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21 Things to Do in Puerto Rico in 2022

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With its sparkling beaches, world-class resorts, and delicious food, the US territory of Puerto Rico is an excellent place to visit and explore. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do when you’re on the island.

21 Things to Do in Puerto Rico in 2022

As a tourist-friendly island, Puerto Rico has the usual entertainment and opportunities. It’s also small enough that you can drive from one side to the other for different entertainment.

However, don’t focus exclusively on the tourist areas. Many of the local hangouts are equally excellent, and much cheaper, too. Just make sure to check each destination’s rules ahead of time.

Some of the best things require reservations, and the sooner you can claim a spot, the easier it is to plan out your trip. Without further ado, let’s get into the different things to do in Puerto Rico.

1. San Felipe del Morro

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Set in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan area, which is itself worth a visit, San Felipe del Morro is one of the island’s most iconic attractions.

Slowly built up between 1539 and 1790, this fortress, known locally as El Morro is a six-level fortress made to protect the island and served as a notable base for the United States during World Wars I and II.

Today, San Felipe del Morro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site open seven days a week throughout most of the year.

Entrance fees are low and help maintain the place, so it’s also a budget-friendly destination. Visit on a sunny day for the best experience, and avoid clothing that might be a problem in the wind.

2. Old San Juan

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San Felipe del Morro is worth a visit all on its own, but it’s just part of the Old San Juan area. San Juan is the top destination in Puerto Rico for visitors, and one of the most popular cruise stops in the Caribbean.

If you don’t know where to go on a trip to Puerto Rico, go here. Old San Juan is an islet full of old Spanish-style buildings, colorfully decorated and boasting hundreds of years of history.

Outstanding local restaurants offer Puerto Rican-style cuisine, while lodgings cover everything from budget-focused to world-class facilities. You’re welcome to explore at your own pace, but consider taking a guided tour if you want to see the sights.

3. El Yunque National Forest

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El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest in the United States’ managed forests network. At about 29,000 acres, El Yunque is smaller than most other forests, but it also has astoundingly high biodiversity.

There are hundreds of local plant species and countless more animals. Bird-watchers can expect a great time. El Yunque has a little something for everyone. Horseback rides, ATV trips, ziplining, and more are located just an hour away from San Juan.

Don Pepe, a restaurant just outside the entrance, offers excellent food in case you get hungry while passing through the gate. Expect rain, though, and dress appropriately.

4.

Mosquito Bay

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Don’t let the name deter you. Set on the small island of Vieques, to the east of Puerto Rico’s main area, Mosquito Bay is the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay. Just by running your hand through the water, it will light up with a surreal and gorgeous effect.

For the best results, get a clear-bottomed kayak tour and visit during the new moon. It is slightly harder to get to this bay, though. While you can fly into Vieques, the easiest option is probably to take a ferry from the mainland.

It needs to be dark for the proper effect, so try to find a hotel nearby. Reserve rooms well ahead of time, too, as it may be harder to get a room as you get closer to dark and popular nights in the bay.

5. Rio Camuy Cave Park

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If you like hiking, make your way to the northwestern side of the island and visit Rio Camuy Cave Park. This park covers an extensive cave system carved out by an underground river, and although rediscovered in 1958, evidence indicates exploration hundreds of years ago.

The caverns have 17 known entrances and more than 220 caverns across ten miles of space, with experts suspecting hundreds more caves further in its depths. Most of the park’s caverns aren’t open to visitors, but you can still explore the entrance area and one of Puerto Rico’s best-hidden natural wonders.

6. Piñones

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If you’re looking for authentic flavor, it’s hard to beat the Piñones neighborhood in Loiza, the eastern part of Puerto Rico’s main island. This neighborhood has two standout qualities: the beach and the food, and the beach is only a secondary draw.

Instead of heading into the surf, hit up a few of the dozens of local food stands in the area, where you’ll find some of the best cuisines on the island. Don’t go for too heavy a meal at one stand, though. Instead, try smaller bits of food as you walk around and enjoy the neighborhood to the fullest.

7. Gilligan’s Island

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No, not the famous 1960s television show.  Gilligan’s Island, also known as Cayo Aurora, is a gorgeous island full of mangrove trees.

Clear, shallow waters around the island make snorkeling a delight, while basic facilities like picnic areas and bathrooms mean you aren’t leaving all modern comforts behind. Gilligan’s Island doesn’t have too many other visitors, either.

In most cases, you’ll need to take kayaks out to the island, so you can’t drive or take a ferry. That makes the island a quieter, calmer area to get away from crowded areas and relax.

8. Cabo Rojo

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Set in the far southwestern part of Puerto Rico, Cabo Rojo is a delightful beach town and a frequent stop on the way to some other attractions in the area. Beach towns aren’t exactly rare, but Cabo Rojo stands out from other locations thanks to the presence of its pink salt flats.

These offer an almost surreal experience for anyone traveling through or walking along the area. For safety, the salt flats themselves require scheduled tours.

You can look from a distance without trouble, but if you want to get the best experience, visit on a Thursday. That’s when the area has the least traffic, so you can enjoy a more leisurely experience in one of Puerto Rico’s most vivid destinations.

9. Toro Verde Adventure Park

If you’re looking for some unusual experiences, stop by Toro Verde Adventure Park. This area is particularly famous for its ziplines and cables, starting with a trip known simply as The Monster.

At 8300 feet, or more than one and a half miles, The Monster is the longest zipline in North America, and it’s an incredible high-speed experience. For something a little more leisurely, Toro Verde also has cable bike paths where you can progress under your own power.

These offer a great way to get exercise while enjoying some fantastic views of the area. Either way, Toro Verde is a must-see if you love exercising and the outdoors.

10. La Pared

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Set in Luquillo, La Pared is a northeastern-facing beach with one specific reason to visit: the surf. It has excellent conditions for riding the waves year-round, making it an ideal spot for anyone who wants to hop on board. You don’t need to bring your board because rentals are available on-site.

It’s hard to get tired of the waves, but if you want to do something else, a strip of kiosks near the beach offers dining, shopping, and other forms of leisure.

Expect the party to keep going past midnight on the weekends, complete with local music and alcohol. If you prefer things a little quieter, visit La Pared early in the week, and you won’t see the same crowds.

11. Coamo Hot Springs

If you’re looking for relaxation, few places are better than Coamo Hot Springs on the southwest side of the island. Puerto Rico’s only thermal hot springs, Coamo offers a luxurious experience with the main baths.

Don’t jump right in, though, because there’s a process to enjoying it. After a quick rinse to clean off, you’ll slide into a warm pool to help your body adjust to the hotter temperatures in the area.

When you’re ready to move on, you can dip into the main pool for ten to fifteen minutes, where you’ll soon feel the tingle as the sulfuric water does its work. For even more relaxation, get a massage after your dip in the pools.

The Fuga Spa service offers per-minute massages, which are affordable on practically any budget, while the baths themselves cost almost nothing to use.

12. Casa Bacardi

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Why is the rum gone, the pirate asks? Well, it’s never gone at Casa Bacardi, the largest premium rum distillery in the world.

This facility offers three different types of tours, including a kid-friendly historical tour, a mixology tour focusing on the drinks themselves, and a tasting tour where you can enjoy some of their signature creations.

With over one thousand drink awards at various events since its opening in 1876, Bacardi is a distillery of genuine talent.

The most popular rums are available around the world, but you can also find rarer local specialties if you visit in person. If you love rum, you cannot miss a trip to Casa Bacardi on a visit to Costa Rica.

13. Heladeria Lares

Heladeria Lares is part of Costa Rica’s inland area and not somewhere you’ll stumble across if you’re sticking by the beaches or staying in Old San Juan.

However, if you’re passing through the northwestern part of the island on a warmer day, stop by for some of the most unusual and exotic ice cream flavors in Puerto Rico. Heladeria Lares gleefully produces unusual treats like garlic, rice with Vienna sausage (no, seriously), sweet pepper, and ginger.

Don’t worry if you aren’t in the mood for a risky flavor, though, because they also have common favorites like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Either way, you’ll have an experience if you stop by this unassuming ice cream parlor.

14. La Cara del Indio

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Set along an easily-accessible part of Puerto Rico’s northwest coast, La Cara del Indio is a carved statue of the face of Chief Mabodamaca, an indigenous leader who protected his people when the Spanish first came to the area.

It’s also one of the easiest attractions to work into a trip, as the monument serves as both a welcome to the town of Isabela and the point where you transition to or from the popular western coastal region.

Whether you just want to slow down as you pass by or get out for a better look, this bold statue is a nice addition to a trip.

15. Guanica Sunflower Field

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If you enjoy flowers, a visit to Finca El Girasol, or the Guanica Sunflower Fields, is worth a visit when they’re in bloom. Long rows of flowers dot the fields here, and it’s a great way to pass an hour or so outdoors.

The flowers tend to bloom best in summer, so call ahead to check the status of the fields.

While you’re in the area, you can also buy fresh sunflowers, get treats like sunflower seeds, or do a photoshoot. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself, so relax away from the busier venues and see what these fields have to offer.

16. Parque de Bombas

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Built in the southern Ponce region, the Parque de Bombas is the first fire station built on the entire island. It’s instantly recognizable even from a distance thanks to the red and black stripes along the outside.

Although originally a functional facility, it’s since been renovated into a museum where you can learn more about the building, the city, and the island. The Parque de Bombas is right next to the town cathedral, another great sight in its own right.

And it’s just a few blocks away from several outstanding shopping destinations. It’s open throughout the year, so it’s especially good if you’re visiting during the cooler months when the beaches aren’t quite as attractive.

17. Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

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Mosquito Bay is a stunning attraction by itself, but the nearby Vieques National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to spend a day waiting for the nightly lights.

Covering the eastern half of the island and a much smaller part of the western half, the Wildlife Refuge is the largest protected area in the Caribbean and one of the most astoundingly diverse.

If you want a simpler trip, visit the western part of the refuge. Some parts of the eastern area are currently inaccessible due to an ongoing cleanup process involving unexploded military ordnance, but it will become more accessible once that’s done.

18. Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge

Puerto Rico has an impressively high number of wildlife refuges, but Desecheo is easily one of the most impressive. The main refuge is on an island off the western coast, but by law, you can’t set foot there because of (more) unexploded military ordnance, just like the Vieques refuge.

What you can do is take some scuba gear and dive down to the ocean floor. There, you’ll find caves, enormous amounts of marine life, gorgeous reefs, and more.

Desecheo is easily one of the top diving destinations in Puerto Rico, which is already a fantastic place with plenty of amazing places to enjoy the water. Consider going with a tour group the first time so you can learn more about the area.

19. Plaza Las Americas

If you enjoy shopping on your vacations, stop by Plaza Las Americas in San Juan. The largest mall facility in the entire Caribbean, and the second-largest in all of Latin America, it hosts over three hundred stores across almost two million square feet of retail floor area.

From major anchor stores to movies, electronics, clothing, and more, the Plaza is a one-stop destination.

It also hosts more chain stores from the mainland than many other parts of Puerto Rico, so if you’re looking for something from a familiar retailer, this is the single best spot on the island. Best of all, it’s in San Juan, so it’s easy to access during most trips.

20. Castillo Serralles

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Another outstanding location in Ponce, Castillo Serralles Museum is an immersive experience going through the history of Don Q rum and the Serralles family. It’s more modern than many other museums, using both augmented and virtual reality systems to enhance the experience.

Castillo Serralles also has a delightful Japanese-style garden just outside, complete with koi ponds, pagodas, and a completely different architectural style than you’ll see almost anywhere else on the island. That makes it a uniquely special place to visit, and certainly a highlight of any stop in Ponce.

21. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico

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The Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico is easily one of the top museums on the island, focusing on art from the island, the broader Caribbean, and Latin America since the mid-20th century.

Heavily influenced by its artistic and cultural creators, this museum in San Juan has an extensive collection and a frequently-changing list of exhibits.

Make sure to come on the weekend, as it’s often closed during weekdays for other work. The Museum is also a great thing to visit several times across multiple visits to the island, as you can see many different exhibits each time you come.

Things to Consider

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There are a few things to know before you head out to visit Puerto Rico. First, Americans don’t need passports to visit.

Puerto Rico is a US territory and its people are US citizens, although there has been some talk of becoming a state instead of remaining a territory. As long as you have a regular ID for a flight or cruise, you’re good to go.

Similarly, Puerto Rico uses the US dollar, so you don’t need to worry about currency conversion. However, Spanish is the main language on the island. Most locals know enough English to communicate with visitors.

But you may run into the occasional language barrier outside the tourist-focused areas. San Juan is easily the most popular destination on the island, and you might not even want to leave the city because there’s so much to do.

It’s a fantastic default choice, but consider spending at least a day or two on other parts of the island for the full experience. Finally, remember that Puerto Rico is a tropical island in the hurricane belt.

Travel insurance is always a good idea when visiting, but especially so from July to November when the weather could take a turn for the worse.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Here are some common questions people have about things to do in Puerto Rico:

What should I not miss in Puerto Rico?

There are plenty of great things to do on the island, but if you have to narrow it down, go to Old San Juan and try the local cuisine. That’s the core of the Puerto Rican experience.

What should you not do in Puerto Rico?

Don’t assume everyone you meet is fully fluent in English. Most people are, but Spanish is still the most common language in the area.

Is Puerto Rico expensive to visit?

Puerto Rico isn’t particularly cheap, especially if you compare it to some other destinations in the Caribbean. However, budget travelers can still minimize costs by cooking meals and visiting in the less-popular seasons.

Can you drink tap water in Puerto Rico?

Yes. Puerto Rico filters water at the source, so it’s generally safe to drink.

Which area of Puerto Rico is best for tourists?

Old San Juan is the highlight for tourists, but consider stopping by the Rio Grande for outdoor fun or Vieques for the bioluminescent beach.

So, What’s the Best Thing to Do in Puerto Rico?

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The best thing to do in Puerto Rico is whatever sounds fun! Old San Juan is a world-class sightseeing destination all by itself, but there are plenty of gorgeous sights – and delicious meals – if you go outside the main city.

20 Free Things to Do in Puerto Rico (for 2022)

Puerto Rico is the ideal getaway for the daring and adventurous, thanks to its white, sandy beaches, vibrant architecture, exceptional art, and rich history.

This Caribbean island is packed with exciting and educational activities and places to visit, leaving you, your friends, and your family fully enthralled by the experience.

Perhaps you require profound relaxation, enjoy instructive expeditions with your children, or simply wish to spend the day at the beach.

Whatever your reason for traveling, Puerto Rico may be a paradise for the inquisitive.

Over the years, it has developed into quite an expensive destination, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a trip on a friendly budget.

To help you save some serious pennies, here’s a list of free things to do in Puerto Rico that we specifically made just for you.

1. Old San Juan

Old San Juan
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
(787) 722-1709

Old San Juan is Puerto Rico’s oldest settlement and home to the San Juan National Historic Site, which includes buildings from the 16th century as well as the old city walls.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

There isn’t a lot of free stuff in Puerto Rico, but if you’re looking for somewhere free to go tonight, consider Old San Juan.

The Spanish colonial district of San Juan, which consists of 400 rebuilt structures from the 16th and 17th centuries, is rich in history and exudes a quaint, beautiful European aura.

Take it all in as you tour some parts of this magical city for free.

You can take a sunset stroll along Paseo de la Princesa, visit the free garden at Museo Casa Blanca (described in this article), or see La Rogativa, a famous statue in Plazuela de la Rogativa.

Expert Tip

If you’re looking for free activities in Puerto Rico, you can explore this magnificent city all in one day.

Put on your good walking shoes and walk from Calle Norzagaray to Castillo San Felipe el Morro in 20 to 30 minutes.

Here, you can enjoy the beautiful city and ocean views along the way, including a bird’s eye view of La Perla and an aerial perspective of Cementerio Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzi.

Before El Paseo del Morro, there is a picturesque route called El Redondel de Camino Escénico.

It is relatively remote and offers an easy trail that leads to stunning coastal views.

Visit the feral cats while you’re here and support the SavetheCats organization by donating a small amount.

2. Pinones

PR-187 Piñones
Loíza, Puerto Rico 00983

The largest mangrove forest in Puerto Rico is called Campamento Pinones, and it offers a gorgeous ocean drive from Carolina to Loza and a variety of restaurants.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

This lively neighborhood is a must-see for foodies wanting to travel.

Here, you can try delectable dishes as you stroll between food stalls or take in the tranquil waves and the surrounding landscape.

While exploring the kiosks and sampling delicious food, the authentic local fare might get pricey, but admiring the stunning surroundings is always free.

Expert Tip

To get the most out of your trip, we advise bringing cash.

It may require you to spend, but you can find affordable dining choices if you’re on the hunt for cheap things to do in Puerto Rico.

Additionally, traveling by bus might take a lot of time, so if you’re coming from Old San Juan, plan a two-hour bus ride.

To prevent boredom and hunger, bring snacks, water, and entertainment.

3. Cabo Rojo Lighthouse

301 PR Llanos Costa
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico 00622
(787) 851-1025

This charming lighthouse, a historic building in the Spanish-colonial style, is positioned atop a cliff and offers nearly 360-degree views of the Caribbean Sea.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

This lighthouse is nevertheless worth visiting, even though it is only open on infrequent occasions.

If you’re fortunate enough to visit when it’s open, you can climb the spiral staircase to the observation deck on the building’s roof, where you can enjoy some lovely panoramic views of the neighborhood.

Although it is generally locked and unattended, you may still appreciate the vista of the infinite waters and skies in front of it, as well as the structure’s modest decorative components.

Admission is free, and it’s the ideal choice if you’re looking for free places to go in Puerto Rico.

Expert Tip

If you choose to walk from the entrance, be ready for a fairly long trek, and bring footwear, you don’t mind getting dusty and scuffed.

The difficult, rocky path and the cliffs should be avoided at all costs, especially if you are traveling with small children.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Combate Beach Resort

4. Playa El Combate

PR-3301, Boquerón
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico 00622

At Combate Beach, resorts, hotels, restaurants, and a spectacular view of Bahia Salinas and the Morillos Peninsula can be found.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

Combate Beach, with its clear seas and large-scale reefs, is a favorite among residents.

Its immaculate shores are a diving enthusiast’s paradise, and it is the ideal location to watch the greatest sunsets in Puerto Rico.

Because of this, it’s popular with the younger crowd, who are always looking for Instagram-worthy shots and places to unwind.

Expert Tip

Parking is a little far away, and there are no restrooms on the beach, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby.

If you arrive early, you can find free parking near the beach beside the road.

There are also picnic tables and gazebos on the beach for dining or shade from the sun.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Vistas De La Bahia

5. Flamenco Beach

PR-251, Flamenco
Culebra, Puerto Rico 00775
(787) 383-0985

On the Caribbean island of Culebra, Flamenco Beach is a popular public beach known for its calm blue waves, white sand, swimming areas, and diving locations.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

Both tourists and specialists agree that the most well-liked beach in Culebra, Flamenco Beach, is known for having the most exquisite sand on the entire island of Puerto Rico.

It has a lovely aesthetic from almost every angle, making it ideal for kids, snorkelers, and people seeking a peaceful location.

On-site amenities like restrooms and showers are available, and for a thirst-free experience, the white sand beach is dotted with booths selling beverages.

Most of the activities here may cost money, but you can always do some sightseeing, picnicking (pack your own lunch), and relaxing in the shade—all for free.

Expert Tip

There is a small fee and a parking fee if you intend to use the beach.

The beach is also well-known as a camping area.

However, there is a cost, and you must carry your own supplies.

If you need more, you can always rent a tent, some seats, or some umbrellas.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Club Seabourne Hotel

Related: Things to Do in Puerto Rico with Kids

6. Playa Seven Seas

PR-987 Bo. Las Cabezas de San Juan Las Croabas
Fajardo, Puerto Rico 00738
(787) 863-8180

Playa Seven Seas is a white sand beach with calm, turquoise water that is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and paddling.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

There are many beaches on our list, but it would be a shame to pass up the opportunity to visit Playa Seven Seas.

The views are amazing, a little romantic, and it’s just lovely to gaze out over the sea and see the lighthouse in the distance.

The facilities include bathrooms, showers, and BBQ sites, and you can camp here for a modest cost if you stay for at least two nights.

Expert Tip

When the beach is “open,” lifeguards are present, usually from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable day at the beach.

Also, there are days when there is no attendant on duty, so admission is free, although we recommend bringing some cash, just in case.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: El Conquistador Resort – Puerto Rico

7. El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest. Puerto Rico

Northeastern Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest is a tropical jungle with hiking paths leading to Mount Britton and the La Mina waterfall.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

There is only one tropical forest in the US National Forest System, known as El Yunque National Forest, or simply El Yunque.

It is a must-see for all families on vacation and every local because it is also a significant location in Puerto Rican culture.

There are several things you may do here, like paying a modest price to access the El Portal Visitor Center, which has exhibits, interpretive programs, restrooms, a gift shop, and a café.

This attraction is free to those who have a National Forest pass.

You can also make use of their hiking paths, where you might come across numerous indigenous plant species, uncommon animal species, cool rivers, and tumbling waterfalls.

Expert Tip

The rainforest is normally free to visit, but reservations are now required, and there is a daily limit of 150 cars.

Be sure to reserve your $2 entry ticket before arriving.

They are made available 30 days before the day you’re expected to arrive.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Yunque Mar Beach Hotel

8. Sandy Beach

Carretera 413 Ramal,
Aguada, Puerto Rico 00602
(787) 722-8640

Sandy Beach is a lovely beach in Rincon that is perfect for body boarding, surfing, and learning to surf because surfing lessons are provided on the property.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

There aren’t a lot of free events in Puerto Rico, but you can have your own personal celebration at Sandy Beach, which is one of Rincón’s most popular beaches and hangout locations.

It is home to the Sandy Beach Hotel, which offers breathtaking ocean views as well as tours, eco excursions, and recreational activities.

The length of Sandy Beach is lined with vacation accommodations, restaurants, and bars, so expect a crowd during peak season.

Expert Tip

Some days may have incredible surf, while others will have quiet conditions ideal for swimming.

If you don’t like the weather one day, just wait a day, and it will change.

In addition, the picturesque little area that surrounds it is lined with bustling clubs and restaurants to check out after a day at the beach.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Rincon of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel

9. Playa Crashboat

End of Rt. 458, Off Rt. 107
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 00603
(787) 431-5845

The northwest coast of Puerto Rico’s Playa Crashboat is renowned for its clean waters, food trucks, parking, jet ski rentals, restaurants, and other amenities.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

For free fun in Puerto Rico, the Playa Crashboat is recommended.

Because of its clean waters and abundance of fish, it has become a popular destination for fishermen, scuba divers, and daredevils who enjoy diving into the water.

You can also utilize the beautiful sands and play some beach volleyball or simply bask in the warm weather and sunbathe.

It is open every day of the year, and, while admission is free, there is a nominal parking fee.

Expert Tip

After a day in the sun, refuel at one of the area’s many kiosks or travel a short distance to one of Aguadilla’s eateries.

Additionally, we advise you to take a stroll to the beach’s northernmost point, where you may locate a vendor who will set up an umbrella and some beach chairs for $25.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Parador El Faro

10. Playa La Chiva

Puerto Ferro
Vieques, Puerto Rico 00765

On Vieques’ southern shore, Playa La Chiva, popularly known as the Blue Beach, is a well-liked spot for snorkeling and learning to paddleboard.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

If you’re looking for free things to do in Puerto Rico with kids, this peaceful, picturesque setting is a great choice for some quiet family bonding.

La Chiva Beach (Playa La Chiva) is a tranquil and sandy sanctuary located at the southern end of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.

The Caribbean Sea is perfect for snorkeling here, and the beach is completely quiet, with few crowds and amenities.

Expert Tip

It is free to enter and available to the public at all times, but bring water to relieve your thirst and bug repellant to ward off mosquitos.

Don’t forget to bring your snacks and drinks, as well as a blanket for a picnic on the sand.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Bravo Beach Hotel

11. Parque de Bombas

296 P+QG6 Plaza Las Delicias
Ponce, Puerto Rico 00731
(787) 840-1045

One of Puerto Rico’s most noteworthy structures, the Parque de Bombas, is a historic old fire station in Ponce that is situated at the Plaza Las Delicias town plaza.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

As one of the island’s most famous monuments, this historic fire station should be your next stop if you’re looking for free stuff to do this weekend.

It has a museum that explores southern Puerto Rico’s history and has fascinating details about Ponce, the firefighters, and the devastating fire of 1899.

History buffs and families with young children who like seeing vintage fire trucks should not miss this landmark.

Expert Tip

The Parque is accessible to guests staying in Ponce either on foot or by taking a bus trip that takes visitors on a two-hour guided tour of all the city’s top attractions.

Ponce is easily accessible by automobile for guests staying elsewhere on the island, and there is plenty of free parking throughout the community.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort

12. Playa Caracas

Puerto Ferro
Vieques, Puerto Rico 00765
(787) 741-2138

Playa Caracas, often known as Red Beach in English, has white sand, crystal-clear waters, tidal pools, and a shallow cove ideal for snorkeling.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

Playa Caracas is a broad, flat beach that is shaped like a half-moon, with rocky outcrops on either side and a cayo just offshore.

There are some picnic shelters, lovely white sands, a Caribbean-blue ocean, a sizable open parking area, and no parking fees.

Because it is not very busy, picture-perfect, and boasts clear clean water, and mild surf, this lovely beach has become a local favorite.

Expert Tip

Free gazebos are available, but you must get there early to get one.

Bring sunscreen, blankets, and an umbrella like you would to any beach.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: El Blok

13. Sun Bay (Vieques)

Vieques, Puerto Rico 00765

Sun Bay, the only beach on Vieques with amenities, is a vast, gorgeous stretch of white sand shaped like a giant half moon.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

One of the best beaches for families is Sun Bay Beach, a picture-perfect beach on Vieques’ southern coast.

The roughly 2-mile beach, which is renowned for its amenities, contains a modest food court, lifeguards, showers, and restrooms.

Although using the beach and having a picnic costs a modest amount, you are always welcome to just stroll by and take it all in.

Additionally, it is safe and secure because Sun Bay security and employees patrol the area throughout the day and much more so at night.

Expert Tip

The most important tip we have is that if you arrive early enough, you can enter for free through the exit gate.

This may not always be the case, but it’s worth a shot.

Also, sand flies and ants can be a bit persistent, so bring bug spray.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Casa de Tortuga Guesthouse

14. Calle del Cristo

Calle Del Cristo
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
(787) 888-1880

The Old San Juan shopping district, known as Calle del Cristo, has cobblestone walkways dotted with boutique stores, eateries, and coffee shops.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

Can’t decide what to do today with your friends and family?

Consider taking a stroll around Calle del Cristo downtown, and while you’re there, don’t forget to take lots of pictures for your social media postings.

The panoramic views, in particular, at the intersection of Calle Cristo and Calle de San Sebastián, are stunning.

With all the restaurants, art galleries, and shops, visiting here may be expensive.

However, if you’re strictly on a budget, exploring Old San Juan and taking in its beauty is always free.

To watch the countless birds waiting to be fed, stop at Pigeon Park (Parque de las Palomas).

Expert Tip

There are other shops along the route, but El Galpon is highly recommended if you’re looking for real, gorgeous Panama hats.

You can also go to The Chapel Restaurant & Bar if you want to eat traditional meals and drink something cold in a laid-back setting.

Just keep in mind that most north-south streets have an incline to offer a little more exercise.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: O:Live Boutique Hotel, A Small Luxury Hotel of the World

15. Condado Beach

1077 Avenue Doctor Ashford
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907

Condado Beach, a sizable public beach known for its powerful undercurrents, is located in El Condado, a neighborhood of Santurce in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

Condado Beach, which is open to the public every day from dawn to dusk, is one of the beaches on this list that is most frequently suggested.

It is surrounded by several high-rise hotels and resort complexes, making it the perfect destination for visitors and families looking for a staycation spot.

Unless you’re a professional swimmer, it’s best to avoid swimming at Condado Beach because the tide here is frequently too powerful for young swimmers.

You may always enjoy the nice weather, take a stroll in the sand, enjoy a picnic with your family, or simply unwind by the beach.

Expert Tip

Admission is free, but if you choose to drive to the beach, parking will probably cost you money in a nearby garage.

Additionally, it could be rather crowded (especially on summer weekends), so for reduced congestion, we advise visiting in the middle of the week.

You may get snacks and drinks nearby and use the restrooms at Walgreens and CVS, which are both close to the beach.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

16. Carolina Beach (Balneario de Carolina)

Carretera Boca de Cangrejos
Carolina, Puerto Rico 00979
(787) 791-2410

Carolina Beach, which is close to the Isla Verde resort area in the metro area, is a well-liked public beach due to its magnificent white sand and lovely clear water.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

Last but not least (of all the beaches on this list), we have Carolina Beach, which stands out for its cleanliness and water quality.

In the metropolitan area, it is one of the busiest and most popular beaches due to its beach attractions.

You can engage in water activities, use the beach volleyball court, or savor the diverse cuisine available here.

A small water park and a playground are available for children if you’re bringing them along, giving them their own place and something to do.

Expert Tip

Weekends are typically the busiest times to visit the beach, but you can avoid some of the crowds by going during the week.

Due to Carolina Beach’s close proximity to the airport, there is also the potential for some loud noise from passing aircraft.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Fairmont El San Juan Hotel

17. Catedrál de San Juan

151 C. del Cristo
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902
(787) 722-0861

Ponce de Leon’s remains are interred at the Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista, a historical site constructed in 1540.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

Start your city exploration on your own by going to the enormous Catedral de San Juan.

It was the center of city life during the Spanish era and is the second-oldest church in the Americas, having been founded in 1521.

With its centuries-old mausoleums and artwork, it is still one of San Juan’s most captivating locations and a must-see whenever you are there.

Expert Tip

You don’t need to bring much because admission is free, but you really must bring a glass of water to stay hydrated.

There is no information for visitors visiting the cathedral (at least in English), so bring a guidebook or hire a qualified local tour guide.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: O:LV Fifty Five Hotel

18. Convento Los Dominicos

Plaza de San Jose, Calle Norzagaray 98
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
(787) 725 2660

The first convent in Puerto Rico, Convento Los Dominicos, was established in 1510 by Charles V and offered protection to women and children during invasions in the Caribbean.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

There aren’t a lot of free things in Puerto Rico, but marveling at an important landmark like the Convento Los Dominicos won’t cost you a lot.

The Dominican Order established the Convento Los Dominicos in 1523, making it a significant historical site.

It’s worthwhile to examine the chapel’s vault, which is notable for the stone zodiac wheel that has been sculpted with astronomical and mythological images.

Even though it’s a hotel right now, you can enter to see the inner courtyard garden and Creole tiles for free.

Expert Tip

Check out the tiny chapel museum with religious items and some of the best works of art in the city, which are located on the ground floor.

Additionally, Convento Los Dominicos is just next door to the Church of San José, which you can visit afterward.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Hotel El Convento

19. La Fortaleza

54 C. de la Fortaleza
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
(787) 721-7000

As well as serving as a castle, an armory, a prison, and the Governor General’s mansion, La Fortaleza is the official residence of the governor of Puerto Rico.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

La Fortaleza, which translates to “The Fortress,” has played a significant role in Puerto Rico’s history.

It was undoubtedly built with that purpose in mind when it was finished in 1540 as a part of a significant building project to strengthen the island’s fortifications.

The mansion cannot be toured at your leisure, but there are free, 30-minute guided tours offered Monday through Friday between 8:15 am and 3:30 pm.

When the government is not in session, this 30-minute tour will explore the expansive gardens as well as the interior of the structure.

Expert Tip

To be allowed inside, you must be dressed appropriately.

Anyone who is 21 years of age or older must present a photo ID.

Additionally, it is advisable to phone ahead of time to obtain the day’s schedule and minimize complications.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort

20. Casa Blanca

1 C. de San Sebastián
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00926
(787) 725-1454

A house museum called Casa Blanca may be seen in Old San Juan, the city’s old colonial district, where it was first constructed in 1521.

Why We Recommend This Free Activity

Casa Blanca is one of the many remarkable free attractions in Puerto Rico.

It is the oldest fort in San Juan and was previously Juan Ponce de León’s home.

The house is now a museum, exhibiting relics from the 16th and 17th centuries as well as wall plaques that describe the histories of each room.

Expert Tip

There is a minimal admission cost for the museum, but because you’re looking for free things to do in Puerto Rico, tour the gardens and snap a ton of pictures of the stunning scenery.

Recommended Hotel Nearby: Condado Ocean Club

Map of Free Things to Do in Puerto Rico

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20 Things to Do in Puerto Rico for Free in 2022

  • Old San Juan
  • Pinones
  • Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
  • Playa El Combate
  • Flamenco Beach
  • Playa Seven Seas
  • El Yunque National Forest
  • Sandy Beach
  • Playa Crashboat
  • Playa La Chiva
  • Parque de Bombas
  • Playa Caracas
  • Sun Bay (Vieques)
  • Calle del Cristo
  • Condado Beach
  • Carolina Beach (Balneario de Carolina)
  • Catedrál de San Juan
  • Convento Los Dominicos
  • La Fortaleza
  • Casa Blanca

90,000 Were with my husband in Puerto Rico. Landmarks that we remember the most

24.03.2020 09:00

So I want to share my impression. I recently visited Pointe-a-Pitre with my husband. The impressions were unforgettable. We had an active holiday. We visited many attractions. I didn’t have time to return, and again I want to go where life is like a fairy tale.

This city is located on the island of Gran Ter, which is located southeast of Puerto Rico. It is one of the largest cities in Guadeloupe and its economic center. nine0005

The city was founded in the nineteenth century. Along the old streets are beautiful buildings. You can go to the markets of the city as an excursion. High racks with exotic fruits, sellers in bright clothes are pleasing to the eye.

We started our journey by visiting…

Place de la Victoire

Huge in size. Facing the bay of la Darse. Surrounded by colonial-style buildings. This area is considered the green heart of the city. The huge park beckons visitors. Poinciana and royal palms provide shade and save tourists on a hot day. It’s nice to walk past the old houses and then relax in the pavement cafe. nine0005

Memorial

Opened in 2015. The museum contains exhibits that will tell about the history of slavery around the world, and not just in Guadeloupe and the Caribbean. After visiting the exhibition, many begin to think about life.

The museum is located on the embankment, in a former sugar factory. It is a complex in the form of a box. Topped with a grid of silver structures.

Audio guides explain the history of the slave trade. All facts are confirmed by video recordings. After an informative journey, you can relax in a restaurant, visit a store located on the territory of the memorial. nine0005

St. Pierre and St. Paul’s Cathedral

This is a must visit. It is known to many as the «Iron Cathedral». This nickname was obtained thanks to the arches, which are built from riveted iron beams. They protect the building from natural disasters — earthquakes and hurricanes.

To feel all the sacrament of visiting the cathedral, go to the Sunday service.

Markets and shopping streets

You must visit them to get to know the color and culture of the French city of Pointe-à-Pitre. There is a holiday feeling everywhere. Fragrant spices and tropical fruits, brightly colored flowers and handicrafts all indicate that life is in full swing along the inner road of La Darse. nine0005

Fishermen are not left out either. They, like all merchants, strive to sell their product — fresh fish.

Saint John Perse Museum

Housed in a nineteenth century colonial house. By visiting the exhibition, you will get acquainted with the famous poet, Nobel laureate — Alexis Léger. On the second floor there are exhibits that tell about his life and work. Not far from the museum is the house where the poet was born. The exposition of the first floor will introduce guests to the era of the Creole residence. nine0005

You will learn a lot of interesting and useful things while wandering through the halls of the Museum of Saint John Perce.

Victor Schoelcher Museum

Activist who participated in the abolition of slavery in Guadeloupe. The exhibition is housed in a colonial-style building.

Here are exhibits that tell about life during the period of the slave trade. The tour is educational. It will make you think about a lot and rethink a lot.

Le Gosier

Seaside town with picturesque streets, marinas, lots of shops. Located on the south coast of Grande Terre. It is considered the main tourist destination of Guadeloupe. There are enough nightclubs, bars, restaurants, casinos. Active recreation in the city is guaranteed. For those who decide to stay here for a couple of days, the doors of the hotel are opened wide. nine0005

Le Gosier is a heavenly city with a tropical climate and exotic trees. Beauty, clean air, a variety of events throughout the year attract tourists from all over the world.

Aquarium de la Guadeloupe

Fifty species of corals, eighty varieties of fish will delight tourists when visiting this attraction — the largest aquarium in the West Indies. Thirty ponds are inhabited by marine inhabitants.

For those who want to feel a little like an inhabitant of the ocean, we offer underwater trips with fins and a snorkel. nine0005

Festival of Women Chefs

The event takes place every year. The beautiful half of humanity puts on bright, colorful costumes. The holiday is coming. It lasts all day. Accompanied by songs, dances, entertainment. Without food, the festival would not be considered a holiday. The best Creole dishes are presented here. Buying a ticket is almost impossible. They sell out instantly.

These are the places we managed to visit. To get acquainted with all the sights of Guadeloupe, life is not enough. But memories of the beauties of the islands, clean beaches, unearthly color of water — all this will remain in your memory for a long time. nine0005

Returning here again, we will continue our acquaintance with this territory.

ex-Amur resident Olga Lazitskaya about moving to America and life abroad ▸ Amur.Life

Ex-Amur resident Olga Lazitskaya has been living in the USA for 8 years. A journalist with many years of experience teaches at a university in San Diego and continues to study. Olga told Ehi.Life about meeting her foreign husband, moving, work, mentality, studies and much more.

I entered three US universities

– I was born and studied in Blagoveshchensk, in 2005 I graduated from the AmSU with a degree in Journalism and worked at Alfa Channel. And although now this television company is no longer there, but thanks to it I have made a lot of friends. In 2006 or 2007 I went to work in Tomsk on TV2. And then she moved to Moscow, worked on federal channels. But already in 2014, I went to study in California, at one of the universities in San Diego.

Why San Diego? Initially, I entered three universities. I chose the one where I most wanted and where my supervisor worked. She is from Kazan. Her name is Natalya Rudakova, she is the author of the book Losing Pravda, which tells about the formation and development of Russian journalism. In addition to her, the university had another supervisor with whom I wanted to work, a very cool professor. And when I faced a choice, then, without much thought, I went to the university in San Diego. Here she began to receive a Ph.D. in communications and journalism. Today I am already working as a teacher, I have my own courses. I teach media systems in the era of post-truth. I am still in America on a student visa. When I finish my studies, I will re-register the documents. By law, now I can become a citizen of America. But so far I’m not guessing anything. Everyone asks me what I will do after graduation. I think I’ll stay teaching, and then we’ll see. nine0005

Without English they would not have accepted

– I have been living in America for 8 years now. When I moved, of course, I knew English very well, I took entrance exams, including the language. Wouldn’t have taken it without English. My university studies are free for me, in return I teach and assist professors. Therefore, they, of course, look so that a person can immediately start working.

Getting a job here does not depend on nationality and citizenship. It’s all about experience and expertise. If this is not the case, then even if you are an American, it will be unrealistic to get a job somewhere. nine0005

My husband is a professional dancer

– Met my husband in San Diego. We told this story on one of the radio stations in Blagoveshchensk, where we visited together. And we met at the dance. I decided for myself to learn how to dance salsa and bachata. And at one of the classes I met my future husband! He is a professional dancer. They started dating, and a year later he said: «Let’s get married.» And we got married. My mother came to the wedding from Blagoveshchensk. The celebration took place on a yacht. We sailed out to sea, and the captain presided over the wedding ceremony. My mom was crying, his mom was crying. Everyone was crying and then everyone was dancing (laughs). nine0005

My husband is from Mexico. I don’t know how the Americans look after, but the Mexicans look after them very beautifully. At the same time, I am only responsible for my man — I don’t know about everyone! I know that there are dishonest ones. And there are princes on a white horse — in the truest sense of the word. My husband is very sweet. Culturally, Mexican men are similar to Russians.

I will go back a little and say that my relatives reacted very well to my move abroad. They came to visit me. Bathed in the ocean. Enjoyed the palm trees. After all, I have not lived in Blagoveshchensk for a long time. Mom and sister are used to the fact that I’m not around. nine0005

The last time my husband and I came to Blagoveshchensk in the summer of 2018. My husband liked it in my homeland. He is not only a dancer, but also a professional horse trainer, so of course we went with him to our equestrian club. He even took a group and held a lesson for them — he taught them how to skate correctly in the field. He has vivid memories associated with Blagoveshchensk.

When we came to Blagoveshchensk, Alfa Channel still existed, I came to visit there. I collected data for my dissertation, which is related to Russian journalism. For this, I recorded many interviews. Then I lived in Russia for more than a year. I went to Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, where many colleagues moved to work. Then she returned to study in America. nine0005

Guests are shocked when I bring jelly

– Large groups gather here on holidays. The New Year is celebrated in the same way as ours, on December 31st. And there are so many cultures here — starting with Hanukkah (Jewish holiday, celebrated on December 19 — Approx.ed.) and ending with the Chinese New Year in February. My friends and I celebrate a lot of holidays!

Foreigners are still surprised that in Russia there is such a holiday as the Old New Year. They don’t understand how this is possible. And they do not understand our national dishes. When I bring a herring under a fur coat, they are horrified. There is such a tradition here: when people gather all together, then everyone brings some kind of dish that they want to treat. And the owner of the house is also preparing some big dish. Thailand, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Russia — everyone brings their own national dish. Often guests are shocked when I bring jelly. They say: “What is this jelly? It must be sweet! (laughs) By the way, my friends didn’t like jelly or herring under a fur coat. The second time they would not eat it. nine0005

The whole world comes here

– I like living in the USA. Here, of the minuses, probably, only that you need to work a lot. But it’s like that everywhere, I guess. If I lived somewhere in Minnesota, where snow is knee-deep, like in Blagoveshchensk, maybe I wouldn’t like it either. Plus, there is a variety of culture, ethnic groups. You often communicate with representatives of Latin American culture, you learn something from them: dancing, cooking, a new language. Everyone here is learning from each other. Including being sensitive to other cultures. nine0005

When it comes to medicine, we have our own system: we have an app on our phones. You make an appointment with the doctor, they send you a lot of reminders of the visit. You come — everyone there already knows why you came, what problems you have, requests. Test results are sent online. For example, I have student insurance. And my clinic is located at the university. In general, if you work in some good company, you will definitely be provided with insurance.

The whole world comes here. But coming here just like that is a big delusion. You have to offer something to this country or employer. In advance, before moving, start looking for a job, send out resumes. Just to come here in the hope that you will be met here with bread and salt is stupid.

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