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Five Romantic Things To Do in Puerto Rico

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A great part of Puerto Rico's appeal is the many activities and entertainment options it offers to its visitors. This is not just a place to lie on a beach (although you certainly can if you want to), but rather an island that's worth exploring and enjoying. Couples looking for romance will find it here, both in the island's natural beauty, historic elegance and laid-back charm.

Here are just a few ideas to help you plan an intimate and unforgettable romantic escape to Puerto Rico.

1. Glowing in the Dark

Kayaks wait for passengers Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Central America
Alfredo Maiquez/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images

A nighttime kayak trip to a biobay is a magical experience in Puerto Rico. If you're in San Juan, rent a car and drive to Fajardo, where Yokahú Kayak Trips offers kayak eco-tours to the Fajardo biobay. In Vieques, Vieques Tours and Abe's are two solid options. After paddling out into the middle of a lagoon with only the light of the stars and the moon to guide you, you'll witness the glowing green wonder of a body of water that comes to life with an ethereal light. It's a unique and breathtaking natural phenomenon that you and your loved one will never forget. To learn more about what a biobay is, read my profile of the Vieques Biobay.

Contacts:
Yokahú Kayak Trips
787-604-7375


Vieques Tours
787-447-4104/939-630-1267

2. Horseback Riding on a Beach at Sunset

Photo © Tropical Trail Rides

Okay, so maybe this one's a bit generic. Still, you can't deny the romance of a sunset horseback ride with your loved on the shores of an island beach. Tropical Trail Rides in Aguadilla offers daily 4 pm sunset tours that take you from Puerto Rico's beaches to its verdant forests. The tour lasts about two hours and includes a stop where you can either hike or take a dip in the ocean.

Contact:
Tropical Trail Rides
787-872-9256

3. Learning to Salsa in the Salsa Capital

Photo © Zain Deane

Salsa is arguably the sexiest, most seductive dance in the world: bodies clasped together, hips doing all the talking, and the hypnotic, energetic rhythm of the music acting as your personal aphrodisiac. Of course, not everyone is a magician on the salsa floor, but if you want to learn how to master this dance, you're in the right place. And if you're here on a romantic vacation, you've found the right time to do it.

You can take a salsa class and dirty dance the night away at one of Puerto Rico's most hallowed institutions: the Nuyorican Café, a small, smoky, boisterous place with a musical soul. Check their calendar for salsa lessons throughout the week.

Contact:
Nuyorican Café
787-977-1276
312 San Francisco Street in Old San Juan

4. Catching a Show

If you're not familiar with the quality and breadth of the theater and music venues in Puerto Rico, you'll be pleasantly surprised at what's available. The magnificent Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré in Santurce is the city's modern, spacious and elegant performing arts center. With three main concert and theater halls, this is the place to go for a night of ballet, opera, a play or a classical music concert. The center is also a fine destination for art-lovers, and one of its most beautiful works is The Muses by Annex Burgos - a series of 6-foot bronze sculptures that evoke the different artistic expressions.

Contact:
Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré
787-724-4747
Ponce de León Avenue im Santurce, San Juan

5. Romantic Sunsets

Photo © Zain Deane

Some say the most romantic thing to do in Puerto Rico is simply to stroll along the streets of Old San Juan and imbibe its special charm. This is especially true on Sundays, when the Puerto Rico Tourism Company hosts a free event called Atardecer Romántico, or "Romantic Sunset," along Paseo de La Princesa. This is a lovely tree-lined promenade at the foot of the city, with the city walls stretching up on one side and the majestic Raíces Fountain and the San Juan Bay at the end. As you walk, browse the stalls lining the road selling food, drinks, and arts and crafts; stop at a free musical show and join the many couples dancing in the street to the sound of a live band; and steal a kiss by the fountain.

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