"The most popular spot on the island for Kite Flying is the wide, open field of El Morro. The area around the historical landmark contains all the necessary conditions for successful kite flying in a picturesque setting: the sprawling green lawn, the unobstructured airspace (no power lines or aircraft), and the constant, unrelenting trade winds. With these characteristics, it's no wonder why kite flying in El Morro is something every Puerto Rican family tries at least once." By: EyeTour.com
Having fun in Old San Juan is not very hard. You could just buy a couple of kites and go crazy over the open green grass fields by El Morro. But if you prefer your schedule to be a bit more structured, any of these tours will show you around a city like no other.
15 Knots Kiteboarding School
Abe's Snorkeling and Bio-Bay Tours
Atlantic San Juan Tours
Aventuras Tierra Adentro
Black Beard Sports
Charlie's Custom Tours Puerto Rico
Culebra Island Adventures
East Island Excursions
Eco Action Tours
Flavors of San Juan
Get Shopped P.R.
Group Services, Inc (GSI)
Hacienda Monte Alto
Island Kayaking Adventure
Kayaking Puerto Rico
Las Tortugas Adventures
Maguro Fishing Charters
Maragata Yacht Charters
Parguera Fishing Charters
Potrero Brisas del Mar
Puerto Rico Magic Tarpon
San Cristobal Hiking Tour
Serenity Sea Tours, Inc.
Tours de la Montaña
Tropical Trail Rides
Vieques Adventure Company
Hacienda Campo Rico
Quesos Vaca Negra (Vaca Negra Cheese Co.)
Sail San Juan Bay
Spoon Food Tours
An extraordinary rum and food tasting dinner experience. Join us and get acquainted with the rum and food culture of Puerto Rico at a restaurant in Old San Juan. As the evening progresses, your guide will teach you how to taste and differentiate between 8 different types of rum, served during a Puerto Rican dinner. You will become a bartender and prepare your rum cocktails from scratch. Must 21 years old.
An authentic Puerto Rican Food expedition through the charming Old San Juan blue coble-stone streets from the 1500s century. Offer includes: four dinner courses progressively eaten through a VIP visit to different restaurants and a discount card given for future savings at partner shops and restaurants. Must be 18 years old or older.
At the heart of Old San Juan's shopping district, a fully guided tour will show you the best and most unique stores San Juan's historic streets has to offer, including special sales and gifts to participants. Next, the highlight of the tour, visit a beautiful restaurant and taste the flavors of Puerto Rican cuisine where you can interact with our creative chef and learn how to do Mofongo. Duration: 4 hours.
Entertain your palate with a self-cooked early dinner in our foodie workshop. Includes: Walking Tour, Cooking Demo, Puerto Rican complete dinner, Cocktail & Taxes. Tour: Mondays & Thursdays. Duration: Aprox. 4 hrs. Please reserve in advanced.
Acacia Seaside Inn
Aquarius Vacation Club at Boquerón Beach Resort
Cabo Rojo, Dorado
Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club
Beside the Pointe on the Beach
Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites
Borinquen Beach Inn
Casa Condado Hotel
Casa Isleña Inn
Viejo San Juan
Casa Verde Hotel
Ciqala Luxury Suites
Coconut Palms Inn
Cofresí Beach Hotel
Comfort Inn & Suites Levittown
Comfort Inn San Juan
Condado Plaza Hilton
Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa
Coral by the Sea
Coral Princess Inn
Courtyard Aguadilla by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Hotel
Da' House Hotel
Canario Boutique Hotel
Máre St. Clair Hotel
Hacienda El Jibarito
Hotel El Convento
Hotel El Guajataca
Hotel Ocean Front
Cidra Country Club Inn & Villas
Hyatt Place San Juan/Bayamón
Hyatt Place Manatí Hotel & Casino Atlantico
La Terraza de San Juan
Paradise Guest House
Combate Beach Resort
Parador Costa del Mar
Parador El Faro
Parador Guánica 1929
Parador Palmas de Lucía
Plaza de Armas Hotel
Punta Maracayo Resort
San Juan Suites Hotel
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Parador Villas del Mar Hau
Parador Villa Parguera
Parador El Buen Café
Tryp by Wyndham
Holiday Inn Ponce
La Jamaca Guesthouse & Snack Bar
Double Tree by Hilton San Juan
Costa Bahía Hotel & Convention Center
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino
Lazy Parrot Inn
Villa Montaña Beach Resort
Costa Dorada Beach Resort
Boquerón Beach Resort
Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
Known as the “Garden of the Atlantic” for its spectacular marine life and sponges, Aguadilla features some of the best surfing beaches on the island. Crash Boat, Gas Chambers, Wilderness and Surfer’s Beach rank among the top surf destinations in Puerto Rico, and the city has hosted numerous international surf competitions. Beneath the waves, an underwater kingdom awaits divers and snorkelers.
Aguadilla Entertainment Complex
Made up of four separate facilities - an ice skating arena, a bowling alley, a skate park, and a water park – it provides fun for the entire family, indoors or outdoors, wet or dry.
Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park
This cultural theme park transports you through five eras of Puerto Rico’s history, from the Spanish Conquest of 1494 to the Spanish American War in 1898, the same year the Lighthouse was built. Inside the restored Lighthouse there’s a museum of marine artifacts and on its rooftop there are great views of Arecibo, the Atlantic Ocean, and, if in season, a couple of whales swimming by.
The world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, the Arecibo Observatory, has been responsible for many notable findings in radio astronomy, planetary radar and terrestrial aeronomy. A tour of this unique attraction does more than channel your inner astronaut; it’s a chance to explore a true marvel of engineering.
Playuela is one of the most picturesque half-moon shaped beaches in Puerto Rico, a secluded treasure on the southwestern tip of the island. Overlooking the beach is the Cabo Rojo lighthouse, which was built in 1882.
A project for the revitalization of San Juan’s bay that has transformed a 21-block area into an entire neighborhood that features shopping, dining, hotels, housing, parks, trails, and a stunning waterfront esplanade.
Balneario de Boquerón
Boquerón Beach is very family-friendly with picnic tables, convenient parking, gazebos, handicap facilities, accommodations, cafeteria, playground, restrooms, and lots of palm trees perfect for a shaded nap on the beach.
Balneario de Cerro Gordo
One of the most popular “balnearios”, or public beaches, in Puerto Rico, Cerro Gordo is a wide crescent of sand on the shores of the deep blue Atlantic. You can swim, kayak and dive here against a lovely backdrop of rolling hills and green forests.
Basílica Menor La Monserrate
Built in the small town of Hormigueros in the west coast, this basilica dates to the late 16th century as a dedication to the Virgin of Montserrat. Its architecture combines Romantic elements and features a bell tower with Arabic elements.
Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, perched on the northeastern bluff of the island, is managed by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. It’s a chance to enjoy bird watching in various ecosystems ranging from swampy mangrove forests to rocky beaches. Guided tours are conducted in English and Spanish by appointment.
Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge and Salt Flats
The salt flats of Cabo Rojo and the Combate Beach coastline trails are a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge and an absolute paradise for bird watching enthusiasts. This arid landscape, almost an alien world amid Puerto Rico’s lush vegetation and azure beaches, is home to 25 species of migrating shorebirds. In fact, this is the most important point of convergence for migrating shorebirds in the eastern Caribbean. The salt flats are also frequented by over 90 resident and migratory birds and are part of the designated critical habitat of the yellow-shouldered blackbird, an endangered species. Trails available from the salt flats, Combate Beach, visitor centers, and Laguna Cartagena Refuge.
Caguana Ceremonial Ball Courts Site
This national historic landmark dates all the way back to 1,200 BC. It features several ball courts and a small museum of Taíno artifacts.
Caguas Botanical and Cultural Garden
The garden exhibits the rich multicultural wealth that’s the foundation of the creole heritage, combining the Taíno, African, and Spanish influences. The garden also exhibits tropical flora in all its exuberance and is home to a great variety of wildlife.
Caja de Muertos
Caja de Muertos, or Coffin Island, is one of Ponce’s natural treasures. It’s a pristine environment with crystalline beaches a short ferry ride away from the coast of Ponce. It’s also a great place to hike and kayak. To secure your trip, reserve the ferry or tour in advance.
The Camuy Caves present one of the most dramatic natural settings that Puerto Rico has to offer. Set deep within a valley of lush tropical foliage, the extensive cave system runs along a mighty subterranean river. The national park extends beyond the caves and includes ample picnic and camping areas. Facilities include showers, bathrooms, and a well-stocked gift shop.
This forest in the central part of the island is the home of Charco Azul, a natural pool with crystalline waters. You’re free to hike, camp, picnic and, of course, dive into the pool.
The secluded, white-walled estate at the beginning of San Sebastián Street in Old San Juan is one of the oldest structures in Puerto Rico. Built in 1521, it is the original home of the Ponce de León family.
Casa Cautiño Museum
A small but beautifully maintained cultural gem in Guayama, Casa Cautiño is a 19th century colonial mansion that once belonged to one of the region’s wealthiest landowners.
Castillo San Cristóbal
The largest fort ever built by Spain in the New World, the imposing Castillo San Cristóbal was completed in 1785. It was intended to guard against a land invasion, so it was ingeniously designed according to a “defense in depth” model, which created numerous successive barriers for advancing enemy forces.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro (“El Morro”)
El Morro is perhaps the most famous historic structure in Puerto Rico. Begun in 1539, the might fortress was built on a narrow point overlooking the San Juan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It served as a formidable stronghold, successfully repelling almost every naval attack on the city. Today, El Morro and its sister fort, Castillo San Cristóbal, are National Historic Sites and the oldest European constructions in the United States National Park Service.
Built in the 1930s, the opulent Serrallés Castle was the home of the rum barons who created Don Q Rum. The mansion is now a museum with authentic furnishings from the era, lovely gardens and, across the street, a second attraction in the Vigía Cross.
These sulfur water springs have been open since the 19th century. The pools are surrounded with beautiful gardens and a small inn.
Doña Juana Falls at Toro Negro Forest
The Doña Juana Falls in the Toro Negro Forest (located in Orocovis) are actually a chain of three falls that end in a clear, refreshing pool. This secluded spot attracts far fewer crowds than the more popular La Mina Falls in El Yunque.
Dos Bocas Lake
This manmade lake between Utuado and Arecibo is surrounded with hilltop restaurants with a great view to the water and lush mountain vegetation. There’s a port where you can catch a free boat ride to any of the restaurants.
El Palacete Los Moreau, Labadié Castle
Historically known as the Labadié Mansion in the town of Moca, this house inspired writer Enrique Laguerre to write La Llamarada. The property was recently restored as a museum and renamed the "Palacete Los Moreau" in honor of Laguerre’s novel.
El Yunque National Forest
El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. Forest System. El Yunque is a special place with a unique ecosystem and a pristine natural beauty that has enchanted visitors for years.
Just off the coast of Fajardo are numerous small keys, or cayos, worth exploring: Icacos, Ratones and Lobos are prime snorkeling destinations, and the postcard-perfect Palominito is a tiny jewel in the Caribbean Sea.
Faro Punta Tuna
One of the island’s least-visited areas, Punta Tuna in Maunabo, is a beautiful virgin beach that stretches almost a mile in length. At its northern end is a rocky outcropping topped by a small lighthouse.
Guánica Dry Forest
This subtropical dry forest is very different from the lush rainforest of El Yunque. Designated as a United Nations Biosphere, the Guánica forest is home to more than 600 types of flora and fauna and 48 endangered species, 16 of which are endemic to the island. A visit here includes a trip to the idyllic and unspoiled Gilligan’s Island.
Hacienda Buena Vista
This unique 19th century landmark combines history and nature in a single tour. Guided tours will take you to the historic estate of the original owners, to walk through the natural protected areas, and will show you how coffee and other products were harvested and roasted using the latest technology in the 1800s. Hacienda Buena Vista is located north of Ponce.
Isla de Cabras National Park
The small battery here (called “El Fortín del Cañuelo”) was El Morro’s deadly counterpart, delivering a barrage of cannon fire that made the San Juan Bay practically impregnable. Close by is another reason to visit this area: the Blue Flag public beach at Punta Salinas.
Completed in 1540, La Fortaleza (“The Fortress”) was one of the city’s earliest defenses against attack. In 1846, it became the official governor’s residence.
A gateway to the Caribbean Sea, the port of La Guancha features a recreational part with an observation tower, a boardwalk, restaurants, food stands, and live music on weekends.
La Marquesa Forest
This 600-acre forest in the middle of the city offers many recreational areas, as well as a great variety of flora and fauna. Among its highlights are a spectacular aviary, a butterfly conservatory, and a funicular railway. It is a very popular destination among the children.
La Parguera is a seafront fishermen’s village where you will find a wide variety of restaurants, souvenir stores, small inns and boat trips to several cays. La Parguera is also home of one of the three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico.
Luis A. Ferré Science Park
Located in the city of Bayamón, this 42-acre complex features a natural observatory, a zoo, science exhibitions, and an artificial lake.
Off the beaten path, Mar Chiquita (“Little Sea”) is a uniquely picturesque beach. Mar Chiquita’s waters are protected from the rough Atlantic surf by twin arms of rock and coral that nearly enclose it, creating a beautiful natural pool.
Museo de Arte de Ponce
Home to the finest collection of European art in the Caribbean, the Ponce Museum of Art boasts 4,500 pieces and includes works by Roy Lichtenstein, Lord Frederic Leighton, Peter Paul Rubens, El Greco and Velázquez, as well as works by Puerto Rico native José Campeche.
Museo del Niño de Carolina
More than 100 thematic, interactive, and educational exhibitions for all ages and interests. The museum also features outdoor games, a go-kart track, and a full-size American Airlines airplane.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Housed in the historic Rafael M. Labra Building, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) celebrates a great variety of modern art expression, from paintings and sculpture, to video and mixed media.
Parque de Bombas Museum
The most whimsical building in Ponce is a red-and-black Moorish fire station located in Plaza Las Delicias. Built in 1882, the striking Parque de Bombas was the city’s primary fire station for over a century. In 1990, it was decommissioned and converted into a museum commemorating the history of Ponce’s firefighters.
Paseo La Princesa
No walk in Old San Juan is complete without an evening stroll through this restored 19th century esplanade. The promenade is lined with antique street lamps, trees, statues, fountains, and street vendors.
Originally a convent, the Porta Coeli Church is the most famous attraction in San German and is one of the oldest churches in the Americas and the oldest church under the United States jurisdiction.
Puerto Rico Museum of Art
The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) in Santurce is San Juan’s magnificent fine arts showcase. Inaugurated in 2000, the architecturally stunning, 130,000-square foot structure exhibits Puerto Rican art from the 17th century to the present. In addition, the museum hosts numerous exhibits throughout the year and boasts an outstanding children’s interactive exhibit.
Rincón Lighthouse & Park
Built in 1922, this lighthouse is situated in a park with great views to Domes Beach and nearby Desecheo island. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset and, if in season, whales swimming by.
Salinas Olympic City
This 1500-acre park is dedicated exclusively to sports. It hosts top-notch facilities for almost every Olympic sport, a museum of Puerto Rico’s Olympic history, and even a family water park.
San Cristóbal Canyon
A unique geological site, the San Cristóbal Canyon between Barranquitas and Aibonito is the only volcanic rift on the island, forming a deep ravine that measures 650 feet. This is a destination best reserved for serious, experienced adventurers. A reservation is required.
San Juan Bautista Cathedral
The second oldest cathedral in the Americas, the San Juan Cathedral dates back centuries. The original structure, built in 1521, no longer stands; the current building was begun in 1540 and gradually evolved into the graceful Gothic façade you see today.
San Juan National Historic Site
The oldest European constructions in the United States National Park Service that includes the imposing forts of Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal, as well as the Fortín San Juan de la Cruz known locally as El Cañuelo, and three fourths of the city walls.
The Bacardi Distillery
Known as “the Cathedral of Rum,” the Bacardí rum distillery welcomes visitors each day with a tour of its sprawling facility across the bay in Cataño followed by a free sample of their world-famous rum.
The Route of the Creole Heart
The route is a journey of several stops through Caguas’s traditional urban center that includes City Hall Museum, Tobacco Museum, art museum, musical center, Popular Arts Museum, the cathedral, and other historic sites.
Toro Negro Forest
When you visit the second-highest peak in the Cordillera Central mountain range, you can expect your share of forest hikes. Stop by the ranger station on Route 143 and pick up a trail map. Among the highlights at Toro Negro are the challenging hike to the observation tower, the small but picturesque La Confesora falls and pool, and the spectacular Doña Juana waterfall. Route 143 is the main artery that runs through Toro Negro. This road is part of the Ruta Panorámica, or Panoramic Route, a scenic, winding network of roads through the central region of Puerto Rico.
Toro Verde Adventure Park
Come to Orocovis for its spectacular eco-park, Toro Verde, which boasts hanging rope bridges, rappelling, hiking, and one of the largest zip lines in the world.
Tortuguero Nature Reserve
The Tortuguero Lagoon is part of a nature reserve formed by swamps, mangroves, and karst hills. It is Puerto Rico’s largest sweet water lagoon, home to exotic flowers and several endangered species. You can hike, picnic, and even fish.