Things to do in Carolina, San Juan

Our most recommended things to do in Carolina, San Juan

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.

Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

2. Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

Experience a thrilling adventure in and around the San Jose Lagoon and all the way to the coast and beaches of Isla Verde on a jet ski tour through the tropical waters of Puerto Rico's north coast. After a short safety briefing and training session, depart from the home base at Cangrejos Yacht Club and journey into the best waters of the Caribbean along the beaches of Isla Verde. Enjoy a memorable journey into the mangroves of the San José Lagoon, pass under the Baldorioty de Castro Bridge, all the way down to the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, one of the biggest bridges in Puerto Rico. After, pass by the coast of the beach of Isla Verde. Make a stop to jump in the water and go through the Isla Verde coast, one of the most beautiful spots in the area. Admire the incredible scenery as you explore the water world. Let loose and experience the raw power of your jet ski.

Old San Juan: Sunset Cruise with Drinks and Hotel Pickup

3. Old San Juan: Sunset Cruise with Drinks and Hotel Pickup

Gaze at a beautiful sunset on this cruise through Old San Juan from San Juan or Carolina. Sip delicious cool drinks and a variety of appetizers while relaxing aboard the boat, and absortbing the views from the harbor as the Old City's day turns to night. Be picked up from your hotel or accomodation and travel to the boat's launch site. Hop aboard the San Juan Harbor cruise and relax on board a comfortable boat and take in beautiful views of the city from the water. Watch as the sun shines a soft glow on the 500 year old Fort walls and enjoy a view that can only be seen from the water. Ride through the harbor and listen to mystical tales about the old city while absorbing the sights of the city from a new perspective on the water. See beautiful landmarks like Paseo La Princesa, the Governors Mansion, the bacardi Distillery, and the impressive San Juan Fortified City Walls. Capture unique photos from the harbor while savoring the warm Caribbean breezes blowing across the water. See the same view of the islands that pirates and conquerors saw hundreds of years ago. Finish the tour when the boat docks at the harbour and be returned to your hotel or accommodation.

From Fajardo: Icacos Island Full-Day Catamaran Trip

4. From Fajardo: Icacos Island Full-Day Catamaran Trip

Spend a day in the sun with lunch and specialty drinks includes, taking you out on the clear waters of the Caribbean and along the Fajardo coastline aboard a catamaran. Set sail in the morning from Puerto del Rey Marina, the largest and best-kept marina in the Caribbean. On board the catamaran's deck you will enjoy beautiful views of the mountains in the El Yunque National Forest, as well as the beaches along the Fajardo coastline. After a comfortable sail of about 45 minutes, you will anchor at one of the small deserted islands and cays off the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. Normally it is the island of Icacos, but the captain will sometimes head to Cayo Lobo or Palominos if the conditions are better for the day. Once you arrive, step off into shallow water and spend the next 1.5 hours walking on the beach, beachcombing, and swimming in the crystal clear waters. Return on board to enjoy your pre-packed lunch. Sodas, water, and juices are also available, and those with a taste for the sweeter things in life will want to sample the specialty piña coladas and tropical rum punch. When you have eaten your fill, the boat will head a short distance out and anchor over the reef for another 1 or 2 hours of swimming or relaxing. A leisurely sail back to Marina Puerto del Rey will bring you back to the dock, with plenty of time to enjoy your afternoon and evening in Fajardo.

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

5. 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.

San Juan: Bioluminescent Glass-Bottom Kayak Tour by Night

6. San Juan: Bioluminescent Glass-Bottom Kayak Tour by Night

Embark on a nighttime adventure into the waters of San Juan's Laguna Grande and see millions of glowing plankton. Paddle aboard a unique glass-bottom kayak on a 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 glass-bottom kayak (except on Tuesdays, when regular kayaks are used) 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 that 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.

San Juan: Ziplining Adventure Experience

7. San Juan: Ziplining Adventure Experience

Experience 5 exhilarating zip lines, 5 hanging canopy bridges, and a 10-minute hike in a subtropical forest on this guided adventure in Carolina. The adventure takes place at the Hacienda Campo Rico estate covering 2,300 acres and located in Carolina, only 5 minutes away from San Juan. Start your adventure at Hacienda Campo Rico, a secluded natural jewel composed of lush coastal plains, mangroves, lagoons, and limestone mountains. This is a perfect setting to experience an adventure amongst nature. Start off by walking through the lush northern coastal plains. Hike around the unique formations of the karst mountains and limestone. This is home to a great variety of birds and reptiles. After reaching the top of the first mountain, marvel at majestic views of where the coastline meets the Atlantic Ocean. Experience a total of five zip lines that fluctuate between 500 to 1,000 feet long and 50 and 200 feet high. Glide across sceneries of the ocean, mountains, plantain fields, and lagoons. The professionally installed ziplines designed by engineers have double cables and pulleys for extra security. Walk along five hanging canopy bridges that add to the excitement of the adventure while you trek at 30 feet above the trees. The last zipline lands at the hilltop Mojito Bar where you will have the opportunity to buy refreshing beverages, cold beer, mixed drinks, snacks, and souvenirs.

San Juan: Private City Highlights Driving Tour

8. 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.

Carolina: Hacienda Campo Rico Heritage Tour

9. 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. 

From Carolina: Horse Riding at a Private Ranch

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Carolina, San Juan

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I totally had a blast on this Forest trip! Isaac was very personable and spoke on the dynamics of the rain forest, as well as the different sites along the way. I was impressed of his enthusiastiasm for us, in that we had a perfect day for viewing. It being my first excursion in Puerto Rico, I was full of questions and Isaac did an amazing job answering all of them. The climb to the top of the observation tower and water falls was somewhat vigorous, but fun and an outstanding view. Walking through the rain forest was intriguing with the sites and sounds, I felt like swinging from the trees...lol. Swimming in the river was very refreshing and we were given ample time to relax and enjoy its beauty. The fruit market had a variety of genuine Puerto Rican foods, fruits and souvenirs. I loved the feel of the culture it offered.

This experience was INCREDIBLE! Benny was the best tour guide ever - so knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. The tour was well organized and we had a great time at the rainforest, swimming hole, waterfalls, and tower! We even ended the trip with an authentic cafe where I got a delicious smoothie and fried plantains. I would absolutely recommend this experience!

Rafael was an excellent tour guide, explaining in detail the history of both Puerto Rico as well as San Juan. He pointed out all the forts along the way and described their history in great detail. Recommend visiting Old San Juan beforehand so that his descriptions have more context.

Kevin was soooo amazing!!!!!! I can’t wait to come back to do this again with friends- I hope he will still be working as I wouldn’t want to go with any other tour guide!

The guys that took us out were the best!! They were patient and took time to take pictures of my wife and I.