Essentials for Starting Your Puerto Rico Vacation

Old San Juan
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Thinking about making Puerto Rico your Caribbean vacation destination? Good choice! There is much to see and do here, and many diverse experiences to enjoy. But before we get to all that, let's cover the basics, so that you have everything you need to make your Puerto Rico vacation the best it can be.

Before You Travel

Preparation is a key component of any trip, especially when you're traveling to an exotic destination.

Before you book your Puerto Rico trip, you should check out these resources, chock full of basic information, that will help you prepare for an unforgettable vacation: Puerto Rico tourism officescommon FAQs about traveling to Puerto Ricoweather forecast for Puerto Rico (an essential during hurricane season).

Getting There

Want to fly or sail? The choice is yours. Puerto Rico is one of the largest transportation hubs in the Caribbean, so there's always a plane flying in, a ship docking, and a good deal to be found. Here is a great list of airports and airlines that fly to Puerto Rico. Want to sail? Here are cruise ships that dock in Puerto Rico.

Where to Go

What appeals to you? The beach? The forest? The fancy resorts? The big city or the remote island? You'll find all of this and more in Puerto Rico. Check out these overviews of Puerto Rico's main tourist destinations to help you decide where to spend your vacation.

If you're spending a week or more on the island, it's very possible to visit more than one of these places. These are some great places to visit: San JuanEl YunquePonceVieques IslandCulebra IslandPorta Del Sol.

Where to Stay

A good hotel can make your vacation unforgettable; a bad hotel can ruin it.

While there are individual hotel profiles in each of the above sections, the following links might help you narrow down your selection, depending on the type of vacation you've got planned. Traveling with kids? These are the best kid-friendly hotels. If you're looking for a vacation with your loved one, these romantic hotels are for you. Traveling on a budget is easy with this list of best bargains in San Juan. If you like to gamble, these casino hotels in San Juan are prime. Last, cheap but good hotels in San Juan is a list that is perfect for the wallet-conscious crowd.

What to See and Do

What to see and do is probably the hardest question to answer, simply because there is so much to see and do. ​You should definitely check out Puerto Rico's top attractions. We have a list of activities for kidsromantics, and people who love free things. Of course, you have to check out the beaches.

Suggested Itineraries

If you're not sure how best to allocate your time while you're here, take a look at these itineraries to some of Puerto Rico's best-loved destinations: