Thinking about what to do while you're in Puerto Rico? These ten tours bring you the best of the island's cultural, natural, culinary and adventurous attractions. These aren't in any particular order, as they depend entirely on where your interests lie; but they all offer something special.
One of the first tours I took in Puerto Rico remains one of my favorites. Debbie Molina runs an entertaining, informative tour to and through the old city at night, giving you insider access to some of the historic buildings in Old San Juan. With her knowledge of Puerto Rican history and the magic of the walled city and its cobblestone streets, it all makes for a wonderful experience.
Night Tales is just one of numerous tours run by Legends of Puerto Rico, which include walking tours of the city during the day, Thanksgiving culinary excursions into the countryside, and nature tours.
4. Team Spirit
Combine the picturesque natural beauty of Puerto Rico's subtropical rainforst, El Yunque, and the chance to go hang gliding in near-perfect conditions, and you can't beat what Team Spirit offers you. And if hang gliding seems like an unnecessarily risky ting to do, my advie is, try it! I found it to be far more serene and relaxing than scary.
Four-track, mountain bike or horse? That's all you need to ask yourself before you head out to Hacienda Carabalí, a tour company nestled in the foothills of the El Yunque rainforest. Choose your ride, and take off on a fun, relaxing, or invigorating romp through the forst to an idyllic spot where you can swim in a river.
6. Biobay Tours
There are three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico, but not all bays are the same. Mosquito Bay in Vieques is the by far the most incredible of the bunch, and there are two guides I know who run excellent trips to this awesome natural wonder: Ab'e Snorkeling & Bio-Bay Tours and Island Adventures.
If you can't make it out to Vieques Island but still feel like glowing in the dark, head to Fajardo, where Yokahu Kayaks runs a great tour.
7. Camuy and Arecibo
A tour of two totally different destinations, many companies operate an excursion to the spectacular Camuy Cave system and the Arecibo Telescope, the largest single dish radio telesope in the world. They rank among Puerto Rico's best attractions.
Among the companies that offer this tour are:
8. El Yunque for Thrill-Seekers
10. Casa Bacardi
The only free tour on this list (actually, you even get a free sample of Bacardi rum at the end of it), Casa Bacardi's guided tour of their distillery in Cataño, near San Juan, was a lot more interesting than I expected. From the history of the founding family of rum's most recognizable brand to the story behind the bat logo, the experience is worth it for anyone who wants to know more about the rum, and the island, behind the Piña Colada.