Best Puerto Rico Day Trips

Rent a car and explore some of the island. Puerto Rico is filled with so many surprising and delightful charms that are just a short drive away, it would be a shame to miss them. From beaches to rainforests to historic sights and more, here are the best day trips from San Juan.

A bird's-eye view of Puerto Nariño. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Things to Do and See in Puerto Nariño, Colombia

In idyllic Puerto Nariño, there are no roads and no motorized vehicles whatsoever; this town was named the first tourism sustainable town in Colombia. As you stroll palm-lined sidewalks to see the sights, you’ll find Puerto Nariño so peaceful you’ll probably want to linger a while.

Paddling through the Mekong Delta. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

4-Day Itinerary: The Mekong Delta via Ho Chi Minh City

Down in the far reaches of the south, the Mekong Delta is a more authentic, off-the-beaten-track part of Vietnam. Bookend a trip to Ho Chi Minh City with a long weekend in the delta. It’s an easy bus ride from there to Vinh Long, one of the delta’s northern towns.

Silk Cayes. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Discover the Belize Cayes

Belize’s cayes are everyone’s deserted island fantasy come true. Learn about the many islands and their draw, plan when to visit with expert advice, then discover them for yourself.

A rainbow is caught mimicking the bridge in Hilo's Wailoa River State Park.

Hilo’s Wailoa River State Recreation Area

The Wailoa River State Recreation Area, a huge area encompassing a spring-fed lagoon, is used by locals for picnics, pleasure walks, informal get-togethers, fishing, and launching boats. For visitors, the Wailoa Center is also an excellent cultural stop, with historical and local artist exhibitions.

Kayaks on the beach of Moku Nui, with the ocean and O‘ahu in the background.

Best Kayaking in Kailua

Beautiful views and calm waters make for excellent kayaking in Kailua; you’ll want to make sure you have your camera along in a dry sack. Along with outfitters, guided excursions, and lesson providers, here’s where to go for the best day on the water.

Motorbikes are the most common form of transportation in Vietnam. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Taking a Xe Om in Vietnam

Xe om (motorbike taxis) are a popular and inexpensive means of transportation used throughout Vietnam. Before you hop on, read expert author Dana Filek-Gibson’s advice on fares, local customs, and staying safe.

Sexy Las Vegas-style cabarets, such as Tropicana, remain a staple of Cuban entertainment. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Where to Catch Havana’s Cabarets Espectáculos

Spectacular, gaudy, decadent, or a combination of all three, Havana’s cabarets espectáculos definitely deliver. From the incredible and infamous two-hour show at the Las Vegas style Tropicana nightclub to small campy shows followed by steamy disco, here’s where to go to experience it all.

A Hawaaian sea urchin in a coral crevice.

Ocean Safety in Hawaii

More people drown in Hawaii than anywhere else in the world. But don’t let the statistics deter you from enjoying the ocean! Use common sense along with these tips for respecting both the ocean and the creatures that live in it to stay safe.

Plaza Nariño, Pasto's main plaza. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Visit Pasto and Laguna La Cocha

Many people overlook unassuming Pasto, set in the verdant Valle de Atriz with the deceivingly gentle, sloping Volcán Galeras watching over it. But both it and the stunning Nariño countryside deserve your time and attention. Spend your time visiting museums and sights that will keep you intellectually stimulated for more than a couple days, and make sure you take the delightful excursion to Laguna La Cocha.