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Best Things To Do in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's attractions range from the adventurous (like the underground caves of Río Camuy Cave Park) to the historic (like the 500-year old walls of the El Morro fort). And there are plenty of options between the two extremes. Beach lovers must visit the western beaches of Rincón for sunbathing and surfing; snorkelers are bound to enjoy Vieques' bioluminescent Mosquito Bay. And if you're the kind of traveler who parties heartily, you'll discover a varied but vibrant nightlife in San Juan.

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#1
Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay (Vieques)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: This south Vieques beach might not sound like much, but it's one of travelers' favorite experiences in Puerto Rico ... read more»

#2
El Morro (Fuerte San Felipe del Morro)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: El Morro juts out of San Juan harbor beckoning to cruise ships just as it used to deter sea attacks ... read more»

#3
Flamenco Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: On the island of Culebra — which sits about 20 miles east of Puerto Rico— visitors will find a beach perfect ... read more»

#4
Sun Bay (Vieques) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Mosquito Bay is popular in the evenings, but the island of Vieques' daytime beachcombers like the chalky sands and serene ... read more»

#5
El Yunque National Rainforest
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sometimes referred to as the Caribbean National Forest, the El Yunque National Rainforest, or simply El Yunque, this lush expanse ... read more»

#6
Castillo de San Cristóbal
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Fort San Cristóbal's 27 acres were built to protect the city of Old San Juan from land attacks. It ... read more»

#7
Calle del Cristo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Outlet shoppers should come to Old San Juan prepared to let go of a few dollars. The city's Calle ... read more»

#8
Condado Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're staying in San Juan there's a good chance you'll never venture farther than Condado Beach ... read more»

#9
Museo de Arte de Ponce
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Following an extensive renovation, Museo de Arte de Ponce reopened in 2010 boasting a bigger space and a larger art ... read more»

#10
Carolina Beach (Balneario de Carolina) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located near the Isla Verde resort area in greater San Juan, lengthy Carolina Beach is a popular public beach among ... read more»

#11
Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Most travelers say the same thing about the Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy: Loved the caverns, didn't ... read more»

#12
Luquillo Beach (Balneario de Luquillo)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: The resort beaches along Condado or Isla Verde are beautiful, but if you tire of the same old scenery, take ... read more»

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