Get to Know the Regions of Puerto Rico

Regions of Puerto RicoThe island of Puerto Rico packs a tremendous amount of diversification into its relative small land mass, making it a perfect holiday destination for folks looking for more than just a Caribbean beach getaway.

In order to help promote the whole island of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Government and Puerto Rico Tourism Company divided the island into regions; with each region offering something different.

So grab a rental car and let’s discover the regions of Puerto Rico

Metro San Juan

metro san juanNot technically a region, but an area that most visitors to Puerto Rico will spend some time in. From the ancient walled city of Old San Juan to the bustling vibrant atmosphere of Condado and Isla Verde, the San Juan Metro area has plenty to offer the most discerning of visitors.

San Juan Metro Area Highlights Include:

  • Old San Juan and its magnificent fortifications and cobbled stone streets
  • Beach side Resort Hotels in Condado and Isla Verde
  • Casinos
  • Fine dining
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping including the largest mall in the Caribbean; Plaza Las America
  • Amazing local street food in Pinones

Restaurants to check out:

Also, take a look at more things to do in the San Juan Metro Area

East Coast (Porta Antillas)

Porta Antillas Region Puerto RicoPorta Antillas covers the eastern area of Puerto Rico including the towns of:Caguas, San Lorenzo, Juncos, Las Piedras, Gurabo, Humacao, Naguabo, Ceiba, Yabucoa, Maunabo, Loíza, Canóvanas, Río Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo, and the popular islands of Vieques and Culebra.

Home to El Yunque Rainforest, Porta Antillas is one of the most popular areas on the island. Its close proximity to San Juan, especially with the recently completed Route 66 toll road, means you can pack several destinations into a daytrip.

Porta AntillasHighlights Include:

Restaurants to check out:

Also, take a look at more things to do in Porta Antillas

South Coast (Porto Caribe)

Porto Caribe Region of Puerto RicoThe Porta Caribe region takes in both coastal and inland towns giving the region multitude of options for visitors including: beaches, forests, lakes and mountains.

The region covers the coastal towns of Ponce, Guayanilla, , Santa Isabel, Salinas, Arroyo and Patillas, as well as the insland areas of Yauco, Peñuelas, Adjuntas, Jayuya, Villalba, Juana Díaz, Coamo.

With such diversity in geography, there is plenty to see and do in Porta Caribe.

Porta Caribe Highlights include:

  • Ponce, Puerto Rico’s second largest city and also known as the Pearl of the South
  • Numerous museums in Ponce and surrounding towns
  • Castillo Serrallés
  • Hacienda Buena Vista, one of the best preserved coffee plantations in Puerto Rico
  • Tibes Ceremonial Center

Restaurants to check out:

Also, take a look at more things to do in Porta Caribe

West Coast (Porta Del Sol)

Porta Del Sol Region of Puerto RicoPorta Del Sol is the surfing meca of Puerto Rico with the region stretching from Isabela on the north west coast to Guanica on the south. In between you will find, Rincon, Cabo Rojo, Mayaguez, Aguadilla, San German, Aguada and more.

Porta Del Sol is the laid back side of the island, so if you are looking for something a little quieter then this might just be for you.

Porta Del Sol Highlights Include:

  • Great surfing & great beaches
  • Rincon Lighthouse
  • Whale spotting (in season)
  • Bahia Sucia a picturesque crescent beach
  • Guanica Dry Forest
  • San German
  • Mona Island
  • Desecheo Island
  • Great Scuba Diving: Several tour operators offer scuba diving tours around the west coast of Puerto Rico, where you will find some of the best dive sights.

Restaurants to check out:

Also, take a look at more things to do in Porta Del Sol

North Coast (Porta Atlántico)

Porta Atlántico Region of Puerto RicoThe north coast region offers a mixture of great beaches, natural beauty, cave and river systems, a 5 Star Luxury Resort and the largest Radio Telescope in the World.

Porta Atlántico covers the north coast of Puerto Rico taking in the towns of Dorado, Vega Baja, Vega Alta, Toa Alta, Manatí, Barceloneta, Arecibo, Hatillo and Camuy.

Porta Atlántico Highlights Include:

Restaurants to check out:

Also, take a look at more things to do in Porta Atlántico

Central Region (Porta Cordillera)

Porta Cordillera Region of Puerto RicoIf you are looking for nature reserves, lakes, coffee plantations and more, then Porta Cordillera should be on your list.

The region covers the towns of Aguas Buenas, Cidra, Cayey, Comerío, Aibonito, Naranjito, Barranquitas, Corozal, Orocovis, Morovis, Ciales, Jayuya, Florida, Utuado, Adjuntas and Lares.

Highlights include:

  • Guavate home of the Ruta de Lechon
  • Lares, known island wide for Heladería de Lares an ice cream shop serving bizarre and regular flavors
  • San Cristobal Canyon
  • Orocovis and Toro Verde, home to the BEAST Zip Line
  • Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Center
  • Sections of the Ruta Panoramica
  • Coffee Plantations

Restaurants to check out:
Casa Bavaria, Morovis
La Colina 360, Morovis
El Cuñao, Cayey
Restaurante Rancho Marina, Utuado on Lago Dos Bocas

Also, take a look at more things to do in Porta Cordillera

So as you can see, plenty to see and do all around the island….

What’s your favorite region and why? Why not share in the comments below

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