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San Juan, Puerto Rico For first-time visitors

Our most recommended San Juan, Puerto Rico For first-time visitors

San Juan: Swimming and Snorkeling Tour with Turtles

1. San Juan: Swimming and Snorkeling Tour with Turtles

Get up close and personal with sea turtles at Escambron Marine Park. Explore the vibrant coral reefs that are home to an abundance of sea turtles. Great for beginners, this is the perfect adventure for all the family. Meet your instructor at the Marine Park to start your thrilling adventure. Once checked in, your guide will hand out the snorkeling gear, give you a quick safety briefing and teach you how to snorkel. Dive into the warm Caribbean Sea and explore the underwater world with your guide. Immerse yourself in the turquoise waters, surrounded by sea turtles, vibrant coral reefs, and tropical fish. Enjoy an adventure that you won’t forget, swimming with one of the planet's oldest living species.

Carolina: ATV Adventure at Campo Rico Ranch with Guide

2. Carolina: ATV Adventure at Campo Rico Ranch with Guide

Discover the landscape around San Juan with this ATV tour on a private ranch in the countryside outside of Carolina. Experience the verdant beauty of the jungle on your thrilling ride with 2,200 acres of private land at your disposal. Upon arrival, meet the guides and get basic instructions and safety procedures before you set off. Hop aboard your ATV and follow the guides. Feel the power beneath you as you track through the different trails of a secret tropical paradise. Marvel at magnificent views of the mountains and mangroves. Come across lagoons and curious limestone rock formations. Keep a lookout for the native wildlife roaming freely in their natural habitats. Learn the history of the countryside and its flora and fauna during narrated breaks. Then, go to the hilltop Mojito Bar and cool down with some refreshing drinks of your choice. Purchase souvenirs at the on-site gift shop, where you can also rent GoPro cameras and other equipment to turn your ride into an experience to remember.

Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour

3. Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour

Join this guided tour in Luquillo to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Puerto Rico's tropical rainforest of El Yunque. Learn about its rich flora and fauna while following natural trails, wading through rivers, and swimming in natural pools and waterfalls. Start your day by meeting your guide at the local fruit stand “Frutera Flores” in the town of Luquillo. Here, your guide will pick up a variety of fresh local fruit for the tour, and you have the opportunity to purchase some local fritters and/or a fresh fruit smoothie. After this stop, follow your guide in your rental car to the majestic El Yunque Rainforest- without a doubt Puerto Rico’s greatest Natural Wonder. It is the only tropical rainforest, the most biologically diverse, and the most studied forest in the US National Forest System. After an interpretive hike through natural trails lined with beautiful flora and fauna, and some river wading, arrive at a hidden gem found in the heart of the rainforest. This breathtaking segment of the 29,000-acre forest is like a natural playground. Here, have the chance to swim in the natural pools, refresh in waterfalls, slide down an exhilarating waterslide, rope swing into the river, jump from different rock formations, and enjoy fresh local fruit with a view. Along with all of this excitement, you will also have time to simply relax to the sounds of cascading waters and take in the beauty of this very special place.

From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

4. From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

Go on an adventure to the rainforest and learn about different natural gems on this guided day trip. With courtesy transportation included, you can experience a journey of historical experiences. Upon arriving at your destination, visit the east side of the El Yunque Rainforest to enjoy a short hike to the first waterfall. There, you can enjoy the landscape, swim in the water, rope swing, or free dive from multiple heights. Further up the trail, there is another watering hole with a natural rock slide and cliff jump into the river. Learn about the history of the rainforest, iguanas, guava trees, bamboos, and 100-year-old trees. Marvel at nature and explore a Puerto Rican rainforest. End your trip by having lunch at a local small family-owned restaurant that serves authentic grandma-style food for an additional cost. On this tour, you can enjoy a unique local experience with our team of local guides.

Puerto Rico: The Beast Zipline at Toro Verde Adventure Park

5. Puerto Rico: The Beast Zipline at Toro Verde Adventure Park

Step onto The Beast, the longest zipline in America, and get ready to feel an adrenaline rush as you soar above the picturesque scenery of central Puerto Rico. Hidden between rolling mountains covered in dense forest, Toro Verde Adventure Park is located in the town of Orocovis, about 1 hour and 45 minutes from San Juan. The area boasts breathtaking mountain views, which surround you as you ride the zipline. With a 1.57 mi. cable, equivalent to 28 football fields, The Beast is the longest zipline in America. Begin with an introduction to the flight equipment before heading to the launch pad. From there, it's full-on adrenaline as you reach speeds of up to 60 mph at a height of around 380 m.

Puerto Rico: Helicopter Flights

6. Puerto Rico: Helicopter Flights

Discover the sights of Puerto Rico from the air on a helicopter tour. Choose from 2 tour options: Discover Old San Juan Tour See some of the island’s historical monuments from an incredible perspective. Admire notable landmarks such as The Capitol House, La Fortaleza-The Governor’s Mansion, Fort San Cristobal, and Fort San Felipe del Morro including an aerial stop at Fort San Felipe del Morro for photos. The Enchanted Shore Tour Take in coastline views as you fly above Old San Juan, along the beautiful shoreline and beach areas, to the popular resort area of Isla Verde. Take great photos and enjoy the best views of Condado, high-end resorts, and the historic buildings of colonial Old San Juan.

San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

7. San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

Enjoy a guided history walking tour suitable for all ages to some of Old San Juan's most notable landmarks. Learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, its ties to the United States, and its rich Spanish, Taino Indian, and West African Heritage. Begin your exploration of Old San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a stop outside La Casa Estrecha, one of the narrowest houses in the Western hemisphere. Then, enter La Catedral de San Juan Bautista which is Puerto Rico’s grandest religious building. Discover some parts of some of the city’s impressive defensive system, namely its historic walls, the only remaining entrance door at La Puerta de San Juan, and Fortaleza. Gain a greater understanding of Puerto Rican history with your knowledgeable local guide.

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

8. San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Plaza Colón in San Juan and set off into the sunset on this 2-hour walking tour. The plazas are the perfect location to learn about the colonial history of Puerto Rico from your guide. From Plaza Colón, you will walk and see the Plaza de la Barandilla and Plaza de Armas. In Old San Juan, visit one of its most spectacular historic buildings: Antiguo Palacio de la Intendencia, originally built to house the treasury of the island and now the Department of State of Puerto Rico. Witness the 18th-century chapel at Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud and learn all about its urban legend. Visit also La Fortaleza-Palacio de Santa Catalina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour also takes you past San Juan Cathedral, the Ballaja Barracks, Catedral Basilica Menor, Cuartel de Ballaja, and San Juan's most valuable historic site, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, before ending at Plaza de San José.

San Juan: Private City Highlights Driving Tour

9. San Juan: Private City Highlights Driving Tour

Experience the must-see highlights of San Juan on this private sightseeing tour with a certified guide. Ride in style through Old San Juan, near the San Cristobal and San Felipe del Morro Forts. Discover the districts of Santurce, El Condado, Isla Verde, and Piñones. Get picked up at your hotel or another location of your choice in San Juan, then head out on your tour. Explore the historic part of the city, Old San Juan, home to most of the historic architecture, attractions, and galleries. Visit the most popular hotel in San Juan, El Convento Hotel, as well as have the chance to stop for a photo with your favorite president at the world-famous Presidential Boardwalk or run up the steps at the Capitol Building. Drive through the International Convention Center District, home of Puerto Rico's biggest convention center, featuring restaurants, a music hall, a cinema, and more. Then, visit Santurce, a historical part of San Juan known for its art, music, culture, and famous marketplace. Next, head to El Condado, an upscale residential neighborhood that hosts the beach resort part of San Juan. Move on to Isla Verde, located in the adjacent municipality of Carolina, and see nice beaches, hotels, and parks. Continue to Piñones, a popular area in the town of Loiza known for its African heritage, typical fritters, Puerto Rican cuisine, and seafood. The tour concludes with drop-off at your original pickup point.

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El Yunque National Forest

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What people are saying about San Juan, Puerto Rico

Besides the extremely muddy trails which made it that much harder to hike, as well my war wound that I hit after fall in the mud (lol) my husband’s and my experience was absolutely amazing! I took him to PR to celebrate his bday and this was one of the activities I had booked. I had been here 12 years ago and I had a blast back then. We’ll it was certainly one for the books and He had an amazing time! Our guide Gian was also great, knowledgeable, and a lot of fun! Besides the fact that he had to race down the waterfall slide to tend to my hubby whose shoes came off in the water, it was a blast to be had!!lol GREAT TIMES!

Matthew was our guide and we loved him! Great experience, really good for people who haven't been snorkeling (or it's been a long time). Safe, low stress, but still exciting and lots of marine life to see! And to boot, the beach at this location is soooo pretty. Thanks for a great experience, Matthew!!

Marjorie was entertaining and knowledgeable. It was a great way to be introduced to Old Town San Juan. She went out of her way to answer any questions and even provided a list of recommended restaurants all over San Juan.

The experience was amazing, Bradley and Maxi were amazing guys, 100% recommended!

Was great fun. Guide had good humor and was very knowledgeable.