Whether you're looking for something relaxing or exciting, there's plenty to see and do in Puerto Rico. Let's say you've already toured Old San Juan and its fortresses, danced the night away at La Placita de Santurce, and relaxed on a hotel beach; now what? Here are five adventurous things to do in Puerto Rico.
Hike El Yunque National Forest.
If you love tropical hiking, then Puerto Rico is your place. El Yunque National Forest trails will take you through lush tropical forests and past waterfalls. It's the only Tropical Rainforest in the US National Forest system. Although it's one of the tiniest forests in size, it's one of the biggest in biodiversity.
To get in, you must book reservations in advance through the recreation website. Tickets open one month in advance and a final batch 24 hours before the entrance time.
Watch a Sunset at the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse.
If you're looking for an adventure with a view, take a road trip to the Cabo Rojo national wildlife reserve. It offers a refuge for native bird species and a safe stop for migrants. Next, you can explore the striking pink Cabo Rojo salt flats. Finally, head to Playa Sucia for a beach afternoon before hiking up to the lighthouse for the most fantastic sunset.
Go snorkeling in Culebra.
Puerto Rico is surrounded by snorkeling and diving options. Still, my favorite diving spots are in Culebra and Culebrita, where the crystal-clear waters and west-facing beaches block most currents.
Book a night at Culebra and hit Flamenco Beach, a world-class white-sand beach with clear waters for the best tropical vibes on the Islands of Puerto Rico.
Hike to a Secret Beach in Aguadilla.
Also known as a dining and diving destination, there's a lot to do in Aguadilla. This small town sits on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and is home to many historical sites. One of these sites is the Fuerte de Concepción, built by the Spanish during the colonial era. Not too far from there, you'll find Survival Beach, a beautiful, scenic beach only accessible after a coastal hike.
These are rough waters and not meant for swimming. Be careful and make sure you know about the beach rip currents before getting in there. Always ask locals if you're uncertain.
Visit one of the Brightest BioBays in the World in Vieques
Vieques Island was awarded the "Brightest Biosphere" by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 because of its unique ecosystem. You will see some of the most diverse wildlife in the world, such as sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, and more. There are also several hiking trails and caves to explore.
- Ideally, try to book your Bio Bay tour during a new moon - the darker the night sky is, the better you'll see the bioluminescence.
- Don't bring your camera - the level of darkness, paired with the motion of the kayaks, will prove impossible to get a photo. Trust me; I'm a professional photographer; unplug and keep your eyes very open for beautiful surprises.
- Don't wear bug spray, as it is lethal to the bioluminescent creatures you visit. Instead, wear long sleeves and leggings if you're sweet for bug bites, and please go with clean skin, free of lotions and chemicals. Finally, bring your water shoes, you'll thank me later.
I hope you enjoy these adventurous things to do in Puerto Rico. Let me know how it goes and if you think any others should be added to this list.