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5 Puerto Rico Activities For Your Family Vacation


Read our top tips for a family trip to Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico has a lot to offer for a family getaway. It’s sunny and warm, it has a wealthy of history and culture, it offers great local food (and rum). And better still, you don’t need a passport or foreign currency to have a real getaway.

Here are five ways your family can have a great family vacation in Puerto Rico.

1. Relax on the beach in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has great beaches and lots of them.

Puerto Rico has 270 miles of coastline and several of its beaches, have made Travel Media lists of worldwide Top-Ten Beaches.  Some of these beaches are just a few minutes outside of San Juan for a nice city/beach getaway. Others, on the islands of Culebra or Vieques provide opportunities for a completely laid-back but still culturally authentic getaway.

2. Enjoy Natural Wonders in Puerto Rico

El Yunque is the only U.S. National Park that is a subtropical rain forest. It’s perfect for a scenic drive, fairly easy family hikes, picnicking and even splashing in waterfalls.

Hidden inside a tropical forest, the extensive Camuy Caverns house the 3rd largest subterranean river in the world. It’s not hard to find a guide or tour group to lead you through.

3. Explore History With Your Kids in Puerto Rico

You can’t pass up the charms of old San Juan – colorful buildings, outdoor markets, family bakeries and welcoming restaurants offer opportunities for exploring Puerto Rican culture and history in the hands-on ways kids love.

El Morro in Puerto Rico is the NPS's oldest structure.

Puerto Rico also has El Morro, the giant fort the Spanish began building in 1539. It’s the oldest man-made structure that the US National Park oversees. It’s a great place to fly a kite, take in views of the coast and the Old San Juan, and learn about the island’s colonial past.

4. Be Adventurous in Puerto Rico

If you have kids old enough for an evening excursion take a kayak trip through one of three rare Bio-luminescent Bays.  People say it’s like paddling through stars.

Puerto Rico ha several of the world's bioluminescent bays

One of the few ways to see Puerto Rico’s extensive rain forest canopy from above is by zip lining. Several companies offer opportunities for those who are daring enough.

5. Just Have Fun in Puerto Rico!

Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla is one of the two biggest water parks in the Caribbean. It’s recently been renovated and its activities pool, water slides, lazy river and wave pools offer something for kids of all ages and adults as well. Facilities include lockers, showers and changing rooms.

Puerto Rico also has two childrens museums (museo de ninos) in old San Juan and Carolina. The first has a mini TV studio, a children-only town, and exhibits that teach kids about science, health, music and art. The second has interactive indoor exhibits, outdoor games, a go-kart track, and a full-size American Airlines airplane.

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