The Top Things to Do in Puerto Rico

Though it’s just a quick hop from Miami, Puerto Rico is America’s best-kept secret when it comes to must-visit travel destinations.

Can’t-Miss Activities and Things to Do in Puerto Rico

Home to the world’s most beautiful beaches, America’s only tropical rainforest, and water sports to keep you busy for days, it’s no surprise that travelers fall in love with Puerto Rico’s sunny shores.

Authentic experiences abound, whether you’re feeling the adrenaline on a ziplining tour, meeting locals in a coffee shop, floating over a coral reef, or dancing the night away in the streets of Old San Juan. If you don’t know where to start, here are some ideas for things to do in Puerto Rico.

Tours

When it comes to choosing things to do in Puerto Rico, the possibilities are endless.

Don’t worry if you can’t make up your mind — the beach is the perfect place to relax until you decide.

For adventurers: Take a hiking tour in El Yunque Rainforest. This lush oasis is best explored with an experienced guide who can find secret waterfalls for an afternoon swim.

For cocktail enthusiasts: Tour the Bacardi Rum Distillery, the largest in the world. Learn the history of the island’s favorite spirit and sample some cocktails on the water at Casa Bacardi.

For water lovers: Paddle one of Puerto Rico’s three bioluminescent bays for a truly magical experience. Watch as the water sparkles with blue twinkling lights under the surface with the mere dip of a paddle.

A woman snorkeling through dark water
Beautiful tropical palm trees at popular touristic Condado beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Beaches

If you’re planning a trip to this sun-soaked island, visiting a beach is something you must do in Puerto Rico.

The island’s beaches are ranked among the best in the world, so whether you’re stepping out the door of your luxury beachfront hotel, or trundling along a remote, unpaved path to reach an untouched strip of shoreline, you can’t go wrong with your toes in the sand.

For the adventure-hungry travelers who just can’t sit still and work on their tan, Puerto Rico’s crystal-clear waters are the perfect place to try a new water sport. Catch some waves with the professionals near the west coast towns of Aguadilla and Rincón.

Dive beneath the surface to explore the coral reefs at Culebra or Isla de Mona. And you can’t go wrong with a quiet paddle board or kayak rental for a nice way to stretch your muscles and breathe in the sea air.

Nightlife

Everyone in Puerto Rico loves a good dance party. From the waterfront tiki bars on the surfing beaches of Rincón to the outdoor parties on the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, the island pulses with a tantalizing latin rhythm that just begs you to dance along.

Whether you’re in search of the best nightclub in Condado, or the trendiest places to imbibe with a local beverage, you’ll find endless entertainment, scintillating conversation, world-class bartenders, and maybe even a surprise or two (like a funky, mustache-themed bar!).

Don’t forget to order a piña colada while you’re here. It is the national drink, after all.

A crowd of people gathered outside a bar in San Juan