25 Best Tours & Excursions In Puerto Rico (2022)

Are you planning your trip to Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico is among one of the best destinations in the world. With its perfect weather, stunning scenery, delicious foods and endless activities, there’s something for everyone here.

I’ve lived in Puerto Rico for 14 years and have experienced the island’s best excursions and tours.

In this article, I will cover the 25 best tours & excursions in Puerto Rico:

 

1. Bioluminescent bay tour 

Experience the most magical phenomenon Puerto Rico has to offer.

Take a kayak tour through a bioluminescent bay and witness thousands of bright sparkles.

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Kayaking at night through the bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico has three bioluminescent bays that you can visit.

One of these is the brightest bio bay in the world! 

The video below shows bioluminescence in one of Puerto Rico’s bio bays:

You can read our article here to learn more about Puerto Rico’s bio bays and how you can experience this once-in-a-lifetime tour.

 

2. El Yunque Rainforest tour

El Yunque is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Puerto Rico, and it’s easy to see why. 

El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest system, and its home to some of the most diverse plant and animal life in the world.

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One of the many beautiful waterfalls you can enjoy in El Yunque National Forest.

El Yunque is also a great place to hike, swim and enjoy the incredible views. If you’re looking for a unique and memorable vacation destination, El Yunque is definitely worth considering.

You can read our article to learn more about El Yunque Rainforest.

 

3. Old San Juan walking tour

Old San Juan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Puerto Rico. 

The historic district is home to a number of important landmarks, including the El Morro fort and the San Cristobal fort.

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View of Old San Juan, the second oldest city in the western hemisphere.

Old San Juan is also a great place to sample the local cuisine, with a number of restaurants and cafes serving up traditional Puerto Rican dishes. 

Take a walking tour of Old San Juan and you’ll be able to see all the sights at your own pace. You can explore the narrow streets, visit the shops and galleries, and relax in one of the many parks. 

If you’re interested to learn more, you can read our Old San Juan article.

 

4. Culebra catamaran tour

Culebra is a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico that is known for its beautiful beaches and turquoise waters. 

Although it is possible to take a ferry from Puerto Rico to Culebra, the best way to enjoy the island is to book a catamaran for a day trip. 

On a catamaran, you can relax in the sun, swim in the clear waters, and enjoy the stunning views of Culebra.

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The Caribe Spirit catamaran, one of many boating options offered.

There are also several companies that offer snorkeling and diving trips on catamarans, so you can explore the underwater world of Culebra. 

Whether you want to relax on the beach or explore the island, booking a catamaran is the best way to enjoy Culebra.

Check out our Culebra article to learn more about this island and its award-winning Flamenco Beach.

 

5. Casa Bacardí Rum tasting tour

Visit the world’s largest premium rum distillery and taste all the flavors you can imagine!

Enjoy a welcome cocktail at the waterfront Bat Bar Pavilion before embarking on a guided tour.

You’ll learn how BACARDI rum is created and about the family-owned company’s heritage of craft and innovation.

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Rum tasting tour at Bacardí.

Other activities include a rum-tasting tour, a mixology session, and the creation of your own BACARDÍ. 

Below is a 3-minute video of what you can expect on this tour:

You can book your tour with Bacardí.

 

6. Laguna Grande bio bay in Fajardo

Bioluminescent bays are truly a sight to behold. 

And there’s no better place to see one than Laguna Grande in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

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Bio Bay Night Kayaking in Fajardo.

When you go kayaking in the lagoon at night, you’ll be surrounded by millions of tiny organisms that light up the water in a dazzling display of blue-green light. 

It’s an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling both exhilarated and mesmerized. 

Not to mention, it’s also a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

You can learn more about the bio bay in Laguna Grande Bio Bay – All You Need To Know.

 

7. Horseback adventure tour

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Book a horseback riding tour to discover the trails around Isabela, Vieques, El Yunque National Forest or the beaches of Luquillo.

You can book a trip with Carabalí Rainforest Park.

 

8. Restaurant hop in Old San Juan

Restaurant hopping is a great way to sample a variety of cuisines, beverages, and cultures all in one evening. 

And there’s no better place to do it than Old San Juan.

With its cobbled streets and colonial architecture, Old San Juan is like stepping back in time.

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A spread of local foods featured on the The Spoon Experience’s tour.

Visit family-run restaurants and sample the island’s diverse food, as well as drink cocktails made with local rum while strolling through the town’s cobblestone streets. 

Learn about the origins of Puerto Rican ingredients and meals, including the history and culture of the island.

Check out The Spoon Experience to book.

 

9. Rainforest ziplining tour

Rainforests are one of the most beautiful ecosystems in the world, and zip lining is one of the best ways to appreciate their beauty. 

There’s nothing quite like soaring through the air, surrounded by lush foliage and the sound of tropical birds.

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Explore Puerto Rico’s rainforest by zipline.

Puerto Rico is one of the best places in the world to go rainforest ziplining, thanks to its stunning mountains and abundance of plant life. 

Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a first-time zip liner, you’re sure to enjoy an exhilarating ride through Puerto Rico’s rainforest canopy.

Below is a video ziplining at the foothills of El Yunque:

You can check out our article where we list 12 Best Zipline Adventure Parks And Tours to learn more.

 

10. Icacos Island tour

Icacos Island is one of Puerto Rico’s best-kept secrets. 

This little slice of paradise is only accessible by boat, and the best way to experience it is on a tour. 

Icacos island is known for its pristine beaches, secluded coves, and crystal-clear waters.

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Hanging out in the sea by Icacos in a catamaran.

Visitors can enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing in complete privacy. 

A boat tour of Icacos Island is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax in paradise.

Sounds intriguing?

You can book your Icacos boat trip with Castillo Tours.

 

11. The Monster excursion

This excursion is perfect for thrill seekers that love the rush of adrenaline! 

You’ll soar over the mountains of Orocovis while attached to an 8,300-foot (2,530-meter) zipline, reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour (153 km-per-hour).

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Riding the Monster Zipline at Toro Verde, once the longest zipline in the world.

Take on the Monster zipline if that isn’t enough excitement for you. It is nearly 1.5 miles long and has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest zipline.

Below is a video of what it’s like to zipline in Toro Verde:

You can book your trip with Toro Verde.

 

12. Jet ski tour

Island hopping is a must-do activity when visiting Isla Verde, and there’s no better way to do it than by jet-ski. 

You’ll get to explore the different islands at your own pace, and you can even stop for a swim or some snorkeling along the way.

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Join a jetski tour to experience Puerto Rico’s beaches from a different angle.

Plus, jet-skis are just plain fun!

They’re easy to operate, and you’ll feel like a total badass zipping around on one. 

For more information what beaches are best for jetski, read our article Isla Verde – All You Need To Know.

 

13. Gozalandia tour

Gozalandia Waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Puerto Rico. 

And for good reason – it’s simply stunning!

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Gozalandia waterfalls in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. Enjoy a day of hiking and swimming outside of the San Juan metro area.

The Gozalandia River cascades down a series of waterfall steps, creating a natural paradise. 

Visitors can swim in the clear pools, hike through the lush jungle, and relax in the refreshing mist of the waterfalls. It’s an unforgettable experience.

Gozalandia is not the only waterfall Puerto Rico has to offer, check out our list of the 15 Best Waterfalls to learn more.

 

14. LED night kayaking tour

LED night kayaking in Condado Lagoon is a must-do activity when visiting Puerto Rico.

The LED kayaks provide a magical experience, as they light up the water around you.

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The Condado Lagoon is one of San Juans most popular attractions. Experience it in a different way with LED lights at night.

You’ll paddle your way through the lagoon, taking in the sights and sounds of the city at night. 

Best of all, you’ll be guided by an experienced kayaker who knows the best routes to take. 

Check out the article we wrote about Condado to learn more about this trendy and tourist centric place.

 

15. Jet snorkeling

Jet snorkeling is a great way to see the underwater world without having to put in too much effort. 

You can just lay back and relax as you float along, taking in the sights and sounds of the underwater world.

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Experience jet snorkeling, where the only limits are how long you can hold your breath.

And what better place to jet snorkel than San Juan, where you can also swim with turtles? 

There’s nothing quite like being in the water with these amazing creatures, and it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. 

San Juan isn’t the only place you can snorkel, check out the article I wrote where I list the 25 Best Snorkel Spots In Puerto Rico.

 

16. Caves tour

Prepare for an exciting day surrounded by mountains, water, and wildlife. 

Hike to stunning greenish blue pools, jump in the water, and river float through an underground cave.

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Check out this tour for the chance to swim through the Arenales Caverns, located in Vega Baja.

Explore a passage between spectacular and one-of-a-kind rock formations formed by the river’s flow, all while surrounded by gorgeous landscapes and lush natural regions. 

If you are looking for an adventure and wish to see less touristy but beloved local sites, this will undoubtedly be a wonderful experience.

If this sounds like a trip of a lifetime, you can book your trip with Puerto Rico as a Local.

 

17. Ride ATVs

ATVing is one of the best ways to explore Puerto Rico’s diverse landscapes. 

There’s nothing like the thrill of cruising through the jungle on an ATV, and Puerto Rico has some of the best ATV trails in the world.

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Puerto Rico offers over 2,200 acres of off-road trails.

Get a chance to ride through over 2,200 acres (890 hectares) of magnificent environment packed with hills, mangroves, lagoons, and tropical farms. 

If you’re looking for an exhilarating way to experience Puerto Rico, an ATV adventure tour is definitely for you.

You can book an ATV tour with RST Rico Sun Tours.

 

18. Catamaran sunset sail

If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable experience, look no further than sailing on a catamaran at sunset in San Juan

There’s nothing quite like the feel of the wind in your hair and the sun on your face as you cruise along the water.

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Enjoy the sunset over San Juan on the water with a drink.

And with a catamaran, you can enjoy plenty of space to relax and take in the incredible views. 

So whether you’re looking for a romantic evening or a chance to bond with nature, sailing on a catamaran is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

You can book a catamaran sail trip and enjoy the sunset with Sail PR.

 

19. Crash Boat experiences 

Experience Crash Boat on a beautiful adventure in Aguadilla.

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These tours offers the chance to see Aguadilla from a different angle.

Enjoy a historical adventure around the coast of Aguadilla, or hike around a nature preserve. You can also learn the origins of the famous La Yola Aguadillana.

Check out the different tours and book yours in our article Aguadilla Tours and Excursions. 

You can learn more about this beach by reading my article Crash Boat Beach – All You Need To Know.

 

20. Go on a floating picnic

Floating picnics are all the rage these days and for good reason. 

What could be better than enjoying a fancy meal on the water?

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Enjoy a private, floating picnic complete with rose petals and wine in San Juan.

If you’re looking for a Floating Picnic destination, you can’t do better than Condado Lagoon in Puerto Rico. 

The lagoon is sheltered from the open ocean, so it’s calm and tranquil. Plus, there are plenty of scenic views to enjoy as you float along. 

If this sounds exciting to you, you can book your floating picnic experience with Aqua Experiences.

 

21. Scuba diving tour

Scuba diving is one of the most popular tourist activities in Fajardo

Located in the northeastern corner of Puerto Rico, Fajardo is home to some of the best scuba diving spots in the Caribbean. 

The clear waters and beautiful coral reefs make it a perfect place to explore the underwater world.

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Scuba diving gives you the chance to see the beautiful Cordillera Reef System, which one of the largest protected coral areas in Puerto Rico.

Scuba diving not only allows you to see amazing fish and other sea creatures, but it also gives you a chance to learn about the ecology of the reef.

If you’re looking for an exciting vacation activity, scuba diving in Fajardo is a great option.

Check out the article we wrote about Fajardo to learn more about this stunning town.

 

22. Water bike tour

Water biking is a great way to see Old San Juan from a different perspective. 

Instead of being crammed onto a tour bus with dozens of other tourists, you can pedal your way around the city at your own pace.

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Old San Juan’s forts are some of the oldest standing structures in the Americas.

Water bikes are easy to use and don’t require any special skills or training. 

Plus, they’re eco-friendly and don’t produce any emissions. And what could be more refreshing than biking along the water on a hot day? 

You can book your water biking experience with Caribbean Chiliboats.

 

23. Bar tours

Bar crawling is a great way to explore a new city or town, and Old San Juan is the perfect place to do it. 

The narrow streets are lined with bars and clubs, and each one has its own unique atmosphere. 

Whether you’re looking for a laid-back dive bar or a lively dance club, you’ll find it in Old San Juan.

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Experience Old San Juan’s vibrant nightlife scene with a guide.

And since most of the bars are within walking distance of each other, bar crawling is the perfect way to explore everything the neighborhood has to offer. 

Best of all, bar crawling is a great way to meet new people. So if you’re looking for a fun night out, be sure to check out the bars of Old San Juan.

You can learn more about Old San Juan and everything it has to offer by checking out our Old San Juan article.

 

24. Helicopter tour

Helicopter tours are a great way to see Puerto Rico from a different perspective. 

Unlike other forms of transportation, helicopters provide a bird’s eye view that allows you to take in the beauty of the island at your own pace.

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Get an aerial view of Puerto Rico by taking a private helitour.

Helicopter tours are an exciting and efficient way to see Puerto Rico, and they are an experience that you will never forget.

If this sounds like an interesting adventure, you can book your trip with Puerto Rico Helitours.

 

25. Rainforests waterslides tour

Waterslide and rainforest adventures are two of the most popular tourist activities in Puerto Rico. 

And for good reason – they’re both insanely fun!

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Experience the quieter side of El Yunque away from the crowds with this tour.

Waterslides offer an adrenaline-pumping rush as you zoom down twisting, turning slides, while rainforest river adventures let you explore the stunning natural beauty of Puerto Rico’s rainforests. 

Plus, both activities are great for families and kids of all ages. 

If this sounds like a fun adventure, you can book your rainforest & waterslide adventure with Puerto Rico as a Local.

 

What is the best tour in Puerto Rico?

The bioluminescent bay kayak tour is the best in Puerto Rico.

What is the best tour in Puerto Rico for cruise ship passengers?

The best tour in Puerto Rico for cruise ship passengers is the Old San Juan Walking Tour.

 

Final thoughts

There you have it! Those were the 25 best tours & excursions in Puerto Rico.

Visiting a bioluminescent bay and El Yunque National Forest are the two most exciting tours in Puerto Rico.

If you are still looking for other activities, then check out our article where we cover the 45 best things to do in Puerto Rico.

Article by

Miguel Concepcion

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I’ve lived in Puerto Rico for 14 years and have experienced every inch of this stunning island. Growing up in Puerto Rico has helped me truly learn about the rich culture and extensive history this island has to offer. I share my local knowledge in all of the articles that I write.

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