Puerto Rico Vacations
Your Puerto Rico vacation
Whatever you want to do on a tropical vacation, whether it's playing on the beach with the kids, enjoying a romantic honeymoon or having a little fun, you'll find it in Puerto Rico. As tropical as any Caribbean destination, but with fun-loving Latin locals and a modern, U.S.-modeled highway infrastructure, this hopping vacation spot is exotic, yet familiar.
Before you pack the sunscreen and snorkeling gear, let Orbitz help you with the planning. We'll give you a leg up on the fun with tips from local experts, advice on the best time to go (think cheap hotel rates) and the top 10 attractions.
Flights to Puerto Rico
|Tampa||San Juan||Tue, May 6 - Fri, May 9||$215|
|Baltimore||Aguadilla, Isabela||Tue, Nov 11 - Mon, Nov 17||$239|
|San Juan||Vieques||Mon, Jul 21 - Mon, Jul 28||$131|
|Orlando||Ponce, Guanica||Sat, Aug 23 - Wed, Sep 3||$301|
|Boston||Mayaguez, Cabo Rojo||Tue, May 20 - Tue, May 27||$98|
Best time to take a vacation to Puerto Rico
For an island-scene buzzing with tourists, lively beaches and restaurants, book your Puerto Rico vacation between Christmas and late February. Peak season continues through mid April -- and you can snag some great Puerto Rico deals if you plan ahead.
A laid-back vibe holds sway in May, just as rain season begins. Puerto Rico's north coast gets twice as much rain as the south coast, and cheap hotel rates are easy to find. Off-peak season coincides with hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 to November 30.
Insider tips for Puerto Rico travel
Ruta del Lechon (Guavate)
If you take on the La Ruta Panoramica, break for a meal along this tasty stretch of road in Guavate. Be sure to try lechon (a Puerto Rican staple), arroz con gandules (rice and peas) and a crispy piece of cuerito (marinated pigskin).
Bacardi Rum Distillery (Catano)
Learn about the history of sugar cane, the Bacardi family and that famous bat on a guided tour.
La Concha Resort
This resort has quite a celeb following. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker were guests while they shot Fast and Furious 5, and rock band Kiss, who recently energized the Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot, stayed here as well.
Check out the world's best Salsa dancers during July's Salsa Congress or the lively Puerto Rico Jazzfest in June. The annual gastronomy event Saborea Puerto Rico draws quite a scene, including Food Network stars Anne Burrell, Robert Irvine and Marc Forgione.
La Placita Market (Santurce)
Mingle with the locals at this favorite hang-out. Enjoy excellent mojitos, natural juice drinks and fritters stuffed with meat or seafood.
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San Juan Vacation Packages
San Juan hotel offers comfort and class on Condado BeachThe sounds of relaxation at the Marriott San Juan Resort are the palm fronds rustling in a warm breeze and the gentle surf lapping the shore of Condado Beach. The resort's sprawling patio is lined with lounge chairs... More
A chic, relaxing experience on the San Juan lagoonLa Concha, a Renaissance Resort is nestled in idyllic surroundings on the San Juan lagoon in Puerto Rico. A sophisticated open-air lobby with white marble and leather sofas welcomes guests on arrival. Enjoy delicious... More
Luxury Isla Verde hotel, spa and casino with oceanfront view, amenitiesThe Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa & Casino sits on eight luxurious acres on the Isla Verde beachfront. Guest will bask in amenities such as the oceanfront pool and Jacuzzi, 24-hour casino, five... More
Historic San Juan hotel blends serenity and sophistication InterContinental San Juan has the look and feel of Miami Beach hotels in their heyday. The hotel was designed and built in the late 1950s by a prominent architect and maintains suave sophistication. From the... More
Old San Juan hotel offers Spanish-colonial elegance The blue cobblestone streets of Old San Juan weave around the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino. The hotel offers convenient access to all the major hot spots, including restaurants, shopping, museums and historic... More
San Juan hotel in Isla Verde with on-site gardens, water spray parkThe bright and welcoming Verdanza Hotel has a cheerful yellow façade and turquoise awnings and umbrellas. Its open, airy lobby is awash in botanical touches -- with warm green, brown and orange walls, rugs... More
Hip San Juan hotel offers character and comfort on Isla Verde BeachThe San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel incorporates the feeling of water throughout. Its gleaming white exterior takes on a blue glow at night. The hip Mist rooftop bar offers a cosy lounge serving... More
San Juan hotel on Isla Verde Beach with four restaurants, casino The marble and granite lobby with white pillars and a splash of fresh, exotic flowers sets the tone for the hotel's blend of chic with Caribbean flair. Comfortably elegant rooms feature private balconies at... More
San Juan hotel offers outdoor and indoor fun on San Juan BayThe Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino has easy access to the Puerto Rico Convention Center and Old San Juan. The lovely views of San Juan Bay and enormous outdoor deck, huge shopping gallery and casino... More
San Juan hotel offers casual class in Miramar districtHotel Miramar makes a central base camp for San Juan travelers. It's convenient to the Puerto Rico Convention Center and the Condado District and beach, and it lies at the gateway to Old San Juan. This casual, friendly... More
Rincon Vacation Packages
Enjoy the casual elegance of this art deco-inspired beachfront property. Rincon of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel is an excellent choice for couples and families looking for an authentic Caribbean experience. Located in western Puerto Rico, the hotel is within close... More
Welcome...to one of the most unique and interesting Resort Hotels in Puerto Rico. The Rincon Beach Resort is the closest of Puerto Rico hotels and tourism attractions to the towns of Mayaguez and Aguadilla.An intimate, four star ocean front, boutique resort hotel located... More
Villa Montana is the only 4 star resort with Puerto Rican Tourist Board Awards in the area of Aguadilla Puerto Rico. We are located beachfront on the breathtaking northwestern coast of Puerto Rico, just 90 miles west of San Juan, and just 15 minutes from Aguadilla... More
This family friendly hotel is located on gorgeous Rincon beach on the west coast of Puerto Rico. It has 69 rooms including standard rooms, standard rooms with kitchen, deluxe rooms with private balconies with ocean view and two bedroom apartments. Property amenities... More
Located on the beautiful west coast of Puerto Rico, the Courtyard Aguadilla makes business or leisure travel a dream come true. Our resort-like setting is just two minutes from the airport and 10 minutes to the beach, downtown, the business area and many attractions.... More
The Lemontree is directly oceanfront with sweeping vistas of the Caribbean Sea and tropical sky. You are so close to the water's edge that you have a direct sensual experience of the sound, scent, and colors of the tropical Caribbean Sea. The rhythm of the tropics gets... More
*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on www.orbitz.com in 2012, as compared to price of the same components booked separately.
Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.
Puerto Rico highlights
La Ruta Panoramica
Cruise the island from east to west on this stunning 120-mile network of highways. Hugging the Cordillera Central, you'll see dense forests (Mointe del Estado, Toro Negro, Carite), Salto de Dona Juana Waterfall, incredible overlooks (Villalba, Piedra Degetau) and more.
La Dulce Vida Mountain Bike Tours in Vieques
This sweet mountain-bike tour takes visitors on the muddy trails, beaches and back roads of Puerto Rico's former U.S. Navy territory. Bat colonies now dwell in huge bunkers that were once ammo storehouses. Part of the trail winds through the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, where cyclists can break for a dip in the Caribbean Sea.
Mosquito Bay in Vieques
Ever hear of bioluminescence? Some say Mosquito Bay offers the best on the planet. Disturb the locals -- millions of teeny water organisms -- and they'll glow, creating a blue light in the water. For an extra-magical encounter, jump in the bay and make "water angels" with your arms and legs. Kayak and boat tours depart at night.
San Juan Cathedral
Church-goers and history buffs will marvel at these religious grounds: The cathedral, the second oldest in the Western Hemisphere, contains the tomb of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and the relic of San Pio, a Roman martyr. Dating back to the mid-16th century, this church has survived hurricanes, looting and other assorted damage and has undergone several restorations. The cathedral as seen today is the result of work done in 1917.
This rugged 16th century fortress (formally named Castillo de San Felipe del Morrow) impresses with its sea vistas and labyrinth of tunnels, dungeons, barracks and lookout towers. Gear up for climbing lots of steps and steep slopes. Pack a picnic and bring kites for the kids -- the sea winds (and ocean views) at El Morro are perfect for sending kites aloft.
El Yunque Rain Forest
Get up-close-and-personal with nature at El Yunque Rain Forest. Located about an hour east of San Juan, this eco-tourism haven offers lush rewards. Enjoy a picnic beside a cool river pool as the calls of exotic birds echo through the forest. Walk trails suited to your skill level that lead to waterfalls, dramatic rock formations or sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Hard-core hikers: Put some muscle into El Yunque Peak Trail, a strenuous hike to the 3,496-foot summit.
Rio Camuy Cave Park
Only have time for one day trip outside San Juan? Then the Rio Camuy Cave Park should be it. Descend to subterranean paradise aglitter with stalactites, stalagmites and one of the largest underground rivers in the world. A tour guide leads you through the Cueva Clara, Tres Pueblos sinkhole and tiny openings to the center of the earth. Advanced cavers can arrange rappelling trips to Cathedral Cave, home of mysterious petroglyphs etched by the ancient Tainos.
Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory
Bring your stargazers to check out one of the world's largest radar-radio telescopes. Hands-on exhibits explain astronomy, atmospheric science and the reason this mysterious telescope, large enough to fit 12 football fields, sits in an enormous sinkhole in Puerto Rico. And James Bond fans, you may experience deja vu -- this observatory starred in Goldeneye.
Old San Juan
Discover this island gem's 17th century history with its cobblestone streets, churches and old city walls. But the modern era isn't lost here: Criso, Fortaleza and San Francisco Streets are dotted with trendy boutiques, cafes and restaurants. And don't miss authentic, delish street eats ("cornida criolla") such as alcapurrias.
Put on your shades and grab the cocoa butter. The locals prefer Luquillo Beach, near El Yunque, for its calm waters, eateries and palm-studded shoreline. Surfers dig Crashboat, an expert "hang-ten" spot on the island's northwestern tip. The serene Flamenco Beach in Culebra offers great snorkeling up the long horseshoe coastline.