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. 

A couple soaks in the scenery at the rainforest

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

las Croabas

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.

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Visitors lay in the clear water in La Parguera

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.

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A group enjoys a peaceful horseback ride on the beach.

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.

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rio espiritu santo

Rio Espíritu Santo is born in the Yunque mountain and flows to the sea.

Boat ride on El Rio Espíritu Santo

Experience an adventure along Puerto Rico's only navigable river - El Rio Espíritu Santo in Río Grande. Join La Paseadora del Río Espíritu Santo for a boat ride to discover the area's rich flora, fauna, myths, and legends. Journey approximately 9 kilometers from the Yunque mountain to the sea, immersing yourself in nature reserves and the unique blend of fresh and saltwater in this captivating aquatic ecosystem.

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Apiary tours


Experience the sweet world of beekeeping in Puerto Rico by visiting local apiaries. Get up close to buzzing hives and learn about the fascinating process of honey production, discover the vital role bees play in the Island's ecosystem while enjoying a unique and educational adventure in Apiturismo PR and Apiarios Caraballo in Yauco or Apiario Guare in San Lorenzo.