12 Memorable Adventures in Puerto Rico

Children play in the water in Puerto Rico. Ricymar Photography/Flickr
Puerto Rico is filled with opportunities for special moments, regardless of where you go looking for them, be it the cool, modern allure of San Juan nightlife; the miles of tropical coastline that ring the island; or the cool, lush forests and highlands of its interior. Following are just some of the best.
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A parade for the Fiesta de la Calle San Sebastian in San Juan, Puerto Rico Angel Xavier Viera-Vargas/Flickr
People dance, chant, bang drums, scratch gourd shells and don fabulous costumes—as if they’ve been waiting all year to do so.
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A couple swims underneath La Min Falls at El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico. BluEyedA73/Flickr
The cold mountain pools just below the roaring falls are surrounded by the lush El Yunque rainforest. You won’t want to go in at first because it’s so cold; but once you do, you'll become instantly invigorated.
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Sunbathers at Ocean Park beach in Puerto Rico. Alan Kotok/Flickr
You'll be surrounded by beauty, both natural and human.
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Partiers on Calle Cristo in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Harvey Barrison/Flickr
From there you can watch the procession of partygoers along Calle Cristo (pictured) on weekend nights.
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The lobby of the Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico. vxia/flickr
The sleek space is a seamless stitching of the exterior and the interior, the haute and natural. With help from surrounding clubs, boutiques, restaurants, and a seaside park, the hotel is also at the center of the city’s most fashionable neighborhood at the heart of Condado. You’ll see why at a seat at the central bar, a respite in a swirl of activity, or ensconced on the comfortable outdoor furniture, amidst the flowers and pools.
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A shop in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cogito Ergo Imago/Flickr
The factory outlets and unique shops make this one of the best shopping destinations in the Caribbean.
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A statue on top of the San Juan Catedral, sillhoueted against the sky. Scott Dexter/Flickr
The cathedral’s air is deliciously cool, and the soaring space invites exploration. You’ll eventually get to the beautiful frescoes and paintings, statues, and detailed facades, among other decorative flourishes.
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The ferry to Vieques angelaortizmusic/flickr
With nothing but the prospect of a day on the Caribbean’s most pristine beaches and a night in a laid-back guesthouse. The mainland fades into the horizon as the island comes into view, and you feel distinctly remote.
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A dirt road in Vieques karlnorling/flickr
En route, you’ll pass remote mangrove coastline and hidden coves fronting a delicious sea.
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The San Juan Gate in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Paul Sableman/Flickr
The enormous entrance through the city’s ancient wall was first built in 1640. The wide promenade runs along a portion of the city wall and is bordered by the bay as well.
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Snorkelers and zebra fish. Connie Ma/Flickr
One of the best spots is Playa Carlos Rosario, one of Culebra’s most secluded beaches.
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Plates of Puerto Rican food. Jirka Matousa/Flickr

From a vast array of fresh seafood on its coasts to succulent pig roasts in the mountains, Puerto Rico is a foodie’s paradise—and don’t get me started on the simple, yet delicious, comida criolla (home cooking).

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