We have honeymooned the world over but we’ve yet to explore one of the most accessible and beautiful tropical islands…Puerto Rico! From the U.S., it’s just a 2.5-hour flight from the mainland, roundtrip flights are as low as $200, and you don’t even need to change money or bring your passport. A trip to Puerto Rico could not be any easier, and with 248 beaches, the U.S.’s only tropical rainforest, the second-oldest city in the Americas, we have no excuse and a million reasons to finally get to this nearby territory!
When we extend our honeymoon to Puerto Rico, these are the top places we dream of going. Check out our itinerary thus far and let us know your favorites or suggestions with a comment below.
Exploring Old San Juan & Condado
Most adventure honeymoons still start in a big city though when it comes to Puerto Rico, landing in their vibrant capital is a part of the adventure. Driving a mere 15 minutes from the airport, we’ll arrive at the fabulous o:live Boutique Hotel. Combining their perfect location in the glamorous barrio Condado, sweeping ocean views, and inspired design, this hotel earns its honor as one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Once we decompress in a veranda suite and on the rooftop terrace, we’ll ride our bikes into Old San Juan for a little colonial exploration. La Fortaleza, El Morro Castle, and the home of Ponce de Leon are some of the top historical sites, while the Nuyorican Cafe and Rumba club will give us a taste of salsa dance culture.
Sleeping in El Yunque Rainforest
Next up, some outdoor adventure time! At the eastern end of the country where the beach meets the rainforest, lies El Yunque. It’s the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Park service and one of the most biologically diverse with hundreds of animal and plant species. For unfettered access, we’ll be nesting at the Rainforest Inn. With absolutely stunning views and a private multi-bedroom villa for $170/night…I think we might be staying here a bit longer.
Hiking Camuy Caverns
The third largest underground river in the world, Rio Camuy, has carved a spectacular network of limestone caves, caverns and sinkholes. This 268-acre park and its 220 accessible caves make this destination a must for explorers like us. In the summer you can camp here, so we may just bring our gear for a romantic night under the stars.
Kayaking Fajardo Biolumiscent Bay
We were completely dazzled by snorkeling the bioluminescent waters in Railay, Thailand, and Puerto Rico’s bays are supposed to have even more vibrant dinoflagellates (fancy word for the microorganisms that glow neon when agitated). The brightest encounters are the farther afield Vieques Island, but the easily accessible Fajardo is also an all-star choice. Kayak on a dark summer night and your paddle will set the waters aglow!
Want to live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico? Which of these places would you like to experience? Have any other suggestions for a honeymoon in Puerto Rico? Let us know in the comments below!
Note: This post is sponsored by SeePuertoRico.com, but as always, the opinions expressed are 100% HoneyTrek.