Destination guide

Sun, sea, sand and history in Puerto Rico

Bathed by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is an island of awe-inspiring mountains, enchanting waterfalls and lush tropical rainforest. Claimed by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the U.S. territory has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its weathered centuries-old forts and grand mansions, and the colorful old town that beautifies its capital. Many of the luxurious Puerto Rico vacation rentals sit steps from the silky, sandy beaches, making it the perfect destination for a beach escape – but don't worry, with Puerto Rico's vibrant art scene, buzzing nightlife and endless activities, there's never a dull moment.

Things to do

Colonial treasures in Puerto Rico

A Puerto Rico vacation rental in the capital, vivacious San Juan, places you within easy reach of the island's star attractions. One of these is Old San Juan, a neighborhood known for its quaint narrow streets and colorful Spanish colonial buildings. Of the island's many historical forts, 2 of the most famous are the powder-blue 16th-century La Fortaleza, now the official residence for the Governor of Puerto Rico, and the domineering Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Built in 1539, the castle was used to protect the city's port and features 140-foot high walls and breathtaking views over the glittering Caribbean.

Activities

Set your own pace in Puerto Rico

With the sun-soaked beaches gilding the northern edge of Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, sunbathing and swimming are always popular. When you want to up the pace, surfing, scuba diving, parasailing and kayaking are all on offer too. On dry land, there is championship golf, tennis and horseback rides, while hikes through the El Yunque rain forest are rewarded with refreshing dips beneath waterfalls. And don't forget to sample the local wares, which range from rum and handmade cigars to artisan-made trinkets. After a busy day, retreat to your Puerto Rico vacation rental for some spa-style pampering.

Weather

Warm breaks to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has a tropical rainforest climate, and the island luxuriates in warm weather all year round. Average daily temperatures are a very toasty 85 degrees in the lower areas, dropping to the low 70s in the mountainous parts. The island's rainy season takes places from April through to November, with May and fall typically being the rainiest times, which mostly affects the north coast and highlands. Despite this, the best time to visit is anywhere from early spring to June, when the winter crowds have all gone home. This gives you mid-80s temperatures on most days.

Natural features

Explore Puerto Rico's unspoiled splendor

From sun-kissed beaches and misty mountains, to mangroves, caves and waterfalls, Puerto Rico's landscape is always camera-ready. Its most majestic natural wonder, however, is the El Yunque National Forest, situated in the northeast of the island. Spanning almost 29,000 acres of vegetation-draped terrain, the park is dotted with bamboo groves, babbling rivers and cascading waterfalls that empty into enticing pools. Here nature lovers can hike the trails, or visit the El Portal Visitor Center, which grants them access to a walkway which winds through the rainforest canopy. At night, visitors are treated to a concerto of calling coqui tree frogs.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Puerto Rico?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Puerto Rico. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • San Juan: 416 vacation rentals
  • Puerto Rico: 2,137 vacation rentals
  • Rincón: 329 vacation rentals
  • Vieques: 168 vacation rentals
  • Culebra: 79 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Puerto Rico! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Puerto Rico?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Puerto Rico:

  • Rincón: 329 rentals
  • Rio Grande: 504 rentals
  • Luquillo: 466 rentals
  • Vieques: 168 rentals
  • Ponce: 51 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Puerto Rico?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Puerto Rico are:

  • Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU): 1,028 vacation rentals
  • Humacao (HUC): 541 vacation rentals
  • Culebra Airport (CPX): 246 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Puerto Rico?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Puerto Rico. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dorado Del Mar: 762 rentals
  • Condado Beach: 860 rentals
  • Combate Beach: 164 rentals
  • Buye Beach: 219 rentals
  • Puerto Rico Convention Center: 859 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Puerto Rico listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Puerto Rico

San Juan
416 vacation rentals
Rincón
329 vacation rentals
Vieques
168 vacation rentals
Culebra
79 vacation rentals
Aguadilla
83 vacation rentals
Fajardo
83 vacation rentals
Isabela
85 vacation rentals
Luquillo
466 vacation rentals
Ponce
51 vacation rentals
Humacao
166 vacation rentals
Arecibo
61 vacation rentals
Carolina
760 vacation rentals
Aguada
429 vacation rentals
Dorado Municipality
85 vacation rentals
Manatí
105 vacation rentals
Lajas
161 vacation rentals
Loíza
1,000 vacation rentals
Cabo Rojo
137 vacation rentals
Guayama
28 vacation rentals
Bayamón
731 vacation rentals