Puerto Rico is considered by many to be the heart and soul of the Caribbean, being one of the biggest islands in the Caribbean Sea, it has a hefty amount of visitors every year and for a good number of reasons. Filled with rich history and culture, sun-drenched beaches, magnificent mountains and diverse coral reefs, the island of Puerto Rico is tropical paradise unlike any other. Puerto Rico offers an endless amount of activities for those seeking pleasure in the outdoors, as it is home to some of the most lush forest and mountains for hikers to explore. In case you are planning a visit to this place, here are some notable things to add to your bucket list.
El Yunque National Forest
El Yunque is a tropical rain forest, located in the northwest of Puerto Rico, although it’s one of the smallest rain forests, it’s well renowned for its rare birds and threes, having some of the most diverse habitats. This natural wonderland will have your jaw dropping to the floor as soon as you step foot, at it features some of the most spectacular sceneries, waterfalls and wildlife for hikers to enjoy, it’s also the only forest protected by the US forest service.
Bacardi Rum Factory
If you’re looking to enjoy a few drinks and like partying, Puerto Rico is just the place for you, as the island is home to some of the worst most distinguished distilleries, like Bacardi. Apart from its amazing club scene, you’ll definitely want to visit the Bacardi Rum factory, where you can get a first-hand experience on how thousands bottles of rum are made every day.
San Juan is the capital city of Puerto Rico and also the largest one on the island, it’s one of the most populated and vibrant areas in Puerto Rico and visitors can really get a feel for the local lifestyle and its amusing nightlife. Apart from the large number of casinos and clubs, the city has some of the sandiest beaches in the whole Caribbean, a perfect place to start your trip.
Old San Juan
The city also appeals for those types of travelers looking to escape the daily stress of the concrete jungle and learn more about the culture and history of the city. In Old San Juan, travelers have a chance to see a dozen of historic sites such as the Castillo San Cristóbal, one of the most well preserved structures of old Spanish Colonial architecture. If you are visiting the old district, I suggest you just get lost in the cobble stone streets and fully enjoy the experience, while wondering around the colored houses and classic old timers.
El Morro is one of those under the radar locations that you’ll probably want to check out in case you visit Puerto Rico. It’s an old stone fortress and a UNESCO World Heritage site, dating back to the 16th century.
Camuy River Cave Park
The Camuy River Cave Park is one of the world’s largest subterranean cave networks, saturated in 268 acre park, built around the cave system. Visitors can schedule or buy a tour and explore the broad underground caves, which stretch far beneath the surface of the island. It’s one of the most popular and visited locations in the whole of Puerto Rico, really appealing for those who love nature and the outdoors.