Puerto Rico: A scenic self-drive

Home to historic cities, outdoor adventures and tranquil beaches, wherever you find yourself in Puerto Rico you can expect something to catch your eye at every turn. Here’s a self-drive itinerary that will see you digging deep beneath the surface of this Caribbean gem in just seven days.

The Capital City

Touch down in Puerto Rico and get this trip started in style with a visit to San Juan. It may be a buzzing capital city but a short walk to the old quarter will reveal a delightful old world charm, with winding cobbled pathways and gorgeous colonial architecture. Once you’ve settled into your luxury pad, immerse yourself in Puerto Rican history at sites like the Don Q Rum Factory and Paseo La Princesa, where you’ll get a real insight into this captivating country.

Stop for a spot of lunch and tuck into delicious delicacies including Mofongo (crushed plantain) and cheese flavoured Frituras. If you’re looking for a recommendation then Caficultura with its gourmet sandwiches and Mediterranean decor is a local lunchtime favourite.

The National Forest

After experiencing a bit of city life, it’ll be the perfect time to discover Puerto Rico’s famed natural beauty. In just under an hour’s drive from San Juan you’ll find El Yunque, an unspoilt sub-tropical rainforest. Hike through lush green surroundings, and, if you’re feeling particularly daring, climb up to the top of the mountain ridge for unforgettable views.  This portion of the trip is for those who love adventure and it will have you witnessing parts of the country that many holidaymakers never get to see.

After uncovering the rare wildlife in El Yunque, you can rest up at the nearby Luquillo Beach. It’s a beautiful spot where families and locals gather for beach tranquillity.

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The Final Stop

To complete this thrilling cultural journey, you’ll spend your final night at the nation’s second largest city. Now we wouldn’t bring you to another city unless it was going to give you a distinct flavour for the Puerto Rican lifestyle, so believe when we say that you’ll want to make the most of your time here in Ponce. Take in enchanting ocean views and a beautiful mountainous backdrop as you drive over to this iconic city.

Steeped in history, Ponce has been fabulously preserved with important national buildings like the 19th Century wooden firehouse Parque de Bombas. You can also visit a rum production house where you can purchase a bottle of the island’s finest national drink. If you still have time to spare, make sure your slip in a visit to a nearby coffee plantation where you’ll be greeted by the family who work here.

Then after all this, it’ll be time to dig into your final meal before driving back to the airport in the morning for your flight home.

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