Is Puerto Rico good for a Honeymoon/Couples Vacation?
Puerto Rico is an Ideal Honeymoon Destination or couples retreat, the natural beauty, the romantic spots, the warm climate and even the adventure! Will all be sure to spark a love which will last eternally!
Puerto Rico has a spectrum of travel hotspots perfect for any couple, from world class beaches, luxury hotels and high end restaurants to wild rainforests & intriguing landmarks.
Best thing about Puerto Rico for a U.S Traveller?
Puerto Rico is a U.S Territory, thus has many familiarities of home such as U.S dollars as the currency and English as the main language!
So you won’t be left tongue twisted, although it does give you the option to learn a little Spanish helping you to immerse yourself in the culture even deeper! For U.S or English speaking tourists, this place is a real gem!
Do I need a Passport to Travel to Puerto Rico?
If you are a U.S Citizen you DON’T need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico! Just a government ID such as a driving license which you would use if you hopped on a flight domestically! (src)
This is a breath of fresh air for many U.S Travellers, as less then 40% U.S citizens hold a valid passport! This is crazy compared to countries like the U.K and Australia where that number is over 75%.
Of course, international travellers will require a valid passport & Visa for entry to Puerto rico.
Savvy Traveller Tips for traveling to Puerto Rico?
Honeymoons, weddings and vacations can all be expensive, but declaring your love for someone doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are a few tips for travelling to Puerto Rico.
How to get Flights to Puerto Rico for FREE?
Thats right, absolutely FREE flights to Puerto Rico, not 10% or 20% off, FREE! But How?? The Answer, Air Miles & Credit card points.
Particularly from Southwest Airlines, if you regularly fly with Southwest Airlines or their partner Airtran, which flies to multiple destinations..you could collect some major air miles.
Of course collecting Air mile points is no new thing but here is the golden piece of info, use your Southwest Airlines credit card for a big purchase & boom…you can easily get FREE flights to Puerto Rico!
For example, I Purchased my partners Engagement Ring with my Southwest Airlines credit card and that tipped us over to be entitled to FREE flights to Puerto Rico!
Best time to Visit Puerto Rico?
So if you have decided on a Puerto Rico Vacation it helps to know when is the best time to travel!
If your on a Honeymoon, traditionally this comes just after your wedding but if wait a little longer you will have more time to plan & also be able to select which season would suit you most.
Winter in Puerto Rico:
Winter in Puerto Rico has the BEST WEATHER, with temperatures between high 60’s – low 80’s ‘F. (src)
The season is great for, Surfing – If your into surfing or would like to try, then this is the season!
The season is no so great for:
Due to the great weather & surf, this is not surprisingly Puerto Ricos Peak travel season. So expect it to be more crowded with longer queues at restaurants & landmarks.
Spring in Puerto Rico:
Spring offers warm weather but with less crowds & tourists, which is great if your trying to get reservations at a restaurant. Spring also has the least rainfall, so great for beach bums who wish to dip there toes in the warm sands & relax.
Summer in Puerto Rico:
Travelling to Puerto Rico, during summer offering lots of rain & the start of Hurricane season! Although on the plus side you can get cheaper flights, and there is some really hot weather! However, you may have to reschedule plans due to rainfall!
I would recommended getting some good travel insurance in case you struggle to make the trip due to unexpected hurricanes!
Fall in Puerto Rico:
Puerto Rico during the fall is cooler than the summer with the least amount of tourists. This is the cheapest time to travel, especially between September-October as many hotels offer discount rates and the lower airfares.
When is to travel best for you?
Deciding when to travel depends on your budget, what activates you wish to do, and whether you will be more adventure, relax or sight seeing!
For example, Fall is great for more adventure on a budget, and sight seeing but Winter is better for relaxing on the beach & enjoying some surfing!
Day 1. San Juan Old Town:
San Juan, is Puerto Rico’s capital and largest city! It is known for it’s fantastic beach fronts, restaurants, bars and nightlife!
Getting from the Airport to Old San Juan:
You have a few options to get from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to San Juan Old town is only 10km away & can be achieved in a few ways:
The easiest solution is of course, Taxis. Uber has limited coverage in the San Juan Area. So you will have to get an airport taxi, which costs around $20. Keep in mind that each piece of luggage costs an extra $1 and there is also a $1 extra charge for trips at night!
If your on a budget take the airport bus ran by the Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA). There are a variety of buses running from the main terminal to San Juan Old town and the surrounding areas.
Renting a Car:
Renting a car is my favourite way to explore Puerto Rico! You can head straight from the airport easily and explore the island. It is also highly recommended if you plan on exploring El Yunque National Forest.
There are many rental car agencies at the airport but I suggest booking in advance to reserve your vehicle.
Exploring Old San Juan:
Once you arrive in San Juan, put your bags down in a great hotel then head out along the Cobblestoned streets of the Old Town which features Spanish Colonial Buildings and 16th century landmarks such as El Morro and La Fortaleza, a gigantic fortress offering panoramic ocean views!
There is also the Paseo De La Princesa Bayside Promenade nearby which is great to check out.
Insider Tip – Honeymooners:
When you get hungry, so by the quaint little cafe called Casa Cortes Chocobar. As you may have guessed from the name, the theme is chocolate! What better way to say I love you then a romantic treat for two!
Day 2. Relax on San Juans Beaches:
San Juan has some breath taking beaches offering sweeping ocean views! My Favourite beach here is Condado Beach, located on the north east coast. This area has some of the most fantastic beach resorts in Puerto Rico!
San Juan is a vibrant, historic city with a true essence of romance! But coming up with where to stay can be a challenge.
Day 3. Enjoy San Juan Nightlife:
Fancy some energy head to explore San Juans nightlife. First head for dinner at one of these great restaurants.
Old San Juan:
Dragonfly ( offering Latin-Asian fusion), Bodega Chic (Calle Cristo 51), Barú and (creative Puerto Rican) . These all serve exquisite tasty food & covert into lounges during the night.
When you’ve had dinner head to Nuyorican Café for some sexy salsa dancing and live entertainment.
The Water & Beach Club Hotel:
If you fancy some excitement head to the The Water & Beach Club hotel for a night. Have dinner, a Tangerine, a sexy restaurant with a naughty inspired menu, before heading upstairs to Wet, the hotel’s incredible open-air rooftop lounge
Miramar & Puerta de Tierra:
For some romantic dining & world renowned foods, head to Delirio or Chayote, in Miramar. These are ran by Puerto Ricos very own celebrity chef., Alfredo Ayala.
After dinner, hop in a quick cab to the N Lounge, a stylish venue at the Hotel Normandie.
Best Honeymoon Hotels/Resorts in San Juan:
There are a variety of fantastic resorts in San Juan, here is a short list of some of the favourites we reviewed while in San Juan.
Hotel El Convento is a fantastic hotel which dates back to the 17th Century. It has now been renovated into a luxury hotel, with a romantic vibe! Yet still keeps a flavor of its Spanish Colonial roots.
Insider Tip – HoneyMooners:
Be sure to enjoy some delicious cuisine at the onsite restaurant before heading for a couples massage. (They usually have a deal on these!)
Hotel Casablanca is another Spanish Colonial Style hotel, punctuated by artwork from local artists & antique woods with a Moroccan Influence.
For couples, choose the Queen Room, which is great if your on a Honeymoon.
This is a hotel, located within lush gardens surrounded by a blue lagoon, which offers a tropical paradise for two. They have comfy rooms, equip with rainfall showers and a room top bar offering exquisite views.
For adventurers, they offer a variety of activities from snorkeling to zip lining and even Cave exploration.
Insider Tip – Honeymooners
For Honeymooners try the Gran Cru Suite, offering a spacious veranda, dining area, bar and rainfall showers. This suite is a couples delight!
This great resort is located in the vibrant Condado District, this is great if your after plenty of nightlife, entertainment and an upbeat atmosphere.
The hotel features, modern decor and comfy furnishings, for honeymooners definitely book the Bedroom Suite, this has a King size bed & private balcony!
There is also a fantastic beach nearby and some interesting museums, towered by a spectrum of engaging architecture. .
Day 4. Culebra Island:
After exploring San Juan, it’s now time to head of to a small island called Culebra, a tranquil island offering the perfect place for couples to relax and really spend some quality time together, especially if on a honeymoon in Puerto Rico.
.With white sand secluded beaches, & turquoise waters surrounded by tree-covered hills, this is your very own paradise to relax.
Head to Tamarindo Beach which offers crystal clear waters with plenty of tropical fish & even cute sea turtles . Culebra also offering some of the most memorable sunsets in the region!
Be sure to check out the washed up tank on the beach at Culebra, a relic with really adds character to the scenery.
Getting to Culebra?
You definitely must plan ahead if you wan’t to go to Culebra, as it is not easy to get to this secluded paradise.
Flights to Culebra:
The easiest way is to book a flight which costs around $200.
Ferry to Culebra:
The lower cost option is to take a ferry, but it can have long lines which take hours to wade through especially during book season.
A recommended option is to book a local Excursion, to Culebra. They will guarantee you a ferry spot & also take you on a activity such as snorkelling or kayaking! Definitely beats waiting in the line.
Where to Stay in Culebra?
If you would like to spend a couple of nights in your very own paradise then here is a highly recommended hotels/resort in Culebra.
Located a close Melones Beach , Club Seabourne is a boutique hotel perched on a romantic hillside, offering scenic views of the surrounding areas. Here you can lounge by the pool and enjoy the ocean views from your terrace.
This is a fantastic resort for a variety of budgets with Nests or cottage rooms for couples on a budget to luxury villas offering breath taking views of Fulladoza bay.
Day 5: Vieques
Another Scenic tropical island just of the east coast is Vieques. Offering more adventure then Culebra, here you can sample Jet Skiing, kayaking, Snorkeling and deep sea fishing. Back on land, try out some epic mountain hikes & trails.
After a big day adventuring, you can relax on one of Vieques gorgeous beaches, Navio Beach offers heavenly white sands, be sure to check it out.
Best Hotels/Resorts in Vieques – Honeymoon:
W Retreat & Spa – Vieques
One of our favourite resorts here was the W Retreat & Spa, this was perfect for our honeymoon! They offered opulent rooms, with romantic ocean views , Infinity pools, Yoga and massages as standard.
Flights can be taken straight to Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport just 2km from the resort.
Another fantastic Honeymoon hotel in Vieques is Bravo Beach Hotel. Which offers, suites & villas with ocean & garden views. If your a couple which is into water sports & that revitalising sea breeze, then this is the resort for you. Prices start at just $90/night.
Insider Tip – Honeymoon:
If your on a honeymoon or planning a wedding consider signing up for the W Retreat & Spas, Wedding Gift Payment Plan. This allows your wedding guests to assist in paying for your stay there as a wedding gift.
Day 6: El Yunque
El Yunque National Forest is a national treasure of Puerto Rico and one of the last reaming rainforests in the world! There is definitely something really romantic about exploring the jungle together on your honeymoon & really getting back in touch with your primal instincts.
The colorful wildlife and the cascading water falls of this lush tropical paradise will truly mesmerise you & create memories which will last a lifetime!
Be sure to check out the breath taking La Mina Falls and take a trip to the top of El Yunque Tower. As you meander through the path ways keep at look out for the elusive Parrot of Puerto Rico, which was close to extinction before the forest staff helped to reignite this colorful breed!
La Mina falls is a fantastic place to go for a swim and relax in the natural waters!
Remember to bring a small light, umbrella as there can be light rainfall in the day, which ends quickly, leaving a captivating mist leading you deeper into the rainforest!
For Lunch, best to bring a picnic with you that you can enjoy deep in the jungle! I suggest picking some lunch before up from one of Puerto Ricos Panaderías or Local Bakeries!
Panadería Don Nico, is not your average bakery here you can get an taste bud tingling selection of sandwhiches and local pastries. There is one of these Bakeries along route 3, as you head to El Yunque.
If you didn’t rent a car at the start, now is definitely the time! It is the best way to explore a national treasure of Puerto Rico – El Yunque National Forest.
When Returning from the rainforest head along Route 3 east and look out for signs saying Luquillo Beach. A beautiful beach, popular with the locals!
On Route 3, there are a variety of roadside cafes & small restaurants. Not the best quality but enough to keep you going.
Best Hotels/Resorts in Vieques – Honeymoon:
Popular resorts close to El Yunque National forest include,
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar – Golf & Beach Resort:
This is a high end beach resort located close to Carabalí Rainforest Park. With Fine dining, private beaches and shimmering pools, this is a great place to get intimate with your partner.
There is also a variety of activities on offer such as golf, (Of course!), tennis and water sports.
Insider Tip – Honeymoons:
This resort offers custom honeymoon packages, with flexible room options and spa access.
St Regis is situated on a beachfront 480 acre former coconut plantation! Located next door to El Yunque National Forest. The opulent resort offers, lavish interior and breath taking views of the ocean from your terrace. The coastal candlelight dining is sweet, with after a days snorkelling or sailing.
Recommended Tours in El Yunque National Forest:
For a selection of recommend rainforest tours, check out a link from our partner viator HERE
Day 7: Fajardo
After El Yunque, continue east and you will come to the nearby Fajardo. Where you will come across a natural wonder of Puerto Rico, Laguna Grande. Here you will find arguably the most captivating bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico & the 2nd largest in the country.
Laguna Grande (Bio Bay):
Night trips at Laguna Grande:
To truly experience Laguna Grande you must take an evening couples trip! This promises to be a bucket list experience of a lifetime which will definitely bring you closer together. As under the twinkling stars, you will see the glowing waters twinkle back majestically.
The glowing water is caused by Bioluminescent micro organisms, light up as the boats oar wades through the evening waters.
Recommended Tours at Fajardo:
It is recommended you take this trip with a tour guide or part of an excursion. This will ensure you have the most memorable & safe time.
The professional tours are aware of the rules required when wading through the shimmering waters at night, to preserve the natural habitat.
We loved the kayak ride through Bio Bay! But if you would prefer something more chilled take the boat ride. Places can sell out fast for the best tours, so check availability & book in advance. For more details follow the link to our tour partner Viator HERE
Best Hotels/Resorts in Fajardo – Honeymoon:
El Conquistador – Waldorf Astoria Resort:
Definitely one of the best hotel resorts in the Fajardo/El Yunque area, the high end resort offers scenic views of the El Yunque Rain forest. With large rooms, private terraces and even a Spa with whirlpools! This is an opulent romantic retreat perfect for a couple of their honeymoon in Puerto Rico.
A variety of exquisite restaurants are on site of delicious international cuisine. This is the perfect place to take those romantic walks surrounded by Uber luxury while the sun blesses you on your honeymoon in Puerto Rico.
To check prices & availability, check out this link for the best deals HERE
This is our one week Honeymoon Itinerary we followed while in Puerto Rico & believe me it was a truly magical experience. Here are some small things I would recommended for you to get even more out of this experience.
First, Split San Juan into two, spend two nights there at the start enjoying the beaches & nightlife then head back on your last day to do some sightseeing & get some souvenirs, before the flight home!
Another thing I would do next time is rent a car from the very start! This gives you ultimate freedom to tour the island at your own pace, especially the El Yunque National Forest area!
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