Moon San Juan, Vieques & Culebra

Travel journalist Suzanne Van Atten covers the best of San Juan, Vieques, and Culebra—from the historic charm of Old San Juan to the electric-blue waters of Mosquito Bay. Van Atten also includes creative suggested itineraries for travelers of all kinds, including families, couples looking for a romantic getaway, and sports enthusiasts in search of recreation […]

Light streams over verdant rolling mountains.

The Climate and Geography of Puerto Rico

Nobody wants rain during a tropical vacation, but precipitation is very much a part of life in Puerto Rico. Learn more about the island’s climate and its three main geographic regions: mountains, coastal lowlands, and karst country.

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Puerto Rico, the “Island of Enchantment”

Puerto Rico’s nickname, Island of Enchantment, is a fitting sobriquet. Sandy beaches, palm trees, and tropical breezes make it a favorite getaway for the sun and surf crowd. Rugged mountains and a verdant rain forest attract adventure travelers, and lavish hotels with ocean-side golf courses embrace vacationers who crave luxury.

A field in hues of golden brown stretches toward rolling mountains near Coamo.

Visiting Coamo and the Coamo Hot Springs

The town of Coamo is a modest little village in the hilly terrain just south of the island’s majestic Cordillera Central mountain range. The compelling reason to venture here is not for the town but for its nearby claim to fame, the Coamo Baños, a natural hot springs reputed to have restorative powers.

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Tour Operators in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has a slew of tour operators offering a variety of adventures that span the spectrum from guided city walks to deep-sea dives to mountain-climbing hikes. All tour companies require reservations.

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Festivals in San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan loves a festival, and it often seems as though there’s one going on every weekend. Some have traditional origins, and others are products of the local tourism department, but they all promise insight into the island’s culture and are loads of fun.

A man stands in the open doorway of the brightly painted Red Monkey bar.

Puerto Rican Nightlife in Old San Juan

There are two sides to Old San Juan’s nightlife. On the southern end near the cruise ship docks are the more commercial and chain establishments like Señor Frog’s. But the farther north you go toward Calle San Sebastián, the more authentic the offerings get.

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Shopping in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan

People love to shop in Old San Juan because it offers the widest variety of unique shopping options in one pedestrian-friendly place. This is the place to go for fine jewelry, imported clothing and furnishings, cigars, folk art, tourist trinkets, and American chain stores, such as Marshalls, Walgreens, and Radio Shack.