5 Best Drives in Puerto Rico (2023)

Unlike many other Latin American countries, Puerto Rico has a limited transportation system. While publicos (collective vans) can move you from one city to another, getting to the departure point is often difficult and time-consuming, and pinning down a schedule is next to impossible.

Driving the island is the best way to get to know Puerto Rico. At just 100×39 miles, it’s easy to discover almost all that Puerto Rico has to offer in a short period of time.

And what the island offers is extraordinary, especially considering its size. These five best drives will take you from the coast to the island’s interior, showing you the diversity of Puerto Rico’s geography:

  • the turbulent waves of the Atlantic north coast
  • the smooth as a plate waters of the Caribbean south coast
  • the curious karst limestone formations
  • the extensive underground cave system
  • the dense and lush rainforest
  • the desert

The itineraries include starting and destination points, with must-see sites along the route. Some lodging recommendations are also included.

Itinerary One: San Juan-Loiza-Rio Grande

If you want to hang out in the capital for a day or two before renting a car, Old San Juan is a compact, walkable historic center with plenty to see and do.

For an impressive view of the bay, climb to the top of either of the old city’s forts: Fuerte San Cristobal or Fuerte San Felipe (referred to as El Morro). Pass through the only remaining gate of the walled city and stroll along the waterfront “Paseo de la Princesa,” particularly inviting in the evening.

On weekend nights you’ll happen along arts and crafts vendors and musicians on this path. But if it’s daytime and you’re in the mood for art, check out Museo de las Americas, located in the Cuartel de Ballaja building.

And if you’re a late night music lover, no stop to San Juan is complete without a visit to the seedy but perennially popular Nuyorican Café. Celebrity sightings here have included Benicio del Toro and Scarlett Johansson…though not together.

This itinerary takes you to one of the island’s favorite beaches, but if you’re already jonesing for sand and surf, throw a towel down at Escambron (aka “La Ocho”), a small but worthy stretch of beach wedged between Old San Juan and “New” San Juan.

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My own favorite though, is Ocean Park, a cleaner and typically less crowded beach in an upscale neighborhood just a couple miles away from the airport. If you decide to overnight before pressing on, check out lodging at Tres Palmas Inn, which is just across the street from the beach.

Once you’ve got wheels, head out of the city towards Loiza and Rio Grande. You could take the new toll highway, but you’d miss out on some spectacular driving. Instead, turn left on Road 187 before the airport and head through the beachside town of Pinones.

The road is lined with ramshackle kiosks where fried treats are cooked up on wood-burning fires, and if you’re thirsty, look for a man scaling a coconut tree with his machete; he’ll be happy to hack off the coconut’s cap and hand you a refreshing pick-me-up for a couple bucks.

This two lane road is ideal for rolling down the windows and turning up the tunes. Pull off the pavement, though, and you’re in for a real treat: a well worn track runs through the sand dunes overlooking the water and despite the rampant problem of litter, there’s some camera-worthy scenery and plenty of places to pull over to enjoy it.

Back on the pavement and leaving Pinones behind, you’ll cross the Rio Grande and head into the predominantly Afro-Puerto Rican town of Loiza, which has a rich and interesting history. The bridge that brings you into Loiza was constructed in the 1970s; before that, Loiza was geographically isolated and residents had to cross the river on a makeshift ferry.

If you stop here for a couple hours you’ll still get a sense that Loiza is on the geographic and social margins. Check out the small but beautiful church, named for Loiza’s patron saint, Saint Patrick (and ask a local to tell you why).

Ask around for the artist Samuel Lind and visit his studio, which is located in the home he’s been building for years. Lind is a famous painter, sculptor, and lithograph artist.

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Head out of Loiza, still on 187, and follow the signs to Rio Grande. After some road that looks pulled straight out of a romantic movie, you’ll break back out onto the highway and find yourself just outside the town that’s home to North America’s only rainforest, El Yunque.

Check out Hal Amen’s The Best Hikes in Puerto Rico Guide for advice about best trails to visit in the park.

Rio Grande’s a good place to call it a day; head up into the hills for Villa Sevilla, a guest house owned and run by proprietors Marina and Wally Lawson. The grounds are rife with plantain, mango, passion fruit, and dozens of other fruits and vegetables, and when you hear the hens clucking you’ll know a fresh egg has just been laid.

Enjoy the salt-water pool and the views from the porch of the Chalet, which is perfect for a small group of friends. The smaller Casita is good for singles and couples. Marina and Wally are attentive proprietors and have been ranked #1 of all 97 B&B lodgings in Puerto Rico for the past two years on TripAdvisor.

Be sure to ask Wally if you can try his homebrew: beer made with passionfruit straight from the vine.

Itinerary Two: Rio Grande-Fajardo-Guavate-Ponce

From Rio Grande, make your way southeast on Route 3 to Luquillo Beach, consistently ranked by guidebooks as one of Puerto Rico’s best. Luquillo’s waters are typically calm, and the expanse of beach is long, giving people plenty of room to stretch out.

If the afternoon sun has you burned out, drive Route 3 on over to Fajardo and visit Las Cabezas de San Juan, a nature reserve that contains seven ecosystems in a single park. The guides are knowledgeable and while securing entry to the park is onerous (see practical tips), the effort is worth it.

Stick around until dusk and then head out for Fajardo’s bay for a guided kayak trip through the bioluminescent mangroves. Puerto Rico has three of the world’s handful of bio bays, and Fajardo is the best on the main island. You can find a dozen or more operators trying to sell you a trip in the bay’s main parking lot.

Overnight in Fajardo and wake up with an appetite: you’re headed for Guavate, THE place to experience Puerto Rico’s favorite culinary delight: pig on a spit. Take 30 west to 52 south; exit at the sign for Guavate.

The road up to Guavate is lined with kiosks and open-air patios packed with people hungry to chow down on roasted or fried pork and tostones (fried plantains). Cars are parked every which way wherever drivers can find a space; be bold and follow suit.

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Head back down the hill and hit the highway, headed southwest on 52 for Ponce, Puerto Rico’s second largest city and the so-called “pearl of the South.” This drive will take you through the mountains, and you’ll notice a drastic change in landscape—from moist and lush to dry and cactus-marked—once you start your descent towards Ponce.

Once in the pearl of the South, take a turn around the main plaza, stopping to see the old fire house, the cathedral, and—my favorite—King’s Cream ice cream (try the coconut and almond—together—they can’t be beat). Tuck in for the night at the historic, family-run and locally owned Hotel Melia (and be sure to enjoy breakfast the next morning on the rooftop terrace).

In the morning, scale the hill with the cross of La Vigia in your sights. If the elevator’s working, ascend to the top of the cross for a sweeping view of the Caribbean; if it’s not, check out the house.

If you’re wondering what else to do in Ponce, check with Quique at the Melia; he’s a friendly person who will go out of this way to help his guests.

Itinerary Three: Ponce-Guanica-Sabana Grande-Cabo Rojo

Ponce could keep you busy for a couple of days (did you take the trolley tour around town yet?), but head on out to the hills for another Fideicomiso property, Hacienda Buena Vista.

A former coffee plantation, Buena Vista is tucked into a densely forested mountainside just off Road 501, and offers an informative tour of the carefully restored house and the grounds. If you time your visit right, you might just get to try some of the locally made chocolate.

From Ponce, head west on Highway 2 towards Guanica. It was in this town’s bay where the US launched its invasion in 1898. Today, the town has become a little-visited but worthwhile stop for visitors to Puerto Rico’s southwest coast. Guanica is also noteworthy for its dry forest.

Somewhat out of the way, but worth the detour for the religious or simply curious, is the Virgen del Pozo (Virgin of the Well) sanctuary in Sabana Grande. Located on Highway 364, Km 2.4, the sanctuary attracts faithful Catholics asking or thanking the Virgin for miracles.

An entire room is filled with evidence of miracles, including photographs, crutches, medallions, and letters written by people grateful for the Virgin’s intervention.

An entire room is filled with evidence of miracles, including photographs, crutches, medallions, and letters written by people grateful for the Virgin’s intervention.

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From here Sabana Grande, make your way southwest, picking up Highway 102. One of the few roads in Puerto Rico that can truly be called an oceanfront drive, 102 winds through old pineapple and sugarcane farms, leaving you on a stretch of two lane road where you’re driving almost level with the ocean.

Cabo Rojo has dozens of roadside kiosks where you can pull over and sample all kinds of seafood treats. Be sure to save this stretch of the drive for the sunset.

Itinerary Four: Cabo Rojo-Rincon

Highway 102 leads you north all the way up the western coast. Take it to Highway 429, which will lead you straight into the popular surfing town of Rincon. While you could spend a day or two just lounging on beaches here, don’t skip the lighthouse at Punta Gorda or the monument to the discovery of Puerto Rico, just north of Rincon in the town of Aguado.

Itinerary Five: Ponce-Corozal-San Juan

If you’ve had enough of the beach, choose north on Highway 10 instead of west when leaving Ponce, and head into the Puerto Rican interior. The road north will take you through the mountains, near the coffee lands of Jayuya.

You’ll skim the edge of the Rio Abajo State Forest before ending up in Arecibo, home to the famous observatory. While I’d only recommend a stop at the observatory if you’re really into astronomy, Playa Sardinera and the Natural Reserve of Cueva del Indio (Indian’s Cave) are both worth a visit before you head east towards San Juan.

Although you could take the slower, more scenic route, patching together a drive through some back roads between Arecibo and San Juan, Highway 22 might be a better option. If you want one more stop before arriving in San Juan and trying out some of the activities mentioned in Itinerary 1, be sure to swing by the Bacardi factory in Catano. Tours—and two drinks—are free.

After trying out these routes, you’re likely to see why Puerto Rico’s nickname is the “Island of Enchantment.” Sappy? Sure. But it’s also true.

Practical Tips:

*Several airports receive daily flights from the mainland US. The main international airport is located in the capital, San Juan (SJU). Other airports include Ponce and Mayaguez.

*Car Rental: You will need a driver’s license and a valid credit card. Debit cards are not accepted by all rental agencies, so if you’re planning on paying with debit, check with the local rental office before you arrive. A reliable and affordable local company is Charlie Car. With locations throughout the island, Charlie is a locally owned operation that has excellent service.

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*Speed limit, distance, and gas: Don’t let the seemingly low prices at the gas pump fool you. Pull out your calculator; gas is measured in liters.

*Tolls: Have some cash on hand while driving; there are some tolls along these routes. For more information about tolls and driving in general, visit the Department of Transportation’s website. The site also has excellent detailed maps.

*Fideicomiso properties: Open only Wednesday-Sunday and rarely answering the phone, the Fideicomiso properties are difficult to get into, but are worth the effort. Call in advance for a reservation and be persistent.

FAQs

What is the best coastal drive in Puerto Rico? ›

Best coast-to-coast route

Puerto Rico's most famous scenic drive is a 167-mile-long network of roads crossing the island from coast to coast through the central highlands. The itinerary is aptly named La Ruta Panorámica, or the Panoramic Route.

What are the best drives in El Yunque? ›

El Yunque's Route 191

The best way to explore the forest in a short span of time is by driving along Route 191, which takes you straight into the heart of El Yunque. You'll find plenty of lookout towers, hiking trailheads, and striking waterfalls worth parking your car for along the drive.

What is the scenic drive around Puerto Rico? ›

La Ruta Panorámica Luis Muñoz Marín (the Panoramic Route, in English, named after Puerto Rico's first elected governor) is a roughly 167-mile long network of roads that crosses Puerto Rico from west to east through the central mountain range.

Do you need 4 wheel drive in Puerto Rico? ›

4WD vehicles are not needed on the big island — the roads here are fine. Also, to avoid added expenses, make sure you check the parking situation at your hotel or resort. Sometimes there is a fee, or parking is not available at all.

What is the prettiest place in Puerto Rico? ›

What is the most beautiful part of Puerto Rico? The most beautiful parts of Puerto Rico include the west area of the island, for its beaches and breathtaking sunsets. Other beautiful areas include Vieques, Culebra, Fajardo, Utuado, and Manatí.

What is the prettiest town in Puerto Rico? ›

The second oldest city in Puerto Rico, San Germán is hands down one of the most charming cities on the island. The city hosts a historic district with more than a hundred buildings with neoclassical style architecture.

What is the best entrance to El Yunque? ›

Located at the main park entrance on PR-191, the beautiful El Portal Visitor Center is a great place to begin your journey into El Yunque. There is an accessible interpretive trail that circles the property, along with opportunities to spot the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot.

Can I drive in El Yunque without a tour? ›

If you want to come to El Yunque' s main recreation area, you need to get a reservation in advanced. Unfortunately, some days we must turn around 400 vehicles without a reservation. You can visit other parts of El Yunque without a reservation, however you have to plan ahead if you want to visit the 191 Recreation area.

What is the most popular waterfall in El Yunque? ›

La Coca Falls in El Yunque National Forest is arguably the most famous waterfall in Puerto Rico, which is why it deserves the first spot on this list.

What is the most visited place in Puerto Rico? ›

Old San Juan (Viejo San Juan)

Spanning 500 years of history, Old San Juan is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic and treasured places in Puerto Rico.

What is the most visited part of Puerto Rico? ›

Old San Juan is the most popular destination in Puerto Rico and the perfect place to stay in the city of San Juan if you want to enjoy historical landmarks, good food, and Puerto Rico's local culture all within a short walk.

How many hours would it take to drive around Puerto Rico? ›

Puerto Rico is easy to drive around. It takes three hours to drive from the east to the west coast of Puerto Rico. Within eight hours, you can drive the entire coast of the island and return to your starting point.

Is a US driver's license valid in Puerto Rico? ›

Visitors from the United States can use their driver's license to drive in Puerto Rico since the island is a territory of the United States. International visitors will need an International Driving Permit along with their country's license.

What is the best car in Puerto Rico? ›

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling vehicle in Puerto Rico in 2021. 129.145 new light vehicles hit the Puerto Rican roads in 2021, an increase of 35.9% over 2020 (95,020). Toyota (+19.3%) trails the market but remains ultra dominant at 23.7% share, followed like in 2020 by Hyundai (+37.1%) edging…

Is it easy to rent a car and drive in Puerto Rico? ›

Rental cars can also allow travelers to reach destinations that public transportation routes don't cover. As I wrote in my guide to how to drive in Puerto Rico, the island is overall pretty friendly for drivers. There are multiple car rental companies in Puerto Rico, especially in the area of San Juan and Isla Verde.

What month is best to visit Puerto Rico? ›

The best time to visit Puerto Rico is from mid-April to June, right after the busy winter season and just before the rainy summer.

What is the most clear beach in Puerto Rico? ›

Where is the clearest water in Puerto Rico? The beaches with the clearest waters in Puerto Rico include Tortuga Beach in Culebrita, Playa Pelícano in Caja de Muerto, Playa Caracas in Vieques, Cayo Aurora, Icacos Beach, and Gilligan's Island.

What is the most upscale part of Puerto Rico? ›

Dorado: Accessible, Upscale, and Safe

If an upscale, livable, walkable area is what you desire in Puerto Rico, Dorado is a great choice. Dorado is one of the wealthiest areas near San Juan, with gated communities everywhere you look.

Where do the rich stay in Puerto Rico? ›

  • El Conquistador Resort. Show prices. ...
  • Hotel El Convento. Show prices. ...
  • Fairmont El San Juan Hotel. Show prices. ...
  • La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort. Show prices. ...
  • Dorado Beach A Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Show prices. ...
  • Olive Boutique Hotel. Show prices. ...
  • The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico. ...
  • O:LV Fifty Five. Show prices.

What is the number one beach in Puerto Rico? ›

1. Playa Flamenco. Often ranked as one of the best beaches in the entire world, Culebra Island's Flamenco Beach is a striking stretch of white sand beach that is practically waveless, making it the best beach for swimming in Puerto Rico.

What is the safest city to stay in Puerto Rico? ›

San Juan is the safest city for tourists in Puerto Rico. Although there are some dangerous areas, it features extensive public transportation, some of the best attractions in Puerto Rico, and beautiful beaches. Taking common precautions should be enough to stay safe.

How long does it take to drive through El Yunque? ›

Prepare to spend most of the day, if not the whole day there – El Yunque is huge. Exploring just a few smaller parts of it will take several hours. So, plan to spend at least eight hours there. Do not miss the falls and the trails!

Can you wear sandals in El Yunque? ›

El Yunque Rainforest Tour – Hiking shoes are a must! Do not wear water shoes, sneakers, flip flops, sandals or any other shoe aside from hiking shoes. This is for your own safety and the safety of those around you.

Can you go to El Yunque for free? ›

On the north side of El Yunque, you can freely access Angelito Trail and Puente Roto on Road 988, the rivers and waterfalls on Road 186 in Río Grande, and El Toro Trail on Road 186 in Rio Grande. On the south side of El Yunque, you can freely access the rivers and recreation area at the end of Road 191 South.

Can I wear shorts to El Yunque? ›

Hiking trails, waterfalls, and 29,000 acres of unspoiled tropical rainforest inside El Yunque National Rainforest call for active clothes. While you'll see warnings posted for poisonous plants, these are far off the beaten path, so you'll be fine with shorts, a tank or tee, sneakers (with traction), and a swimsuit.

What is the best time of day to visit El Yunque? ›

You need to visit El Yunque early in the morning, right when it first opens. Not only will you avoid the midday blazing sun, but you'll also find the forest at the emptiest. Most tour groups start their day around 9-10am, so if you can arrive before then…you're saving yourself a bunch of time.

How many hours do you need in El Yunque? ›

Depending on what you want to do, you could spend as little as 1 hour, or you could spend all day. We we go, we typically allow about 4 hours. Stay up to date by following their Facebook page or You can visit the El Yunque National Forest web site for more information.

What waterfall is number 1? ›

Angel Falls, Venezuela

The highest waterfall in the world, dropping 979 metres from a table-top mountain in Venezuela, is the awe-inspiring Angel Falls.

What waterfalls to jump off in El Yunque? ›

There are three famous falls, reasonably accessible as you travel from the main road on the PR 191, La Mina Waterfall, Juan Diego Falls, and La Coca Falls. One of the most popular things to do is hike to the waterfalls in El Yunque.

What is the easiest waterfall to get to El Yunque? ›

Also in El Yunque, La Coca Falls is accessible through La Coca Trail, the main road. This waterfall is of easy access and you can see it just within minutes inside El Yunque.

Where do most Americans go in Puerto Rico? ›

Relocating to Puerto Rico

Most expats settle in Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, or in the south in Ponce, its second-largest city. Carros Públicos (public cars) allow you to travel all over the island and reach even remote areas.

What food is Puerto Rico known for? ›

The vibrancy of Puerto Rican culture comes alive in its dishes, a celebration of flavors that visitors have the opportunity to indulge in. Some of the favorites are mofongo, tostones, pasteles, arroz con gandules, tembleque, and coquito.

What is the safest part of Puerto Rico to visit? ›

Safe Neighborhoods and Areas in Puerto Rico

Visitors should avoid areas like Puerta de Tierra, El Parque de las Palomas, Piñones, and La Perla at night. Other great areas for tourists are Rio Grande, Fajardo, Ponce, Cabo Rojo, Vieques, Culebra, and Rincon.

What are the 3 most important cities in Puerto Rico? ›

San Juan, the largest municipality and capital of Puerto Rico. Bayamón, the second largest municipality of Puerto Rico, located just west of San Juan. Carolina, the third largest municipality of Puerto Rico, located just east of San Juan.

Where is the main strip in Puerto Rico? ›

Ashford Ave is the Main Street in front of the beach in Condado.

Are red lights optional in Puerto Rico? ›

Apparently, yellow lights mean go faster in Puerto Rico, not slow to a stop. Red lights and stop signs are also negotiable.

How many days are enough to visit Puerto Rico? ›

How many days do I need in Puerto Rico? In general, travelers visiting Puerto Rico need from 7 to 10 days to cover the main attractions of the island during their trip, but longer times like two weeks are better to cover the coast, the central area of Puerto Rico, the surrounding islands, and cays.

Can you drive around Puerto Rico in a day? ›

The best part? It won't take you days to reach your destination. Puerto Rico is approximately 110 miles long and 35.5 miles wide, which means you can get across the Island in a few hours and, therefore, plan multiple road trips for your getaway!

What is the legal drinking age in Puerto Rico? ›

There is some similarity between DUI-related laws in Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland, but there are also differences. For example, the legal drinking age in Puerto Rico is 18, and for those 18–20 years of age, BAC levels must be lower than . 02.

Is it expensive in Puerto Rico? ›

With its lush beaches, historic cities and party vibe, Puerto Rico is emerging as one of the top island escapes in the Caribbean. However, compared to neighboring islands, such as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba, traveling here can be expensive.

Do you have to go through customs coming back from Puerto Rico? ›

All departure gates are located on the second level of the airport. Everyone travelling outside Puerto Rico must pass Customs and Agriculture inspections, located in all the entrances of the airport. All passengers must scan their luggage before checking in their respected airlines.

What is the most beautiful road in Puerto Rico? ›

Puerto Rico's most famous scenic drive is a 167-mile-long network of roads crossing the island from coast to coast through the central highlands. The itinerary is aptly named La Ruta Panorámica, or the Panoramic Route.

Is it worth it to rent a car in Puerto Rico? ›

Do You Need a Rental Car in Puerto Rico? A rental car is the best way to move around for visitors who want to explore Puerto Rico. Renting a car provides flexibility and is more cost effective than paying for taxis for long distances or booking tours every day.

What is the average cost of car insurance in Puerto Rico? ›

A full coverage policy is likely to cost somewhere between $800 and $1,500 each year, and the price will vary depending on your age, value of your vehicle, and other factors.

How do you get around Puerto Rico without a rental car? ›

Públicos, Taxis, and Buses

Públicos are a popular method of transportation all over Puerto Rico. These spacious vans offer regulated rates and designated pickup points at airports and other highly trafficked sites.

What is the cheapest way to get around Puerto Rico? ›

Públicos are the cheapest way to travel the island

The cheapest way to get around Puerto Rico is by públicos – public minibuses that run prescribed routes during daylight hours, either between places such as San Juan and Ponce or Mayagüez, or short-haul.

What happens if you get a ticket in a rental car in Puerto Rico? ›

Because these cameras read license plates and automatically bill the ticket to the person or company that owns the vehicle, your rental car company will be the one to receive the ticket. From there, they will most likely pay it and send you a bill for the cost of the violation in addition to the administrative fee.

How long does it take to drive around the coast of Puerto Rico? ›

It takes three hours to drive from the east to the west coast of Puerto Rico. Within eight hours, you can drive the entire coast of the island and return to your starting point. Since Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, you can expect to drive around the entire island in one day.

What favorite vacation spot is on the western coast of Puerto Rico? ›

Playa Puerto Hermina in Quebradillas, Playa Santa in Guánica, Sandy Beach in Rincón, Playa Sucia in Isabela, and Peña Blanca in Aguadilla are just some of the beach spots that travelers love and that you will want to come back to.

What is the most beautiful mountain town in Puerto Rico? ›

Or Jayuya, where you can hike through the cloud forest or visit Cerro de Punta, the highest peak in the Cordillera Central mountain range. Said to have the “best views in all of Puerto Rico,” this is the spot to go if you're looking for a rewarding hike. Of course, the ultimate can't-miss mountain town is Orocovis.

Is 3 days enough in Puerto Rico? ›

If you're looking for a quick getaway to the Caribbean, then a weekend in Puerto Rico is a great choice. Though you could easily spend 7 days in Puerto Rico, or even a month on the island without seeing everything, 3 days in Puerto Rico is enough — if you know how to do it right!

What is the cleanest beach in Puerto Rico? ›

The beaches with the clearest waters in Puerto Rico include Tortuga Beach in Culebrita, Playa Pelícano in Caja de Muerto, Playa Caracas in Vieques, Cayo Aurora, Icacos Beach, and Gilligan's Island.

Where is the richest part in Puerto Rico? ›

If an upscale, livable, walkable area is what you desire in Puerto Rico, Dorado is a great choice. Dorado is one of the wealthiest areas near San Juan, with gated communities everywhere you look. That makes it less affordable, as you might imagine.

What is the safest part of Puerto Rico to vacation? ›

San Juan is the safest city for tourists in Puerto Rico. Although there are some dangerous areas, it features extensive public transportation, some of the best attractions in Puerto Rico, and beautiful beaches. Taking common precautions should be enough to stay safe.

What is the beautiful island of Puerto Rico? ›

Just a short flight or boat ride from the Puerto Rico mainland, these enchanting islands are home to world-renowned beaches and the world's brightest bioluminescent bay. If Puerto Rico has a best-kept secret, it is the islands of Culebra and Vieques, sometimes known as the Spanish Virgin Islands.

What is the most colorful place in Puerto Rico? ›

The Most Colorful Spots in Puerto Rico #1: Yaucromatic, Yauco. This is hands down the most extravagant of the colorful spots in Puerto Rico. This neighborhood after the hurricane looked sad and dull. So artists came together and brought the neighborhood back to life.

What is the coolest city in Puerto Rico? ›

Dorado. Dorado is one of the most popular cities among ex-pats in Puerto Rico. Besides its natural beauty and unique geography, the Dorado coast sports multiple beaches for swimming and surfing. Dorado also features dozens of restaurants to enjoy, and some of the most popular luxury resorts in Puerto Rico.

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