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Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Puerto Rico

Destination(s): San Juan

Puerto Rico is the perfect place to start or rekindle a romance and our top 10 romantic things-to-do in Puerto Rico gives you the heads-up on our expert choices. Take a trip off the mainland of Puerto Rico with a one or two day excursion to Culebra. This sleepy Caribbean island has pristine beaches and clear blue waters ideal for snorkeling, swimming, and a relaxing stroll on the beach. One of the best beaches on the island of Puerto Rico is located at Ocean Park. White sand and clear, calm waters make this the preferred beach of the locals and many tourists. The winds here make this the perfect locale for kite surfing and it is one of the best spots on the island for people watching. Take a tour of San Juan Cathedral and pay a visit to the beautiful Botanical Gardens to get a taste of the tropical flora and fauna found here on the island. read more about Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Puerto Rico

Vieques' Beaches

Vieques' Beaches

  • Route 997
  • tel:+1 787 741 8198 (Campground info at Sun Bay)
  • Visit website
  • Vieques Island
Piñones

Piñones

  • Rt. 187, about 10 minutes outside of Isla Verde and the LMM airport. Rollow the signs headed out from Isla Verde
  • Visit website
  • Piñones

Piñones is both a unique enclave of Puerto Rican culture and an impressive nature reserve. At night, locals flock to beachside bars and kiosks for irresistible fried delicacies, cheap drinks, and vibrant salsa and merengue beats. By day, bike or hike along the beach trail that leads to a mangrove estuary and pine forest. Wear mosquito repellent and stay hydrated with fresh coconut water. read more about Piñones

Culebra

Culebra

  • Island-wide
  • tel:+1 787 721 2400 (Tourist Office)
  • Visit website
  • Culebra

The smaller of the Spanish Virgin Islands, Culebra is perfect for a 2-3 day excursion off the mainland. The landscape is dry and somewhat barren, but Culebra's beaches are the most stunning in Puerto Rico. Snorkeling and scuba are top-notch. Culebra's 2,000 residents are friendly and very laid-back. There are no big hotels or resorts on the island, but a range of small hotels and guesthouses offer something for everyone. Visitors can also pitch a tent on the maintained facilities at spectacular Flamenco beach. read more about Culebra

Rincón's Beaches

Rincón's Beaches

  • Mayaguez
  • tel:+1 787 721 240
  • Rincón
Playa Escambron

Playa Escambron

  • Muñoz Rivera Avenue, Puerta de Tierra
  • tel:17874495672
  • Visit website
  • San Juan

Escambrón beach is an exquisitely maintained, pristine public beach in Puerta de Tierra, the small peninsula that leads into Old San Juan. The waters are crystal clear and good for snorkeling. A nice break towards the left end of the beach makes it a favorite local surfing spot. The beach is bordered by the beautiful art deco Caribe Hilton hotel to the right, and the Luis Muñoz Marin Park across the street. On weekends the park often hosts cultural events and artisan fairs. read more about Playa Escambron

San Juan Cathedral

San Juan Cathedral

  • Calle Cristo, across from the Hotel El Convento and el Museo del Nino
  • Visit website
  • San Juan, 00901

For Puerto Rico vacationers who are staying in San Juan, the Botanical Gardens give visitors a taste of the diverse tropical flora and fauna found on the island. read more about San Juan Cathedral

Jardín Botánico

Jardín Botánico

  • University of Puerto Rico
  • Route 1
  • tel:+1 787 763 4408
  • Visit website
  • Río Piedras, 00925

Visitors staying in San Juan, but longing for a little Caribbean fauna and flora amidst the metropolitan hustle, will find relief at the University of Puerto Rico's Botanical Gardens. The new urban train stops directly at the gardens, which are close to the UPR campus and the Plaza del Mercado in Rio Piédras. Inside the gardens, stroll through flora and fauna unique to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, as well as a bamboo canopy, orchid garden, and the breathtaking "Monet Pond." Pack a lunch and a book for a peaceful afternoon. Yoga devotees can attend Lollyanna's hatha yoga classes at the gardens, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 (beginner's), or Sundays at 10 (advanced), just $5. read more about Jardín Botánico

Ocean Park/Punta Las Marías Beach

Ocean Park/Punta Las Marías Beach

The white sands at Ocean Park are more expansive, and the water calmer and clearer, than at nearby Condado or Isla Verde. Ocean Park is also strictly residential, so what the beach lacks in businesses it makes up for with people-watching. This is the local's beach. The winds at Ocean Park are world-renowned for kite surfing, so this is the spot for a first lesson, or to just observe. Before hitting the beach, stock up on food, beverages, and supplies at the nearby Kasalta bakery, and the many stores lining nearby Calle Loiza. read more about Ocean Park/Punta Las Marías Beach

Boqueron Public Beach

Boqueron Public Beach

The Boquerón public beach is a favorite vacation destination for locals and boaters. Boquerón is on the true Caribbean side of the island, so the waters here are calm and clear, and the attitude here (as in nearby Guanica and Cabo Rojo) is distinctly more islander. As the locals say, "the west side is the best side." At night, the cozy, funky square of hotels, restaurants, and bars alongside the harbor jumps alive. Stroll through the streets, but stop to dance, sip piña coladas, and slurp down fresh clams. Boquerón is a gay and lesbian friendly area, and many of the establishments are gay and lesbian owned. read more about Boqueron Public Beach