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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In spite of damage from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican travel officials say they are hopeful that tourists will return to the islands in December, the beginning of the high tourist season. Many of the island’s hotels remain closed, and hundreds of businesses are without power, but tourism officials are optimistic that the tourists, a major part of the country’s economy, will return this year.
Carnival Cruise Line has revealed that it has postpones all sailings of Carnival Fascination from San Juan in Puerto Rico, following the devastation caused by the recent series of hurricanes and storms. The cruise line announced that the vessel will be used to assist hurricane relief workers in the Caribbean and will be chartered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The cruise ship will resume its Caribbean holiday sailings from February 2018.
Aloft Hotels has announced that it will make its debut in the Caribbean with the launch of a new hotel in Puerto Rico. The luxury property will be located in the mixed-used development, The District, in the capital San Juan’s Miramar Convention Centre District. The hotel will have 175 loft-style guest rooms and is scheduled to open in the second half of 2019.