Backpacking in Puerto Rico: A Complete Guide

Diverse and small, Puerto Rico is a mesmerising destination for backpackers looking to experience as much as possible without navigating too far. Backpacking in Puerto Rico and across its 3,425 square miles of land is one of the best ways to experience the island culture. Home to mountains and rich rain forests with sandy beaches and rocky coastline, backpacking on the island is sure to be a great experience. Here is our guide to backpacking in Puerto Rico.

Must Visits While Backpacking in Puerto Rico

  1. Tour San Juan

    Source

    The capital of Puerto Rico - San Juan, is a common first stop for travellers of all kinds because it has the island's largest airport. However, this historic city has sites and budget accommodations that invite backpackers to stay for a few days. The city's various 16th-century forts are popular attractions, especially El Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal, which is listed as a World Heritage and National Historic Site. The Plaza de Armas is a great start for your nightlife. The Casino of Puerto Rico is close by giving backpackers a chance to get lucky enough to upgrade their backpacking experience to a luxurious one.

  2. Visit Vieques

    Source

    Vieques is a massive island six miles away from the southeast coast of Puerto Rico. Known for its solitude and natural beauty, Vieques is a must for anyone seeking a taste of adventure from their backpacking trip. The most popular attraction is the Bioluminescent Bay, where tiny dinoflagellates brighten up the water at night. Mosquito Bay in Vieques has been recognized as the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. The most economical way to reach Vieques is via ferry from Fajardo, while camping is available on the beautiful Balneario Sun Bay.
  3. Relax in Rincon

    Source

    Rincon is the backpacking destination you want to save your money for. Located off the west coast, Rincon is a tropical area loaded with world-class surfing beaches in a resort-style setting. For those not interested in testing or improving their surfing skills, scuba diving and whale-watching are also popular activities in this tourist-centric area. Beach bars and fine dining services are available for completing nightlife here, but the affordable inns and guest houses will help balance your budget as you make friends with surf adventurers from around the globe.

  4. Explore El Yunque

    Source

    Identified as the only subtropical rain forest in the United States, El Yunque is a natural treasure, about one hour away from San Juan. Home to many species of plants and animals, it has spectacular waterfalls, incredible views and the freshest air around. Located in northeastern Puerto Rico, El Yunque also has several of Puerto Rico’s best hiking trails and one of the most beautiful waterfalls. Also, in the absence of poisonous reptiles, El Yunque is comfortably safe for a rain forest excursion, whole with waterfalls and swimming to cool off in. Several guesthouses enclose the area, so visitors are close enough to feel the wilderness. However, free camping in the forest provides a more raw and intimate experience.

Smart Travel Tips for Backpacking in Puerto Rico

  • Public transportation around the city is great, and a single bus fare will cost you around $0.70 ($5 for a day pass). 
  • Using different platforms like Airbnb and Couchsurfing you can find alternative accommodation.
  • Cost Breakdown: 1 GBP – 1.39 USD
  • Approximate daily budget: Up to USD 50 per day
  • Suggested daily budget: USD 30-50 USD

What to Pack for Backpacking in Puerto Rico

Source

 

  • Packing Cubes
  • Outlet Multi Adapter
  • Day Bag
  • USB Power Bank
  • Phone Case
  • Pad Lock
  • Quick-dry Travel Towel
  • Toiletry Bag (+ checklist)
  • Dry Bag
  • Ear Plugs and Eye Mask
  • Photo camera (or cell phone…)
  • Travel first aid kit (Medical checklist)
  • Torch
  • Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • Versatile clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Documents (+Check list)
Have we missed out on anything you wanted to know regarding backpacking in Puerto Rico? Let us know in the comments below!

This post was published by Vidushi Nigam

Share this post on social media
Google +

Related Articles

Adventure

Adventure

Best Waterfalls in Puerto Rico for an Adventure-Filled Getaway!

Adventure

Adventure

Snorkelling in Puerto Rico - A Guide To The Top Dive Sites

Adventure

Adventure

Scuba Diving in Puerto Rico Diving Sites and Best Time

Adventure

Adventure

Best Spots to go Hiking in Puerto Rico: A Complete Guide

Adventure

Adventure

Skydiving in Puerto Rico; A Quick Guide

Adventure

Adventure

The Most Amazing Spots for Diving in Puerto Rico

Adventure

Adventure

Surfing in Puerto Rico: A Guide to Surfing in the 'Rich Port'

Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Sunset in Puerto Rico: The Top Spots to See the Sunset

Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Airports in Puerto Rico to Help You Get Around

Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Forts in Puerto Rico to Immerse Yourself in the History and Culture of the Island

Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Festivals in Puerto Rico to Experience the Authentic Local Culture

Beaches & Islands

Beaches & Islands

Best Islands in Puerto Rico for a Sun-Kissed Vacation

Beaches & Islands

Beaches & Islands

Beaches in Puerto Rico

Experiences

Experiences

The Best Water Parks in Puerto Rico to Cool off from the Sun

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Coffee in Puerto Rico: Best Spots to Get Coffee on the Island

Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Language in Puerto Rico: A Guide to the Island's Different Languages

Experiences

Experiences

Sunrise in Puerto Rico: Where to Catch the Setting Sun on the Island

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Everything You Need to Know About the Food of Puerto Rico

Art & Culture

Art & Culture

A Guide to Celebrating Christmas in Puerto Rico!

Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Culture of Puerto Rico: A Peek into Puerto Rico's Rich Traditions

Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Music in Puerto Rico: The Sounds of the Island

Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Is Puerto Rico Safe? A Guide to Safety in Puerto Rico

Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Puerto Rico in January: A Guide to the Island in January

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Beer in Puerto Rico: Local Beers and Where To Find Them

Shopping

Shopping

Souvenirs in Puerto Rico: What to Take Back Home From Puerto Rico!

Romantic & Honeymoon

Romantic & Honeymoon

Wedding in Puerto Rico: Magical Destinations to Have Your Dream Wedding

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Bars in Puerto Rico; Drink, Dance and Enjoy the Local Culture

Nightlife

Nightlife

Best Clubs in Puerto Rico to Party the Night Away!

Nightlife

Nightlife

Nightlife in Puerto Rico - Best Places to Indulge in the Nightlife

Luxury Trip

Luxury Trip

7 Best Spas in Puerto Rico to Truly Pamper Yourself At!

Comments on this post