Top 10 Natural Wonders of Puerto Rico

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Some people spend a lot of time and money coming to visit Puerto Rico and explore its natural beauty. But did you ever wonder what local folks feel are the most beautiful places to visit on the island? Let us introduce you to some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring spots in Puerto Rico!

In 2010, L’Oréal Caribe-Garnier and the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources (along with help from Walmart, Sam’s and Amigo Supermarket) held a contest for people to pick their top 10 Natural Wonders out of a list of 19 pre-selected places.

After almost 100,000 votes, the results are …

San Cristobal Canyon

What 9 Places Didn’t Make the Cut?

There were 9 other places that were candidates for the Top 10 Natural Wonders. Those other places are …

North Coast of PR

El Yunque National Forest

In my opinion, the results of the contest are a bit skewed. I think that people just voted for places that they had heard were great.

I know that most Puerto Ricans don’t get out to explore the lesser-known places on the island. And I know that many people have never had the opportunity to visit some of the places that won (for example, it’s next to impossible for your average person to get to Mona Island).

But these lists should give you a good idea of where you can begin looking for Puerto Rico’s natural wonders.

Gwenn & Ray’s Top Natural Wonders in Puerto Rico

Ray and I have our own Top 10 list of natural wonders, based on places we have visited on the island. We feel that these are the most beautiful and awe-inspiring spots on the island. This list may change over time (as we explore more of the island), but as of September 2011 our list is …

Cueva Ventana

A bonus wonder is star-gazing from any dark location on the island … simply amazing!

What are your top natural wonders in Puerto Rico?

Let us know in the Comments section below.

Cabo Rojo

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Imagine that ... I like your list better. I haven't experienced your #10 selection, but it reminds me of what I experienced when I was was headed to Aibonito to do the San Cristobal Canyon tour with Montana Explora. Several, "oooh, look at that .... beautiful," moments.

Comment by Josh on 12 Sep 2011

Although all the places mentioned are beautiful, I agree more with your list! Las Cabezas de San Juan are spectacular, but since it's usually visited during guided tours it doesn't feel so much as an adventure like most of the other places. I think one of the best things of the natural wonders of Puerto Rico is that they give you a space to explore and personally discover nature, leaving you feeling both amazed and blessed that you could enjoy them. I've found out about some of the lesser known places from your site, it's great!

Comment by laura on 23 Sep 2011

I would like to know ware is located the place in this link that is a picture of a beach hole like a reef wall in the middle of the page the 3rd one from top to bottom is there is any GPS coordinates or some knows how to get there I would love to take some pictures there.

Comment by Lowenski on 30 Oct 2011

That photo was taken near Cueva del Indio near Arecibo.

Comment by Ray on 31 Oct 2011

Hi - We moved to PR with work for a about a year, and have loved your site as a guide to all of the great offerings here! We have hit most of the items on the list above - but not sure about "Guajataca River in Lares". Do you have ideas how to best 'explore' that area?

Comment by Mike on 28 Apr 2013

I really can't- I didn't think it was that big on the Lares end. On the San Sebastian end, it is large. Try on RT 455, I think there is a kayak put in along there.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 May 2013

Hi Ray and Gwenn, I love your list. Looks like my own. I've lived in Puerto Rico since 2008 and have loved exploring the island. Many of the things I've seen on puertoricodaytrips has helped me. I teach high school in Toa Baja and I often take my students around the island. It's crazy how many Puerto Ricans do not even realize what is right in their back yard! Anyway, I wanted to know more about you guys! Is it out of the question to grab dinner some night? Where are you from? Just wondering! Thanks for what you do! Craig

Comment by Craig on 11 Mar 2014

Hey Craig, we have an about us page: We really are pretty boring people other than our adventures!

Comment by Gwenn on 11 Mar 2014

definitely Culebrita!

Comment by Michelle on 26 Mar 2015

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