About the Area
- Vieques Bioluminescent Bay (2 hrs) – A natural night time spectacle that rivals anything made by man. Microorganisms found in mangrove-lined tropical lagoons glow when agitated, and paddles or bodies moving through the water, particularly on moonless nights, create shimmering magic. One of the most intense examples of bioluminescence in the world.
- Plaza las Americas (30 minutes) – Puerto Rico has the largest shopping center in the Caribbean. Plaza las Americas is a very modern shopping center that features over 300 stores selling everything from pottery and fashion clothing to local cuisine.
- Casino (30 minutes) – There are several casinos in Puerto Rico. The Radisson Ambassador Hotel offers a state-of-the-art casino. You can find most of your favorite games and slots at this centrally located hotel.
- The Arecibo Observatory (90 minutes) – The Observatory operates on a continuous basis, 24 hours a day every day, providing observing time, electronics, computer, travel, and logistic support to scientists from all over the world. As the site of the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, the Observatory is recognized as one of the most important national centers for research in radio astronomy, planetary radar and terrestrial aeronomy.
- Bacardi Distillery (25 minutes) – Visitors to the Puerto Rican home of The BACARDI rum can enjoy a free interactive tour through history, observe the production process and experience the party spirit of BACARDI brand. An unwavering attention to detail and historical accuracy creates a rich, authentic atmosphere that is both educational and entertaining.
- El Yunque National Forest (90 minutes) – The largest remaining tract of forest in Puerto Rico, largest expanse of untouched virgin forest, and the only tropical forest in the U.S. National Forest system. Also, home of the best hiking on the island, from well maintained trails linking mountain pools and peaks to primitive paths through untamed vegetation. Don’t forget sturdy hiking shoes and a swimsuit!
- Fishing – Salt-water fishing, particularly deep-sea fishing, is popular, with several billfish tournaments held off the coast. Shallow-water fishing is also practiced on the island, and there’s excellent tarpon fishing. For shallow-water fishing, take a skiff to the coastal mangroves. For deep sea fishing, boats can be chartered in San Juan, Fajerdo and Arecibo, which are close to the Atlantic’s Puerto Rico Trench, dubbed Blue Marlin Alley.
- Windsurfing – Dorado Beach Resort & Club offers one of the best bays in Puerto Rico for windsurfing.