With over 270 miles of beaches to explore, no passport from the U.S. needed, makers of rum, and a budget friendly island of the Caribbean, how can you pass up visiting Puerto Rico?
The Puerto Rican culture is full of diversity and it starts with their roots. Puerto Ricans are descendants of Arawakan Indians, Africans and Spaniards. From their colorful decor, vibrant music, lively festivals, and warm hospitality, you will not be disappointed with your visit to Puerto Rico.
Interesting Fact: Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico and originally called it San Juan Bautista. However, it soon took on the name Puerto Rico meaning “rich port” because of it gold river.
During your stay in Puerto Rico, I highly recommend including activities, site seeing and adventure. With limited all-inclusive resorts, this beautiful island is meant for exploring so here are Top 4 Things to do in Puerto Rico:
The Bio-Bay for short is by far one of my favorite attractions in Puerto Rico and should be a natural wonder of the world! There are organisms named Pyrodinium bahamense, Dino-flagellates. When these organisms come into contact with another organism or shaken they produce a bright burst of blue light.
In short- the water lights up when you touch it! There are 3 bays that are bio-luminescent, but the brightest is Mosquito Bay which is located in Vieques and happens to be the brightest in the world. During the tour you will be kayaking in groups and travel to the bay area for the viewing, the adventure to get there alone is worth the experience. Most tours run from $50-$75/pp.
HOW TO GET THERE: Most of the available tours will pick you up from your hotel. I recommend booking through your hotel, you may receive a discount and an added convenience of calling your room when transportation is ready.
TIP: For an enhanced experience, make sure to plan your tour during a New Moon or when there is the least amount of moon light. Check a moon calendar here: http://goo.gl/xCVdDc
2.El Yunque Rainforest
El Yunque happens to be the only tropical rainforests in the National Forest System and is a trip you should include during your stay.
These guided 1/2 day or full day trips include an educational portion where you learn of the multitude of plant and animal life of the El Yunque and also a physical portion where you are trekking along the trail that leads to a beautiful waterfall where you can take a dip to cool off.
Don’t forget to stop by the observation tower for a breathtaking panoramic view of the rainforest.
HOW TO GET THERE: Again, many tour companies in puerto rico offer free transportation pick up from major hotels. Eco Adventures is one that I have used, and they provided excellent service.
TIP: Depending on your tour and what’s included, be prepared for a wide range experience and proper footwear for such. Expect to walk for more than hour and get wet!
3. Toro Verde Zipline
What’s cooler than conquering the longest zip-line in the world? Doing so at up to 93mph! Holding the Guinness World Record, Toro Verde is a one stop shop for thrill seeking adventure.
You can chose a combination of adventure that includes suspension bridges and cable repelling or just go for the ultimate zip line monster. What’s also unique is you’re suspended on your stomach so you have the ultimate feel of flying!
HOW TO GET THERE: Now to get here is a bit difficult since it’s kind of in the middle of no where and about 1.5 hours from San Juan. Therefore the primary way is to rent a car and drive.
TIP: ‘The Beast’ zip line is similar to the monster but a little more doable for those looking for an experience with a little less crazy thrill! I recommend doing a combo package, after driving for an hour, you don’t want a two minute thrill just to turn around and drive back.
For a little less adventure, and more time to soak up the sun, Culebra Island is a hot spot. For starters, this island has the second most beautiful beach in the world- Flamenco Beach.
With its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, you won’t be surprised why. Like most places in the carribbean, snorkeling here is a popular attraction, specially in the Luis Pena Nature Reserve where you can swim with the sea turtles.
TIP: If you take the Ferry, be sure to book your tickets on-line as the lines get very crowded. Also arrive extra early for your return trip to avoid missing your boat!
These are just a few of many things to do in Puerto Rico. For more adventures visit Jentheredonethat.com who happens to be a travel blogger that lives in Puerto Rico!