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San Juan, Puerto Rico Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended San Juan, Puerto Rico Safaris & wildlife activities

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.

From Fajardo: Full-Day Culebra Islands Catamaran Tour

2. From Fajardo: Full-Day Culebra Islands Catamaran Tour

Discover an area off the beaten path on this full-day catamaran tour to the Cordillera Islands. Departing from Puerto Del Rey Marina in Fajardo, the 50-55 minute journey on the high-speed catamaran will take you to the beautiful Cordillera Islands, off the coast of Fajardo. Upon arriving at the Cordillera Islands, the captain will decide which beach will have the best conditions for the day, usually Flamenco or Culebrita beach. Spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling, beachcombing, sunbathing, or relaxing on the roof deck. Throughout the day, the bar onboard the catamaran is open for all guests with Piña Coladas, Rum Punch, sodas, iced teas, and juices. A sumptuous lunch is served on board, including fresh fruit, chicken salad or veggie wraps, salads, and chips.

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.

Carabalí Rainforest Park: Beach Horseback Riding

4. Carabalí Rainforest Park: Beach Horseback Riding

Discover the beach of the Carabalí Rainforest Park on a guided horseback ride, suitable for all abilities. Go off the beaten path to experience a change of pace and scenery while taking in the Caribbean views. 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 a part of the rainforest, admiring the vibrant colors of various plant species around you. See the stunning flora and fauna of a unique ecosystem, and the foothills of El Yunque National Forest Ride along the banks of the Mameyes River to some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Puerto Rico. Learn a little bit about the natural history of the area, as well as the organization of the park itself with your guide. Then, you will return back to the starting point.

Fajardo: Bioluminescent Lagoon Kayak or Full Moon Kayak Tour

5. Fajardo: Bioluminescent Lagoon Kayak or Full Moon Kayak Tour

Don’t let your day end when the sun goes down. Enjoy a relaxing kayak tour at sunset that leads to the fascinating Laguna Grande in the town of Fajardo located on the Northeast corner of the island. Under a blanket of the night sky and the historical lighthouse, you can touch the waters that glow with bioluminescent organisms. The activity starts at sunset in the small fishing village of Las Croabas where you meet the friendly guides. Check-in and get equipped with all the gear, including botanical-based insect repellent. Get the Kayak 101 Safety training, then board your kayak. Paddle across a small fisherman’s harbor to the entrance of Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve. Here, you enter a mystical channel that leads to a peaceful place where the mangroves create natural tunnels and the sights and sounds of wildlife surround you. After a 25- to 30-minute paddle through the channel, based on traffic and tidal currents, your guide stops once in the lagoon to give commentary on the following points of interest: • Mangrove forest and the different species • Birdlife that inhabits the area • Aquatic marine life that uses the lagoon as an estuary • Information on the bioluminescence organism • History of the lighthouse • Insight on seven of eight ecosystems found in the area Afterward, enter the lagoon called Laguna Grande (large Lagoon), where you paddle along the edge of the mangrove forest and watch the stroke of each paddle light up a bioluminescent blue-green/white-green. Encounter fish that look like shooting stars as they swim through the thick concentration of Pyrodinium Bahamense, a species of Dinoflagellate. At the breakpoint, admire beautiful views of the rainforest and the lighthouse of Fajardo, accompanied by good conversation. Next, begin the route to Bird Island to view the many birds that roost there overnight. Once quietly rounding the small island, start the return to the departure site. This tour is offered under the full moon cycle, so checking what the moon phase is recommended.

From Carolina: Horse Riding at a Private Ranch

6. From Carolina: Horse Riding at a Private Ranch

Make your way to the Hacienda Campo Rico and feel like you are in a completely different world as you pass through the entrance gates. On a 2-hour horse riding adventure experience the home of different tropical plants and animals and see stunning landscapes. Upon arrival, meet your experienced guides and receive basic instructions and safety procedures before you set off on your horse. Get acquainted with your horse, and then follow the guides through 2,200 acres of private land. Soak up the Caribbean sun as you trot around. Marvel at magnificent views of the mountains and coastal plains. Come across lagoons and curious limestone rock formations. Keep a lookout for the native wildlife roaming freely in their natural habitats. Learn the history and importance of the Puerto Rico Paso Fino horses. 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 horse ride adventure into an experience to remember.

Carolina: Hacienda Campo Rico Heritage Tour

7. Carolina: Hacienda Campo Rico Heritage Tour

Begin your tour at the mojito bar and coffee shop, where you can enjoy a refreshing piña colada. Sit through a brief introduction where you will be reminded of the safety instructions and get ready to explore. Make your way across the countryside, as you listen to stories about the historical traditions of Puerto Rico and its indigenous wildlife. During your visit you will have the opportunity to discover the historical plantation house, named 'Mi Casa' or 'My Home'. Stop midway through the ride and take the chance to meet some friendly, farm-raised animals. Continue your journey through the hacienda back to the mojito bar, where your expedition will end. 

San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour

8. San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour

Join a day trip from San Juan to El Yunque Rainforest and the bay of Laguna Grande, two of Puerto Rico's natural gems. Follow your guide through nature trails, kayak in Fajardo Bio Bay, and observe bioluminescence at night. Enjoy return transfers, snacks, and all entrance fees. Following a morning pickup, embark in direction of your bio bay and rainforest adventure. Enjoy the beautiful views along the scenic route through the north side of the island and learn some facts about the areas from your guide. Make a stop in the town of Luquillo and enjoy some fresh local fruits before continuing the journey to Puerto Rico's majestic rainforest. El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest and the most studied forest in the United States National Forest System. Admire its biological diversity with its plants and animals, some of which are found only in Puerto Rico. Hike through trails lined with flora and fauna. Arrive at a hidden gem located in the heart of the rainforest. Enjoy the breathtaking segment of the 29,000-acre forest and swim in natural pools and waterfalls, slide down a waterslide, rope swing into the river, jump from different rock formations, and enjoy fresh local fruit with a view. After working up an appetite with an exciting first half of the day, make a stop for dinner at a local restaurant and savor Puerto Rican cuisine (cost not included). Relax until it’s time for the second part of your combo tour – the Bioluminescent Lagoon, one of planet earth's best-kept secrets. Begin your Fajardo Bio Bay kayak tour at Las Croabas. After receiving a safety briefing on kayaking, head toward the Red Mangrove Forest with an amazing view of the sunset. Enjoy kayaking for approximately 30 minutes, and admire the forest's beautiful protected flora and fauna. Upon arrival in Laguna Grande, let the magic unfold. Tiny organisms called dinoflagellates make the water glow at night. Watch how sparkles appear in the water at every stroke of your paddle, follow the swirl of lights created by the kayaks, and admire the glowing fish.

El Yunque: RainForest Experience

9. El Yunque: RainForest Experience

Visit the Caribbean National Rain Forest, known as El Yunque, the only tropical forest in the United States National Forest System. Learn about its rugged land, which climbs from almost sea level to about 3,500 feet above sea level and is doused with up to 200 inches of rain every year. Hear the story of the good spirit "Yuquiyu", part of an ancient legend, who reigned on his mighty mountain-top throne, protecting Puerto Rico and its people. See the same sights as those that dazzled the first Spanish Explorers more than 500 years ago, see the forest from the 69-foot Yokahú tower, and take beautiful pictures at La Coca Falls. Marvel at 1,000-year-old trees, strange plants with exotic rainbow-colored flowers, and thick vines with great masses of lush red blossoms waving in the cool breeze. Hear the incessant, yet delightful tow-note chanting of the "Coqui," the chattering of unseen tropical birds, and, with some luck, the squawk of the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot.

From San Juan: Vieques Snorkeling Tour

10. From San Juan: Vieques Snorkeling Tour

Snorkel on the Island of Vieques, one of the most beloved snorkeling destinations in Puerto Rico. The island, 21 miles long by 8 miles wide, is ringed by secluded beaches with limited access. Snorkel amongst crystal clear waters, colorful reef formations, and lively marine life. Depart from San Juan on a comfortable vehicle that will take you to the Marina in Ceiba, where the boat departs. Head to a secret spot away from the crowds on the island where the reef formations are unspoiled, the beaches are pristine, and the sea life is truly the best in Puerto Rico. Start with a 101 learning session and briefing about safety and snorkeling before getting into the water. Once you feel comfortable with your gear and are ready to snorkel, a guide will take you to diverse parts of the reef and point out sea life. Make two stops where you can enjoy snorkeling or swimming on the beach (boat does not arrive at the pier, so you must swim to arrive to on shore). After your snorkeling session, get ready for a relaxing time on the beach. See the scenic mountains of the El Yunque National Forest rising from the eastern coast. End your tour with a variety of local treats served by the captain and crew.

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What people are saying about San Juan, Puerto Rico

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 14 reviews

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.

We were not able to go to Culebra due to rough seas. We went to an island closer to Fajardo and the marina. Boat ride was probably 20-25 minutes. It was still fun and the crew was fantastic. Snorkeling was average. Company credited back some money due to the itinerary change. It was a good way to get out on the water and we enjoyed the day.

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.

Very nice experience! Beautiful waters and nice beaches!