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Plan Your Trip to Puerto Rico: Best of Puerto Rico Tourism

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Explore Puerto Rico

You’ll go to Puerto Rico for beautiful beaches and Caribbean breezes, but once you’re there, it’s easy to see what makes this archipelago so special—from historical architecture to its diverse natural geography. Tour San Juan for shopping and sightseeing alongside colourful buildings and cobblestone streets. Hike the massive El Yunque rainforest to explore waterfalls and wildlife. And as far as beaches go, it doesn’t get better than the sands of Isla de Vieques—particularly Mosquito Bay, where at night, the water glows blue-green thanks to bioluminescent organisms. The best part? Puerto Rico’s doable size means you can cover a lot in a single trip. Check out more recs below.

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How to do Puerto Rico in 5 days

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The best beaches in Puerto Rico

As a born and raised Boricua (Puerto Rican), the island holds a special place in my heart. Though I've travelled extensively, nothing quite compares to the beaches here. My favourite hidden gems all hold cherished memories, and trust me, once you experience the golden sands, breathtaking sunsets, and the thrills of jumping into the waves, you’ll be equally captivated.
  • Playa La Cueva Las Golondrinas
    Located about 45 minutes west of San Juan, this serene escape from the hustle and bustle is a true local’s secret. The quiet beach has crystal clear waters and plenty of shaded areas; if the sea is calm, you can explore the cave here, which is home to swallows, bats, and birds—a beautiful spectacle. (Be cautious of small sea urchins when entering). Bring your own drinks and snacks as there are no nearby restaurants.
  • Playa Fortuna Beach
    With over 12 miles of white-sand coastline, Luquillo—about 45 minutes east of San Juan—has tons of opportunities for swimming and sunning with the lush El Yunque National Forest as a backdrop. Base yourself at Play Fortuna for access to one of area’s highlights: Kioskos de Luquillo, a row of 60 family-owned restaurants serving addictive bacalaitos (codfish fritters), seafood, pina coladas, and ice-cold beers.
  • Playa Sucia
    Picture this—golden sands, rugged cliffs, and turquoise waters stretching as far as the eye can see—and you’ll know why Playa Sucia is a must visit. On the island’s southwest corner, you’ll get breathtaking views of the area’s rugged Acantilados cliffs from this remote beach near the historic Faro Los Morillos lighthouse. Adventurous travellers will want to climb down the rocks (carefully!) for an up-close look at the Insta-worthy Puente de Piedra rock bridge.
  • Playa Buyé
    If I could choose just one beach to visit for a lifetime in Puerto Rico, this would be it. I'm not exaggerating when I say that experiencing the sunset on this soft-sand beach is like a religious experience. Last time I visited, a group of locals began playing bomba music while the tranquil waters shimmered under the fading sun—it was pure magic.
  • Playa Crash Boat
    Crash Boat, on the island’s northwest corner, is a playground for water lovers thanks to its iconic bright green pier, originally built by the U.S. Air Force during WWII to dock rescue boats. The pier is popular both for fishing and for leaping into the aqua sea. And snorkellers and scuba divers like to explore by the pilings under the pier as well. Don’t miss the frituras (fritters) at the nearby stalls.
  • Flamenco Beach
    On Culebra, an island 20 miles off the coast of mainland Puerto Rico, Flamenco is consistently ranked as one of the top beaches in the world for its clear, shallow waters (perfect for snorkelling) and snowy white sand. You can rent chairs and umbrellas, and there are showers, bathrooms, and food kiosks. On the beach, there are abandoned military tanks covered in graffiti, giving an intriguing glimpse into Culebra’s past when it was occupied by the U.S. Navy.