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The 12 Best Puerto Rico Tours
Experience island living at its best on one of these guided trips.
Coffee is a staple beverage in Puerto Rico; you can sample local brews on several food tours.Getty Images
Note: Some tour providers on this list may have ceased operations due to COVID-19. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.
Whether you want to explore Puerto Rico's rainforest, taste your way through Old San Juan or cruise to a nearby island, you'll find that each of these trips boast friendly guides ready to share the beauty of their home. Assessing both traveler opinion and expert sentiment, U.S. News determined the following 12 outings to be the best available.
Flavors of San Juan – Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Sample the celebrated food and drink of Puerto Rico on this three-hour walking tour that visits several eateries, bakeries and coffee houses – usually five in total. Fare featured on this journey through Old San Juan's cobblestone streets typically includes ceviche, chocolate, mofongo (a Puerto Rican fried plantain dish) and a rum cocktail. Along the way, guides share insights regarding the area's history, architecture and culture, which visitors find both informative and entertaining. The food wins high marks too. The price – around $95 for adults and $75 for children – includes the food tastings and (for adults) a cocktail. Tours typically run daily at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. with an additional 3 p.m. start time during select periods. Flavors of San Juan also offers a rum-focused tour and private outings.
Yokahú Kayak Trips – Bio Bay Kayaking
Visiting Puerto Rico's bioluminescent bays (which glow thanks to tiny microorganisms who live in the waters) is a must-do for many travelers; this trip will help you check that item off your list. The two-hour kayak tour takes travelers across Fajardo's Laguna Grande to see it glow. It also includes a trip across a mangrove-surrounded canal. Guides provide information regarding the bio bay and the tiny critters shining from within it. Paddlers generally find the guides helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Tours take place every day except Sunday at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. (though times may vary slightly by season). Tickets start at $48, and that includes use of a kayak, instruction on how to use it, as well as snacks. Participants must be at least 6 years old; pregnant women may not join the tour. The company also offers a combo tour of the bio bay and El Yunque National Rainforest.
Carabalí Rainforest Adventure Park – ATV Puerto Rico
The creeks, hills and trails of Puerto Rico's rainforest can be explored atop all-terrain vehicles on this fast-paced tour. After instruction on how to drive the ATVs, a guide will lead you through Carabalí Rainforest Park (which is nestled near El Yunque) to explore Puerto Rico's natural beauty. You might even have the opportunity to dismount and take a swim in the Mameyes River, which flows from the rainforest. Motorists regularly describe the ride as great fun, the scenery as stunning and the guides as very professional. The park runs this tour in both one- and two-hour versions with multiple start times daily. Tickets start at $55 for drivers and $30 for passengers for hourlong rides and cost approximately $100 for drivers and $55 for riders during two-hour expeditions. Note: certain age, weight and height requirements apply. Horseback riding tours of the forest are also available.
Aventuras Tierra Adentro – Caving Adventure
If a day spent underground appeals to you, then Aventuras Tierra Adentro's Caving Adventure may be the ideal activity for you. The 11-hour journey involves rappelling and using a series of zip lines to enter the Rio Camuy cave system, including Angeles Cave, to explore subterranean rivers, ponds, stalactites and stalagmites. Tours also involve walking, climbing and swimming once inside the caves. Participants must be physically fit, though no previous caving experience is required. Tourgoers call guides helpful, energetic and entertaining. They also describe the trip as "amazing." Tickets cost around $175, which includes transportation from the Condado section of San Juan and all the necessary equipment for navigating the caves. Tours are offered on Friday and Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. Spelunkers must be at least 18 years old to participate.
On a 45-minute tour of the Bacardí facility, visitors will learn about how the famous rum is produced.(Courtesy of Casa Bacardí )
Casa Bacardí – Historical Tour
Despite its Cuban origins, Bacardí brand rum has become synonymous with Puerto Rico. During the distillery's Historical Tour, you can take guided exploration of the company's visitor center and learn how it makes its signature product. Visitors find the tour highly informative and enjoyable. Others say that the tour is decent for the price, but wish there was more to experience. The approximately 45-minute activity includes an open-air bus ride around the plant as well as visits to the on-site bar, visitor center and gift shop. Tours cost about $15 per person and are offered several times each day starting at 9:15 a.m. The price includes a drink at the bar (for adults). Bacardí's distillery, which sits across the bay from Old San Juan, also hosts rum tasting tours and mixology classes.
Castillo Tours – Half-Day Rainforest Tour
Explore the hiking trails, waterfalls and scenery of El Yunque National Forest on this 4 1/2-hour guided tour. As the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system, the 28,000-acre park in eastern Puerto Rico is an extraordinary destination. Highlights during this tour include climbing an observation tower and snapping photos at La Coca Waterfall. Reviewers praise guides, who they describe as knowledgeable, personable and insightful. Fees cost approximately $55 for adults and $50 for children, and that includes round-trip hotel transportation. Pickups occur between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m. Tours are offered year-round on Sunday and Tuesday. Castillo Tours also operates excursions to the Arecibo Observatory and Cueva Ventana, among others.
Segway Tours of Puerto Rico – Old San Juan Segway Guided Tour
This tour via motorized two-wheelers takes in dozens of Old San Juan attractions, including its picturesque architecture, multiple historic sites (such as La Fortaleza, the governor's mansion), notable monuments (such as the Heritage Monument) and public squares. Riders appreciate guides' patient instructions on how to operate Segways, as well as their entertaining commentary regarding the various sights. Many also marvel at how much you can see in just two hours. Tickets start at $93 per person, which includes, in addition to use of a Segway, entrance to Castillo San Felipe del Morro and a tour of its grounds. Tours ride daily at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Note: Riders must weigh between 100 and 260 pounds and pregnant women cannot ride a Segway. Segway Tours of Puerto Rico also offers a one-hour Segway tour.
Puerto Rico Bio Bay Tours – Bio Bay Night Kayak Adventure
While the bioluminescent bay (and the organisms that cause it to glow) may be the main attraction of this kayak outing, the journey also spotlights other species of northeastern Puerto Rico's flora and fauna. Birds, iguanas, mangroves and more may be glimpsed during this trip from the village of Las Croabas to Laguna Grande in Fajardo. Guides impress tour-takers with their professionalism and attentiveness. This tour is offered year-round Tuesday through Saturday. Start times vary by season in order to coincide with the sunset, which generally means arriving in Las Croabas at 5:45 p.m. from April through September and at 5:15 p.m. the rest of the year. The tour lasts about three hours, with around two hours of kayaking plus time for safety instruction and post-ride snacks. Tickets cost approximately $55 per person and participants must be at least 6 years old. The company also operates a daytime kayaking trip.
Strolling the colorful streets of Old San Juan is a must-do activity when visiting Puerto RIco.Getty Images
Spoon – Old San Juan Walk & Taste Tour
Stroll among Old San Juan's gorgeous buildings while sampling Puerto Rican delicacies on this approximately three-hour outing. The tour starts near El Morro and stops at five eateries for tastes of traditional pastries, beans and rice, single-origin coffee and, of course, mofongo and a rum cocktail. Food enthusiasts rave about both the tasty fare and the knowledgeable guides. Tours are offered daily, starting at 9:30 a.m. on weekdays and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Groups are limited to 12 people. Tickets, which cover food and beverages, cost approximately $80 for adults and $70 for children ages 3 to 12. Spoon also offers an evening version of the tour, among other options.
Bespoke Lifestyle Management – El Yunque Rainforest and BioBay Combo Tour
This daylong tour combines two of the best-known things to do in Puerto Rico: a hike through the island's rainforest and a paddle through a lagoon illuminated by tiny light-emitting organisms. The day begins with a trek through the rainforest that includes a lesson about the region's ecology and history, identification of different flora and fauna, and a swim in a pool. After the morning's expedition (and lunch), the tour continues with two hours of paddling around Laguna Grande. In all, the eventful outing takes about 12 hours. The $165 price includes round-trip transportation to San Juan hotels, but does not cover lunch. Tours are offered daily starting at 9 a.m., and the driver/guides who conduct the outings are consistently described as friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Bespoke also runs coffee plantation tours, a Vieques snorkeling tour and other trips around the island.
East Island Excursions – Culebra Snorkeling Tour
Cruise to the beaches of Culebra – an island about 18 miles off Puerto Rico's northeastern coast – via motorized catamaran on this six-hour outing, which departs from the Puerto Del Rey Marina in Fajardo. The itinerary usually includes snorkeling at an underwater nature preserve as well as a stop at the celebrated Flamenco Beach (or another nearby beach). Patrons find the shorelines breathtaking and the crew friendly and helpful. The ticket price – around $100 for adults and $80 for children 3 to 12 – includes use of snorkeling equipment and a lunch buffet aboard the boat as well as rum drinks for those of age. Tours are offered daily starting at 9:30 a.m. most of the year and at 9 a.m. in June, July and August. East Island Excursions also runs boat tours around San Juan.
De Tour Con Ali – Let Me Show You MY Island
Visitors hoping to see as much of Puerto Rico as possible in a single day can opt for this six-hour bus ride around the island. The tour takes up to 14 passengers to beaches, caves and rivers as well as various historical sites. Drivers provide commentary about the island's history and its scenery, which riders generally regard as insightful. Tickets start at $75 for participants 12 and older and $32.50 for kids 11 and younger. The price includes admission to attractions like El Yunque Rainforest and Parque Historico Cueva Maria de la Cruz. Tours depart San Juan at 8:30 a.m. daily. De Tour Con Ali also offers tours of San Juan as well as private tours.
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