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A Guide to Puerto Rico's Hidden Natural Wonders

Venture off the beaten path to uncover extraordinary marvels.

Between its dazzling beaches, lush forests, and boundless historical complexes, Puerto Rico is overflowing with wonders both natural and human-made. Your Puerto Rico to-do list is probably already bursting at the seams, but before you set it in stone, consider these natural gems for your Island itinerary.

You could scale Cerro de Punta, the highest peak on the Island and home to rare, endemic plant-life; slip into the waters of La Parguera to night-bathe in one of Puerto Rico’s three bioluminescent bays; float through underground caves on a tube; or soak in a hidden beach pool named after a historic, shipwrecked priest.

Puerto Rico is filled to the brim with places that inspire both curiosity and awe. Whether you’re into the indoors or outdoors, the mountains or the beaches, there are unimaginable wonders awaiting you in Puerto Rico. The only hard part is choosing which ones.

Manatí, Puerto Rico

Cueva de las Golondrinas (Cave of the Swallows)

The short hike is worth the stunning views and crystal blue waters of a secluded beach.
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Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Playa La Poza del Obispo

This beach pool offers a spectacle of crashing waves, blue hues, and a historical lighthouse.
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Almirante Sur, Puerto Rico

Charco Azul

A natural swimming pool in the middle of the Carite Forest.
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Manatí, Puerto Rico

Mar Chiquita

Enjoy the waters of this half-moon-shaped natural pool surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
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Utuado, Puerto Rico

Tanamá River

Drift through underground caves on a tube.
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Lajas, Puerto Rico

La Parguera

This beachside town is home to a diverse nature reserve, multiple cays, and one of the three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico.
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