Places to visit in Puerto Rico

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Places to Visit in Puerto Rico

Love adventure? Go kayaking on a bioluminescent bay, zip down El Yunque’s famous natural waterslide, or spend a day touring the historic Old San Juan.

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Top Attractions in Puerto Rico

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Historic Sites
An esplanade greets you as you walk towards the Fort San Felipe del Morro. Surrounded by grassy hills, the stone castle rises majestically from the headland. And while El Morro may be an impressive sight from land, it is a terrifying experience to encounter it head on by sea. And for many attackers, it was the very last thing they saw. This fortress has seen many battles over the centuries, from Sir Francis Drake's attack in 1595 to the 1898 Bombardment of San Juan by the US Navy. In 1539 King Charles I ordered the construction of San Felipe del Morro and other fortifications on the islet of San Juan. Over the years, Spanish, Italian, Irish and American engineers perfected San Juan's defense system, of which el Morro was an essential part. After crossing the stone bridge over the dry moat, you'll walk right into a spacious courtyard that harbor leads you into the castle's more "domestic" areas, such as the kitchen and the chapel. Nevertheless, this is just one of the six levels that form el Morro. On the upper level, you'll find the lighthouse that was restored by the American Coast Guard in 1908. One of the greatest things about this vantage point is that you can see most of San Juan and the bay across from it. Park rangers will guide you throughout the massive fortification, which still houses original cannons, ammunition, and many other objects used by the Spanish militia in Puerto Rico. El Morro was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, and is currently under the administration of the National Park Service.
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  • Scout M
    Saint Paul, MN5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overall, an amazing experience! At first, it was really hard to find parking and took us about half an hour. But after we got out it was beautiful! The colorful houses and colorful streets are a delight to walk down. Quite busy, because of lots of cruise ships, but it was great!
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • Marisol919
    Roselle Park, NJ163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took a Mixology Class & Tour on 2/3/24. Cristian was our tour guide. He was AMAZING! I learned so much from him. He made the tour fun and engaging. I was there in December and did the same class and tour and wish I had him then. Cristian made the entire Casa Bacardi experience top tier. One of the highlights of our trip! Give him a raise!
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • Denise G
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went for half a day but soon regretted it since there is lots to see and do. The entry to park is free if you rent a car but if want to stop at visitor center, they want to charge $8 so we skipped it. There is guidance along the way for trails and sites so we stopped to climb up the Yokahu tower for nice pics and also did a hike to la Coca Falls (a must see) but be prepared with right shoes since it is steep and muddy. Definitely need to go back and do other trails!!!
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Cristina B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was my kids and husbands first time visiting and they immediately fell in love. They love the history, colors, food, and architecture. Definitely glad we waited until the kids were teenagers to appreciate this historical trip!
    Written 2 April 2024
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  • Lisa F
    Arnold, MO118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best part of Culebra!! Beautiful beach! Lots of food kiosks with good food and drinks! Water is a little rough so be careful but overall a beautiful large beach! Plenty of room!
    Written 24 February 2024
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  • 23rita
    Davie, FL570 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a most impressive fort C 1539-1765 located in Old San Juan.
    there are tunnels, observation posts, mortar shells, cannons, troop quarters, a chapel, etc.... so much to see and enjoy. This fort protected the city from land based attacks as opposed to Castillo San Felipe del Morro having protected the city from sea going enemies. Be sure to wear very sturdy comfortable shoes, stay hydrated and wear a hat as it was sweltering when we went mid April. Adult fee is $20.00 which allows entrance to Castillo San Felipe del Morro within a 48 hour period. Hours are from 9 to 5 every day of the week. Great photo ops!!
    Written 19 April 2024
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  • Denise G
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As you the approach the Castillo de San Felipe, the fort looks impressive and the grounds are beautifully kept. With the light breeze from the sea, some were flying kites that can be purchased along the way. Once at castle, it was great to read the history about how the fort was initially built by Spaniards to protect the entry way and further enhanced during WW II. The ticket purchased also includes entry to Castillo San Cristóbal. Would go to both if possible and then walk through Old San Juan for shops, bars and restaurants.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • snochou
    Boston, MA54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I wasn’t expecting it to be so radiant! It was truly magical, especially in a clear kayak. Try to go when there’s no moon. It’s the most bioluminescence in the world- don’t miss it!
    Written 7 April 2024
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  • GinnyK
    Choctaw, OK13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is easy to find in old San Juan. The fountain is so lovely and full of detail so spend some time looking at it. Very peaceful and not crowded. Continue along the path to see some beautiful scenery!
    Written 9 March 2024
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  • Jordan V
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Angel was awesome and the experience was great. Would highly recommend, some parts were hard but the guide made everything easy.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • Tim B
    Newtown Square, PA50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crashboat Beach is one of our favorite beaches to visit and a great place to spend a full beach day in NW Puerto Rico because it offers so much. First, the beach itself is large and very scenic. Second, the swimming areas are relatively safe for this part of Puerto Rico. Third, there are many local vendors selling island food, drinks, and other items. Because it is such a popular spot for locals and tourists, it is best to arrive early (by 9:30am) if you hope to find a close parking spot. You may even find a shady place under the palm trees. After that, you will likely end up parking on the street and walking a considerable distance. As a final comment, we have always found the beach to be welcoming to all visitors and very kid friendly.
    Written 30 March 2024
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  • Connector17608434993
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cayo Icacos is paradise on Earth. We are so glad we did it. We took a water taxi from Fajardo. It costs between 50 and 60 dollars. They gave us a big umbrella without any charges. Renting an umbrella is about 20 dollars. The trip was 15 to 20 minutes. They don't allow to travel with babies but toddlers are fine. The color of the water is crystal clear blue. So transparent! The white sand of the beach. The green vegetation. The views of Puerto Rico with El Yunque on the background. This family trip was the best decision ever. Better than going to Isla Culebra which is farther and harder to get at. Our experience in Cayo Icacos was heaven on Earth. You can go on a catamaran or in a sailing boat for a higher price but they don't allow toddlers.Make sure to bring your food and drinks. There is no development in this little key. No one lives there. No buildings. Thank goodness! We will love to go back in the future.
    Written 17 March 2024
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