Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Where to Go in Puerto Rico

Though relatively small, there’s no shortage of places to explore and things to experience in Puerto Rico. Here are the highlights by region, from San Juan to each coast to the central mountain region and the offshore islands.

La Coca Falls at El Yunque. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Planning Your Time on Puerto Rico’s East Coast

Puerto Rico’s east coast is rich in natural wonders, making it the most popular destination for day-trippers from San Juan. From quintessential Puerto Rican sights and scenic drives to sleepy beach towns and spectacular resorts, here’s how to plan your time exploring the east coast.

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.

Plaza Botero. Photo © Guía de Viajes Oficial de Medellín, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Downtown Medellín Walking Tour

Medellín’s brash downtown is a compact history tour comprising stoic remnants from the colonial era, brick and mortar evidence of Medellín’s rising as Colombia’s most important industrial center in the early 20th century, and the vibrant public spaces, modern transportation systems, and futuristic architecture showing this proud city’s 21st-century optimism.

The colorful town of Jardín in southern Antioquia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Things to See and Do in Jardín, Colombia

While the main selling points of Jardín are its good looks, nearby tropical forests and cloud forests–home to natural attractions such as the Caverna El Esplendor and the ProAves bird-watching reserve–provide good excuses for lacing up those hiking boots.

Vietnam's northwest region is awash with soaring mountains and verdant river valleys. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

The Best of Vietnam Travel Itinerary: Down the Dragon’s Spine

Travel all the best of Vietnam, from the busy capital city of Hanoi to a cruise on Ha Long Bay to relaxing in mountain spas, strolling photogenic villages, and more. This itinerary describes a brisk two-week trip, covering the full length of Vietnam’s coast, with a few detours to the interior. For a more relaxed pace, extend your trip to three weeks and linger in the places you like best.

Torre Observación lookout tower in Bosque Estatal de Toro Negro.

Four-Day Travel Itinerary: Cordillera Central, Puerto Rico

As enticing as Puerto Rico’s beaches are, there are plenty of reasons to spend time in the Cordillera Central, the island’s interior mountain range. This four-day travel itinerary allows you to explore the area’s gorgeous tropical jungle, hiking trails, natural pools, and indigenous culture.