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San Juan

Puerto Rico's capital is most commonly associated with the colonial streets and forts of Old San Juan, but that's only part of the picture....

Vieques

Looking for a place to play Robinson Crusoe? Then head to Vieques, where you can wander along almost any stretch of sand and rarely see another...

Rincon

Jutting out into the ocean along the rugged western coast, Rincón, meaning "corner" in Spanish, may have gotten its name because it's tucked...

Ponce

Ponce is Ponce and the rest is parking" is the adage used by residents of Puerto Rico's second-largest city (population 151,000) to express...

Culebra

Open some days, closed others," reads the sign on a food kiosk near the canal that cuts through a part of this island. It's a pretty good motto...

Fajardo

Fajardo, founded in 1772, has historical notoriety as a port where pirates stocked up on supplies. It later developed into a fishing community...

Isabela

Founded in 1819 and named for Spain's Queen Isabella, this small, whitewashed town on the northwestern tip of the island skirts tall cliffs...

Aguadilla

Resembling a fishing village, downtown Aguadilla has narrow streets lined with small wooden homes. Weathered but lovely, the faded facades recall...

Mayaguez

Me encanta" is what most people from Puerto Rico say when you ask them about Mayagüez. But you are likely to be less than enchanted by the grungy...

Piñones

Funky Piñones is little more than a collection of open-air seaside eateries. Sand floors, barefoot patrons, and tantalizing seafood—traditionally...

Rio Grande

This urban cluster of about 54,000 residents proudly calls itself "The City of El Yunque," as it's the closest community to the rain forest...

San German

During its early years, San Germán was a city on the move. Although debate rages about the first settlement's exact founding date and location...

La Parguera

La Parguera is best known for its bioluminescent bay. Although it is not nearly as spectacular as the one in Vieques, it's still a beautiful...

El Combate

This is the end of the earth—or the end of the island, anyway. El Combate sits on the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, a bit removed from everything...

Humacao

Travelers flock to the Humacao area for one reason: the sprawling resort community called Palmas del Mar and its two world-class golf courses...

Guanica

Juan Ponce de León first explored this area in 1508, when he was searching for the elusive Fountain of Youth. Nearly 400 years later U.S. troops...

Boqueron

Once a quiet fishing village, Boquerón still has its share of seaside shanties. Its narrow streets are quiet during the week but come alive...

Joyuda

Known as the Milla de Oro (Golden Mile) because of its string of more than 15 seaside restaurants, the community of Joyuda is a must for seafood...

El Yunque

The more than 100 billion gallons of precipitation that El Yunque receives annually spawn rushing streams and cascades, outsize impatiens and...

Utuado

Utuado was named after a local Taíno chief, Otoao. Surrounded by mountains and dotted with blue lakes, the town of Utuado sits in the middle...

Guayama

Guayama was founded in 1736, but the city was destroyed by fire in the early 1800s. It quickly recovered when the sugarcane industry grew by...

Luquillo

Known as the Sun Capital of Puerto Rico, Luquillo has one of the island's best-equipped family beaches. It's also a community where fishing...

Arecibo

The town of Arecibo was founded in 1515 and is known as the Villa of Capitán Correa because of a battle fought here by Captain Antonio Correa...

Coamo

Founded by the Spanish in 1579, Coamo was the third city established in Puerto Rico. It dominated the south of the island until the mid-1880s...

Salinas

Most visitors are familiar with Salinas only because they see its name on an exit sign along Route 52. Islanders, however, know that the road...

Jayuya

Jayuya is a small town in the foothills of the Cordillera Central, Puerto Rico's tallest mountain range. Cerro de Punta, the island's highest...

Naguabo

In this fast-growing municipality's downtown, pastel buildings give the main plaza the look of a child's nursery: a golden-yellow church on...

Aibonito

Legend has it that Aibonito got its name when a Spaniard exclaimed " Ay, que bonito !" ("Oh, how pretty!") upon seeing the valley where the...

Adjuntas

The coffee-growing town of Adjuntas sits north of Puerto Rico's Ruta Panorámica. Although known for its coffee, it's also the world's leading...

Patillas

Patillas, the so-called Emerald of the South, is a tranquil city of about 19,000, with a small plaza and steep, narrow streets. The best sightseeing...

Cabo Rojo Town

People often assume that the town of Cabo Rojo is at the southwestern tip of Puerto Rico, where there is a lighthouse by the same name. Cabo...

Juana Diaz

Juana Díaz doesn't figure prominently into the typical travel itinerary, but for the traveler who has a bit of extra time, a stop in this small...

San Juan

Puerto Rico's capital is most commonly associated with the colonial streets and forts of Old San Juan, but that's only part of the picture....

Vieques

Looking for a place to play Robinson Crusoe? Then head to Vieques, where you can wander along almost any stretch of sand and rarely see another...

Rincon

Jutting out into the ocean along the rugged western coast, Rincón, meaning "corner" in Spanish, may have gotten its name because it's tucked...

Ponce

Ponce is Ponce and the rest is parking" is the adage used by residents of Puerto Rico's second-largest city (population 151,000) to express...

Culebra

Open some days, closed others," reads the sign on a food kiosk near the canal that cuts through a part of this island. It's a pretty good motto...

Fajardo

Fajardo, founded in 1772, has historical notoriety as a port where pirates stocked up on supplies. It later developed into a fishing community...

Isabela

Founded in 1819 and named for Spain's Queen Isabella, this small, whitewashed town on the northwestern tip of the island skirts tall cliffs...

Aguadilla

Resembling a fishing village, downtown Aguadilla has narrow streets lined with small wooden homes. Weathered but lovely, the faded facades recall...

Piñones

Funky Piñones is little more than a collection of open-air seaside eateries. Sand floors, barefoot patrons, and tantalizing seafood—traditionally...

Mayaguez

Me encanta" is what most people from Puerto Rico say when you ask them about Mayagüez. But you are likely to be less than enchanted by the grungy...

Rio Grande

This urban cluster of about 54,000 residents proudly calls itself "The City of El Yunque," as it's the closest community to the rain forest...

San German

During its early years, San Germán was a city on the move. Although debate rages about the first settlement's exact founding date and location...

La Parguera

La Parguera is best known for its bioluminescent bay. Although it is not nearly as spectacular as the one in Vieques, it's still a beautiful...

Guanica

Juan Ponce de León first explored this area in 1508, when he was searching for the elusive Fountain of Youth. Nearly 400 years later U.S. troops...

Humacao

Travelers flock to the Humacao area for one reason: the sprawling resort community called Palmas del Mar and its two world-class golf courses...

El Combate

This is the end of the earth—or the end of the island, anyway. El Combate sits on the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, a bit removed from everything...

Boqueron

Once a quiet fishing village, Boquerón still has its share of seaside shanties. Its narrow streets are quiet during the week but come alive...

Joyuda

Known as the Milla de Oro (Golden Mile) because of its string of more than 15 seaside restaurants, the community of Joyuda is a must for seafood...

Guayama

Guayama was founded in 1736, but the city was destroyed by fire in the early 1800s. It quickly recovered when the sugarcane industry grew by...

Utuado

Utuado was named after a local Taíno chief, Otoao. Surrounded by mountains and dotted with blue lakes, the town of Utuado sits in the middle...

Luquillo

Known as the Sun Capital of Puerto Rico, Luquillo has one of the island's best-equipped family beaches. It's also a community where fishing...

Coamo

Founded by the Spanish in 1579, Coamo was the third city established in Puerto Rico. It dominated the south of the island until the mid-1880s...

Arecibo

The town of Arecibo was founded in 1515 and is known as the Villa of Capitán Correa because of a battle fought here by Captain Antonio Correa...

Salinas

Most visitors are familiar with Salinas only because they see its name on an exit sign along Route 52. Islanders, however, know that the road...

Jayuya

Jayuya is a small town in the foothills of the Cordillera Central, Puerto Rico's tallest mountain range. Cerro de Punta, the island's highest...

Naguabo

In this fast-growing municipality's downtown, pastel buildings give the main plaza the look of a child's nursery: a golden-yellow church on...

Aibonito

Legend has it that Aibonito got its name when a Spaniard exclaimed " Ay, que bonito !" ("Oh, how pretty!") upon seeing the valley where the...

Adjuntas

The coffee-growing town of Adjuntas sits north of Puerto Rico's Ruta Panorámica. Although known for its coffee, it's also the world's leading...

Patillas

Patillas, the so-called Emerald of the South, is a tranquil city of about 19,000, with a small plaza and steep, narrow streets. The best sightseeing...

Cabo Rojo Town

People often assume that the town of Cabo Rojo is at the southwestern tip of Puerto Rico, where there is a lighthouse by the same name. Cabo...

Juana Diaz

Juana Díaz doesn't figure prominently into the typical travel itinerary, but for the traveler who has a bit of extra time, a stop in this small...

Rincon and the Porta del Sol

The "Gateway to the Sun" is how tourism officials describe the island's western coast. Unlike the area around San Juan, the Porta del Sol is...

Ponce and the Porta Caribe

Not as popular as San Juan or Vieques, the south is a region full of underrated attractions, fine food, and a laid-back, authentic vibe that...

Vieques and Culebra

Although the islands of Vieques and Culebra—known as the "Spanish Virgins"—are only a few miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, they feel like...

El Yunque and the Northeast

Tree frogs, rare parrots, and wild horses only start the list of northeastern Puerto Rico's offerings. The backdrops for encounters with an...

The North Coast and the Cordillera Central

There's more to Puerto Rico than beautiful beaches, as anyone who lives on the island will tell you. When islanders want to escape the heat...

Cabo Rojo

Named for its pinkish cliffs, "Red Cape" was used in the late 18th century as a port for merchant vessels—and for the smugglers and pirates...

Dorado and Environs

This small and tidy town is one of the oldest vacation spots on the island, having gotten a boost in 1955 when Laurance Rockefeller bought the...

San Juan Suburbs

The suburbs of Cataño, Bayamón, and Guaynabo, west and south of San Juan, are separate municipalities but in many ways indistinguishable from...

Side Trip from San Juan

About an hour and fifteen minutes (depending on traffic, of course) west of San Juan, off Route 22, lies Arecibo, home of the world-famous Arecibo...

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