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Discover pristine beaches, explore caves and hiking trails, and immerse yourself in the relaxed local culture of this Caribbean island.

Puerto Rico has a rich history, pristine white-sand beaches and forested mountains, and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Puerto Rico is made up of several islands and keys. This group of Caribbean islands has been a territory of the U.S. since 1898 and is just a 2-hour flight from Miami. But you’ll feel like you’re a world away as you come to discover the islands' blend of Caribbean, African and Spanish cultures. Just about the only reminder that you’re on U.S. soil is that you can use the American dollar.

Puerto Rico Island is the largest island and the main hub. Explore its fascinating cultural and indigenous past in the Old San Juan district in San Juan, the capital city located on the northern coast of Puerto Rico Island. Major historic attractions include El Morro (Castillo San Felipe del Morro) and Fort San Jeronimo (Fortin de San Gerónimo de Baquerón). To learn more about contemporary local culture, visit the Museum of the Americas (Museo de Las Américas) and Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico).

Enjoy traditional cuisine and cocktails at one of the island's many fashionable bars and restaurants. The Ocean Park area offers beachfront dining and a relaxed island atmosphere. Venture farther afield to try regional street food at Luquillo Beach, where there are dozens of kiosks selling typical snacks, such as pinchos (chicken, pork or shrimp kabobs) and tostones (fried green plantain).

Much of Puerto Rico Island is covered in forest that is excellent for hiking. Explore the network of caves at Rio Camuy Cave Park (Parque de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy), or hike through waterfalls in El Yunque National Forest.

All along the coast you’ll find stunning beaches. Condado Beach and Isla Verde Beach are just minutes from downtown San Juan. The island’s tropical climate means it’s warm enough to dip into the ocean year-round. The height of tourist season is December through April; be aware that hurricanes can crop up the rest of the year.

Puerto Rico is serviced by the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, and can be reached from destinations across the Americas. The public transportation in Puerto Rico is limited to parts of San Juan, so you’ll need to rent a car or travel by taxi if you want to explore the countryside.

Popular cities in Puerto Rico

Castillo de San Cristobal
San Juan
Known for Beaches, Excursions and Sea

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Reasons to visit
  • Luquillo Beach
  • San Juan Gate
  • San Juan Cathedral
El Museo Castillo Serralles
Ponce
Known for Beaches, Shopping and Historical Buildings

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Reasons to visit
  • Parque de Bombas
  • Plaza of Delights
  • El Museo Castillo Serralles
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
Cabo Rojo
Known for Beaches, Family-friendly and Nature

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Reasons to visit
  • Combate Beach
  • Playa Sucia
  • Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
Culebra
Known for Islands, Beaches and Sea

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Reasons to visit
  • Leeward Islands
Aguadilla
Aguadilla
Known for Dining, Beaches and Family-friendly

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Domes Beach
Rincon
Known for Beaches, Sea and Sunsets

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Popular places to visit in Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Forest
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El Yunque National Forest

This tropical rainforest offers many great hiking options, including stunning mountain views and beautiful waterfalls.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro
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Castillo San Felipe del Morro

This walled fortress was once used to protect Puerto Rico from invading colonies, and today offers visitors a dramatic reminder of that history.

Castillo de San Cristobal
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Castillo de San Cristobal

Marvel at a Spanish fortification on the edge of Old San Juan, a place full of haunting myths, fascinating history and stunning photography spots.

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