We are all smack in the middle of a blustery winter season. In fact, here in Atlanta we have even spoken out loud the word, “snow” this weekend, resulting in much panic and purchasing of bread and milk. So while we are holed up in our houses in front of the fireplace, it is the perfect time to dream of warm places. Have you ever considered Puerto Rico for a family trip? Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico. It is a perfect place to consider for your next family vacation!
Why Puerto Rico?
Did you know that no passports or foreign money are needed in Puerto Rico? And it is surprising easy to get to! It is a short plane flight from the United States and is a perfect place to bring the kids for fun, beautiful island atmosphere, and a look at a different culture. Puerto Rico offers lots of fun and educational activities that will keep your kids enthralled. And best of all, Puerto Rico boasts a pretty mild climate year round, with average temperatures consistently around 80 degrees.
Top 10 Family Activities in Puerto Rico
1. Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro)
Located in Old San Juan, this castle-like fort is just like a scene out of Pirates of the Caribbean. Built in the 16th century by Spanish conquistadors, the fort offers turrets, cannons and passageways that the kids will love to explore. History Buffs can enjoy old world charm of San Juan.
And if you love to take photos like I do, there are plenty of opportunities for some great family shots. The fort is run by the National Park Service, and kids ages 15 and under are free.
2. El Yunque National Forest
Puerto Rico is home to the only tropical rainforest in the United States. It features a 28,000 acre preserve, waterfalls, and lots of hiking opportunities. The kids will delight in the tiny tropical frogs, lizards and brightly colored birds such as the Puerto Rican Parrot.
3. Museo del Niño (Children’s Museum):
Located in Old San Juan, the Museo del Nino offers three floors of “please touch” exhibits and is perfect or kids ages 6 and under. Lots of fun shops in this area of town and great places for a family meal too!
Being that Puerto Rico is an island, there are tons of sunny beaches to visit. Puerto Rico has 270 miles of coastline and is featured in the Top 10 beaches from Travel Channel — including Flamenco Beach in Culebra, often cited as one of the best beaches in the world.
Perfect for sandcastles, swimming, boogie boards or just getting some warm sun. You literally have miles of shoreline to choose from. The government run beaches offer facilities such as bathrooms and lifeguards.
5. Snorkel Cruise and Watersports
The entire family will enjoy a sailboat or catamaran ride to islands off of Fajardo. They offer snorkeling, lunch and drinks. San Juan WaterFun is located on the beach behind the El San Juan Hotel. This company offers many water sports like banana boat rides, parasail rides, Hobi Cat rentals, and kayak rentals.
6. Arecibo Observatory
The Arecibo Observatory is a fun place for kids to learn about astronomy and the universe.
The north-western part of the island is made of limestone and offers lots of fun caves to explore. The Rio Camuy Caves Park offers a nice tour for the amateur cave-explorer.
8. Lighthouse & Aquarium
In the town of Arecibo, you will find the Arecibo Lighthouse, Historical Park & Aquarium. Fun! This small park features the lighthouse, a small aquarium with sharks, a mini-zoo, some ships to play on, a cool pirate cave and much more!
9. Zip Lines
La Marquesa Canopy Tours in Guaynabo offers a zip line experience for kids ages 5 and up. There are other zip line companies also that cater to kids 6 years and up- like Rainforest Zipline Corporation in the Rio Grande/Luquillo area.
Rent bicycles and ride on the Boardwalk in Pinones along the ocean and through the mangroves. You can stop along the way and explore the tidal pools and beaches. Bikes of all sizes are usually available, sometimes with baby seats!
Feeling a little warmer now? Check out seepuertorico.com for lots more fun things to do in Puerto Rico. What looks like fun to you?