You’ve just had your fantasy wedding, and you are ready for your ideal honeymoon. Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island off the coast of eastern Florida, has a great deal to offer to make your honeymoon dreams come true. It’s the ultimate island for romance, adventure, and total relaxation. And there’s much more.
Puerto Rico is extremely inexpensive and offers great deals for your money. Speaking of money, since Puerto Rico is a US territory, there are no money-exchange issues. The dollar is used here.
If you are in the mood for some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has 272 miles of breathtaking coastline, much of it white, gorgeous, and totally unspoiled. While you can’t go wrong with a Puerto Rican beach, the most popular beaches on this lovely island are located in San Juan and Vierques. Begin with a romantic stroll in the sand and see where it leads!
There’s so much to do here in Puerto Rico. The beaches are great, but how about horseback riding at sunset along the water? There are sunset tours (provided by Tropical Trail Rides) that take you from the beach to the lush forests as the sun sets. It’s an unforgettable experience.
After reveling along pristine beaches, take advantage of Puerto Rico’s great cultural offerings. The Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré in San Juan is a major performing arts center, with concern halls for opera and classical music, as well as plays. The center also has some major artwork on display, such as Annex Burgos’ “The Muses.”
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About Puerto Rico 📖
Best Time to Visit Puerto Rico 📅
Top Things to do in Puerto Rico 👫
Weather in Puerto Rico ☀️
About Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is called the Island of Enchantment for a reason. In addition to its white-sand beaches and clear Caribbean waters, you’ll find a delightful blend of Spanish, Caribbean, and African cultures here. Enjoy the food and spend some time dancing the merengue or salsa, as the natives do. If you enjoy shopping, the Plaza Las Americas in San Juan is the largest mall in the Caribbean.
While in San Juan, don’t miss historic Old San Juan. There is much to explore here. Old San Juan, with its colorful buildings painted in lavender or mint and bright wall murals is a treat to the eyes and will cheer the soul. It’s a piece of art in its own right.
Old San Juan is Puerto Rico’s original settlement, dating back to 1521. Visit the El Morro fortress, which was erected in the 16th century as protection against seafaring invaders and pirates. This historic fortification is one of Puerto Rico’s favorite destinations. In addition to the fortress, Old San Juan still has parts of the walls, sentry outlooks, and gates, also built to protect its medieval citizens.
Fortunately, Puerto Rico no longer needs fortification against enemies and pirates. Instead, it is a mecca for great coffee, rum, and delectable cuisine. While in Old San Juan, visit Caficultura, a café with some extraordinary coffee and expresso. It’s easy to see all of Old San Juan while on a stroll. Walking is the best way to catch the many museums, pieces of art, and restaurants that comprise this district.
When you can drag yourself away from the beaches and San Juan, experience the thrills of Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest, with more than 240 different plants, trees, rivers, and refreshing waterfalls.
The variety of wildlife here is enormous. Check out the bright green tody bird, a native to the island, the forest’s screech owl, and some stunning parrots. The trees in the rainforest are home to all kinds of lizards and snakes.
Don’t miss the coqui frogs. These little innocents love to climb trees, where predators such as tarantulas lay in wait. The coqui frequently leap into the air to escape, giving cause for the phrase, “raining frogs.” Fortunately, these frogs can land on the forest floor unharmed and with ease.
El Yunque is a great place for hiking, with its challenging trails, but there are currently a few restrictions regarding the trails. Taking a tour with El Yunque Tours is an excellent bet. For information on guided tours, call (939) 221-2013.
Best Time to Visit Puerto Rico
Springtime, or the months of April through June, is an excellent time to visit Puerto Rico. The weather is at its best, hovering about 80 degrees and lacking the summer heat and humidity. Of course, this is its most crowded and expensive season.
The winter months of December through March is when you will see the best bargains in hotel rooms. Stay over the holidays and enjoy some of the Puerto Rican festivals, as well.
Nochebuena is the traditional and highly celebrated Christmas Eve. Of course, the season is celebrated far into January. Continuing the holiday season is Fiesta de los Reyes Magos on January 6th. This is the fest of the Three Wise Men. Since the Wise Men came bearing gifts, this is the real Puerto Rican occasion for gift giving. Instead of stockings, the children put out an old shoe, which will be filled with presents in the morning. (Advantage to children with big feet.)
Top Things to do in Puerto Rico
Do You Feel Lucky?
If you are honeymooning in Puerto Rico, the odds are already in your favor. So, why not check out some of the local casinos? In San Juan, you’ll find the Casino del Mar at the La Concha Resort, and the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel is home to the Casino Metro. Try your luck at slots, blackjack, or some Texas Hold’em. The Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort also has a casino.
Puerto Rico’s Artistic Side
There is a genuine love of art in Puerto Rico. You should try and visit several of the major museums while you are visiting.
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico – San Juan
This museum exhibits works by local artists. Its artwork spans from the 17th century to modern art. They also have a gorgeous garden for strolling.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico – San Juan
Here, you will find art created from a Caribbean and Mexico perspective.
Museo de las Américas – Old San Juan
The work displayed here includes all the Americas, whether North, South, or Central. There is also some valuable pre-Columbian (Mayan) exhibits and indigenous artwork. The courtyard is a wonderful place to relax or take a picture.
Museo de Arte de Ponce – Ponce
The Museo de Arte is located on the southern end of Puerto Rico in Ponce. Classical baroque and Victorian era pieces, mostly all European, are exhibited here.
Museo de Arte y Diseño de Miramar – San Juan
When in Puerto Rico, if you love art, you need not look any further than the street. Buildings and other structures are covered in incredible murals. Street art is taken very seriously here.
You’ll find Arecibo on the island’s northern coast. If you are anywhere close, you cannot miss the cave at Aventura Cueva Ventana located atop a limestone cliff with a fabulous vista of the lush valley below. You can explore the cave on your own, but it might be best and more fun to take a tour.
Put on Your Dancing Shoes
If you have an itch to do the salsa or merengue, or bomba, San Juan is your place.
Aguardiente at 204 Calle Canals. It’s always Ladies Night here as women enjoy free sangria. Come here and dance until the sun comes up.
Taberna Los Vázquez at 1348 Calle Orbeta. There is nightly dancing here, and on weekends, there is live music. Wednesday and Thursday evenings turn into karaoke nights.
La Factoria at 148 Calle San Sebastián. This is one of the top 50 drinking establishments in the world, and the libations are fantastic. Enjoy the salsa dancing.
La Terraza De Bonanza at Ave. Eduardo Conde 1751. They have live music to get you to dance to the bomba and plena music. Enjoy a beer and appetizers while you rest up.
The Pork Highway
The name says it all. Forty minutes outside of San Juan, off highway PR-52 at exit 32, follow the garlic scent and the sound of salsa music up a mountain. You are at Guavate, also known as the “pork highway.” Dozens of stalls are roasting a whole pig over an open fire. Locals come here for the juicy pork and the delectable crispy skin. Pick your favorite side and enjoy.
Weather in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has a tropical climate, with hot and humid weather throughout most of the year. There usually is some rainfall during the months of May and October, when the heat is at its peak, approximately 90 degrees. It will cool down during the evenings.
The interior of Puerto Rico, which is away from the beaches and filled with mountains and rainforests, can be about 10 degrees cooler than the coastal areas.
The island can be in the path of hurricanes, which happen from August to October. These hurricanes are wet, but usually not particularly destructive.
If you are visiting San Juan, as so many honeymooners do, your best time are the winter months, when there is a minimum of heat and humidity.