Cultural Activities and Active Pursuits on Your Puerto Rican Getaway

August 30, 2017

Staying in our Palmas del Mar beach resort offers so much to do for people of all ages. But the fun doesn’t end at the gate! This area is filled with interesting places to explore and enjoyable things to do. Whether you are looking for cultural activities or more active pursuits, there are so many things to do in puerto rico — you just need to know where to look.

Punta Tuna
If you are drawn to a lighthouse like an ancient sailor, you will want to check out Punta Tuna, one of Puerto Rico’s two active lighthouses, built in the 1890s by the Spanish. Today, it is run by the U.S. Coast Guard and sits beside a little-known beach that is one of the nicest on this side of the island. It’s the perfect place to go for a run, a refreshing swim or a festive picnic lunch.

Portrait of a happy mature couple on cycle ride in countryside

Piñones, Loiza
Looking for a place that celebrates island simplicity? Take a day trip to Piñones — a great place to enjoy nature and good food in a low-key way. Rent a bike and take a pleasant ride along the wooden boardwalk overlooking the ocean. There’s even a mangrove forest to explore. There are also great beaches to enjoy that are pretty quiet during the week, if you’re looking to escape the crowds. When you start to get hungry, head across the street for a variety of local tasty treats — delicious and a bargain!

Rio Camuy River Park
Puerto Rico is beautiful above ground, but wait until you see how cool it is underground! Head to Rio Camuy River Park, a 268-acre park of magnificent underground caves. Your guided tour begins with a tram ride down to a 180-foot-high cave filled with nature’s sculptures — stalactites and stalagmites. There’s also one of the world’s largest subterranean rivers and more than 200 caverns to explore.

Portrait of Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) in Galta Temple in Jaipur, India. The temple is famous for large troop of monkeys who live here.

Monkey Island (Cayo Santiago)
Less than a mile off the coast of Humacao is a mysterious island that few people have had the opportunity to visit. But the island does have a large population — of rhesus monkeys! The animals were brought here to research in 1938 and, today, are still the object of much research by scientists from the University of Puerto Rico. While you can’t actually visit the island, it is a great place to go on a kayaking tour. It’s about a 30-minute trip by kayak, and you can get a close look at the monkeys on the shore. You can even stop to snorkel and explore a sunken barge on the way. If you don’t feel like working as hard but are still curious to see the monkeys, you can also take a motorboat trip.

Luquillo Beach and Luquillo Kiosks
Most people love the beach — especially those visiting a beautiful, Caribbean island like Puerto Rico. One of the most fun to visit is Luquillo Beach. Families appreciate the reef-protected calm waves, which make it a great place for the little ones to swim. There is a minimal admission fee, but the water is clear and the sand soft, with lovely views of El Yunque National Forest. There are clean facilities available, as well. You can enjoy snorkeling, go water biking or go for a horseback ride on the beach. Another big plus, the beach is right by the Luquillo Kiosks. This row of almost 60 different shacks is a beloved stop for visitors and residents alike. This fun and casual spot sells popular Puerto Rican favorites like bacalaítos, alcapurrias, pastelillos, empanadillas, and rice and beans. You can get a cold beer or a creamy, frozen pina colada. And if you don’t want Puerto Rican food, try Thai, Italian, Mexican or Peruvian dishes. At night, there’s live music, and you can play pool or penny slots. It’s a fun, open-air bazaar of deliciousness you won’t want to miss!

There are so many Puerto Rican excursions for people of all ages and all interests. At Harbour Lakes, you will never be bored or run out of things to do. Call today to book your Island getaway.