Puerto Rico's Thrilling Adventures
With San Juan as your home base, get ready for the ultimate adventure in Puerto Rico. Start the day with zip-lining fun, and wind down with an evening spent strolling a romantic 19th-century walkway.
Zip Line Canopy Eco-AdventureAfter resting up in your San Juan hotel, rise bright and early for a Puerto Rico zip-lining adventure. Popular areas for zip lining are the rainforest territory near the city of Caguas and the Julio Enrique Monagas Park in the town of Bayamón. 960 1280
Paseo de la PrincesaBask in the nighttime glow of historic San Juan. <a title="Old San Juan" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/video/explore-old-san-juan-12435" target="_blank">Old San Juan</a> is the oldest settlement within Puerto Rico, established in 1508 by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon. The star attraction is Paseo de la Princesa, a 19th-century walkway just outside the city walls that’s home to antique streetlamps, street vendors … and plenty of inspiration for hand-holding.
El Yunque National ForestLess than an hour’s drive from San Juan is El Yunque National Forest, the only rainforest that belongs to the US Forest Service. Set foot in this exotic 28,000-acre wonderland, where a tropical monsoon climate thrives, then take a 45-minute hike up Mt. Britton -- at more than 3,000 feet high, this lookout will leave you feeling like you’re on top of the world. 960 1280
Rio Camuy Cave ParkKeep the outdoor exploration going with a visit to <a title="Rio Camuy Cave Park" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/outdoors-and-adventure/articles/puerto-rican-outdoor-adventures" target="_blank">Rio Camuy Cave Park</a>. This intricate cave system, about a 1.5-hour drive from San Juan, is definitely worth the trek. Discovered in 1958, the cave park is home to underground waterways carved out by the third-largest underground river in the world. Just make sure you call before going; the park closes if it gets too rainy.
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Plaza Las AmericasWith the sweet 10,000 cash giveaway you’ve snagged, shop till you drop at Plaza Las Americas, the largest shopping center in the entire Caribbean. This premier San Juan shopping mall, which also happens to be the first indoor mall ever built in Puerto Rico, spans 1.8 million square feet, with plenty of room for big designer labels, a booming movie theater and generous dining options, including the world’s largest Romano's Macaroni Grill. 960 1280
Plaza de ArmasEnjoy a stroll through Plaza de Armas (“Arms Square”), one of the main squares in San Juan. The big picture-taking attraction here is the plaza’s round fountain. The structure has 4 statues, more than a century old, each depicting one of the 4 seasons. 960 1280
Bacardi Rum TourYou can’t travel to Puerto Rico's capital without trying Bacardi rum. Sample the very best at the Bacardi Rum Factory. Head for Highway 22 West, then get off at the exit for Catano Road -- you’ll spot a little brown Bacardi sign, and the Bacardi factory just beyond. 960 1280
Cafe Carli ConciertoChill out with smooth jazz sounds at Cafe Carli Concierto in Old San Juan. The really cool thing about this stylish bistro and bar is that it’s owned and run by Carli Muñoz, a pianist for the Beach Boys back in the day. Today, Muñoz entertains guests with his own live piano accompaniments, while you dine on entrees such as rosemary jus lamb chops and blackened ahi tuna with Cajun spices. 960 1280
San Juan Food TourLace up for a taste of San Juan on a culinary walking tour. Stops along the way include eateries with savory item like this -- the Mallorca, a ham-and-cheese sandwich topped with powdery deliciousness. Find it at the San Juan bakery Cafeteria Mallorca. 960 1280
Catamaran Tour of Puerto RicoTo truly savor this Isle of Enchantment, take a Puerto Rico catamaran tour, enjoying views of the El Yunque mountains and the eastern coastline. Upon anchoring, plunge into crystal-clear waters for snorkeling ops along popular diving spots like Cayo Lobo. You’ll also want to get in some kayaking time along the bioluminescent Laguna Grande bay. 960 1280
El Morro CastleGet in a little San Juan history at the towering El Morro Castle. This 16th-century citadel lies in the northwestern-most point of Old San Juan, beckoning with its iconic garitas and intriguing military history spanning 400 years. Be prepared to climb steps and steep slopes; it’ll be worth it for the scenic views of the Atlantic that await. 960 1280
La FortalezaAnother must-see site is La Fortaleza, the official residence of the governor of Puerto Rico; it also happens to be the oldest executive mansion in continuous use anywhere in the world. Built between 1533 and 1540, La Fortaleza began as a military fortification for San Juan, to withstand potential attacks from Carib Indians and marauding European powers of the day. 960 1280
Ritz-Carlton CasinoTry your luck at the Ritz-Carlton Casino, the largest casino in Puerto Rico. Open 24 hours a day, this high-stakes casino, tucked inside the grand Ritz-Carlton hotel in San Juan, offers traditional games like blackjack and 3-card poker, along with more than 329 slot machines. 960 1280
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