Puerto Rico

Ready to enchant you

Puerto Rico is a hidden gem in the Caribbean waiting to be explored. From its lush rainforests to its stunning beaches, Puerto Rico has both natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage. There are endless things to do: from hiking in the mountains, relaxing in the sand, to dancing the night away. 

As far as beaches go, Puerto Rico certainly is a paradise whether you want to soak in the sun or surf the day away. There are popular resort areas like Condado and Isla Verde if that’s more your style, but my favorites are the beaches of Vieques and Culebra - the 2 islands off the coast of the main one. Culebra, with the famous Flamenco beach, can be done in a day trip, whereas I recommend spending at least 1 night on Vieques. Here, you can see a bioluminescent bay, wild horses, and a black sand beach. 

But, Puerto Rico is more than its beaches. The island is home to El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest system. Here you can hike through the forests and see waterfalls, tropical birds, and exotic plants. For a little more adventure, take a zipline tour to get a bird's-eye view of the rainforest canopy. And of course, don’t forget to sample the island’s signature rum cocktails, like the classic piña colada or a daiquiri.


  • Bebo’s cafe in San Juan is a locals favorite and has the best empanadas that I’ve ever had
  • Castillo San Felipe in Old San Juan is a must-see! Bonus: If you have a National Parks pass, you get in for free
  • The Esperanza area on Vieques is a quiet area with secluded beaches (and is close to the black sand beach)
  • Bar hopping along Calle San Sebastián in San Juan

Before You Go

  • For the ferry rides to Vieques and Culebra, book your tickets online in advance, otherwise you could be waiting for awhile
  • Bring sunscreen! You’re going to want it
  • Hurricane season is from June-November, so plan accordingly
  • Mosquitos here can transmit Dengue and Zika, so pack your go-to repellent

Tips and Tricks

  • Scooters are a fantastic way to get around San Juan
  • Puerto Rican food is absolutely delicious so don’t be afraid to eat out of your comfort zone!
  • The legal drinking age is 18
  • US citizens don’t need a passport!
  • A rental car is the best way to get around the island and see its beauty

Sheraton Old San Jaun Hotel
The Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel is situated in the heart of historic old San Juan. Ideally located on the waterfront, just a few moments from the docking point of grand cruise ships.
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Things to do

Check out these activities provided by our partner, Viator. If you’re a Dónde member, purchase these by logging into app.godonde.com.
Vivid Day Tour in El Yunque Rain Forest with Transportation
Good for those looking to enjoy nature and an unique rainforest experience.
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Mixology Class
In this fun and interactive class, you will learn how to create the perfect Mojito and Shaken Piña Colada while learning about the history of these cocktails.
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Old San Juan Walking Tour
We love history, it is our passion and we want to share with other people things that we know and learned from Old San Juan.
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