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San Juan, Puerto Rico Nature & adventure

Our most recommended San Juan, Puerto Rico Nature & adventure

Carolina: ATV Adventure at Campo Rico Ranch with Guide

1. 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.

San Juan: Swimming and Snorkeling Tour with Turtles

2. 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.

Carabalí Rainforest Park: Rainforest Horseback Riding Tour

3. Carabalí Rainforest Park: Rainforest Horseback Riding Tour

Enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the Carabalí Rainforest Park. Admire the stunning flora and fauna of a unique ecosystem on a guided family-friendly horseback tour, suitable for all abilities. Upon arrival, meet your ideal horse who will be matched with you according to your height, weight, and riding ability. Have a short safety briefing for a safe and fun excursion, before departing on your adventure through the lush natural surroundings. Ride through the beautiful landscape of the rainforest, admiring the vibrant colors of various plant species around you. Explore the foothills of El Yunque National Forest and ride along the banks of the Mameyes River. Learn a little bit about the natural history of the area, as well as the organization of the park itself. Choose between a 1-hour or 2-hour riding tour and enjoy a relaxing day in a serene natural retreat.

San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure by Night

4. San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure by Night

Embark on a nighttime adventure into the waters of San Juan's Laguna Grande and see millions of glowing plankton. Paddle aboard on this guided evening tour. Make your way through mesmerizing mangrove channels and learn about the wonders of bioluminescence. After getting picked up from your accommodation, head to Laguna Grande. Listen to a quick overview and safety briefing from your guide before setting out. Paddle in a two-person kayak for approximately 30-minutes through the mystical mangrove channels leading to the natural reserve of the Laguna Grande. See the microscopic plankton capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. Explore these amazing organisms up close as your professional guide takes you on a journey to discover all their secrets. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life, and what you can do to protect such a special place. Paddle in this safe and closed environment, and watch as the water comes alive with millions of glowing plankton. Be aware the bio bay is an unpredictable natural phenomenon that may be influenced by multiple factors. Bioluminosity levels can vary from very visible to minimal or none without any prior notice. The full moon phase may also affect the visibility of the bioluminescence. In the event of this happening, alternate methods such as the use of a tarp will be incorporated in order to appreciate it.

Carabalí Rainforest Park: UTV Adventure Tour

5. Carabalí Rainforest Park: UTV Adventure Tour

Embark on a UTV adventure through the Carabalí Rainforest Park near the El Yunque National Forest. Admire the spectacular scenery in the area as you get off-road using the power of your 4×4 vehicle. Upon arrival, receive a safety introduction and instructions on how to correctly operate your vehicle. Gear up with helmets before speeding off on this offroad adventure. Set off on either a Honda Pioneer or Can Am Maverick UTV and begin to explore this special part of Puerto Rico's east coast. Take in panoramic views of the island's lush scenery as you discover the El Yunque Forest.

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.

From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

7. 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.

San Juan/Carolina: El Yunque National Forest Trip with Hike

8. San Juan/Carolina: El Yunque National Forest Trip with Hike

Customers will be pick up at their place if staying old San Juan, condado or isla verde, drive up to the mountain during that time we talk about history, culture of the island, once at the forest we head straight to an observation tower about 1600 feet above sea level for a great 360 degree view of the forest and a nice view of Atlantic Ocean, then start heading down to an 85 feet tall waterfall for pictures, then start going down to do a 20 minutes low impact hike that will lead us to a river for a refreshing swim (weather permitted), after 35-40 minutes swim hike back to the van and head to a local fruit market for lunch (not included), once everybody eats we drive back to drop the customers at the different pick up points.

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

9. 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: Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour and Hot Springs

10. From San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour and Hot Springs

Embark on an adventure to a bioluminescent bay on this trip from San Juan. See the hot springs, feast on a hot dinner in a local restaurant, and visit a sand bar, before heading out to the bay and swimming in the luminous water. After pickup from your hotel, relax on the drive to the southwest and the first stop at the hot springs. From there you will dine on fresh fish, chicken, or vegetable tacos at a local restaurant. After dinner, you will visit the sand bar and once night has fallen, cruise to the bioluminescent bay where you will be amazed by the glowing landscape that awaits. At the bay, jump in the water to really experience this unique phenomenon, which is a true feast for the eyes. Enjoy some free time to swim and play in the water and admire the striking glow of the microorganisms that surround you. At the end of an unforgettable day, dry off on the boat then sit back and relax on the journey to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about San Juan, Puerto Rico

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 94 reviews

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!

We are fairly experienced riders and could have enjoyed a more “challenging” ride, but this experience is designed for all ages and skill levels. The company took great strides to make sure the equipment and ride were all safe. Our multiple guides were fantastic throughout. The entire venue is pretty incredible with various excursion opportunities, gift shop, and restaurant all available at the complex. Pretty impressive location just adjacent to the Yunque National Park.

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!!

It was a fun and memorable experience. Our guide Michelle was super fun, informative, and professional.

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