Culebra day trip from San Juan
Culebra Island looks like a postcard brought to life. The ocean is a brilliant azure blue, and the lush green forests don’t disappoint. To get there, drive along the northeast coast. First, you’ll pass through Carolina, which is known for its “chinchorreo”—roadside food stands serving all sorts of flavors. After picking up something sweet and crunchy, hit the road to El Yunque National Forest. Stop in if you want to see towering waterfalls. Finally, you’ll curve down the coast to the ferry port, which will take you to idyllic Culebra.
Day trip to Vieques from San Juan
No, it’s not your imagination. The waters of Vieques really do glow—thanks to bioluminescent microorganisms living under the sea. The drive to get here from San Juan is nearly as breathtaking. The drive south will first take you to Caguas. Originally built in 1775, this area is brimming with historic museums worthy of an afternoon stroll. From there, you’ll pass by plenty of colorful towns until you reach the ferry port. After that, you’re just a quick boat ride away from utter relaxation.
San Juan off the beaten path
As long as you have four wheels and a desire to explore, you can go on all sorts of adventures around San Juan. This includes the hauntingly beautiful Punta Borinquen Lighthouse Ruins, Cascada la Mina waterfall, and Cerro de Punta, the highest point in Puerto Rico.