Swimming in Playa Azul Luquillo is a year round thing. The average water temperature is 80 degrees, which is quite comfortable. The vast sandy beach opens onto a crescent-shaped bay edged by a coconut grove. Coral reefs protect the crystal-clear lagoon from the often rough Atlantic waters that can buffet the northern coast, making Luquillo a good place for young children to swim.
El Yunque Rain Forest
One of the best things about going to El Yunque is how accessible it is! You can drive up there about 10 minutes from Playa Azul. Exploring El Yunque Caribbean National Rain Forest, Puerto Rico's premier attraction and the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest System. Well maintained hiking trails, informative signs, breathtaking waterfalls, natural pools to swim in, lush forest, and lookout towers are all well administered by the US Forestry Service. You'll treasure forever the fabulous views from an elevation of 3,500 feet at the peak!
Entry into the forest is free of charge, but a visit to the Visitor's Center will cost you around $3.00/person. Beautiful architecture there, lots of interactive information including a movie shown in a small theater and a very interesting gift shop. This is best done on your own with your car. There are no taxis allowed, only tour buses and guides. To learn more, visit www.elyunque.com
Horseback riding at Hacienda Carabali - 600 acre ranch in the foothills of El Yunque. Guided tours and lessons. 787-889-5820 or 787-889-4954. A really fun Family activity for horse riding and go-karts.
Puerto Rico is blessed with 3 of the 5 phosphorescent bays in the world, and one is at our back door in Fajardo. It's best to go kayaking on a moonless night and experience the bioluminescence of millions of micro organisms.
Scuba diving in eastern Puerto Rico is known to be the best of the island because of its underwater geological diversity. Vieques and Culebra, two stunning islands right off Puerto Rico’s east coast, beckon visitors with the quintessential Caribbean experience: pristine natural beauty, low-key luxury, friendly folks, cultural treasures, and gorgeous vistas and beaches to call your own.
The heart and soul of these Spanish Virgin Islands belong to Puerto Rico, and without a street light or fast food restaurant, just untrammeled beaches and country roads, they look like the big island did back in the 1950s. However, their white, silky beaches and aquamarine waters, teeming with brilliant coral and marine life, make them among the fi nest destinations in the entire Caribbean in their own right. The island municipalities connect Puerto Rico to the chain of small, beautiful Eastern Caribbean islands, which combined forms perhaps the world’s largest and most beautiful place for sailing, snorkeling and diving, and beach going.
Travel & Leisure recently named Vieques one of the best islands in the Caribbean, while Culebra’s Flamenco Beach is probably the most photographed in the Caribbean, a dreamy protected cove, with luscious blue water lapping up against its fine, white sands.
Golf in Puerto Rico
Golf in Puerto Rico combines the visual cornucopia of its natural environment (lakes, rivers, rainforests, mountains, palm trees, and miles of beachfront) with the challenge of negotiating courses designed by some of the biggest names in the business. Here are the island's best courses:
The Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande has two championship 18-hole courses in a breathtaking setting that will test players at all levels of the game. Designed by PGA pro Tom Kite, it is the setting for the PGA Puerto Rico Open.
Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club: Located on Puerto Rico's northeastern shore, Bahía Beach is the closest 18-hole course from San Juan. It also benefits from its spectacular beachfront setting. Designed by master golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the course is accessible to the public with advance tee times.
Coco Beach Golf & Country Club: Coco Beach is a 36-hole course with four beautiful nines offering a variety of settings and levels:
Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort: Formerly the Westin Rio Mar, the two courses at The Wyndham have quite a pedigree. One was designed by "The Shark" himself, Greg Norman, and the other was built by Tom and George Fazio. After, enjoy one of the finer clubhouses on the island.
The Arthur Hills Golf Course at the El Conquistador: Perched on the edge of Puerto Rico's eastern coast, the par 72 Arthur Hills Golf Course ranks among the world's best places to play by Golf Digest (2008/2009) and The Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador Resort has been listed as one of the world's best golf resorts by Travel & Leisure. It is one of the few courses in the Caribbean that has various levels of elevation, as opposed to largely flat greens. It also helps that there's an award-winning spa awaiting you after the 18th hole.
Palmas del Mar: Two championship 18-hole golf courses:
Las Cabezas de San Juan in Fajardo Puerto Rico
On the northeastern tip of the island in the municipality of Fajardo we find Las Cabezas de San Juan Natural Reserve. Located on 445 acres of land acquired and maintained by The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, the reserve is named after three promontories that jut out into the Northern Atlantic – “cabeza” meaning headland.
Even though the reserve is located in a somewhat limited area it is an incredibly diverse and scientifically important tract of land. Seven distinct coastal ecosystems are featured including: coral reefs, sandy beaches, sub-tropical dry forests, rocky coasts, mangrove forests, sea grass beds and one of the few bioluminescent bays in the world.
The main tour is a two-hour trolley ride that guides you along the reserve with three stops of interest. Among those are the boardwalk trail through a mangrove forest, Playa Lirios, and El Faro de Fajardo. Situated on the highest point of Cape San Juan, the stone building was the second lighthouse erected on the island by the Spanish. Officially lit on May 2, 1882, it has been operating uninterrupted to this day. Inside you’ll find various exhibits related to the lighthouse’s history and surrounding wildlife, as well as an elaborate cast-iron staircase that ascends to the central lantern. The observation deck offers breathtaking views as trade winds gently blow by.
The Outlet Mall 66 in Canovanas
The Outlet Mall 66, develops a schedule for family enjoyment while shopping, taking into account the followers of fashion, entertainment and lifestyle. The Outlet in its architecture stands a good size, very easy and enjoyable tour of its design and structural form. Boasts a beautiful roof glazing terrace and an attractive fountain surrounded by an abundant garden. Currently, the mall has 73 shops and 53 corridor modules, offering customers a broad range of offerings at the time of purchase. In addition, our facilities is located a carousel for children and seven last generation cinemas with a play area. The Outlet Mall 66 has been positioned in the community as a unique space where even the most discerning can find everything is looking for. Their slogan: Closer, more comfortable and cheaper. The mall observes the highest industry standards in security systems, air conditioning, public counting and a large parking.