The top attractions in Puerto Rico can be overwhelming. One minute you’ll find yourself mesmerized by its beauty and in the next, you’re already looking at something that has been around for centuries. When it comes to tropical beauty and history, Puerto Rico is unparalleled by many places in the United States.
El Morro Fortress
One of the main attractions in Puerto Rico is Castillo de San Felipe del Morro or better known as El Morro. Situated in the old city of San Juan, it is an easily recognizable landmark. Since its construction it has protected San Juan for 400 years. The six-level citadel sheds light on the country’s military history beginning from the 1500s to the 1900s. Its most recent additions were from the World War II but the canyons facing the sea seem more interesting.
Mosquito Bay on Vieques Island isn’t something that will catch your attention at first glance but try coming on a moonless night and you won’t regret seeing it. Mosquito Bay is bioluminescent and glows green in the dark. It’s one of the most bioluminescent bays in the world.
El Yunque Rainforest
It is the only tropical forest in the U.S. and is thus one of the top attractions in Puerto Rico. El Yunque is two hours away from San Juan and isolated from its crowded beach resorts. It boasts abundant flora and scenic trails that both beginners and experienced hikers would enjoy. There is even a waterfall where you can dive into to cool off.
Situated on the eastern coast of Puerto Rico at Culebra Island is Culebrita, rival of the typically crowded Flamenco Beach. It is not as popular but if you prefer privacy, it is truly a better option. Unlike Flamenco Beach which has a lot of beachside amenities, Culebrita has nothing more than a lighthouse. But it does have unspoiled stretches of white sand and clear waters.
West Beach is one of the top attractions in Puerto Rico within Culebrita. Apart from sprawling white sand the beach has a beautiful coastline that offers snorkeling opportunities. On the opposite side of the island is Playa Tortuga which means “Turtle Beach” in English, and Culebrita Reef. Turtle Beach. Is a nesting site of turtles whereas Culebrita Reef is a diving spot.
Camuy Cave System
Camuy is the world’s third largest cave system. Tours of the area are available. During the tour, you will be taken through an underground river and subterranean ravines with depths of up to 600 feet. A wide range of exciting activities can be enjoyed here including mud sliding, free jumping, body rafting, and repelling.