El Yunque National Forest

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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.

El Yunque National Forest contains nearly a dozen different trails that hikers can choose from when exploring the forest, all great for seeing wildlife and the beautiful Puerto Rican scenery. Additionally, guests can also partake is a few of the parks water activities.


Located on the eastern section of the island of Puerto Rico, 6.7 miles southeast of Rio Grande, El Yunque National Forest invites local customers and travelers who are lodging on this part of the island or nearby. Whether or not you are staying very close, you are free to drop by to check out the sights. If you're curious, Luquillo is seven miles (11 and a half kilometers) to the northeast.

El Yunque has its own major road, Route 191, which is easily accessible.

Nearby Restaurants

There are a multitude of eateries to select from in the area nearby this nature preserve. The nearest eatery to El Yunque National Forest is Yuquiyu Delights, which is an easy to reach snackbar. Casa Cubuy Restaurant and La Parilla Restaurant offer additional restaurant options within reach. At La Parilla Restaurant you and your companions might try out Caribbean food and enjoy the local foods and culture of Puerto Rico.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find other activities in the area, including La Mina Falls, which is within traveling range near Luquillo. You might also think about making the trip to Juan Diego Falls, which is another attraction in the area.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the most nearby attractions are in the following table.

Attractions Near El Yunque National Forest
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
La Mina Falls GeoFeature 0.8 mi. (11.9 km) WNW 7.4 mi. South West of Luquillo
Juan Diego Falls GeoFeature 1.4 mi. (9.3 km) NNE 5.8 mi. South West of Luquillo
La Coca Falls GeoFeature 5.1 mi. (14.6 km) W 9.0 mi. South of Loiza
Parque Damaso Rivera Other Attraction 6.6 mi. (2.3 km) NNE 1.4 mi. West of Luquillo

More Information


The forest is open to the public everyday from 7:30am until 6:00pm.

Location: Puerto Rico


(787) 888-1880




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