A couple holding tropical drinks laughs together during a visit to Puerto Rico

The Season of Fun: Things to Do in Puerto Rico During Winter

Here are four can’t-miss experiences to enjoy while spending the holidays in Puerto Rico.

Grab your sunglasses and come to Puerto Rico for a holiday getaway filled with vibrant culture, stunning natural wonders, fun festivals and delicious local cuisine that is all part of the longest holiday season in the world.

There are many types of rum-based drinks you'll find during your visit to the island, including pina coladas (which were invented in San Juan), mojitos and other local favorites. 

Aerial photo of Marias Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico

All the Beaches

With nearly 300 beaches wrapping around the island, Puerto Rico has the perfect spot for every type of experience. Whether you want to sit back and relax while sipping on a chilled sangria, go diving or snorkeling to spot marine life, watch (or compete in) a professional surfing competition or go out on a paddleboard or kayak, the sandy shores and bright, turquoise waters will surely delight you.

Yunque Rainforest

Get in Touch with Nature

With 36 nature reserves, 19 state forests and five wildlife refuges, there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the beauty and enjoy fun adventures. One of the island’s most famous natural wonders is the National Forest El Yunque, where you’ll find an abundance of trails, breathtaking views, waterfalls and other sights. Puerto Rico is also home to three bioluminescent bays, including Mosquito Bay in Vieques, which is the brightest one in the world. Take a nighttime trip out in a kayak ride to see the glowing lifeforms that call the bays home.

whole fried fish

Savor Delicious Food

Puerto Ricans like to take care of people through food, and what better time to do so than around Christmas. Here you’ll enjoy a feast of traditional plates like lechón asado (spit-roasted pork), arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), pasteles (tamale-like patties of green banana and meat), and coquito — the Puerto Rican eggnog.

A group of revelers celebrate in the streets of Old San Juan as part of SanSe

Dance the Night Away at the SanSe Festival

The holiday season ends in mid-January with the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián or San Sebastian Street festival (SanSe for short), which is a vivid, colorful and joyful celebration that marks the end of Christmas. During this four-day jubilee, people from around the island – and the world – gather in Old San Juan for parades, music, and arts and crafts. In a nutshell, it is a great big party, like a Puerto Rican version of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. So, be ready to have fun when you visit.


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