Things to do in
San Juan

Beaches, street art, and castles are just a taste of what Puerto Rico's colorful capital has to offer.

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San Juan: ATV Adventure at Campo Rico Ranch with Guide

1. San Juan: ATV Adventure at Campo Rico Ranch with Guide

Discover 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: Snorkeling with Turtles Adventure

2. Puerto Rico: Snorkeling with Turtles Adventure

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.

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 Fajardo: Full-Day Culebra Islands Catamaran Tour

4. 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.

From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

5. 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: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

6. 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.

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

7. 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.

From Fajardo: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Day Trip

8. From Fajardo: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Day Trip

Feel like a true explorer and challenge yourself to an off-the-beaten-path adventure in the heart of the El Yunque Rainforest. Begin with a 25-30 minute journey up a rock and dirt path, along with some river wading. Enjoy being surrounded by bamboo trees, rainforest flowers, and many other beautiful plants as you hike into the refreshing natural pools. First, a visit to a collecting pool that forms at the base of a waterfall. Swim in its crystal clear waters and admire the colors of its deep pools. Enjoy the cascades of the waterfall and take the opportunity to snap pictures. Continue into the forest as you climb to another set of pools. Arrive at a river where you can swim, swing from a rope into the water, and enjoy natural water slides.

Puerto Rico: Helicopter Flights

9. Puerto Rico: Helicopter Flights

Discover the sights of Puerto Rico from the air on a helicopter tour. Choose from 3 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. Green Escape Enjoy aerial views of San Juan Fort, mountains, bridges, rivers and more. Admire a combination of mountain, coast and city views. Fly above San Juan, over the Bacardi rum distillery in Cataño, the city of Bayamón with its Science Park, and Naranjito with its large cable-stayed bridge.

Puerto Rico: The Beast Zipline at Toro Verde Adventure Park

10. 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.

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What people are saying about San Juan

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,520 reviews

Amazing! Beautiful rainforest walking path with friendly guide, Rafael, providing overview of the plants, frogs, and birds. Then to another hiking trail to a flowing river. Recommend water shows to wade into the cold water if you are not adventurous enough to jump or swing into the deeper water. Finally a stop at a sandy clear warm water beach with a row of restaurants, bars, and shops.

Educational and entertaining. Unique architecture and interesting history. Francisco, our guide was knowledgeable and humorous in English and Spanish. He answered our questions regarding local culture and provided recommendations for food and events for the reminder of our stay.

I had the absolute best time! My tour guide was so sweet, she has pink/green short hair! She made us feel safe and comfortable! She was very sweet and knowledgeable. My group was very friendly so we had a blast! I would definitely recommend this tour. 11/10 for sure

I had a blast! Everyone was nice and my instructor was very sweet! Would do it again to get more pictures under water!

Fun and Claudia was an outstanding host! She was exceptionally knowledgeable, funny and kind