Puerto Rico Local Attractions

What to do in Puerto Rico

There is no end to the entertainment possibilities on Puerto Rico-snorkeling, golfing, and shopping are just a few of the things to do while on the island. A great source of information about what the island has to offer is the staff at your villa on Puerto Rico or other rental property. These locals can point out some of the lesser-known gems that offer glimpses of the island outside the tour books. If you'd rather stay on the beaten path, try a day excursion for snorkeling and diving just offshore, or head to Rio to see Camuy Park's great subterranean caverns-a huge network of underground caverns. For an experience right out of a sci-fi movie, take a trip to Bioluminescent Bay. Here the micro-organisms in the water will turn you into a human glow-stick as you float in the unusual blue/green waters. All of these attractions just minutes from your Puerto Rico villa.

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    • Arecibo Observatory (Buildings/Structures)
      Puerto Rico
      787-878-2612
       www.naic.edu/
    • Arecibo Observatory

      Arecibo Observatory houses the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. The dish spans 20-acres in diameter! Visitors are astounded by the enormous size of the dish made up of almost 40,000 perforated aluminum panels. There is a 900-ton platform built over the reflective surface which is set in a sinkhole 450 feet below. Scientist from around the world use this telescope to study the properties of planets, comets and asteroids, faint pulses emitted hundreds of times per second from pulsars, galaxies and quasars at the farthest reaches of the Universe. There is an exhibit and audio-visual show designed to educate the public on the basics of astronomy and provide information about this gigantic radio telescope.

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    • Bioluminescent Bay (Tours/Excursions)
      Fajardo & Humacao Areas, Puerto Rico
      787-667-6729
       www.elyunque.com/biolbay.html
    • Bio Angels in the Bay

      Hidden along the Caribbean coast is one of the most spectacular Bioluminescent Bays or Phosphorescent Bays in the world. The mysterious blue-green light is created by micro-organisms (dinoflagellates) which thrive in an environment uniquely suited to their needs. A trip into the bay is a magical experience. Fish flash by in dark water, and swimming is like floating through a glow in the dark picture. It is incredible!!!

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    • Camuy Caverns (Tours/Excursions)
      Puerto Rico
      (787) 898-3100 / (787) 763-0568.
    • Camuy Caverns

      Hop on the tram and explore Río Camuy Park's great subterranean caverns carved out by the Camuy River over one million years ago. Rio Camuy Cave Park is the third-largest underground cave system in the world. Inside the incredible 268-acre park a guide will provide information on tropical surroundings and the caverns. There are also picnic areas, walking trails, food facilities, an exhibition hall and a souvenir shop, making it the perfect place to spend the day. Reservations are recommended. The park is open Wednesdays through Sundays (and holidays) 8am to 4pm. Advanced cave explorers can arrange for special tours and rappelling trips through undeveloped sections of the caves.

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    • Isla Culebra (Tours/Excursions)
      Puerto Rico
       www.islaculebra.com/
    • Isla Culebra

      Culebra's rugged countryside, beautiful beaches and small-scale tourist industry make the 25-square-mile island a Caribbean treasure for travelers. At only 7 miles long by 3.5 miles wide, it is no wonder it's also called "Isla Chiquita". There is no run-off from streams and rivers, so the water is crystal clear and great for snorkeling coral reefs and swimming with a variety of sea creatures. This is one of only two nesting sites for giant sea turtles in the U.S. Culebra has 23 offshore islands which form a miniature archipelago. Coral reefs in this area are considered some of the most spectacular of the entire Caribbean. In 1909 a bird refuge was established here and is protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a nature preserve. To get here from Puerto Rico, take a private boat or quick flight 17-miles off the eastern coast.

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    • Yunque National Forest (Hiking/Walking/Exploring)
      Puerto Rico
      787-888-5646
       www.elyunque.com
    • Yunque National Forest

      With 13 well maintained trails that cover 23 miles of varied terrain, Yunque National Forest is a hikers dream. You'll also find cascading waterfalls, rivers and streams that collect into pools. Great for picnicking and a cool dip. The park is managed by the U.S. Forest service. They educate visitors about the tropical forest using interpretive displays, discussion and brief movies. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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    • All day, all inclusive Island Safari (Snorkeling/Diving)
      San Juan, Puerto Rico
      chris@caribbeanchris.com
       www.whattodoinpr.com
    • The sweetest reefs in PR

      Crystal clear waters, Palm Trees swaying in the breeze. Snorkeling and Sailing the clear waters on a 50 foot catamaran with catered lunch and free drinks. Diving off the coast at top rated Dive spots with beautiful coral reefs and marinelife. This was the best snorkeling and diving trip ever. A must see!!!

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    • Arecibo Lighthouse and Park (Lighthouse)
      Puerto Rico
       http://travelandsports.com/pml612.htm
    • Lighthouse and Fun Park for kids with Pirate ships and Treasure Cave. Fantastic views of the Atlantic. Beautiful popular beaches and marina nearby.

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    • Arecibo Lighthouse Beaches (Beach)
      Puerto Rico
    • Beautiful popular family beaches featuring tide pools and rolling surf. Lighthouse and Fun Park for kids with Pirate Ships and Treasure Cave and Marina nearby.

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    • Catamaran Snorkeling Excursions (Snorkeling/Diving)
      Puerto Rico
      eastwind@libertypr.net
      1-877-937-4386
        http://www.eastwindcats.com
    • Catamaran Snorkeling Excursions

      Explore the Spanish Virgin Islands' underworld with a snorkeling excursion aboard a smooth-sailing catamaran. The crystal clear Carribean waters circling Puerto Rico make this one of the best snorkeling spots in the Caribbean. Climb aboard for a day-long excursion to the best reefs where you'll see an array of tropical fish including Parrot fish, butterfly fish, Sergeant majors, Wrasse and much more! Sailing and snorkeling tours include lunch, complimentary drinks, snorkel equipment and professional instruction.

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    • Diving on Culebra Island (Snorkeling/Diving)
      Puerto Rico
    • From Playa Flamenco, walk 20 minutes and you'll be met by a string of empty beaches facing Canal Luis Pena Natural Reserve. Culebra is the Caribbean the way it was 50 years ago. And it's renowned for its reefs and coral.

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    • Excursiones a Caballo (Horse Excursions) (Tours/Excursions)
      Puerto Rico
       http://www.excursionesacaballo.com
    • Horseback Trail Rides (from $15.00 p/p). Fantastic Ocean Views or ride along the beach. Restaurant (Puerto Rican Favorites), Camping. Potrero Brisas del Mar, Route 485, Camuy. 787-262-2229 (Spanish and English).

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    • Festivals (Festival)
      Puerto Rico

       Dates: 07/23/2007 to 08/04/2007
    • Puerto Rican festival. With live bands and food.

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    • Hacienda Carabalí (Hiking/Walking/Exploring)
      Puerto Rico
    • Hacienda Carabali is a 600 acre ranch at the bottom of of El-Yunque Rainforest that has become the eco adventure destination of choice in Puerto Rico.
      This ranch offers travelers: 4-track extravaganza (ATVâs), Mountain Biking, Horse Back Riding,

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    • Hiram Bithorn Stadium (Buildings/Structures)
      San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Outside Stadium

      The Hiram Bithorn Stadium (Estadio Hiram Bithorn in Spanish) is a baseball stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, operated by the municipal government of the city of San Juan. Its name honors the first Puerto Rican to play in the major leagues, Hiram Bithorn, who first played with the Chicago Cubs in 1942. Built in 1962, the stadium has approximately 18,000 seats.

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    • Horseback Riding (Beach)
      Puerto Rico
       www.tropicaltrailrides.com/
    • Tropical Trail Rides offers a variety of possibilities for your horseback riding adventure. We operate 7 days a week with 2 rides daily. The morning ride, at 9am, is a perfect way to start your day. Or if you prefer, you can see the best sunsets on the 4pm tour.

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    • Juanita Bananas Restaurant (Food & Wine)
      Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
      druso@mac.com
      1-787-742-3855
       www.juanitabananas.com
    • Entrance to Kitchen

      Island cookery "cocina islena" with seafood from Culebra Island and a hydroponic garden for the herbs. Great wine and a view of the ocean to match! Don't miss this special dining experience. Caribbean Cookery at its best. Juanita Bananas, Culebra Island.

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    • Kayaking in Boqueron Forest (Hiking/Walking/Exploring)
      Puerto Rico
    • Rent a kayak and explore the channels, islands, bays and mangroves of Boqueron Forest. Further down the harbor is a tunnel through the trees known as the Channels, once a waterway cut for smugglers during Prohibition. The bays serve as nurseries of the sea, sheltering lobsters, reef fish, manatees, sea turtles and tarpon. Overhead, you'll spot ospreys, pelicans and herons.

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    • Las Cabezas de San Juan (Hiking/Walking/Exploring)
      Fajardo & Humacao Areas, Puerto Rico
      Weekdays (787)722-5882 / Weekends (787)860-2560
    • Las Cabezas de San Juan

      Every major tropical habitat unique to Puerto Rico can be explored at Las Cabezas De San Juan Nature Reserve, located north of Fajardo on road 987 near Los Croabas. A 2-hour tour is offered which include a tram ride and a 30-minute hike through the mangrove forest. The guide explains the plant life, points out animals such as iguanas and birds. Spend a few hours on the rocky beach, exploring the lagoon and take a spiral staircase to the top the restored lighthouse, now a U.S. Historic Landmark. Inside the lighthouse are aquariums with lizards, fish and anemones. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. English tours are at 2:00p.m. Admission is $8 adults, $5 children and seniors.

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    • Light Tackle Adventure Tarpon Fishing (Fishing)
      Puerto Rico
       http://www.lighttackleadventure.8k.com
    • Tarpon Fishing in Puerto Rico Porta del Sol
      Light Tackle Adventure Tarpon Fishing
      Fly Fishing and Light Tackle for tarpon, snook, jack, barracuda and mangrove ... kayaking, hiking & nature trips We depart from public pier in Boqueron Cabo Rojo. ...
      Poblado de Boqueron Cabo Rojo
      Cabo Rojo Boqueron Bay, Puerto Rico
      www.lighttackleadventure.8k.com
      tarponhombre@yahoo.com
      TEL:787-849-1430 787-547-7380

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    • Lunch at El Conquistador (Sightseeing)
      Northeast Coast, Puerto Rico
    • Lunch at El Conquistador

      A fun thing to do is to visit the El Conquistador Resort and have lunch. It is a beautiful resort and the views are spectacular. Drive to the resort, when you stop at the gate house tell the guard you are going to have lunch, he will direct you to the parking lot, there is a shuttle that takes you from the parking lot to the main hote. Walk around and look at this beautiful resort. Take the funicular to the marina and have an outdoor lunch overlooking the marina and the beautiful ocean. There is a small charge for parking ( about 2-3 dollars depending on how long you stay. There is also a casino there. It is a wonderful way to spend a few hours in beautiful surroundings.

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    • Old San Juan (Buildings/Structures)
      San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Old San Juan

      Seven-square blocks of colorful homes line the streets in Old San Juan, the original capital city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The old city is a historic district made up of richly-colored colonial houses, massive stone walls, sunny parks and charming restaurants, shops, art galleries and museums. On the first Tuesday of the month, from February through May and September through December, visitors fill the cobblestone streets for Gallery Nights. Nearly two dozen art galleries stay open late and host special openings and exhibits. After strolling between galleries, visitors pour into the colorful restaurants and nightspots.

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    • Rainforest tours (Sightseeing)
      San Juan, Puerto Rico
      chris@caribbeanchris.com
      787-667-6729
       www.whattodoinpr.com
    • Swimming in the waterfalls

      Travel to the northeastern mountains, home of the 28,000 acre Caribbean National Forest. Refered to as "El Yunque", it has the highest visitation of any natural site in Puerto Rico and the only Tropical rainforrest in the United States Park System. When you see it, you'll easily understand why. This is an incredible tour!!!


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    • Rincon Nativo Sports Bar & Grill (Bar/Club)
      Puerto Rico
    • American-sports bar blended with the Puerto Rican local bar.

      Rincon Nativo fills a much needed niche that existed in Rincon for a very long time. What was needed was a comfortable place where both visitors and locals would come and relax after a long day of either working or vacationing.

      The Sports Bar concept offers a place where patrons can mingle in a pleasant tropical atmosphere without the worry of being drowned out by loud music during a conversation.

      Rincon Nativo offers a unique twist to the Sports Bar concept in that it is designed to blend to two cultures of Puerto Rico into one relaxing environment. This results in the development of a unique flavor that is rapidly becoming a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

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    • Segway Tours PR, Old San Juan (Tours/Excursions)
      Puerto Rico
       http://www.segwaytourspr.com
    • The Segway Personal Transporters tours that Segway tours of PR offers are the most exciting, fun and easiest way to explore the 500 hundred years old city of San Juan. A lot of information while gliding on a Segway on an exclusive tour of only 4 persons. It was just great. Highly recomended.

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    • Sunset Hawaii, Camuy Puerto Rico (Bar/Club)
      Puerto Rico
    • Great local beachside Bar and Restaurant. Beautiful location, lots of parking. Good food. Puerto Rican fare. DJ, dancing Friday, Saturday nights. Located at Brusilandia, Camuy just off Route 485. Great place to 'chill' with your partner.

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    • Vieques (Beach)
      Puerto Rico
       www.viequestravelguide.com/
    • Vieques

      Want to get away from all the resorts and hotels? Are you looking for a secluded beach or private cove, maybe a beach to call your own for the afternoon? Then you should take short 20-minute flight off the the island of Puerto Rico to Isla de Vieques. This small island is a tropical paradise with hundreds of beaches with sand ranging from pure white to soft black. You'll love this tranquil, quiet destination.

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