With a thriving food scene, gorgeous beaches and countless unique natural attractions within driving distance from the capital city of San Juan, it’s no wonder travellers from across North America are flocking to Puerto Rico’s pristine shores. The country boasts a glowing bioluminescent bay perfect for exploring at night, a gorgeous sub-tropical rainforest dotted with waterfalls, as well as some of the best restaurants and nightclubs in the Caribbean. Did you know that the pina colada was even invented in Puerto Rico?
English is widely spoken in this unincorporated territory of the United States, which makes getting around a breeze, and the wide variety of U.S. and Canadian airlines servicing the island mean that getting there is often quite affordable.
Read on to discover some unparalleled experiences you can only have while honeymooning in Puerto Rico.
Kayaking Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bays
There are very few places in the world where you can paddle through glowing, mangrove-shrouded waterways. Puerto Rico is actually home to three bioluminescent bays where you can experience this otherworldly phenomenon! The glowing effect is caused by tiny oceanic plankton called dinoflagellates, which emit a neon shimmer at night when agitated.
Tip: Book a kayak tour on a moonless night for the best possible viewing conditions.
Photo via Kayaking Puerto Rico.
Enjoy World-Class Food On A Budget
Puerto Rican cooking goes way beyond rice and beans. In fact, local chef Jose Enrique, whose affordable namesake restaurant in the La Placita area of San Juan has a wait-list nearly every night, was a James Beard award semi-finalist in 2013 and was also named one of the best chefs in America by Food & Wine magazine.
Photo via Jose Enrique.
Explore Some of the Most Well-Preserved Colonial Buildings in the Americas
Puerto Rico’s Spanish heritage flourishes in immaculately-maintained Old San Juan. You could spend days walking this area’s cobblestone streets, marveling at the colourful buildings and surrounding fortresses that date back to the 1500s.
Photo via iStockphoto.
Visit the Birthplace of the Pina Colada
It is said that this quintessential island cocktail was invented at a restaurant called Barrachina in Old San Juan back in 1963. Barrachina still celebrates its heritage as the home of the pina colada, serving up hundreds of the rum-filled libations daily alongside traditional Puerto Rican fare in its quaint courtyard.
Photo via iStockphoto.
Explore El Yunque
Located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains, encompassing 28,000 acres of land, Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest is the only tropical rainforest in the United States. Spend the day hiking its myriad trails then cool off in a secluded waterfall.