Day Trips from San Juan
Hacienda Buena Vista
See how coffee plantations operated in the 19th century at this 87-acre hacienda. Tour the coffee mill as well as the manor, carriage and caretaker’s houses.
Río Camuy Cave Park
Ramps, bridges and trams allow visitors to explore these spectacular, illuminated underground caves, including 170-foot high Cueva Clara and the 400-foot-deep Tres Pueblos Sinkhole.
Two words: Mosquito Bay. The bay’s waters are filled with microscopic organisms (dinoflagellates) that light up like fireflies when agitated. Swimming through the phosphorescent waters after dark is sublimely surreal.
Culebra Natural Wildlife Refuge
Visit Culebra, a small island off Puerto Rico’s eastern coast, for its pristine beaches (make Flamenco Beach a must), coral reefs and wildlife (spot endangered species like Hawksbill turtles and Brown Pelicans). Kids are likely to enjoy climbing on the abandoned World War II tank (now covered in colorful graffiti) that sits on Flamenco Beach, a relic from the U.S. military's presence in Puerto Rico and its “little sister” islands.
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