Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Travel Guide

Puerto Rican governors have resided in this structure (originally a fort) since 1543, though it wasn't named the governor's official residence until 1822. In fact, it's the Western Hemisphere's oldest executive mansion that's still in use.

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 will glow white.

Take your pick of the best santos—wooden folk carvings of Catholic saints.

Head to García Beach for a quiet escape with a palm tree–dotted island just a short swim away.

This gallery and lounge, located in a historic building, hosts a beautiful crowd and top international DJ's, spinning an eclectic blend of house, soul, and hip-hop. The club's red-wine sangria is delicious, though surprisingly potent.

You'll have to carve out your own space on the often-crowded dance floor in this tiny club. But the crowd is friendly, and everyone will be delighted to help you merengue, salsa, and samba your way through the night like a pro.

What to Expect: Not one but two deep, curved pale-pink-sand beaches, each a mile-and-a-half long, make up Isla Verde.

Maritza’s Car Rental, located on Vieques Island in Puerto Rico, opened in 1995. The agency offers Jeep, Dodge, and Suzuki vehicles for flat daily rates. Models available include the Jeep Wrangler and Liberty, as well as the Yamaha Zuma, a scooter.

Acampa, a store specializing in outdoor gear, also offers guided nature adventures.

Deep-fried heaven—if you find alcapurrias being made fresh.

Stock up on the island's famed coffee at this colorful shop in Old Town, which carries eight Puerto Rican brands. You'll also find a vast selection of Caribbean-influenced spices, sauces, jams, and even bath gels, soaps, and perfumes.

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 United States' most diverse preserves.

The Ruta Panorámica is 165 miles of scenic switchbacks running along the top of the island’s central spine, linking quaint hill towns, forest preserves, and historic paradors, or inns. The foliage arches over the roadway in a series of cool, dark tunnels

Navío is known as the island’s finest, and that means it is also the most packed; the path to the sand is lined with haphazardly parked Jeeps and scooters.

The daughter of famous Puerto Rican designer Mili Arango, Lisa Cappalli graduated from the prestigious Parsons School of Design. After living in Paris and working with designer Chantal Thommass, Cappalli moved to Puerto Rico to open a boutique in San Juan.