Sunset views of Puerto Rico's mountains. 

Outdoors

From picture-perfect beaches and one-of-a-kind hikes to the only tropical rainforest in the United States, Puerto Rico is filled with a wide variety of incredible places with countless reasons to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the island.

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From surfing and scuba diving to hiking and zip-lining your way through our mountains, Puerto Rico's adventurous side awaits.

The beach known as Mar Chiquita in Manati is famous for its shape.

The famous Mar Chiquita beach in Manatí.

Beaches

Get ready to grab your swimsuit and sunscreen for a day at one of Puerto Rico’s beautiful beaches! Playa Negra (or Black Sand beach) on the island of Vieques has brilliant black sand that is a stark contrast to the topaz waters. Flamenco beach in Culebra is consistently named one of the best beaches in the world, San Juan’s beaches offer a tropical and laid-back vibe near bustling urban life, and La Parguera on the southwest coast is full of magical mangroves, tiny islands, and a sparkling bioluminescent bay.

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El Yunque rainforest

El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System.

Rainforest

Puerto Rican’s are proud of the beauty of El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the United States. You’ll find fresh air and lush trails leading to stunning mountain views and waterfalls. While you’ll often see the sun shining, it is still a rainforest, so make sure to pack your raincoat, waterproof hiking shoes, and some water. Also, don’t forget your camera so you can capture the Instagram-worthy views! 

Read more about visiting El Yunque

A person stands at the peak of mountain in the central region of puerto rico.

Dramatic peaks of the island's Central Mountain Region. 

Mountains

Cayey, Orocovis, Jayuya — these are only some of Puerto Rico’s mountain towns and all of them offer incredibly fresh air, gorgeous hikes, and much more. Go zip lining at Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park in Orocovis, camping in Jayuya’s Toro Negro, or explore an exciting mountain trail in Cayey. The Cañón San Cristóbal in Barranquitas offers a unique rappelling experience, and Para La Naturaleza provides an eye-opening guided tour. 

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