Puerto Rico may be a small, small enough to be traversed by car in three hours; but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in attractions. Boundless activities and must visit spots satiate every traveler visiting the island, from zip lining, scenic hikes and water activities to lush forests, stunningly blue beaches and historic cities. Add Puerto Rico to your travel goals, and make sure to include these activities to your to do list.

Suspension bridge at ToroVerde (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Suspension bridge at ToroVerde (Photo: Michelle Rae)

Zip Lining at ToroVerde. As one of the Caribbean’s (if not, the world’s) most famous zip lining parks, ToroVerde is definitely a must add to everyone’s list. Experience high suspension bridges, rappelling, and zip lining across the island’s lush land on some of the most thrilling lines you’ll ever encounter.

Zip lining at ToroVerde (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Zip lining at ToroVerde (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Zip lining at ToroVerde (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Zip lining at ToroVerde (Photo: Michelle Rae)

Water Sports. Whether it’s the challenging water activities (like surfing and kiteboarding) or the more relaxing ones (like paddle boarding and snorkeling) you’re looking for, Puerto Rico affords plenty of opportunities both, thanks for its big, strong waves as well as calm shallows.

Hiking the Rainforest. El Yunque is the one tropical rainforest in the United States Forest System, and this is reason enough to trek its almost always gloriously muddy trails. But the tropical plants, many of which have medicinal properties, cool creeks, small ruins, and refreshing falls that you’ll find along the way make your hikes all the more interesting.

El Yunque and the coast (Photo: Michelle Rae)
El Yunque and the coast (Photo: Michelle Rae)
El Yunque (Photo: Michelle Rae)
El Yunque (Photo: Michelle Rae)

Exploring the Forts. Puerto Rico was once a very important stronghold in the Americas, and thus is home to several forts that helped defend the island. The biggest and most important of these are El Morro (or San Felipe del Morro) and San Cristobal, both of which are open to the public today.

El Morro (Photo: Michelle Rae)
El Morro (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Old city wall at San Juan (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Old city wall at San Juan (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Old San Juan from San Cristobal (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Old San Juan from San Cristobal (Photo: Michelle Rae)

Sampling the Local Cuisine. Puerto Rico boasts cuisine from all over the world, made by renowned chefs who have transplanted to the island. This allows travelers plenty of delicious options. But hearty Puerto Rican cuisine is a not-to-be-missed experience. Make sure to sample the island’s roast pork, Mofongo, Arroz Mamposteado, and more.

Walking Around Old San Juan. Old San Juan’s blue cobbled streets is best seen in the daytime when you can fully appreciate the brightly painted Spanish colonial buildings that line it and the sparkling views of the blue waters from its old walls. Take your time; there are a number of important stops along the way.

Old San Juan (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Old San Juan (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Old San Juan (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Old San Juan (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Old San Juan (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Old San Juan (Photo: Michelle Rae)

Visiting the Bio Bays. Puerto Rico is home to three of the few remaining bioluminescent bays in the world, and the dinoflagellate population is fast dwindling still despite efforts. This means that everyone must enjoy this magical experience while they still can. Go during a dark night so the illumination is more visible, and be ready to do some hard paddling and maneuvering in the dark.

Hitting the Beach. The island is home to many and different types of beaches, which means there’s all sorts of opportunities for whatever kind of beach day you’re into. Laid back beach days may be spend at quieter beaches with calm, shallow waters while fun, exciting ones are better spent at those with bigger waves.

Palomino Island near Fajardo, Puerto Rico (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Palomino Island near Fajardo, Puerto Rico (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Beach outside San Juan, Puerto Rico (Photo: Michelle Rae)
Beach outside San Juan, Puerto Rico (Photo: Michelle Rae)

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