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40 Things to do in Northeast Puerto Rico

Map of Northeast Puerto Rico

I am the vacation planner in our family, so I know how difficult it can be to figure out where to stay or what to do when you are visiting some place for the first time. This article may help you plan some of your time here in Puerto Rico, particularly on the northeast part of the island. By "northeast", I am referring to the part of the island that you can reach by driving east from the San Juan area.

We live and have a tourist vacation rental in Río Grande next to El Yunque National Forest, so we have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time enjoying this part of the island. Fortunately, the northeast area has so much to do that one could spend many days here and still have not done it all!

Spending Time in the Northeast

It will be easy to fill up your vacation time whether you have a couple hours, a full day or many days to spend in the northeast. Of course, there are some things in the area for which you have to set aside a fixed amount of time. There are others where you can spend as much or as little time as you want, depending on your level of interest.

Let’s use El Yunque National Forest as an example. You could spend a few longs days in the forest and still not see/hike all that the forest has to offer. At the other extreme, you could just drive up the road, enjoy the greenery, waterfalls and views from the comfort of your air-conditioned car and be "done with it" in 2 hours!

Everyone has their own ideas about what they want to get out of an activity. Here is a list of things available to do in the northeast and the average time people take to enjoy them.

4 Hours or Less

These things generally take 4 or fewer hours to enjoy. We usually pick 2 of these and make a full day out of it.

More than 4 Hours

These places and activities take more than 4 hours to do — some are full-day activities — so one can usually only do one of these per day. Although, with some planning and with the understanding that you’ll have a really long day, you could do one of these during the day and then a biobay trip in the evening.

A Biobay is a must-do at Night

If you’re heading to the northeast, one thing that I really like above all others is a trip to a biobay. You need to take the moon into consideration (we have this handy biobay/moon calendar that shows the best nights) because a bright moon washes out the glow of the biobay.

If the moon is favorable, I think this is an incredible experience. And since the first tours of the biobays start after dark, you could still do something else from the list above during the day and then visit a biobay at night.

There are 3 options for visiting a biobay in the northeast. You can do the Fajardo biobay on foot at Las Cabezas or via kayak with a guided tour or via an electric motor boat,.

I think any biobay trip is a perfect ending to a great day!

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It depends on where you go in Rio Grande, the time of year etc. There is less rain at the coast and more rain as you go up the mountain. But, it doesn't rain every day and when it does rain, many times it is a passing shower. On our property at the lower elevations of El Yunque, we usually get a morning sprinkle, probably 5 days a week, usually before 9am. But in dry season, we can go weeks without a drop.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Aug 2016

Does it rain a lot in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico? I want to know what we can expect from the weather?

Comment by Traci Crotteau on 05 Aug 2016

Grear advice we fly out Monday morning for a week long adventure. I've saved this as a book mark. This was a last min trip so thanks for the impromptu itenary. I'll let you know how it goes.

Comment by on 12 May 2012

Great job compiling all this information. My daughter and I will be visiting the Rio Grande area after Christmas. We love anything adventurous. You nailed all the things we love to do. Thanks for your time and efforts in putting this information together for us.

Comment by Christy on 15 Dec 2011

This site is everything I need to plan what we will do on our trip to PR at the end of this month. Thanks, I love it!

Comment by Sue on 08 Oct 2011

Superb stuff. You have saved the day/week/holiday!

Comment by Anne Marie on 07 Apr 2011

i like it :)

Comment by marisa on 18 Feb 2011

Love this site!! thanks so much for the very informative, brief yet concise information with great links!!!

Comment by Kim Horrigan on 07 Feb 2011

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