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Things to do in Puerto Rico

You can easily fill a week in Puerto Rico by lounging on the beach or strolling through the streets of Old San Juan, but don’t stop there. You can hike (and swim) in El Yunque, the 28,000-acre national park home to hundreds of tropical plants, at least 50 different bird species, and hiking trails that lead to waterfalls and swimming holes. One of the top things to do in Puerto Rico, among locals and visitors alike, is to dress up and go out. The nightclub scene in San Juan holds its own against Miami, at spots such as Club Brava and Ultra Lounge. But for more classic Puerto Rico dancing, go to the Nuyorican, where you can brush up on your salsa skills alongside locals.

As an alternative night activity, you can paddle through Bioluminescent Bay. The waters off Vieques are filled with microorganisms that glow in the dark. Take a kayaking tour into these waters and you’ll have a surreal, unforgettable evening. What to do in Puerto Rico when you want a change of scenery from your own hotel beach? Go to the island’s most fabulous beach. A short ferry ride will take you to Culebra, where the white sands of Playa Flamenco are known for great surfing and snorkeling.

  • Acampa Nature Adventures

    Acampa, a store specializing in outdoor gear, also offers guided nature adventures. The company has classic adventures, designed for groups of 6-12... More
  • Al's Mar Azul

    Come late afternoon, in-the-know travelers wander right from the nearby ferry landing to the laid-back, open-air bungalow—to drink margaritas and w... More
  • Bar Plaza

    The oldest bar on Vieques has a pool table and an ancient jukebox that spins salsa hits; the backdrop is the newly refurbished town square, ideal f... More
  • Bioluminescent Bay Tour

    Mosquito Bay, close to Esperanza, is one of the world's brightest bioluminescent bays, and when you dive into the warm water after dark, your body ... More
  • Black Beard Sports

  • Blue Caribe Kayaks

    Every visitor hears about the must-see bioluminescent bay soon after arriving, but many don’t know that they can skip the touristy boat trips in fa... More
  • Boqueron Beach

    Head to this mile-long stretch of white sand on Puerto Rico’s southwestern coast—and keep your eyes peeled for the famed “green flash,” (caused by ... More
  • Butiki

    The shop sells landscape paintings by local artist Evan Schwarze and colorful, sought-after bracelets. More
  • Candela

    This gallery and lounge, located in a historic building, hosts a beautiful crowd and top international DJ's, spinning an eclectic blend of house, s... More
  • Clubman

    Hurry past the Tommy Bahama shirts and Nautica shorts at the Condado outpost of this men's wear shop to the back, where you'll find a terrific coll... More
  • El Alcazar

    With its exquisite collection of oil paintings and furniture spanning a variety of periods, El Alcazar is one of the best sources for antiques in t... More
  • El Castillo de San Felipe del Morro

    More commonly known as El Morro, this stone garrison is the second-oldest freestanding fort in the Americas. Built between 1539 and 1797 by Spanish... More
  • El Yunque National Forest

    In the verdant Sierra de Luquillo mountain range about a half-hour east of San Juan, the 28,000-acre tropical forest of El Yunque is one of the Uni... More
  • Espacio 1414

    In an industrial-looking former Royal Tire warehouse, gallery owners Diana and Moisés Berezdivin have assembled an impressive collection of contemp... More
  • Extreme Scooter Rental

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