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Things to Do in Puerto Rico with Kids

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Ricky Martin was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of Puerto Rico. I also knew it as a popular cruise port, but I found there was so much about the island that I did not know. My family just got back from an amazing vacation in Puerto Rico and we discovered it has so much to offer! Puerto Rico is a great family destination. Here are my suggestions of things to do in Puerto Rico with kids.

Beach Time

The Caribbean offers the perfect beaches in my opinion. The white sand and clear, warm water is perfect for kids. Puerto Rico has miles of beaches to enjoy. Many beaches are public, but our hotel, Caribe Hilton had a perfect option, a private beach with a lagoon. The calm water was ideal for snorkeling and swimming.

If you can incorporate it in to your plans, take a snorkeling cruise for the day to one of the surrounding small islands of Puerto Rico, Culebra or Vieques. Flamenco Beach on Culebra rates as one of the top ten beaches in the world every year.

El Yunque Rainforest

The highlight of our trip was the rainforest El Yunque. El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Forest System. Plan to spend the day hiking to waterfalls, swimming in fresh pools and seeing lots of wildlife along the way.

I suggest packing a picnic, bringing swimsuits and rain gear, and starting out early because parking can be tough as many of the parking lots are small. Our first stop was the Visitors Center. You can get maps, see a movie about the rainforest and learn more about it through the displays. We then drove to La Coca Falls, Yokahu Observation Tower and our last stop was La Mina Falls. La Mina Falls is a hike deep into the forest that ends at a large waterfall with a great swimming spot. My daughter could not wait to swim under a waterfall and mark it off her to do list.

La Coca Falls in El Yunque rainforest.

La Coca Falls in El Yunque rainforest.

Old San Juan

Old San Juan surprised me the most on this trip. I have been to many other Caribbean islands and no other island in my opinion has the charm of Old San Juan. The cobblestone streets and architecture captured my attention quickly. We grabbed a walking tour map from the concierge at Caribe Hilton and spent the afternoon exploring.

Old San Juan is small so it is easy walking for kids. There are also hand shaved snow cone vendors everywhere so a quick stop and $1 can bring a smile. My kids liked exploring the historic El Morro Fort and walking the wall path around the city.

The colorful buildings on the streets of Old San Juan.

The colorful buildings on the streets of Old San Juan.

Caribe Hilton is a central location for everything you will want to see. We had a rental car and found navigating the island easy, but there are many tour companies that can escort you as well. Puerto Rico is an amazing place to take kids to explore, and don’t forget, passports are not required!

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Tricia lives in Phoenix with her husband, 12 year-old daughter and 10 year-old son. She is a special education teacher for elementary students. Her family’s favorite memories…

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