Puerto Rico

As an island full of Latin flare, an endless array of activities, and a wide range of excellent hotel accommodations, Puerto Rico makes for the perfect romantic getaway destination.

The island offers travelers a tropical setting with diverse beaches stemming from every corner of the island, plus a fabulous city in San Juan that boasts a UNESCO World Heritage district, colorful Art Deco buildings, battlements, religious sites, plus ample nightlife options, shopping and restaurants. 

Puerto Rico is 100 miles long by 35 miles wide — but don't let these measurements fool you. Close to four million people live on the "Island of Enchantment," with more than a million in the greater San Juan metropolitan area alone. It is a vibrant, modern, bilingual, multicultural society, one that has been molded by Spanish, African, Indian and U.S. influences. Residents of Puerto Rico have much in common with their fellow Americans in the continental United States, yet they retain a decidedly Hispanic heritage. 

Both Spanish and English are the official languages, the local currency is the U.S. dollar, and no visas or passports are required to enter from the United States.

The climate is as close to perfect as it can get, averaging 83°F in the winter and 85°F in the summer. In other words, it's always summer. The trade winds cool the coastal towns and the temperature decreases as you go up into the higher mountains. 

What to Do

Puerto Rico historic streets of Old San Juan

  • Exploring Old San Juan - Visitors coming to Puerto Rico should not leave the island without exploring Old San Juan. Start by visiting El Morro, the Spanish fortress that once protected the city from invaders. Then do a little shopping and spend the day walking the narrow streets filled with shades of blues, greens and yellows. With colorful buildings, enough restaurants to satiate your every taste and quaint parks all around, there are plenty of reasons why this gem of a city is a favorite place for romance.

  • Hit the Beach - Puerto Rico is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and its hundreds of miles of coastline harbor an almost endless selection for the beach connoisseur. Beaches come in every size, color, and form, from the pure white dunes of Isabela to the black volcanic sands near Punta Santiago. You can find a beach for any level of seaside activity, from a stroll in the shimmering shallow waters at Luquillo to a thrilling ride in the boisterous surf of Rincón. More favorites include: Balneario de Carolina in San Juan, Playa Flamenco in Culebra, and Sun Bay in Vieques.

  • Learn How to Salsa - Salsa remains super popular in Puerto Rico and is one of the most iconic music styles of the Caribbean. Arguably one of the sexiest dances known to man, Salsa is one of Puerto Rico's national dances and continues to engulf couples in its moves. So why not learn some of the basic steps in Salsa's home? Couples who love to dance or want to do something memorable on their honeymoon should take a salsa dance class at the Nuyorican Café, located in Old San Juan.

  • Detour to Culebra - If you've ever dreamed of walking on long stretches of white sand and looking out at crystal clear blue water, Culebra is the place for you. Having been voted as one of the top ten beaches in the world for many years, Flamenco Beach should be your first stop (among many, many others). Situated about 17 miles east of mainland Puerto Rico, couples can choose to fly in from San Juan on Air Flamenco or Vieques Air Link, but the ferry from Fajardo is much cheaper.

  • El Yunque National Rainforest - One of Puerto Rico's greatest gems is El Yunque National Rainforest located in the northeastern mountains of the island. Considered the only tropical rainforest in North America, it is here where you'll hike the trails of the rainforest, marvel at its beauty and surrounding flora, and swim in its waterfalls. The jungle-like ambiance you'll notice at El Yunque is due in large part to the high precipitation that falls here, and its waterfalls are no exception. Couples should hike Mt. Britton to the tower, but do not miss La Mina Trail, for it leads to the ever-popular La Mina Falls, where you can swim in the dipping pool and marvel at the waterfall. If renting a car isn't a viable option, consider Acampa Tours or Adventours of Puerto Rico.

  • Rincon - Located on the western end of the island, the sleepy surfing town of Rincon is one of Puerto Rico's most visited and celebrated spots. About 90 miles from San Juan, Rincon will tug at your heart with its beautiful sunsets, private beaches, and quaint hotels. Because it's a few hours from San Juan, Rincon is secluded, less touristy (aside from the many Americans who moved to open up shops and restaurants after they fell in love with the area), and romantic.

Where to Stay

Puerto Rico historic boutique hotel room

  • El Convento Hotel - This former Carmelite convent has been a fixture in the walled city of Old San Juan since 1651. All rooms and suites of the yellow-hued hotel are individually decorated and enjoy views of Old San Juan or the bay. Additional amenities include top-notch restaurants, a pool and Jacuzzi, and wonderful courtyard home to a 300-year-old fruit tree.

  • La Concha Resort - A cool and sophisticated property located in the Condado area of San Juan. The chic beach hotel boasts three pools (including a lovely Infinity pool overlooking the sea), a fantastic dining spot, casino, and gym.

  • Hacienda Tamarindo - A perfect honeymoon treat on Vieques Island. The inn offers 17 well-appointed rooms, each designed and decorated by the owner. On top of meticulous hilltop grounds, the hotel features a lovely pool and serves breakfast daily.

  • St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort - A luxurious resort situated in a remote location just east of San Juan and close to El Yunque National Forest. Expect first-rate amenities like spacious guest rooms with terraces, top-notch restaurants, a terrific spa, massive pool, tennis courts, and a golf course. Luxury doesn’t get much better than this.

Where to Eat

Puerto Rico waterfront upscale restaurant

  • Fern - Fern, developed by world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, offers a variety of the chef’s greatest dishes enhanced by traditional Puerto Rican ingredients, including exotic tropical fruits and spices, plus a wide variety of fresh, creative seafood. For a truly memorable experience, dine on the terrace (complete with Atlantic Ocean views) and order the six-course tasting menu. Located at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort.

  • Pikayo - A perfect dining destination for that special upscale meal. Chef Wilo Benet serves up creative Puerto Rican fusion cuisine at this formal spot, which is located at The Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan.

  • Cafe Berlin - Located across from Plaza Colon, Cafe Berlin is an upscale restaurant offering international cuisine with many vegetarian selections. Notable dishes include Strawberry Banana Soy "Steak," Coconut Tomato Tofu, and Eggplant Milanese.

  • Caficultura - Don’t miss breakfast at this fabulous coffee house off Plaza Colon in Old San Juan. Snag a table with a view and take in the charming ambiance while indulging in favorite menu items like coconut French toast. 

Getting There

Getting to Puerto Rico almost always means flying to Luis Muñoz Marín (LMM) International Airport. Most U.S. and many international airlines offer direct flights to Puerto Rico, and making connecting flights is easy. LMM is one of the largest airports in the Caribbean and is a popular place for hopping over to the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean destinations. The airport also has easy access to taxis, shuttles, buses, and rental cars.