What to see and do in Puerto Rico
Whether you come as part of a family, with your partner, or choose to travel alone, there will be plenty to keep you occupied during your trip. Exploring this diverse and beautiful island will enrich and excite you, especially if you are able to head away from the tourist-heavy attractions.
Adrenaline junkies can find various opportunities to get their fix in Puerto Rico. From whale watching and surfing around the Rincon area to deep-sea fishing and snorkelling all across the Caribbean coast, the beautiful, blue water has much to offer would-be thrill seekers coming to the island. One of the biggest attractions for those looking for adventure in the island is the Full-Moon Zipline, taking you across the treetops in the pitch black. Afterwards, you will be treated to a feast of stew and a night of music. Why not also try hang gliding, horseback riding or even rappelling during your stay in Puerto Rico.
With a rich and varied history, Puerto Rico provides plenty to do if you want to get some cultural insights on your trip. If you are looking to brush up on your art, there are a variety of museums to meet your needs, especially the Museo de Arte de Ponce and its vast collection of European works or the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. For science fans, there is the Arecibo Observatory to get you one step closer to outer space. Those looking for a more hands-on experience can visit the Coffee Museum.
Puerto Rico has a rich history and this can clearly be seen in the capital - San Juan. From the Museo de Casa, where you can see a house and how it has been transformed over five centuries, to the streets of Old San Juan, where you can visit the one of the island's main attractions - Fort San Cristobal - there is plenty for history lovers. Elsewhere, you can see the The Written Stone or the stunning natural El Pozo de Jacinto.
Much effort has been put into ensuring that the beautiful beaches of Puerto Rico remain that way, with conservation projects limiting the amount of construction that can happen on the coast. Staying in one of the low-key resorts on the beach means you are only steps away from breathtaking experiences. Why not take a boat trip around the deserted islands, snorkel to explore the hidden beauty of the Caribbean sea or even just take a walk across the coast to discover everything at your own pace?
With dramatically contrasting landscapes, you won't have to look very far to discover the natural beauty of Puerto Rico. As well as the breathtaking mountains, waterfalls and untouched beaches, there are also the spectacular bioluminescent bays to explore. Taking a boat trip to the bay at night will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget. Bird watching is also a popular pastime for those on the island, with the Guanica State Forest being a key attraction.
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Norwegian Airlines will reinstated direct flights to Puerto Rico from London Gatwick from this month. The air carrier will offer twice-weekly flights to the Caribbean island, just in time for the high tourist season. Within nine hours, holidaymakers will be sunbathing on pristine beaches, swimming in the turquoise sea, and strolling around the Spanish colonial capital city of San Juan.
Puerto Rico Tourism Company recently launched a brand new route for nature lovers and visitors who wish to get to know more about the island’s ancestral culture. The new experience goes by the name of “La Ruta Taina” and passes through several interesting towns before arriving at the Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Park in Utado. This tour takes travellers to stunning sceneries and shows them some of the islands traditional Taino customs.
The El San Juan Hotel & Casino in Puerto Rico has announced it will temporarily close its doors to undergo a complete renovation programme. The luxury hotel in the Isla Verde district of San Juan will upgrade its guest rooms, swimming pool area, nine restaurants, bars and spa facilities. The work has already started and is scheduled to be completed in early 2017.