Puerto Rico is home to astounding courses, beautiful beaches, lively culture, tropical weather, and superb restaurants.
Golfers love warm weather that allows them to play in comfort. They also prefer destinations where many lodging, restaurant, and after-golf activities exist. Puerto Rico is tailor-made to provide traveling golfers with the things they seek.
Not only are the Island's playing venues fun and scenic, but several are also rated among the best in the Caribbean and Mexico. They offer an array of options to suit each player's tastes, with a range of price points, terrain features, and designs from some of the game's greats. These include Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Chi Chi Rodriguez, Tom Fazio, Tom Kite, Rees Jones, Gary Player, and Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Ocean, mountain, and rainforest views await from many of Puerto Rico's courses. El Yunque is a spectacular rainforest that can be seen from several Puerto Rico golf courses, including at Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve's Championship Course, where the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open is played annually, and from the Ocean and River courses at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Golf & Beach Resort. Unfathomably beautiful ocean views await at Royal Isabela and Punta Borinquen, both perched atop seaside cliffs on the Island's northwest coast. Near San Juan, Ponce, and Humacao, the courses in Dorado Beach, Bahia Beach, Costa Caribe, and Palmas Athletic Club are adjacent to the ocean, with holes parallel to the sandy beaches and turquoise surf.
It starts with a warm welcome ("Bienvenidos") and continues everywhere you explore. The Island is rich in festivals, traditions, art, and music, and the Puerto Rican people (boricua) are genuinely gracious and hospitable. With 78 municipalities, many with unique customs and attractions, there's always another exciting place to discover nearby after golf.
If you're in Puerto Rico, you're already pretty lucky, but if you're feeling extra charmed, try visiting some of the many casinos throughout the Island. Whether you're a fan of blackjack, poker, or slots, there are plenty of places for you to play your cards right. If you're staying in San Juan, check out Casino del Mar inside La Concha Resort or Casino Metro at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino (the option closest to the Convention Center). The Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort has a casino, too. These three are sure bets for gamblers of all experience levels. You'll also find casinos on the east coast, such as the Casino Real inside Palmas del Mar in Humacao, among others.
Puerto Rico's food will enhance your trip to the Island. With more than 4,000 restaurants, the choices are exceptional. Try dishes such as mofongo, made of deep-fried green plantains and lechón, a slowly spit-roasted pork dish with juicy meat and crispy skin. Be ready to experience the distinctive spice that characterizes Afro-Caribbean cuisine. If you don't have time to sample the wide variety of local dishes, consider trying out a food tour to sample the Island's flavors.