Family holidays in Puerto Rico are all about brilliant Caribbean colors, shimmering soft sand beaches, and the sound of salsa music. Sapphire-colored mangroves inland complement the idyllic coastline, and the scent of suckling pig beckons you to the island's traditional lechoneras. Family vacations in Puerto Rico aren't complete without visits to sugar refineries and the besieged fortresses of San Juan. Discover the Caribbean dream at Vieques and Luquillo Beach, where you can watch the sun set over the perfect coastline.
Find out why Puerto Rico keeps the world turning
San Juan was founded in 1521, nearly a century before the Mayflower famously holed up in modern-day Massachusetts. Its colonial artifacts and intriguing street-art adorned neighborhoods are among the many jewels of family weekend getaways in Puerto Rico. Surf's up in Rincón, an eponymous "corner" of the island – its stunning beaches are the perfect place to watch the sun set over the crystal clear water, and the surfing capital is a must on Puerto Rico family vacations. Meanwhile, Luquillo Beach is a crescent moon of sand backed by a historic though contemporary city overlooking the turquoise ocean.
Wander the architecturally spectacular streets of Ponce, where you'll discover some of the island's best museums alongside seaside promenades and historic neighborhoods. Hiking the island's internationally significant forests, such as El Yunque, will surely be an unforgettable adventure. Wander amid giant tree ferns and the haunting sound of coquí frogs. Family vacations in Puerto Rico also give you the opportunity to dig into the island's history of political revolution, and the fascinating stories surrounding the Taíno ruins, which archaeologists believe are some of the most important vestiges of this mysterious extinct Aboriginal culture. Flagging after all that excitement? Visit a coffee hacienda to sample the pulse-raising export that keeps the world spinning.