, small coves, and plenty of places to sit down with your loved one and simply be lost in the wonder and beauty of this place.

Getting Here

To get here, visit the elegant Los Morrillos Lighthouse.  If you are facing the water, follow the bicycle trail to your right.  It’s an easy walk, just bring plenty of water to stay hydrated, it’s a pretty sunny and hot area.  See map location below. This is a popular bicycling trail for locals.

Para llegar, visita el Faro de los Morrillos en Cabo Rojo.  Si miras el mar, sigue la vereda a tu derecha. La caminata es facil, solo trae bastante agua para mantenerte hidratado.  Ver el mapa siguiente. 

  • We’ve seen teenagers jump off the bridge and dive into the waters.  Please do not attempt to jump or swim on these waters, especially when the tide is high and the water is rough.
  • People keep posting photos of standing at the bridge when it clearly states to not pass and stand on it.  It is not only a risk to your safety but also the stability of the formation, please help to keep it by following the rules and regulations and please take your trash with you.

Top Rated Tours to Cabo Rojo Beaches & West Coast

If you like Puente de Piedra, you’ll love visiting

Cueva del Indio in Arecibo

A beautiful seaside cave along the stunning coastline with Seven Arches, a filming location of Pirates of the Caribbean.  Visit on your own or book a fun guided tour.

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