A little more than a two-hour flight from the continental U.S., Puerto Rico deftly walks the line between American territory and international charm. A blend of Spanish, Indian and African influences, this island has tropical forests, sandy beaches and an ever-expanding dining and nightclub scene. When you visit Puerto Rico— aside from taking a ferry trip to the pristine beaches of Culebra or the glowing waters off Vieques—you can otherwise cover the whole island by car with day trips, from the time capsule of Old San Juan, the posh designer boutiques of Condado and the small-town charms of Poncé. Read on in this Puerto Rico travel guide to plan your trip:
Things Not to Miss in Puerto Rico
• Hike in El Yunque Forest
• Seethe Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, the best art collection in the Caribbean
• Ride the free hop-on, hop-off trolley in Old San Juan
• Take a day trip to the island of Culebra
• Explore the caves at Parque de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy
• Enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Flamenco
• Paddle through the Bioluminescent Bay off Vieques
When to Go to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico boasts a pretty mild climate year round, with average temperatures consistently around 80. The peak of Puerto Rico travel season lasts from December to April, which is also the dry season. Rates are also the highest this time of year. August in the hottest (and rainiest) month in Puerto Rico, and summer through fall brings a risk of hurricanes.
Taking advantage of the city’s free hop-on, hop-off trolley.
Catching a salsa performance at Old San Juan’s Nuyorican Café.
Perusing the 1,000-piece art collection at the 130,000-square-foot Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, the most extensive Caribbean art museum.
25 Affordable Spring Break Getaways You Can Book Right Now
Don't have plans for spring break, but itching to get away? There are plenty of last-minute options that won't break the bank. Cheapflights.com has... Read More
Weekly Travel Deals: New Orleans, Puerto Rico, and 40% Off a Trip to Georgia
Florida Get at least 37 percent off Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, a high-rise property on a prime spot of the town’s palm-fringed beach, not far... Read More
This Epic 119-Day Cruise Will Take You to 6 Continents
If you want to see the world all in one trip, a new 119-day-long cruise spanning six continents could be just the ticket.Departing from Genoa, Italy, on... Read More
JetBlue Flash Sale Offers Fall Fares Starting at $39
In case you missed JetBlue’s last fall airfare sale, the airline best known for blue chips and $39 fares is at it again.Now until September 21 at 11:59... Read More
Take a Stunning, 4-Minute Tour of Puerto Rico by Drone
There's a reason Puerto Rico made our list of the Best Places to Travel in 2015. You've seen the photos—it's got sparkling beaches, tropical... Read More
Weekly Travel Deals: Puerto Rico, Chicago, and 35% Off a Trip to Mexico
Puerto Rico Get 30 percent off the Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa, a collection of seaside suites and villas in the quiet, southern coastal town... Read More
Wellness Getaways All But Guaranteed to Reduce Stress
This story originally appeared on FWx.comSometimes it feels like we’re stuck in our own version of the film Groundhog Day, engaging in the same ... Read More
Weekly Travel Deals: Cayman Islands, Chicago, and 50% Off a Trip to Puerto Rico
Palm Springs Get 30 percent off from the Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs, a rock-and-roll themed hotel with memorabilia in the lobby and access... Read More