Known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant culture and rich heritage Puerto Rico is a fabulous destination that we recommend everyone adds to their travel bucket list! In five days, you’ll have plenty of time to explore its capital, San Juan, and visit the top spots and landmarks in one of the Caribbean’s richest artistic, cultural and historical destinations. Here’s our ideal 5-day guide to point your the right way!
Day 1 - Old San Juan ⛪ 🇵🇷 🎵
Kickstart your trip to this lush Caribbean island by diving straight into its history and heritage! Enjoy a filling breakfast at your hotel and prepare to head out and explore Old San Juan for the day! This is a popular cruise destination as well as one of the most visited places in the country. This may be due to how special its ambience and atmosphere are. Exploring and touring this location on day one will allow you to enjoy a variety of interesting attractions. As well as immersing yourself in its history and learning about particular landmarks like its numerous important historical castles, museums and cathedrals, Old San Juan is worth visiting for its culture too! Its blend of extremely friendly people, colourful buildings, monuments, delicious food and fantastic music are all reasons within itself to visit!
Day 2 - El Yunque National Forest 🌲🍃👣
Day 2 is definitely one for the nature lovers! Hit the road and head out to one of Puerto Rico’s top tourist destinations - El Yunque National Forest. A breathtakingly beautiful tropical rainforest filled with waterfalls, hike routes and an abundance of wildlife. Start off at the El Portal Tropical Forest Center where you'll be able to learn more about the area's wildlife, grab some maps and plan a hiking route. When exploring the rainforest, there are numerous waterfalls and particular hikes that lead to different fabulous views so, head down different routes and be surprised when finding different natural beauties.
Day 3 - Take A Tour Of The Bacardi Factory 🍸🍹🥃
Calling all Rum lovers! Puerto Rico is home to Bacardi’s Casa BACARDÍ. A trip here as a rum consumer or not is so worth it and will mix your trip up completely! Enjoy a tour around the factory and learn all about the fascinating history of the company. Tours of Casa BACARDÍ include mixology, stories about the rich history of the Bacardí family and brand, and an insider's view of the unique production process. Casa BACARDÍ is located across the bay from Old San Juan in Cataño and you can choose from a variety of tours when in the factory - The Historical Tour (45 Mins) costs $15 and includes a free welcome drink, other tour options include a 90-minute rum tasting tour ($75) where you get to taste a handful of rums; or a mixology class ($75), where you learn how to make three classic rum cocktails including a mojito.
Day 4 - Exploring Farjado 🏖️ 🌊🐚
After the hustle and bustle of exploring the towns and cities around Puerto Rico, you are going to want to take a trip to the coastline. Fajardo is the coastal tourism hub of this destination and is perfect for unwinding, sunbathing and taking a splash in the bright blue waters of the Caribbean sea! Along the coastline of Farjado are an abundance of hotels, bars, restaurants and leisure activities for tourists to make the most of. Fancy heading a little further out? A number of boat/ferry tours leave Farjado and allow tourists to visit islands such as; Culebra Island - which is full of beautiful beaches (Flamenco Beach is the most famous), fantastic nature reserves, and colourful coral reefs.
Day 5 - Take A Dip in a Bioluminescent Bay At Night 🌌🏊🏽 🌊
After hours of fun on your final day, you will want to finish your trip off with a bang. With something that you will remember forever and will make you say “WOW!”. After a breathtaking trip, what else could top the previous 4 days? The natural phenomenon that is Bioluminescent Bay will do exactly that. This spot is breathtakingly beautiful and is caused by oceanic plankton that comes near to the shore and then lets off an ultramarine illumination when the water is disturbed. The best ways to experience the bio bays include snorkelling, swimming, and kayaking through the plankton filled waters.
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