As an island in the tropical Caribbean, Puerto Rico gets a good share of sunshine and mild temperatures. Visitors who come to Puerto Rico are looking to fill their days with fun in the sun no matter the time of year. The hub of tourism for Puerto Rico is in the northeast part of the island, but the island offers a variety of recreational activities across it to suit the preferences and itineraries of all of its visitors. A few reflect the diverse range of sporting activities that tourists can enjoy while on Puerto Rico.
Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico.
San Juan and the surrounding area have several prestigious golf clubs. About a half-hour east of San Juan, the Trump International Golf Club (trumpgolfclubpuertorico.com) in Rio Grande has two 18-hole golf courses: the Champion and the International. The Champion course is home to the Puerto Rico Open in March. The courses offer beauty as well as function, with numerous trees, flowers and frontage on the Atlantic Ocean. The golf club includes luxury residences, two restaurants and a spa. Paradise Bay Grill offers fine dining, and, for a more casual meal, try the Greens Lounge for sandwiches, salads and light main courses.
The Costa Caribe Resort (costacaribe-resort.com), on the central-south coast of Puerto Rico, includes a golf club, a casino and residences. Play golf on lavish, verdant courses that include 14 artificial lakes; the 12th hole sits on its own island. Stay at the Hilton Ponce at Costa Caribe in a standard room, suite or villa. Some of the units include jetted whirlpool tubs. Enjoy fine dining in the Costa Caribe Restaurant at the clubhouse or at La Cava in the Hilton. The resort has additional restaurants, bars and lounges for more casual dining and socializing.
Puerto Rico Fishing Charters (puertoricofishingcharters.com) operates out of La Parguera, Puerto Rico, in the southwestern part of the island. Guests can choose a half-day cruise of four hours, a three-quarter day cruise of six hours or an all-day cruise that lasts eight hours. The boat “Mareja” accommodates a maximum of six guests, the limit set by the Coast Guard. The owners welcome beginners as well as old hands at deep-sea fishing.
The time of year when fishing is good varies for the different types of fish. Puerto Rico Angling (puertoricofishing.com) fishing charter in the San Juan area gets you to the right spots at the right time to catch marlin, dorado, snook and other fish. The company has four boats for offshore and deep-sea fishing and one boat for inshore and bay fishing. The cost of your fishing license is included with your charter.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
La Parguera on the southern side of Puerto Rico is a good place to dive or snorkel. It’s located on a phosphorescent bay in the central-south side of the island. Paradise Scuba Center Puerto Rico (paradisescubasnorkelingpr.com) takes scuba divers out to the wall, a reef shelf that is 20 minutes from shore. The company also takes divers on night dives, led with underwater flashlights, and offers shallow dives for non-certified divers who want to improve their sport. Snorkeling trips give visitors a chance to explore shallow water, as well as an opportunity to experience the bio-luminescence of the waters.
The El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo on Puerto Rico’s northeastern corner is home to the Casa del Mar Dive Center (scubapuertorico.net). The center has extensive trips and programs to meet the needs and the adventurous spirit of its guests. Numerous dive sites are in northeast Puerto Rico that boat from the dive center visit. Some are just offshore at Fajardo, while others are farther offshore, near the islands of Culebra and Vieques. The Casa del Mar Dive Center runs classes for beginners to experts as well for both scuba divers and snorkelers. The dive center gears its scuba classes to the youngsters and the neophytes with a combination of scuba and snorkeling.
Sail through the treetops on a zipline cable when you choose an adventure with Campo Rico (camporicoziplining.com). Operating out of San Juan, the company picks up and returns guests to major neighborhoods in San Juan. Your basic zipline experience includes treks across suspension bridges as you progress from one platform to the other and fly on five ziplines. At the end of your adventure, the company provides a Puerto Rican meal. Campo Rico offers additional zipline tours for those who want to repel into a cave and a special afternoon tour for cruise passengers whose shore time is limited.
Located in Puerto Rico’s interior, Toroverde Nature Adventure Park (toroverdepr.com) offers several tours that include ziplining and other adventures combined in various packages. Choose a simple zipline ride or go for a combination of ziplining, repelling and rock climbing. To experience what it feels like to soar, choose the Zipline and the Beast, where you cross the canopy lying face-down rather than sitting up. The company ensures your safety by using double cables, harnesses and other safety equipment. Children can participate, but they must be 4 feet tall or over.
- Trump International Golf Club
- Trump International Golf Club: Dining
- Costa Caribe: Welcome
- Costa Caribe: Hilton Ponce
- Costa Caribe: Dining
- Parguera Fishing Charters LLC: Puerto Rico Fishing Charters
- Parguera Fishing Charters LLC: Rates
- Puerto Rico Angling: Welcome
- Puerto Rico Angling: Puerto Rico Fishing Charter Boats
- Frommers: The Best Scuba Diving
- Paradise Scuba and Snorkeling Center
- Paradise Scuba and Snorkeling Center: Scuba Diving in South Puerto Rico
- Paradise Scuba and Snorkeling Center: Snorkeling Tours in La Parguera
- Casa del Mar Dive Center
- Casa del Mar Dive Center: Scuba Diving Trips
- Campo Rico Ziplining Adventures
- Toroverde Nature Adventure Park
- PuertoRicoGolf.net: Track Your Game
- Frommer’s: Puerto Rico Deep-Sea Fishing
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