Historic forts, laid-back beaches, and free-flowing rum make Puerto Rico an attractive holiday destination whether you’re into art, culture, or simply getting away from the daily grind. This US territory hosts over two million passengers through its port each year, ready to explore the heritage and nightlife of San Juan or get out into the lush countryside. Spend time on beaches nestled against pastel colonial architecture, giving way after sundown to the salsa-led rhythms of sizzling nightlife. Go horseback riding in the rainforest or diving under the waves – there’s plenty of adventure!
Many of the top attractions in Puerto Rico are just a stone’s throw away from the cruise terminal in Old San Juan. This includes El Morro, its most famous fort dating back to the 1500s, as well as San Cristobal fort. If you’re a rum fan, you definitely won’t want to miss a tour of the Bacardi Distillery! The factory features open-air tasting areas, elegant floral landscaping and fresh cocktails that will give you that holiday feeling. Get away from the city and venture into El Yunque rainforest, go golfing next to Bahia Beach, or top up your tan in Isla Verde.
Puerto Rico’s primary port facilities are located in San Juan. The main terminal is a short stroll away from downtown Old San Juan, and there’s also a free trolley to help you get around from the port. The second terminal is called the Pan American terminal, located closer to the airport. If you’re arriving here, you’ll need to take a taxi or mini-bus from the terminal into town, just a 10-minute drive away. For those planning to go further afield outside of San Juan’s main attractions, it’s worth hiring a car in Old San Juan, where you can choose from Hertz and other big-name agencies.
You’re in luck when it comes to parking facilities in Puerto Rico, with several secure garages scattered around Old San Juan. One of the most convenient is the overnight lot at Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino, as it’s positioned just across from the cruise piers. Another option is the Covadonga Parking Garage, located near Pier 4. An added bonus is that the police station is close at hand for added security! If you’re willing to park a bit further afield, there’s an ‘Estaciona y Vuela’ park and cruise option for lower rates and shuttle bus service to your point of embarkation.
The food and drink is reason enough to visit Puerto Rico, blending tropical fruits and freshly caught fish in a delightful blend of flavours! Try citrusy ceviche, fried plantains, fruity sangria and grilled mahi mahi in Puerto Rico’s beachfront cafes. The Parrot Club is a top draw, luring in diners for its trendy Nuevo Latino cuisine. And don’t miss the chance to try out a pina colada in the place where they were invented!
Are you looking for the perfect spot to lay out your towel away from the crowds? Try visiting Bahia Beach for idyllic golden sands and swaying palms. Pena is another beach just moments away from Old San Juan, where you can spend hours combing for smooth, colourful sea glass.
If you’re a fan of classical music, you’ll love the Museo Pablo Casals. This well-organised exhibition space is dedicated to the famed cellist, with video tapes of his concerts along with photographs and rare manuscripts to pore over.
Get away from the coast and head inland to the USA’s only designated national rainforest, El Yunque. This beautiful protected forest is criss-crossed with hiking trails, ferns, and waterfalls. Get out into its tropical trails and you’ll see butterflies and bold blooms of colourful wildflowers! Alternately, head underground and explore the unique landscapes of Camuy Caves.