ViaHero · December 31, 2018
When you think of Puerto Rico, you probably think of the more popular places to visit like Old San Juan or El Yunque. And while those are awesome, you also need to check out these 12 little-known places to visit. From small towns to botanical gardens, these gems are all off-the-beaten-path. Any questions? Just ask.
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#1: Downtown Isabela
Located in the northwest of Puerto Rico, Isabela is a popular vacation spot for Puerto Ricans themselves. Downtown life in this little town is cute and cozy, as it’s packed with small shops and amazing eats. But what makes Isabela such a unique place to visit? The rolling mountains along the coast—and they’re perfect for hiking and biking!
#2: El Charco Azul Swimming Hole
Looking for some adventure in PR? Head to El Charco Azul to bathe in the crystal-cool water and walk among breathtaking natural sights. Just off the highway near Guavate, El Charco Azul is a great off-the-beaten-path attraction, perfect for families and nature lovers alike.
#3: Cafe Manolin
Your trip to Puerto Rico is simply incomplete without trying traditional mofongo at Cafe Manolin in San Juan. A ‘50s-style diner that serves some of the best Puerto Rican food around, Cafe Manolin is the place to go
#4: Cabo Rojo
Wondering which places to visit in Puerto Rico are local gems and which are covered in travelers? Well, Cabo Rojo is definitely the former. This southwestern region boasts some of the best beaches in Puerto Rico, in addition to a chill local vibe. It’s not often visited by tourists, so you can get the incredible reefs, waves, and wildlife to yourself.
Pro tip: Some of the coolest places to stay in Puerto Rico are called paradores—aka family-owned inns. There are a lot of them in Cabo Rojo, so don’t miss out.
#5: La Cueva Ventana
Whereas the Rio Camuey cave system is a more popular tourist attraction, La Cueva Ventana is a bit off the beaten path—which makes it an even more awesome place to visit. And while Rio Camuey has been closed since the hurricane (check out this Puerto Rico tourism update for more information), La Cueva Ventana safe to travel to!
#6: The Rio Piedras Botanical Garden
The Rio Piedras Botanical Garden is strikingly hidden within the hustle and bustle of San Juan. What makes it such a great attraction for Puerto Rico travelers? Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful
#7: Castillo San Cristóbal
#8: Canon San Cristobal
Not to be mixed up with the aforementioned Castillo, Canon San Cristobal is a canyon with a gorgeous waterfall to boot making it one of the most unique natural sights to see in Puerto Rico. Getting there can be tricky, so you’ll want to ask a local how to rent a car in PR—it’s the best way to tour the island!
#9: The Mona Island Caves
The main island of Puerto Rico is surrounded by a bunch of smaller islands, each with their own cool quirks. A perfect trip
#10: Mirador la Piedra Degetau
Not much beats drinks with a view, and this is the place to do it! Just one of the many reasons you need to visit Puerto Rico, Mirador la Piedra Degetau is an overlook in central Puerto Rico that offers picturesque views of the island’s natural beauty.
#11: Cemi Museum
This place ain’t your ordinary museum—equal parts quirky and historical, the Cemi Museum showcases artwork and artifacts from indigenous Puerto Rican cultures. Surely unique, it’s a perfectly awesome and unusual way to experience Puerto Rico this year.
#12: Capilla del Santo Cristo
Ready to jet off on your Puerto Rican adventure? We thought so. Before you do, make sure to arrange your itinerary with a local trip planner, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to message us directly! Also, make sure to check out: