Puerto Rico's east region offers secluded beaches, a legendary rainforest, and island excursions.
This region of the island — comprised of 15 towns, two small islands, and a legendary rainforest — offers scenic views, leisurely beaches, rivers, and quaint food stands to enjoy after a day at the beach.
Things to Do
The east is home to El Yunque, the only subtropical rainforest in the United States. Its waterfalls, hiking trails, and panoramic vistas are a nature lover’s wonderland. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, ranging from a leisurely hike to extreme canyoneering. The waters off the east coast of Puerto Rico are teeming with marine life, making them ideal for snorkeling and diving adventures, fishing, and boat charters of all kinds.
However, if you are looking for a quiet beach where you can enjoy a relaxing day, plan to visit the Balneario La Monserrate, one of the best beaches on the island. La Monserrate has calm waters where you will find a variety of activities, or, if you prefer to simply relax and enjoy the view, there are rental chairs and umbrellas on-site. When hunger strikes, you will find kiosks walking distance from the beach, where you can get local fritters, savory seafood, and ice-cold drinks.
In the east region, you can also explore Carabalí Rainforest Park, where activities include running go-karts and ATVs, horseback riding on the beach or in the forest, and more.
Where to Eat
From fresh-caught seafood and mofongo to brunch and barbecue, the eastern region has a little bit of everything. Don't miss a chance to sample local favorites beachside at the Luquillo kiosks, where vendors specialize in fritters, cold beer, and other tasty dishes. Along the coast, you'll tend to find plenty of fresh-caught seafood. Or, head further inland toward the mountains for more traditional dishes, sausages, and roast pork.
Where to Stay
There’s plenty to do outdoors in this region, but that doesn’t mean you need to be roughing it. Accommodations include the renowned Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort, the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve, and El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
For travelers seeking more budget-friendly accommodations, the east region also has small inns such as the Hotel Yunque Mar, the Parador Costa del Mar, and the Parador Palmas de Lucía; and bed and breakfasts such as the Rainforest Inn. These locations, with nightly rates that are usually much lower than that of larger hotels, are family-owned properties located near some of the most popular attractions in the region.
Driving Distance from San Juan’s airport: 1 hour or less
Driving Distance from Aguadilla’s airport: 2–3 hours
Explore the East Region
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