Old San Juan, the most popular cruise destination in the Caribbean, is far from a cookie cutter vacation spot. Old San Juan is special in every way, known for it’s rich history, five century old forts, romantic ambiance, Old World elegance, exquisite food, and festive atmosphere.What Paris is to Europe, Old San Juan is to the Caribbean, you can’t leave Puerto Rico without visiting this fantastic place. Old San Juan is an islet connected to the main island by three bridges, views of the Atlantic Ocean and the San Juan Bay add to the magic of the city.
Entering the gates of Castillo San Felipe del Morro is like walking 5 centuries into the past with an intriguing history, resplendent architecture, and breathtaking views. El Morro is the most recognized landmark in Puerto Rico, and one of the most beloved by families and romantics. People from all over the world come to experience this world-class attraction that was declared a UNESTO. If you’re in San Juan for a day, El Moro is an attraction not to be missed. If you’re vacationing with children in San Juan, they will love El Morro.
El Yunque, nominated as one of the natural wonders of the world is within reach, officially located in Rio Grande, on the east coast of Puerto Rico. Cool, breezy, crisp air, lush greens and refreshing spring waters you can jump into. Whether you’re coming for a honeymoon or a family vacation, El Yunque National Rainforest is one of the places you can’t miss.
The most scenic location on the island is located in the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge. Plan on spending at least a full morning or afternoon here, then head over to the village of Boqueron for great nightlife. The Cabo Rojo Wildlife Refuge is an eco traveler paradise offering 4 attractions into one, hike along nature trails with scenic vistas, take a tour of the Salt Flats, visit La Playuela Beach, one the prettiest beach cove of the island, visit the elegant Los Morillos Lighthouse, and walk along the limestone cliffs with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea.
Rio Camuy This cave is the third largest underground cave system in the world, Rio Camuy runs through it. The main part of the cavern is massive, with a ceiling over 10 stories high. Photos can’t capture the beauty of this world class wonder, Camuy River Cave Park is among the top ten attractions you can’t miss in Puerto Rico. Parques Nacionales (Puerto Rico National Parks) manages this 300 acre park, offering walking tours in both English & Spanish, through this enormous cave. This day will be part of one of the best day trips you can enjoy during your vacation in Puerto Rico, see our Puerto Rico North Region Attractions guide to see the suggested itinerary.
For decades the Arecibo Observatory held the record of largest radio telescope in the world until last year, when China finished construction now holding the title. High in the karst region of the town of Arecibo, one of the most interesting man-made wonders in Puerto Rico and the world.