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The 7 Top Tourist Attractions In Puerto Rico

Updated on April 25, 2015
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A Gringo who moved to Puerto Rico, Greg loves writing about the island he now resides on. He and Maria also wrote several bilingual books...

Cruise Ship Docked In San Juan

Norwegian Cruise Line Docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Norwegian Cruise Line Docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico | Source

Several times per week tourists step off cruise ships and jets to see and enjoy the many attractions Puerto Rico has to offer.

It is fitting when people call this island Isla del Encanto or Island of Enchantment.

Located just over 1000 miles Southeast of Miami, Florida, Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States. No passport is needed for American citizens. That makes Puerto Rico a prime location to bring the family on a marvelous vacation.

Many cruise lines make stops here at the island. Passengers disembark wondering, "What should we see and do?" That is why I write this hub. That is why my wife and I have been writing and publishing bilingual books on the pueblos and more.

We want you to have a dream experience when you visit this enchanted island.

You will find listings for some of our books within this hub. They are a great resource to have when visiting.

We also have a website that shows some of the cultural amenities of Puerto Rico. Along with that website, I manage a blog off a sub domain that gives more information on Puerto Rico. You can even check the weather conditions. Both of those are linked up and at the right>>>

Now, see what the 7 most popular tourist attractions are here in Puerto Rico.

Tibes Indian Ceremony Center

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#7

Tibes Indian Ceremony Center


Before the Spaniards stepped foot on Puerto Rico, there were native Indians who roamed, hunted and lived upon the island. They were known as Tainos.

The huts you see in the picture were the same design the Taino Indians made. They were known to withstand strong hurricanes. These Indians were craftspeople. They made beautiful pottery and exquisite pieces of art.

This area was discovered where the Taino and Igneri Indians once lived and had ceremonies.

It is located in the pueblo of Ponce and attracts many visitors yearly. It is #7 on the list of top tourist attractions in Puerto Rico.

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courtesy of artur84 freedigitalphotos.net

#6

Gilligan's Island


This small island off the coast of the pueblo of Guanica, Puerto Rico is another favorite tourist destination.

A person can rent a kayak in Guanica and paddle over in about 20 minutes.

Take snorkeling equipment with you and dive down in the crystal blue waters. You will see exquisite fish and sea life that will make you think you have entered Heaven.

No, it is not where they filmed the show. Some may make you try to believe that, but it is not so.

Arecibo Observatory

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This image is in the public domain because it contains materials that originally came from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, taken or made as part of an employee's official duties.

#5

Arecibo Observatory


This is the world's largest single aperture telescope.

For science lovers, this is a great place to take a tour of. Movies and films have used this observatory as a backdrop.

This telescope has made major discoveries that made scientists everywhere leap for joy.

The neatest thing I have heard about this telescope is: in 1974, the Arecibo message was sent out in an attempt to contact alien life forms. Nothing has come back as of yet, as far as we know.

Scientists worldwide use this telescope for scientific purposes,

You should come to Puerto Rico and see it.

Maybe an alien will come visit while you are there.

Camuy Cave

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#4

Camuy Caves


This system of caves were carved out by the third largest underground river in the world. It is the Río Camuy. So far what has been found is:

  • over 10 miles of caverns
  • over 220 caves
  • 17 different entrances

This is only part of the system. Humans are still attempting to explore and map more of the system. It is believed there are still another 800+ caves.

This cavern system is in several municipalities. They include:

  • Camuy
  • Hatillo
  • Lares

It may extend into others too.

If you love to see caves and caverns, this is an attraction that you may want on your list of a must see destination.

Culebra

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#3

Culebra


This is an island off the East coast of Puerto Rico that is paradise. Many tourists just want to take the ferry from Fajardo, or fly in a small plane and spend their days resting on the beaches of Culebra.


You can see by the picture how blue the waters are.

The beach you see is ranked #2 in the world's most exotic beaches.

What I long to do is jet-ski from Puerto Rico to Culebra.

El Yunque Rainforest

A waterfall in El Yunque Rainforest
A waterfall in El Yunque Rainforest | Source

#2

El Yunque Rainforest


This is the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System.

Each morning when I awaken, I look upon the mountains arising within the rainforest. (We live somewhat close.) In many cases, rain clouds are surrounding them, giving an awesome display.

When you visit El Yunque, you will see plants that will just amaze you. You will likely hear the sounds of wildlife like you have never heard.

Just possibly, you may see one of the parrots flying in the tree tops.

It is a site you just have to visit. Be sure and pick up one of the books Maggie and I wrote on the pueblo of Rio Grande. It is the pueblo El Yunque is located in.

Now we will move on to the #1 tourist spot in Puerto Rico...Check out the pictures and see if you can guess.

Our Bilingual Book On Rio Grande

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#1 is (With a Drum Roll In The Back-Ground)

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

If you are disembarking from a cruise ship, you will be just footsteps away from Old San Juan. If flying in, you will be just minutes from this historic place.

You will want to walk the old cobblestone streets and see the old architecture. The shops and stores are amazing, along with the many street vendors.

Be sure and by a piragua and sip the ice cold tastes of Puerto Rico. Flavors come in passion fruit, coconut, melao, guayaba, pina, and many more.

You may want to walk to the top and see El Morro Fort. This is where the first shots of World War 1 were fired.

Visit the cultural center and pick up one of our books that are being sold there.

You will see beautiful statues and fountains. Luscious plants growing everywhere. You may even want to ride in one of the horse and buggy's that are for rent.

You can spend a whole day and not see everything Old San Juan has to offer.

Top 7 Tourist Attractions of Puerto Rico on the Map

A
Tibes Indian Ceremony Center:
Portugués, Ponce, Puerto Rico

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B
Gilligans Island, Guanica, Puerto Rico:
Gilligans Island, Guánica 00653

get directions

C
Arecibo Observatory:
PR-625, Arecibo, 00612, Puerto Rico

get directions

D
Camuy Caves:
Parque Las Cavernas Rio Camuy, Km 18.9 Carretera 129, Camuy, Lares 00627

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E
Culebra,Puerto Rico:
Culebra, Puerto Rico

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F
El Yunque,Rio Grande, Puerto Rico:
El Yunque, El Yunque National Forest, Río Grande 00745, Puerto Rico

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Old San Juan,Puerto Rico:
Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Conclusion

These are the top 7 touristic spots in Puerto Rico.

It is an island you should plan on visiting.

Take a cruise or fly by plane, just come relax on the Enchanted Island.

You'll be glad you did.

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© 2014 Greg Boudonck

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    • mecheshier profile image

      mecheshier 

      4 years ago

      You are welcome Froggy213... Likewise :-)

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you mary. Have a great day

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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      I visited your lovely PR before, and I'd sure like to go back. I think I visited all these places you mentioned. Great photos!

    • mecheshier profile image

      mecheshier 

      4 years ago

      You are welcome :-)

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you mecheshier. I am happy you enjoyed it.

    • mecheshier profile image

      mecheshier 

      4 years ago

      Fabulous Hub! What great destinations, they all sound amazing. Thanks for the info. Voted up

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you to all of you. Bk4, be sure and make a point of visiting where your family came from. billy, you know there is a cup of coffee awaiting you upon arrival. Koren, come back and see the rest. Breakfastpop, come again. There is more to see!

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      breakfastpop 

      4 years ago

      I really enjoyed this hub. I have visited Puerto Rico many times and I never tire of it. I loved that first picture because one of the times I was there I was on the Gem!

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      Koren Kartalis 

      4 years ago from Suburbia, New Jersey

      Thanks to another one of your hubs, I saw old San Juan and El Yunque on a recent trip to Puerto Rico...I'll have to check out some of these next time I go.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Some day maybe. :)

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      Brenda Thornlow 

      4 years ago from New York

      Great hub. I've never been to Puerto Rico which is really strange since my mom's side of the family is from there (San Juan and Camuy). I've been wanting to go but just haven't for some reason. I'll have to show this to my husband so we can plan a trip there sometime soon. Love the pics!

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