Parque Recreativo Cristóbal Colón. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Planning Your Time on Puerto Rico’s West Coast

Embrace the slow-paced, nature-loving vibe of Puerto Rico’s west coast, a long-time favorite of surfers and divers but with so much going on–from salt flats and subtropical dry forests to colonial cities and fishing villages–that it’s worthy of an extended stay. Here are tips and advice on planning your time exploring all the best of the west coast.

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.

Boats moored in the shallow waters of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Islands’ Best Snorkeling

Good snorkeling is in the eye of the beholder, and though most people gravitate to reefs, sea grass and mangrove habitats are also fun to explore. With that in mind, here are the best places to snorkel in both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

A kitesurfer at Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui.

Best Beaches in Central Maui

The undeveloped beaches of Central Maui are defined by wind, waves, and water sports. You won’t find any tiki bars or activities stands, but there are long stretches of undeveloped beaches where the world’s best watermen hang out.

Surfboard rack on the ocean shore in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Surfing Lessons and Outfitters in Waikiki

You’ll find surfing is a way of life in Waikiki. There’s a long history here of welcoming visitors to learn how to catch a break and ride the big one that continues on today with several surf schools offering private, group, and customized surf tours for reasonable prices, as well as boards and gear.

A woman sits cross-legged on the beach with her surfboard.

Surfing Lessons and Rentals in South Maui

In South Maui, you’ll find plenty of outfitters and instructors ready to give you a lesson or set you up with some gear based on your level of skill. Since choosing which school or outfitter to go with is more of a challenge, here’s all the info you need to make it easy.

A crescent white sand beach dotted with palm trees.

Diving Belize’s Lighthouse Reef Atoll

The diving at Lighthouse Reef Atoll rivals that of any in the world. You’ll find the famous Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, a historical natural monument and protected area with a lighthouse, bird sanctuary, shipwrecks, and incredible diving spots offshore, and plenty more.