Hurricane season is no fun. Bad weather threatens, horrific storms loom, and the Caribbean as a whole goes through a rough patch. Of course, these are great times for bargain-hunters, who have a chance to get true steals on a vacation to this part of the world.
But let's say you've arrived on the island, brought your sunscreen, and are currently staring out your hotel window at a rain-soaked beach, cursing your decision to head to the Caribbean. Don't fret just yet: here are a few tips on what to do to have fun in Puerto Rico on a rainy day.
Hit the Casinos
Mother Nature gave you a raw deal? Try Lady Luck. The casinos in Puerto Rico are happy to host you, and there are plenty to be found all over the mainland (visitors to Vieques and Culebra will be a little hard-pressed to find one). Better yet, since all Puerto Rican casinos are located in hotels, you might want to book a room at one of these lodging destinations to ensure you've got all your bets covered.
Here are a few other excellent casinos in other parts of the island:
- The Ponce Hilton in Ponce.
- The Rio Mar Beach Resort in Rio Mar, near El Yunque National Rainforest.
- The Wyndham El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo.
Hit the Museum
When it rains, people generally look to stay indoors as much as possible. Some of the nicest indoor destinations in Puerto Rico are its world-class museums. Topping my list is the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in Santurce, a stunning tribute to Puerto Rican and regional art by contemporary and past masters. Nearby is the impressive Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Museum of Contemporary Art). The Ponce Museum of Art is easily one of the best attractions in Puerto Rico's second largest city, no matter what the weather is doing.
Catch a Performance
With all that's going on in and around San Juan, it's easy to miss one of its most beautiful monuments to the arts. The Luis A. Ferre Performing Arts Center has an impressive calendar of events, no matter what month you're looking at. From Broadway to ballet to classical concerts, this is one night out on the town that just might have you singing in the rain. And if the weather holds up, make sure to check out the elegant sculpture depicting the muses outside the building.
If theater & arts aren't quite your thing, be sure to check out what's going on the Coliseo, Puerto Rico's main arena, and concert hall. A good resource to find out which bands and performers are coming to town is Ticket Pop.
Jump in the Water
Normally, taking a dip is not good advice during the rain. However, there is one time when it is not only accepted but recommended. The nighttime bio bay tours that you can take in Puerto Rico (at Fajardo, La Parguera or Vieques) are amazing, thanks to the experience of glowing in the dark as you swim. But when it's raining, you'll see the raindrops hitting the water like so many diamonds shooting from the sky. It's a lovely sight that will help make visiting a bio bay that much more memorable.
With the largest mall in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico's Hato Rey district has one sure-fire answer to your rainy-day gloom. Plaza Las Américas has more than 300 shops, movie theaters, a bowling alley, and plenty of restaurants to occupy you for a lengthy downpour.