Attractions in Puerto Rico

There are plenty of attractions to entice you in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico's natural beauty is just one of many qualities that bring travelers to the island's shores. Plentiful attractions make visiting this island a must for so many of its vacationers, but the top two reasons most travelers make Puerto Rico their vacation destination are beaches and casinos.


Vega Baja Beach

You'll discover several beaches to consider visiting on the island. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you prefer a quieter spot, you can find a beach that appeals to you. Just click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that particular stretch of sand.

If you are hoping to snorkel, a location worth considering is The Shacks. Defined by the central rock formation and cliff (which also serves as a parking area) the beach offers guests clean sand and water and plenty of room to spread out. Additionally the all of trees help block out view of the city life just a few miles away, letting guests relax with ease.

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A second option to consider is Pesquera Beach. A favorite among locals on the weekend, Pasquera Beach is located near rental villas and has parking, but there are no restrooms associated with this stretch of sand. Where they do shine is the atmosphere, as strains of local music can be heard from the kiosks that line the shore.

Green Beach: Punta Arenas is comprised of a series of disconnected sandy areas of white sand separated and lined by brush and palm trees. The water to the north, which comes from the Atlantic Ocean is rough and a darker navy blue, while the waters to the east come from the Caribbean Sea and are much more calm and turquoise in hue.

Needless to say, the area has plenty of additional beaches to choose from on the island. Go to this page if you need more information.

Landmark Attractions

Museo Castillo Serralles

One popular destination is Museo de Arte Contemporaneo. It is Condado District, in eastern Puerto Rico. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Museo Castillo Serralles. It is located in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Museo Castillo Serralles is open between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Museo de arte de Puerto Rico: Spanning 130,000 square feet, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico has worked towards providing the Puerto Rican public with access to contemporary artwork since 2000. There is a permanent collection of Puerto Rican and Latin art from the 16th century to present, plus a number of educational programs that are available to educate the public and raise awareness about the world of visual arts.

That's not all -- there are a selection of other choices as well. To learn more about other sites worth seeing on Puerto Rico, use this link.

Natural Attractions

El Yunque National Forest

Assuming you like the open air might enjoy spending some time at El Yunque National Forest. As the only tropical rain forest in the United States, El Yunque is a prized possession in Puerto Rico. Explore its nearly 28,000 acres of dense forests and rough mountain landscape through their hiking trails, lookout towers, or driving through its main road and simply looking around.

Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge is a second local attraction to consider. An official national wildlife refuge of the United States, Cabo Rojo was established in 1974 as refuge for migratory birds and several tropical bird species that call the area home year-round.

These are just a few of what's available. Take advantage of this article dedicated to natural attractions on Puerto Rico if you're looking for some more information.


Puerto Rico Casinos

In the mood for some action? Those hoping to try their luck will have quite a few places to go on the island.

Casino del Mar, which is part of Renaissance La Concha A Renaissance Resort, is Condado District, in eastern Puerto Rico. As you walk into La Concha Resort, you won't miss the casino that is located right off the main lobby. At the casino you will see plenty of table games and themed slots to keep you busy for hours.

If you want to try your luck at the slots, you could give Casino Metro a try. Part lounge, part casino, and all fun, Casino Metro is an adult's playground featuring games of luck, local bands, and twelve HD TV's broadcasting live sports and music videos. Whether you are in the mood to take a chance with the slots and tables, or you just plan on grabbing a seat and sipping a drink, Casino Metro offers a place to relax and enjoy the excitement.

El San Juan Casino offers a selection of games for visitors to play, including Baccarat - Mini, Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette. Upper crust doesn't begin to describe El San Juan Casino. The 13,000 square foot gaming space is cared for by a staff decked out in tuxedos, and the decor features classic European style and crystal chandeliers.

These examples are merely a few of the available options. Follow this link to find our extended discussion of gaming on Puerto Rico.

Even if beaches or casinos are not what you're looking for in a vacation, you will easily find many other reasons to visit the dynamic island of Puerto Rico. Still, relaxing on one of the island's beautiful beaches or passing through a glamorous casino can be two unforgettable highlights for many vacationers who come here.


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