Puerto Rico

Travel Guide
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Enjoy some of the most exotic experiences you can find in the U.S., from rainforest to sugar refineries to unique cultural traditions and foods.

Puerto Rico is an important United States territory, allowing ease of travel to a Caribbean destination. The island is a dramatically different vacation spot from other parts of the U.S. Come for the white sand beaches and pleasant climate or the intriguing colonial history, diverse culture and delicious local food. Explore the capital city San Juan, large national forests and the many towns dotting the long coastline.

Portions of Old San Juan are designated as UNESCO national historic sites. See La Fortaleza, built in the 16th century as a defensive structure and now serving as the governor’s residence. Look for pastel colonial architecture and listen for the distinctive drumbeats of bomba music. While in the city, eat local dishes of fried plantains in tostones or mofongo and mamposteao, uniquely Puerto Rican fried rice.

On the southern coast visit historic sugar refineries and sample one of the island’s biggest exports, Puerto Rican rum. Travel west to Porta del Sol for great surfing and continue on to the tall cliffs of Cabo Rojo.

When the rest of the U.S. is covered in snow, Puerto Rico’s nearly 300 beaches offer soft sand and warm waters. Snorkel across the ocean surface to appreciate colorful marine animals swimming beneath you. Discover the magic of bioluminescent Mosquito Bay, where energy from tiny organisms creates a glow-in-the-dark effect. Look for the famous coquí frog in Vieques National Wildlife Refuge and the subtropical rainforest of El Yunque.

While Puerto Rico is a United States territory, with English and Spanish the official languages, you’ll find that many of the local residents primarily speak Spanish. Enjoy the traditional customs of the mixed heritage of Spanish, African and native Taino people.

Fly to Puerto Rico directly from many mainland U.S. cities or arrive by cruise ship or chartered sailboat. Once you’re on the island, rent a car or use taxis. Be sure to visit the outlying islands of Vieques and Culebra for quiet beaches and glorious natural surroundings.

Popular cities in Puerto Rico

San Juan Cathedral
San Juan
Known for Beach view, Excursions and Sea
Trip time! Discover the island views, history, and beaches in tropical San Juan.

Reasons to visit

  • San Juan Gate
  • Castillo de San Cristobal
  • Plaza de Armas
La Guancha
Ponce
Known for Beach view, Shopping and Historical
Walk through the labyrinthine streets of Puerto Rico’s second-largest city and you’ll find richly decorated colonial architecture, museums and pretty fountains.

Reasons to visit

  • Parque de Bombas
  • La Guancha
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
Cabo Rojo
Known for Beach view, Family-friendly and Nature
Discover one of the most scenic parts of Puerto Rico in the Cabo Rojo region, known for its striking landscapes and alluring, picturesque beaches.

Reasons to visit

  • Combate Beach
  • Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
  • Playa Sucia
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Vieques
Known for Beach view, Dining and Islands
Explore romantic Vieques: its beaches, island views, horseback riding, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • El Faro de Punta Mulas
  • Vieques Ferry Terminal
  • Fort Conde de Mirasol
Culebra
Culebra
Known for Islands, Beach view and Sea
Culebra awaits: its beaches, island views, camping, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Flamenco Beach
Aguadilla
Aguadilla
Known for Dining, Beach view and Family-friendly
Escape to Aguadilla! Enjoy its beaches, surfing, and cafés.

Popular places to visit in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico