The Perfect Puerto Rico Road Trip Itinerary For 4-7 Days (with Map!) (2023)

Puerto Rico is a diverse island filled with beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, colorful, colonial-style buildings, and impressive caves, mountains and rivers. To experience the best of this US territory in the Caribbean, you’ll want to rent a car and go on a Puerto Rico road trip. Don’t know where to start? We’re here to help with our ultimate Puerto Rico travel guide and itinerary!

This Puerto Rico itinerary can easily be followed whether you have 4 days in Puerto Rico or plan to spend one week on a Puerto Rico road trip. We’ve also included a Puerto Rico road trip map of all of our recommended stops and lodging recommendations to help you visualize and prepare for your Puerto Rico vacation.

Our road trip experience in Puerto Rico

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Traveling to Puerto Rico is like stepping into a foreign country even though you’re still in a US Territory. The culture and signage will make you feel like you’re outside the United States. Street signs are in Spanish and the gas stations are in metric. Don’t worry, speed limits are listed in miles per hour.

In other words, Puerto Rico is a mix of a lot of cultures all inside an island that is only 39 miles wide.

The main roads are easy to drive on. Think of the fancy turnpike that you pay tolls on. The side roads are like a country road. Well paved but with no markings. Given the beauty of the islands and the tight turns on the road, you’re not likely to drive over 35mph.

Even though the island is not very large, because of the terrain, it can take time to drive around.

Getting around Puerto Rico – tips for a Puerto Rico road trip

Renting a car is the best way to get around Puerto Rico, especially if you plan to road trip in Puerto Rico.

But there are a few things to know before your Puerto Rico vacation. Here are some tips that will make the experience easier and more fun for everyone.

Use a reputable rental car company

Puerto Rico is one of the best Caribbean islands for families. It is a US territory, so not only do you not need a passport to enter if you are a US citizen, but you’ll find many of the major chains and reputable companies that are well-known in the United States.

However, you’ll find several smaller, unknown companies, as well. And our advice is to avoid them. When it comes to renting a car, it is best to stick with reputable car companies. This will help you avoid scams and unexpected fees.

Be cautious, even when booking through websites like Expedia. If the rental car company is an unknown name, be sure to check the online reviews before you book.

If you don’t you may end up with a sub-par, dirty car, hidden fees that double the cost when you arrive, or a long wait that eats into your vacation time.

Puerto Rico road signs are in Spanish

Although Puerto Rico is part of the United States, Spanish is the official language. Road signs are all written in Spanish. So, it’s a good idea to learn some Spanish before visiting the island. It’s one of the best languages to learn for travel, and will help you understand street signs and get around Puerto Rico easier.

Mix of imperial and metric systems

While some things may feel different than in the states, others are very similar to what you would expect on any other USA road trip. For example, speed limits are listed in miles since Puerto Rico primarily uses the imperial system for measurement, like the rest of the USA.

However, gas stations in Puerto Rico use the metric system, so gasoline is measured in liters rather than gallons.

Road conditions

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Roads and highways in Puerto Rico are generally well maintained. Although during a Puerto Rico road trip, you might find yourself on some winding, two-lane mountainous roads that will require driving slower. But, look at the bright side, that just gives you more time to enjoy the beautiful scenery!

Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria

The island of Puerto Rico was devastated in 2017 by Hurricane Maria. Parts of Puerto Rico are still recovering years later. During a road trip around Puerto Rico, you will certainly come across areas where the devastation is still evident. You’ll see plenty of homes that remain vacant and destroyed.

Lots of communities are still in the rebuilding process. But, that is to be expected considering Hurricane Maria was the worst natural disaster the island had ever experienced.

Weather in Puerto Rico

Unless you have a tropical storm overhead, scattered showers happen every day. But, it’s rare to see any lightning.Weather in Puerto Rico is warm year-round.

Even in January, the coldest month in Puerto Rico, you’ll find the average high temperatures are around 83 degrees Fahrenheit, making the island territory one of the best warm winter destinations in the US.

Puerto Rico road trip itinerary

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Here is a suggested Puerto Rico road trip itinerary that takes you around the entire island. We recommend at least 6 days for a road trip around Puerto Rico’s main island. However, you could always spend more time in San Juan or Rincon if you have a week in Puerto Rico.

Or, you could spend a day less in Arecibo if you only have 4 days in Puerto Rico.

Day 1 – San Juan

  • Old San Juan
  • Castillo San Felipe del Morro
  • Castillo de San Cristóbal

Day 2 – Arecibo

  • Cueva del Indio
  • Lunch in Arecibo
  • Rio Camuy Cave Park

Day 3 – Arecibo

  • River Tubing at Tanama River Adventures
  • Cueva Ventana

Day 4 – Rincon / La Parguera

  • Rincon
  • La Parguera BioLuminescent Bay

Day 5 – El Yunque / Fajardo

  • El Yunque
  • Fajardo

Day 6 – San Juan

  • Back to San Juan

Prefer guided experiences? Find the best excursions and guided tours in Puerto Rico here.

Things to do on a Puerto Rico road trip

Now that you have a general Puerto Rico itinerary to follow, here is a brief description of all the awesome things you’ll see and do on your island road trip.

Old San Juan

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Perhaps the most visited attraction in Puerto Rico, Old San Juan, or Viejo San Juan in Spanish, is the oldest district in the capital city. There are so many wonderful things to do in Old San Juan! With colonial Spanish-style buildings that date back to the 16th century, and cobblestone streets, this charming, historical area of Puerto Rico is a must-visit. Spend some time wandering the Instagrammable streets and take in all the colorful buildings and beautiful doors.

Be sure to visit the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. Located in the center of the Old San Juan, the church is the oldest church on American soil and the second oldest church in the western hemisphere. The cathedral dates back to 1521. It houses the tomb of Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer who led the first European expedition to the New World.

You’ll also want to try some of the popular Caribbean fusion restaurants. Definitely order mofongo, a traditional Puerto Rican dish made from mashed fried plantains.

Barrachina Restaurant is a popular place to eat in Old San Juan. Not only do they serve mofongo and other Spanish and Puerto Rican cuisine, but the restaurant claims to have invented the world-famous pina colada.

Old San Juan reminded us so much of Old Town Cartagena, Colombia, another beautiful, colorful city that we fell in love with during our travels!

Castillo San Felipe del Morro / Castillo de San Cristóbal

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On the edge of Old San Juan, you’ll find two old forts dating back to as early as the 1500s. These two impressive Puerto Rico landmarks are within walking distance from each other.

Your admission fee covers your entrance to both Castillo San Felipe del Morro, or El Morro for short, and Castillo de San Cristóbal.

The fortresses, which both tower over the sea, were designed to protect the island from attackers arriving by ship. In fact, they served as active military forts for centuries before they were retired in the 1960s. The forts are now part of the National Park Service and serve as historical sites and museums.

Where to stay in San Juan: Hotel El Convento


Your next destination on your Puerto Rico road trip will be the Arecibo area. Approximately an hour and a half from San Juan, Arecibo is a great town to base yourself to explore some of the best caves and most beautiful beaches in Puerto Rico.

If possible, plan to spend two nights in Arecibo to see the north central part of the country.

Where to stay in Arecibo: Oceania Beachfront Accommodations

Cueva del Indio

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Cueva del Indio is one of the most beautiful spots in Puerto Rico. Costing just $5 USD a person to visit, this ocean-side cave is just a short hike from the parking lot. Located about 10 minutes outside the town of Arecibo, the cave is surrounded by dramatic cliffs overlooking the ocean.

The cave is an impressive look back in time as it contains petroglyphs that have somehow withstood the forces of nature and humans for centuries. In fact, Cueva del Indio is believed to have the largest number of petroglyphs on the entire island.

Getting into the cave is tricky and kind of confusing. You won’t find any signage pointing you toward the entrance. Accessing the cave requires crawling through a narrow crevice that drops you down into the cave. Entering the cave can be done with kids, but it takes some work and a lot of caution.

I recommend watching this brief video before your visit so you’ll know what you are in for. You’ll want to wear walking shoes rather than flip flops or sandals since you’ll be climbing and walking on sharp rocky surfaces that were likely once coral.

In the area around the cave, you’ll find breathtaking views of natural arches and waves crashing on the cliffs. So, spend some extra time taking in the surrounding beauty.

Rio Camuy Cave Park

If you love exploring the world beneath the earth’s surface, Rio Camuy Cave Park is not to be missed! The third largest cave system in the world, Rio Camuy Cave is easily one of Puerto Rico’s top natural attractions.

The main cavern is an impressive 10-stories high. The kid-friendly tour starts out with a trolley ride that takes you down the mountain to the cave’s entrance. The deeper you go into the cave along a well-defined walking path, you’ll find stalagmites, stalactites, and even bats sleeping overhead.

Camuy River runs through the cave. The highlight of the tour is a large sinkhole where sun rays often shine through into the cave.

To visit Rio Camuy Cave Park, you’ll want to call ahead to make a reservation for your visit, as tours are limited and Rio Camuy Cave Park sells out.

Phone number for Rio Camuy Cave Park: +1 787-898-3136

Cueva Ventana

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If you aren’t tired of cave tours by this point, Cueva Ventana is another great place to visit on a Puerto Rico road trip.

This cave, located about 10 minutes south of Arecibo, is only accessible via a guided tour. The guided tour takes you on a short hike to Cueva Ventana, or Window Cave in English. The hour and a half long guided experience is easy to do with kids.

Hiking shoes are a must. The tour company also requires all participants to wear hard hats that they provide.

The view from inside the cave is one of the best in Puerto Rico. You can reserve your spot on the tour in advance or book a day trip from San Juan that includes both Cueva Ventana and Cueva del Indio.

Tanama River Adventures

Near the town of Utuado, south of Arecibo, Tanama River is a wonderful place to visit if you are looking for a family-friendly adventure. Tanama River Adventures offers cave tubing and rappelling tours fit for people of most ages, including kids as young as 5 years old.

There are 6 tours to choose from that vary in length and level of difficulty and adrenaline. If visiting Puerto Rico with kids, the shorter, 3-hour cave tubing adventure includes a short 20 minute hike, swimming, and easy tubing through a rapid-free, underground river that runs through a large cave.

The tour company provides everything including a helmet, life-jacket, tube, and an experienced guide.

It is a refreshing and fun way to experience the beauty of Puerto Rico on a road trip.


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After one or two days in the Arecibo area, head to the west coast of Puerto Rico to the laid back surfer town of Rincon. Known for its beautiful beaches that are home to sea turtles, Rincon is a popular place for surfers and snorkelers.

You could easily spend 2-3 days in this relaxing seaside community, depending on how many days you have allotted for your Puerto Rico road trip.

Steps and Tres Palmas Reserve are the two most popular beaches particularly if you hope to see the Hawksbill Sea Turtle or the Leatherback Sea Turtle. Both of these endangered species of sea turtles have been known to nest on the sandy beaches near Rincon.

Where to stay in Rincon: Rincon of the Seas Grand Hotel

La Parguera BioLuminescent Bay

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One of the most unique things to do in Puerto Rico, the bioluminescent bay in La Parguera is the only one of its kind in the US territory where you can actually swim in the water to experience the bioluminescence up close.

Located in southwest Puerto Rico, La Parguera is one of three places in the territory where you can see the glowing effects created by microorganisms in the water. The microorganisms emit a short burst of light when disturbed or agitated.

The glow isn’t visible during the daylight, so, to experience this natural phenomenon, you need to take a night tour, where you can kayak and swim after the sun sets. While the bioluminescent bay on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques is supposedly the brightest in the territory and the world, La Parguera will not disappoint!

However, unless you are incredibly skilled at night photography and have a professional camera, this experience is one that will live in your memory, but not on your camera. It is very difficult to capture this phenomenon on camera and do it justice.

Even our GoPro photo above, which was taken at sunset, turned out grainy once we brightened it a bit. But trust us, the tour is well worth it. It is one of the most unique experiences in Puerto Rico to see the water light up a greenish-blue color as you tread water and move your arms about.

We have experienced both the bioluminescent bay in La Parguera and the bioluminescence near Fajardo. We definitely recommend La Parguera, as it is much brighter, the water seems cleaner, and you can actually swim in the glowing water!

Where to stay near La Parguera: La Jamaca, Lajas

El Yunque National Forest

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The only rainforest in the US National Forest system, El Yunque National Forest is 29,000 acres of breathtaking, biologically diverse tropical scenery.

The rainforest is a wonderful place to explore, hike, and swim beneath waterfalls. La Mina Trail is the most popular and most heavily traveled trail in the national forest. However, it isn’t expected to reopen until 2023, as it has been undergoing repairs since Hurricane Maria destroyed the island.

The trail, which follows La Mina River, is a great and easy trail to hike with kids. The .7-mile trail does involve a challenging elevation change which makes the return trip a bit difficult, but the hike takes you down to a lovely waterfall that cascades 35 feet into a shallow pool where you can take a refreshing dip if you wear your bathing suit.

If planning to hike this trail (once opened), go early to avoid the crowds.

Juan Diego trail is an alternative waterfall trail that is rated as easy. It is a very short hike, so it is great if hiking with young kids. If you prefer guided experiences, you can book a guided excursion that includes both hiking in El Yunque and natural waterslides.


Fajardo is a great place to stay if you want to island hop and visit the stunning beaches in Culebra or take the ferry over to Vieques for a day trip. However, you likely need a few extra days if you want to experience the other islands in Puerto Rico.

Even if you don’t plan to ferry over to Culebra or Vieques, Fajardo is a great place to spend a day. Home to great beaches, natural pools, and a bioluminescent lagoon, after hiking in El Yunque, Fajardo is a convenient place to stay on a Puerto Rico road trip.

Prior to Hurricane Maria, kayaking through a canopy of mangroves to the bioluminescent lagoon was a fun experience. However, according to numerous Trip Advisor reviews, the bioluminescent effect is barely visible now.

Numerous reviewers said the guide had to cover the group with a tarp in order to see the glowing water. While we did not do a bioluminescent tour at Laguna Grande in Fajardo because we opted for the one in La Parguera this time, current reviews do not reflect the same memorable experience we had pre-hurricane.

Where to stay in Fajardo: El Conquistador Resort

What you won’t see on this Puerto Rico road trip

The primary thing you won’t get to do if you follow our road trip Puerto Rico itinerary is to visit the other islands. Vieques and Culebra are both great for day trips or an overnight stay. But with limited time on our road trip, we opted to just limit our Puerto Rico road trip to the main island.

However, you could easily ferry over to either place from Fajardo or take a short flight over to Vieques from San Juan. If you want to add a few days to your trip to experience these other islands, expect a laid-back vibe and lots of relaxation. It would be a perfect way to round out your Puerto Rico vacation!

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This Puerto Rico road trip guide was first written in August 2021 and was updated in May 2023 for accuracy and current information.

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The Perfect Puerto Rico Road Trip Itinerary For 4-7 Days (with Map!)? ›

It takes three hours to drive from the east to the west coast of Puerto Rico. Within eight hours, you can drive the entire coast of the island and return to your starting point. Since Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, you can expect to drive around the entire island in one day.

How long does it take to drive around the entire island of Puerto Rico? ›

It takes three hours to drive from the east to the west coast of Puerto Rico. Within eight hours, you can drive the entire coast of the island and return to your starting point. Since Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, you can expect to drive around the entire island in one day.

How many days is ideal for Puerto Rico? ›

In general, travelers visiting Puerto Rico need from 7 to 10 days to cover the main attractions of the island during their trip, but longer times like two weeks are better to cover the coast, the central area of Puerto Rico, the surrounding islands, and cays.

How to spend 7 days in Puerto Rico? ›

Puerto Rico Itinerary: 7 Days on the Island of Enchantment
  1. Day 1: Explore Old San Juan.
  2. Day 2: Do it all in San Juan.
  3. Day 3: Journey to the rainforest.
  4. Day 4: Head to Fajardo and the Bioluminescent Bay.
  5. Day 5: Set sail in Fajardo.
  6. Day 6: Hop the ferry to Vieques.
  7. Day 7: Explore Vieques some more and head back to San Juan.
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What is the best scenic route in Puerto Rico? ›

Puerto Rico's most famous scenic drive is a 167-mile-long network of roads crossing the island from coast to coast through the central highlands. The itinerary is aptly named La Ruta Panorámica, or the Panoramic Route.

Is it difficult to drive around Puerto Rico? ›

Overall, driving in Puerto Rico is easy. The main streets are in good condition and the sign system is the same as most countries in the world. Although some drivers in Puerto Rico drive recklessly, visitors that take normal precautions and keep their eyes on the road should be safe.

Can you drive in Puerto Rico with US license? ›

If you are moving to Puerto Rico from the United States, you will need to get a local driver's license. A U.S. license is not valid on the island, but it can be easy and quick for a licensed US citizen.

What is the best month to go to Puerto Rico? ›

The best time to visit Puerto Rico is from mid-April to June, right after the busy winter season and just before the rainy summer.

What month is best for Puerto Rico? ›

High season, one of the best times to visit Puerto Rico, runs from mid-December through mid-April. These are the months with the least amount of rainfall and the mildest temperatures.

What are the best and worst months to go to Puerto Rico? ›

Vacation Weather Planning

But in general, the best times to visit Puerto Rico are winter through mid summer. The worst times are late summer to late fall.

What to stay away from in Puerto Rico? ›

What should you avoid in Puerto Rico? In Puerto Rico visitors should avoid wandering mindlessly, staying in sketchy places, leaving their belongings unattended in beaches or restaurants, and going outside tourist areas without a guide if they aren't familiar with the area they're visiting.

How much money should I take to Puerto Rico for a week? ›

How much should I budget for a trip to Puerto Rico? A week's expenses in Puerto Rico for two people can range between $1,200 and $2,300. Visitors should always budget $200 or $300 more in case of any emergency.

Do you need a car in Puerto Rico? ›

The best way to get around Puerto Rico is by car. If you want to see more than the city in which you're staying, you'll need your own vehicle as intercity train service doesn't exist and intercity bus service is time-consuming and uncomfortable.

What is the prettiest town in Puerto Rico? ›

What is the nicest town in Puerto Rico? There are multiple nice towns around Puerto Rico to visit and live in, including San Juan, Ponce, Lajas, Cabo Rojo, Maunabo, Isabela, Aguadilla, and Aguada.

What is the prettiest place in Puerto Rico? ›

What is the most beautiful part of Puerto Rico? The most beautiful parts of Puerto Rico include the west area of the island, for its beaches and breathtaking sunsets. Other beautiful areas include Vieques, Culebra, Fajardo, Utuado, and Manatí.

What is the nicest part of Puerto Rico? ›

The most beautiful parts of Puerto Rico include Old San Juan, Ponce, and Arecibo for history lovers. Cities like Manatí, Isabela, Aguadilla, Rincón, Cabo Rojo, Vieques, and Culebra sport the most beautiful natural landscapes and beaches.

What is the best car in Puerto Rico? ›

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling vehicle in Puerto Rico in 2021. 129.145 new light vehicles hit the Puerto Rican roads in 2021, an increase of 35.9% over 2020 (95,020). Toyota (+19.3%) trails the market but remains ultra dominant at 23.7% share, followed like in 2020 by Hyundai (+37.1%) edging…

Is it safe for tourists to drive in Puerto Rico? ›

Puerto Rico's driving rules are almost the same as any US State. We drive on the right side of the road, just as in the States. Road conditions are usually fine, though there will be some potholes here and there.

What is the cheapest way to get around Puerto Rico? ›

Públicos are the cheapest way to travel the island

The cheapest way to get around Puerto Rico is by públicos – public minibuses that run prescribed routes during daylight hours, either between places such as San Juan and Ponce or Mayagüez, or short-haul.

Will US cell phones work in Puerto Rico? ›

U.S. phone plans work in Puerto Rico. You'll also find Wi-Fi available at most hotels around the island.

Can you turn right on red in Puerto Rico? ›

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico have allowed right turns on red since 1980, except where prohibited by a sign or where right turns are controlled by dedicated traffic lights.

Is there a ferry from Florida to Puerto Rico? ›

There are no ferries from Florida to Puerto Rico. In fact, there are no ferries from the USA at all to Puerto Rico. However, you can still get there with ease. There are plenty of other options to get yourself to this mesmerizing tropical island.

What months are cheap to visit Puerto Rico? ›

When to Visit Puerto Rico for Cheap Prices. If you're wondering about the best time to travel Puerto Rico on a budget, then you should consider visiting the island between August and November. This is the low season in Puerto Rico but it's also part of the hurricane season.

What month is hurricane season in Puerto Rico? ›

While Puerto Rico enjoys warm weather year-round, like the majority of tropical Caribbean destinations, it's very much affected by hurricane season, which runs from June to November, with the greatest risk in August and September.

What is the hottest month in Puerto Rico? ›

June is the hottest month in San Juan with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is January at 25°C (77°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in October. The wettest month is November with an average of 157mm of rain.

What is the busiest tourist season in Puerto Rico? ›

The peak tourist seasons run roughly from December to April and all of July and August. The winter sees North Americans flock to the island to escape cold weather, with San Juan inundated by cruise-ship visitors, while high summer is the holiday season for Puerto Ricans.

What months can you swim in Puerto Rico? ›

Best time to visit Puerto Rico for beaches

The North Coast of Puerto Rico has beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Between April and June, the water will be warm and inviting. It's not yet hurricane season, and the weather is mild enough to plan a full day at the beach.

What is the least rainy month in Puerto Rico? ›

Puerto Rico's rainy season lasts from April to November and the driest season is December to March.

Is it safe to travel to Puerto Rico right now? ›

Puerto Rico is a relatively safe destination with a lower crime rate than many other areas of the United States. It is one of the safest Caribbean islands. Most of the violent gun crime in Puerto Rico is related to drug trafficking and gang activity, which rarely affects visitors.

Do you need a negative Covid test to go to Puerto Rico? ›

Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to Puerto Rico? Anyone arriving to Puerto Rico will be required to present negative PCR test results, no older than 1 day.

What is the best way to travel within Puerto Rico? ›

Públicos, Taxis, and Buses

Públicos are a popular method of transportation all over Puerto Rico. These spacious vans offer regulated rates and designated pickup points at airports and other highly trafficked sites. You might find yourself riding alongside a few strangers, but that's how the rates remain affordable.

Is it safe to drive in Puerto Rico at night? ›

Driving in Puerto Rico at night is just as dangerous if not more dangerous than it is driving at night anywhere else. The fatality rate related to driving accidents at night is three times higher than it is during the day.

Is Puerto Rico cheaper than Hawaii? ›

Even though Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island, it is very affordable. As the cost of the average 7-day Puerto Rico vacation ranges from around $1,000 to $2,500+ USD per person making a Puerto Rico holiday far more affordable than a Hawaiian getaway.

Should you bring cash to Puerto Rico? ›

You can use your U.S. dollars.

Because Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, the island's currency is the U.S. dollar.

Do you tip taxi drivers in Puerto Rico? ›

Taxi Drivers: Should I tip? Yes, tipping taxi drivers is common practice in Puerto Rico and 10%-15% of the total should be sufficient. Tour Guides: Is a tip required? Tipping your tour guide between 15-20% is advised by not required in Puerto Rico.

What food is Puerto Rico known for? ›

The vibrancy of Puerto Rican culture comes alive in its dishes, a celebration of flavors that visitors have the opportunity to indulge in. Some of the favorites are mofongo, tostones, pasteles, arroz con gandules, tembleque, and coquito.

Should you get a rental car in Puerto Rico? ›

Do You Need a Rental Car in Puerto Rico? A rental car is the best way to move around for visitors that want to explore Puerto Rico on their own. Renting a car provides flexibility and it's more cost-effective than paying for taxis for long distances or booking tours every day.

Is Uber expensive in Puerto Rico? ›

Is Uber expensive in Puerto Rico? You'll be glad to hear that Uber is less expensive in Puerto Rico than it is in busy cities like New York. Uber is an affordable way to get around San Juan if you are only staying for a few days. You can expect a range of $5-$10 USD per ride, depending on where you are heading.

What is the most walkable town in Puerto Rico? ›

San Juan, the biggest city in Puerto Rico, is also the most walkable.

What is the most beautiful mountain town in Puerto Rico? ›

Or Jayuya, where you can hike through the cloud forest or visit Cerro de Punta, the highest peak in the Cordillera Central mountain range. Said to have the “best views in all of Puerto Rico,” this is the spot to go if you're looking for a rewarding hike. Of course, the ultimate can't-miss mountain town is Orocovis.

What is the hipster town in Puerto Rico? ›

Santurce is where many artists claim that the street art movement started developing in Puerto Rico, and a tour around its streets can show you why. Over the years, it has become one of the largest art districts in the Caribbean, establishing world-renowned festivals such as Los Muros Hablan and Santurce es Ley.

Which side of Puerto Rico has better beaches? ›

Outside San Juan, the best beaches for swimming are probably Guánica's Playa Santa and Caña Gorda beaches in southwest Puerto Rico. The water is extremely warm and absolutely calm year round, and both spots boast wide, white-sand beaches with vistas of nothing but Caribbean Sea and hilly coastline.

What is the most clear beach in Puerto Rico? ›

Cayo Aurora (Gilligan's Island)

Although it is not officially a beach, this cay has the most transparent water in Puerto Rico.

Which side of Puerto Rico has the prettiest beaches? ›

Which side of Puerto Rico has the best beaches? The north of Puerto Rico offers the best urban beaches like Isla Verde, Condado Beach, and Ocean Park Beach. Aguadilla, Rincón, and Cabo Rojo on the west coast and southwest coast offer the best beaches for surfing, whale watching, and sightseeing.

What is the most luxurious town in Puerto Rico? ›

Dorado: the most luxurious area to stay in Puerto Rico. If you're hunting for an upscale areas to stay in Puerto Rico, Dorado literally means “golden.” Many of Puerto Rico's most famous restaurants, like El Ladrillo, can be found in this Puerto Rico neighborhood — but that's far from all you'll find here.

What is Puerto Rico most popular spot? ›

Old San Juan (Viejo San Juan)

Spanning 500 years of history, Old San Juan is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic and treasured places in Puerto Rico. Wander the cobblestone streets to soak up the unique architecture and colorful streets.

What is Puerto Rico's national dish? ›


Puerto Rico's national dish clearly has a Caribbean influence, like some of the other food made in the area, but the Puerto Ricans have made arroz con gandules their own with their incredibly delectable sofrito sauce.

Can you drive around the whole island of Puerto Rico? ›

Can you drive around the entire island of Puerto Rico? Visitors can drive around the entire main island of Puerto Rico. But, to get to Vieques and Culebra, visitors have to take an airplane from San Juan Airport or a 30-minute ferry that departs from the city of Ceiba.

How many miles across is the island of Puerto Rico? ›

The island territory is only 100 miles long and 35 miles wide (8,870 square kilometers). Still, it packs a fantastic diversity of sights, scenery, and culture. The real charm of Puerto Rico is its people. The people of the Island are charismatic, hospitable, super joyful, and passionate.

How many miles is Puerto Rico from coast to coast? ›

The maximum length from east to west (from Punta Puerca to Punta Higuero) of 180 km (110 mi) and with a maximum width from north to south (from Isabella to Punta Colón) of 65 km (40 mi).

How long does it take to drive across San Juan island? ›

The full mileage of the trip is 41 miles and takes about 1.5hrs. However it is best enjoyed with frequent stops at the many parks and viewpoints along the way. It would be a great afternoon or morning drive with either lunch or dinner in Friday Harbor or at Roche Harbor Resort.

Is it safe to travel by car in Puerto Rico? ›

Yes. Puerto Rico is safe enough to visit and enjoy as long as you take adequate precautions to safeguard yourself! The country does have a reputation for serious crimes like homicides carried out by drug dealers and criminal gangs. But, travelers are unlikely to be affected by them.

Can you island hop in Puerto Rico? ›

Yes, travelers can go island hopping from Puerto Rico. The most popular islands on the east coast to hop to include Vieques, Culebra, Palomino, Icacos, and Culebrita.

How long does it take to drive from one end of Puerto Rico? ›

Following the main coastal highways, along the route of San Juan-Arecibo-Mayaguez-Ponce-Patillas-Fajardo-San Juan, it would take approximately 6.5 + hours to drive the circumference of the island of Puerto Rico, depending upon traffic and road conditions.

Is Ponce PR worth visiting? ›

Is Ponce worth visiting in Puerto Rico? Ponce is worth visiting during your trip to Puerto Rico. Ponce is the second largest city in Puerto Rico and is home to some of the top Puerto Rico landmarks including Parque de Bombas, Plaza las Delicias, Castillo Serralles, and Cruceta del Vigia.

How do you travel around the island of Puerto Rico? ›

Públicos, Taxis, and Buses

Públicos are a popular method of transportation all over Puerto Rico. These spacious vans offer regulated rates and designated pickup points at airports and other highly trafficked sites. You might find yourself riding alongside a few strangers, but that's how the rates remain affordable.

Which coast of Puerto Rico is best to visit? ›

The north of Puerto Rico offers the best urban beaches like Isla Verde, Condado Beach, and Ocean Park Beach. Aguadilla, Rincón, and Cabo Rojo on the west coast and southwest coast offer the best beaches for surfing, whale watching, and sightseeing. Vieques island and Culebra all sport secluded and clear water beaches.

Does GPS work in Puerto Rico? ›

Will your GPS unit work in Puerto Rico? All three major GPS manufacturers work perfectly in Puerto Rico. Those are Garmin, Magellan and TomTom. Of course, you'll need to verify that your particular unit has the maps for Puerto Rico installed.

Can you see the northern lights from the San Juan Islands? ›

With over 247 clear days (and nights) per year and low light pollution, San Juan Island is uniquely (and stunningly) suited to observing the beautiful needle pricks in the cloak of night. At times you can see meteor showers, the northern lights and the most spectacular full moons shining on the glistening Salish Sea.

What is the easiest island to get to from San Juan? ›

Vieques. Located on the east coast just off mainland Puerto Rico, getting from San Juan to Vieques is easy. There are many popular things to do in Vieques, from hiking in Vieques National Wildlife Refuge to doing water sports on the beautiful Vieques beaches.

How far is it to drive around the island of Puerto Rico? ›

The best part? It won't take you days to reach your destination. Puerto Rico is approximately 110 miles long and 35.5 miles wide, which means you can get across the Island in a few hours and, therefore, plan multiple road trips for your getaway!

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