With its diverse tropical terrain, Coconut Tree line beaches and daunting history, Puerto Rico is a Caribbean gem waiting to be explored. After three days on the Enchanting Island, I got to experience a lot of what the island had to offer, and I was very impressed! Even after Hurricane Maria this beauty is still flawless.
Here is my ultimate guide to Puerto Rico in three days!
Stay at an Air BnB
Book your stay at an Air BnB or Hostel, in any location of your choice weather in San Juan such as Isla Verde, Condado, or Old San Juan for a really great and affordable price, you can live like a local or stay in the tourist district. I stayed in San Juan and highly recommend this Vacation Rental as our host Yessy made us feel right at home.
We had the entire Apartment to ourselves with include two bedrooms, a bathroom a kitchenette, dining area and living room. There was everything you need down to feminine products, flash lights and bug spray, and it was only $35 a night what a steal.
Our place was in walking distance from restaurants, 24 hour supermarket, pharmacy and a lot more. Haven’t try airbnb.com to book a vacation rental before? try it out today you can use my code deandras159 to save $25 on your booking.
Spend the Afternoon at Luquillo Beach
No need to leave the island to enjoy the amazing beach views and water activities Puerto Rico has to offer. Luquillo Beach is located in Playa Fortuna, with miles of beautiful sandy shores to walk along, colorful life guard huts, interesting vivid green seaweed that I swear is mermaid hair and coconut trees every where. Luquillo is a must! and the surf, oh yes it’s pretty impressive; Playa Fortuna is a forty-five minute drive east of San Juan
Tip: walk eastward along the beach around the bend and you will find a nice little reading nook naturally made from trees and vines creating a little hut.
Have Breakfast or Lunch at Pinky’s
Spend your first Brunch taking in the deliciousness of flavors that explodes in your mouth and makes you want to stand up and do your happy dance at Pinky’s. Located in Ocean Park just a ten minutes drive from San Juan, this restaurant receives consistently rave reviews due to its great service, mouth-watering dishes and amazing coffee.
The place is small and charming they also serve vegan and gluten-free dishes. I’m not just raving about this place because my nickname is Pinky; but because its name is Pinky’s I flew to Puerto Rico just to eat here.
Also if you are in Puerto Rico and go to the local restaurants you must try the mofongo this is a highly recommended dish, which are fried green plantains, perfectly sautéed vegetables and the white pineapple sangrias. Unfortunately I’m allergic to pineapples so I could not eat this.
Come hungry and early—People are waiting out the door just to get in; Pinky’s is very popular!
Explore the Colorful Streets of Old San Juan
Nothing beats a peaceful walk around Old San Juan. In just seven square blocks, the old city packs a kaleidoscope of cobblestones and nearly 400 colorful Spanish-colonial buildings. Just wander around and see what amazing gems you will find!
There is just something about walking through old colonial streets that gives you that feeling of walking back through time, its one of my favorite things to do.
Visit El Morro
The Castillo San Felipe del Morro, aka El Morro, is a 400-year-old fort in the old colonial town. Built from 1539 to 1787, this majestic Spanish colonial fort defense served as Spain’s control point over most of the Caribbean and is quite impressive.
Over the centuries, it’s suffered attacks from the English, Dutch and America—but still stands as a symbol of pride for Puerto Rico.
To truly explore this beautiful fortress I would recommend a few hours— the lighthouse, the many garitas (wall-mounted turrets or sentry boxes), the Cannon Water Battery, and the Old Tower— all are perfect settings for a fun photo shoot. ( you know for the Gram)
Hike El Yunque Rainforest
El Yunque is a beautiful tropical rain forest about half-hour from San Juan. This national reserve is a haven for hikers, home to rare trees, birds, and a variety of hiking trails to choose from. Unfortunately some of the trails are closed down from damages after Hurricane Maria, but there is still a lot to see and I still recommend to come here.
Hike past mountain waterfalls, catch sight of the coqui frog, and check out Taíno petroglyphs!
Street Party at La Placita De Santurce
Santurce’s famous market – La Placita – is known as a local hub of San Juan’s hottest nightlife scenes. Going for a girls night out? this is the place to be. The historic market plaza and its surrounding streets host what becomes a veritable street party: people meeting up, drinking, eating and, and club hopping, dancing until dawn or when your feet starts to hurt. (This place was recommended by our Air BnB host Yessy)
Helpful Tip: Rent a Car
We rented a car from Target Rent a Car for the length of our stay, and were extremely glad that we did. In order to get around the island and experience all these sights, you would either have to pay for a taxi or set up day-trips and transportation which can be very expensive.
Believe me, it is worth renting a car to get around at your leisure and more budget friendly! On our last day we drop the car back to Target and they Dropped us off to the Airport no extra charge.
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