Puerto Rico Activities
Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and has been a territory of the US since 1898. From the world’s brightest bioluminescent bays to the El Yunque tropical rainforest, Puerto Rico is all about its tropical beaches, waterfalls, mountains, and the many outdoor activities that it has to offer. Kayaking, snorkeling, SUP, and taking tours of the beautiful rainforest and Bio Bay are some of the many outdoor activities that attract adventurers to Puerto Rico. Bioluminescent tours in Puerto Rico are offered at Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Laguna Grande in the northeast in Fajardo, and La Parguera in the south-west in Lajas.
Bioluminescent Tour Puerto Rico
A bioluminescent bay is unique and known as the sea that glows at night, one of the earth’s most stunning sights. Bioluminescence is light emitted by a living organism. Large numbers of these microorganisms emit light,and make these bioluminescent bays glow at night. Fireflies are also known to be bioluminescent by nature.
The world has just five bioluminescent bays with concentrations of bioluminescence high enough to be readily seen. Three of these bioluminescent bays are located on the island of Puerto Rico, so they are a big draw for visitors. Mosquito Bay is situated in Vieques, Laguna Grande lies in the north-east in Fajardo, and La Parguera can be discovered in the south-west in Lajas.
Kayaking Puerto Rico
Kayaking in Puerto Rico allows adventurers to experience the island’s mangroves, rivers, waterfalls, and, above everything else, its bioluminescent bays. There are many places to kayak in Puerto Rico – here are some of our top recommendations.
Fajardo is a region in eastern Puerto Rico and is home to one of the five bio bays in the world, the Laguna Grande bioluminescent bay. The crystal clear water makes it an ideal location for kayaking and snorkeling, especially at night to experience the bioluminescence. The Fajardo bio bay tour is an incredible adventure. It takes you through the mangrove forests and lets you experience the spectacular “sparkling in the dark” bioluminescent water, also known as the Bio Bay.
San Juan Kayaking
San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and is situated on the Atlantic Ocean, on the northern coast of the island. It is quite a popular destination for kayak expeditions. Its rugged shorelines, underwater views, lush mountains, and amazing marine wildlife including orcas, seals, eagles, sea lions, make it the experience of a lifetime. Some top launch spots for kayaking are Condado lagoon and Isla Verde Beach.
Rincon is located on the West Coast of Puerto Rico and is popular for its many beaches- Steps Beach, Central Sandy Beach, Domes Beach, and many more. Kayaking in Rincon will take you through the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve where you can see elkhorn coral and bright parrotfish, explore mangrove pathways and spot turtles, manatees, and dolphins.
Kayaking Puerto Rico offers a Culebra kayak tour that takes you from Tamarindo beach to Flamenco beach. You will kayak through turquoise water and craggy shorelines to the world-famous Flamenco Beach. Enjoy 2 sessions of snorkeling at the Luis Peña Reserve. Watch the turtles swimming along with you while you snorkel through the beautiful coral gardens.
Other Activities in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Snorkeling
Puerto Rico is home to many beautiful beaches and popular for its many island activities. Apart from kayaking, snorkeling is also very popular because of the clear water and variety of marine life in the waters of Puerto Rico. The diverse marine life of Puerto Rico attracts adventurers from all around the world for both snorkeling and scuba diving. With white sandy beaches and turquoise water, Puerto Rico has some fantastic snorkeling spots. Some of them are Culebra, La Parguera, Steps Beach, Gilligan’s Island, Coffin Island, Vieques, and Fajardo.
How to Get to Puerto Rico
By Flight: The island’s international gateway is the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan (SJU). Also, the regional airports at Aguadilla (on the northwestern coast), Ponce (on the southern coast), and Mayaguez (on the western coast) also have direct flights from the US mainland.
By Water: Puerto Rico’s ferry services connect with the US Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic. These are also one of the popular ways to get into Puerto Rico.
Best Time to Visit Puerto Rico
The best time to visit Puerto Rico is from mid-April to June, just after the peak tourist season that goes from December to April and just before the rainy summer. The spring weather is also very comfortable, with most days only reaching the mid-80s. If you want to witness bioluminescent kayaking in Puerto Rico in its full glory, then plan a visit on a full moon night.