5 Fun Things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fun Things to do in Puerto Rico
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It’s Winter and I’m already thinking about travel plans for summer and fall. Puerto Rico has been on my list to visit for a while. A huge benefit of visiting the island is not needing a passport as a US Citizen. With the cost of passports, that alone can be a money saver for family trips or first-time travelers. If you’re planning a trip and wondering what to do, here’s a list of five fun things to do in Puerto Rico.

Go to the Beach

You can’t visit an island in the Caribbean without going to the beach at least once. Flamenco Beach in Culebra is cited as one of the best beaches in the world. Other popular beaches include Boquerón, Seven Seas, La Monserrate, Caja de Muertos, Carolina and Sun Bay. Take a dip, surf, snorkel, paddle board, or just lay out and read a book to relax.

Be Adventurous and Explore

Did you know that El Yunque is the only rainforest under US national park service? Take a solo or guided tour and hike along the trails. You can also take part in zip-lining, hang gliding, rock climbing and parasailing.

Learn the History

History was my favorite subject, so every vacation I find myself in the city’s historic district. Take a trip to the past and visit Old San Juan. El Morro and its sister fort, Castillo San Cristóbal are the oldest European constructions in the United States National Park Service. The architecture in much of Old San Juan dates back to when the Spanish ruled the island. Make sure you visit the Paseo La Princesa promenade to purchase souvenirs from street vendors. The view is also beautiful for a nice walk with the family and people watching. There are also a number of museums and UNESCO World Heritage sites to visit in the area.

Puerto Rico Island
photo credit Kez B
Old San Juan
photo credit Kez B

Embrace the Culture

Puerto Rico is an island with European, African and Taino and American influences and it is reflected in the music, art, dances, celebrations, and food. Do you like salsa? Take a dancing class or put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the nightlife in La Placita.

Eat, Drink and Eat some More!

Everyone I know that has gone to Puerto Rico has raved about the food. For me, rice and beans are a must for most, if not all meals. Popular dishes include Mofongo and pernil. You can also go on a walking food tour or take a cooking class. If you plan on visiting during the holidays, make sure to get a glass of coquito, a traditional eggnog-like drink. Puerto Rico is also the home of BACARDI rum. Take a tour of the distillery and enjoy rum tastings.

Whether you’re going solo, with friends, family or your significant other, there are tons of fun things to do in Puerto Rico. Start planning your visit today by checking excursion suggestions online.

5 Fun Things to do in Puerto Rico

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13 thoughts on “5 Fun Things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico

  1. T. Espinoza

    That last tip is right up my alley LOL I’m always down for some local cuisine. I’ve actually been to Puerto Rico several times and have never had the chance to actually experience it.


  2. Jay | Relaxed Thairapy

    My work friend is originally from Puerto Rico and visits home often. I would love to learn the culture and eat the food.


  3. Aisha Adams

    These all seem like amazing things to do… I have never been to Puerto Rico, but it does seem fun.


  4. Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge)

    I’very never been to Puerto Rico but would really love to visit.


  5. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    I certainly ate plenty while in Puerto Rico. Did some of the activities you mentioned my favorite was going into the rain forest & the falls. It was gorge.


  6. Keisha

    I’ve been three times; evenings in La Placita was always a highlight. Such amazing fun and energy. I need to do a solo trip to PR, really get a chance to explore.


  7. LaShawn

    I keep meaning to visit Puerto Rico and have yet to get there! It is on my travel bucket list! I love the fact that you don’t need a passport to travel there!


  8. Lauren Gay

    I love Puerto Rico! I’ve been 3 times. I agree with all of the places you mentioned. I still haven’t been to Culebra yet but hopefully I’ll get there on my next visit. Caguas is another rain forest with zip lining and canyoning in waterfalls.


    1. Joanna E

      thanks for letting me know. I really want to zip line.


  9. Dana Carmel

    I went to Puerto Rico for a weekend with my hubs a few years ago and absolutely loved it. We only went to Old San Juan, so the next time I go, I definitely will explore more of the island. Totally agree with your recommendations for trying mofongo and visiting the Bacardi factory.


  10. Antoinette

    A friend of mine went to Puerto Rico last year, and had the time of her life. I’ve had to live vicariously through her photos lol.


    1. Joanna E

      Same here. I’m waiting for a really good deal so I can go. lol


  11. Valerie Robinson

    Cocquito!!! Yum!!! One of my best friends is Puerto Rican- can’t wait to visit!


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