Active Puerto Rico: beyond the beaches

Destinations

Sun, sea and sand are all well and good. But for those clients who want something more thrilling, Puerto Rico has adventure in droves. These incredible experiences are just a few of the things you can book for your clients in Puerto Rico.

1. Zipline through tropical forest
Exploring rainforests has reached new levels in Puerto Rico – literally. Seeing those towering trees from the ground is all well and good, but a far better way to experience the lush vegetation here is at speed, in a harness, attached to a metal cable strung between two platforms. 

Ziplining in Puerto Rico offers a thrill like no other – your clients can hurtle at speeds of 95 miles per hour, whizzing past the forest canopy and spotting colourful birds flitting about among them. This island has the world’s second-longest zipline (The Monster in Toro Verde), as well as entire zipline trails that take guests on a tour of the rainforest. 

2. Take surf lessons on azure oceans 
Surrounded by ocean, it’s hardly surprising Puerto Rico has watersports aplenty. There’s lots to do out in the sea here, from stand-up paddleboarding to scuba diving in colourful reefs. Your clients can sail, swim, snorkel and kayak, but the best part of Puerto Rico’s coastline is its surf.

Rincón and Aguadilla are known for their fantastic waves. Both are great destinations to learn surfing as a novice, or to catch some more challenging two-footers. The waters are warm year-round, making it an ideal place for beginners, there’s a distinct surfer vibe in lots of the coastal towns, offering a pleasingly laidback approach to life – perfect for a chilled vacation. 

3. Explore incredible caves
From high on mountaintops to under the forest floor, Puerto Rico’s geography makes for interesting exploration. Cueva Ventana, one of the most famous caves on the island, is a stunning geological formation offering a window onto the Río Grande de Arecibo valley floor below. Visitors can hike up to the cave’s mouth with a trained biologist who will be able to teach them all about the flora and fauna in the area.

In Utuado, in the mountainous central region of Puerto Rico, your clients can explore the bright blue waters and towering rocks of Cañon de Tanamá. Tour operators run caving expeditions, tubing tours in which they’ll float along rivers into enormous caverns, and rock-climbing activities. 

4. Go hiking in the rainforest
If your clients are into walking, they’ll love a vacation in Puerto Rico. From its coastal trails to the interior’s mountains, there’s some exceptional trekking to be done here. Puerto Rico is home to the US National Forest System’s only tropical rainforest, El Yunque, where impressive waterfalls thunder into freshwater pools and parrots squawk in the treetops above. 

Elsewhere, Guánica State Forest has coastal trails that lead to some delightfully secluded, shimmering sands. 

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