San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a great place to visit. It has lots of historic buildings, museums, and great restaurants. There are even some fine beaches once you leave Old Town! However, there is a lot to see in Puerto Rico beyond San Juan.
See Puerto Rico beyond San Juan
While nothing beats traveling there yourself, here are 20 photos taken outside San Juan that provide a sense of what the rest of Puerto Rico looks like.
- You never know what you might see along the road in Puerto Rico.
- Wherever you go, every path seems to lead to a beach.
- The island of Vieques is encircled by perfect beaches.
- The living is easy in Puerto Rico’s small beach communities.
- Life is lived on the water along the west coast.
- Still lagoons and glistening salt flats create eerie landscapes at the end of Cabo Rojo.
- A quiet pier is a great place to take in a west coast sunset.
- The jungles of El Yunque are filled with waterfalls.
- Many birds live in Puerto Rico’s wetlands.
- A boardwalk leads deep into the mangroves near Boquerón.
- Below the surface, the Rio Camuy caverns display strange formations.
- Charming San German offers a mix of historic buildings – and a few old cars.
- Fountains play in the heart of colonial Ponce.
- Traditional fishing communities along the west coast preserve a way of life.
- Empty beaches offer refuge for nesting sea turtles and the occasional human visitor.
- Punta Tuna Lighthouse keeps watch over the beaches of Puerto Rico’s south coast.
- The water comes in every shade of blue on Vieques.
- Ponce’s colonial past can have a subtle beauty.
- The day’s work is done in Esperanza on Vieques.
- The sun sets in downtown Boquerón.
And there is so much more
We spent two weeks exploring Puerto Rico last February. That included a few days in San Juan (which I also loved), but most of the time we were out seeing as much of the rest of the island’s beauty. And there is so much to see!
Puerto Rico may be small in size, but it’s big in culture and tropical beauty.