Your Puerto Rico vacation starts with a flight into San Juan. You’ll stay here for 2 nights, so settle into your hotel before heading out to explore this colorful city.
Where to stay: Enjoy ocean views from Fairmont El San Juan Hotel in Isla Verde, a 10-minute drive from the airport, or stay in the heart of Old San Juan at 352 Guest House, which offers free breakfast.
Transportation: To get around the city you won’t need to drive, as Old San Juan has a free trolley service, and taxis and public buses are easily accessible. You’ll also you’ll find dedicated cycling lanes across the city. However, we do recommend picking up a rental car at the airport for daytrips to the surrounding area. You can combine car rental, flights and hotels with our Puerto Rico package deals.
It’s an hour’s drive east to the pristine beaches, nature reserves and marinas of Fajardo where’ll you stay overnight.
Where to stay: Book a night at the family-friendly Fajardo Inn, which has two pools and a mini-golf course. Alternatively, choose the clifftop La Conquistador Resort, where most rooms have ocean views.
Where to stay: For your stay in Vieques, cool down in the swimming pool overlooking the ocean at Bravo Beach Hotel, or enjoy the boutique vibe at Malecón House, which is also close to the restaurants and cafes of Esperanza.
Transportation: Ferries depart from Ceiba, which is within a 10-minute drive of Fajardo, and arrive at Isabel Segunda, one of the main towns of Vieques.
On your last day in Puerto Rico, head back to San Juan to enjoy a little more time on the beach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Mingle with the locals at this favorite hang-out. Enjoy excellent mojitos, natural juice drinks and fritters stuffed with meat or seafood.
Jul 1 - Jul 2
The front desk reception was professional and excellent custoner service
Jun 4 - Jun 5
Towel persons left before swimming pool closed, very expensive bfast at $27 per head, staff tried to sell me amenities already included.
Jun 3 - Jun 4
Location, interior, stuff are amazing. Great place for families with kids.
^Savings based on all package bookings with Flight + Hotel made on Orbitz.com from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 as compared to the 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.