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Top 10 Natural Wonders of Puerto Rico

Isla Caja de Muertos

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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You should check the hike to tje El Toro Peak at el Yunque Rainforest the highest peak. You can access it through Rt 186 back and forth hike is about 5 hours. The view of the eastern side of the island is spectacular.

Comment by Diana Pelegrina on 25 Apr 2020

Nice list of places I have not visited!!! I’m a native from PR. I grew up there in the mountains of Cayey. Please check out Guavate, Carite Lake and el pozo Azul in Cayey ( indigenous carving on the rocks) also, the oak trees in the spring time on the road from Cayey to Guayama. Its so beautiful. I’ve visited Hawaii many times. Nothing compares

Comment by Myriam Harrell on 25 Aug 2019

With only 8 days, you probably can't do both Culebra and Vieques and the main island. I would pick one...probably Vieques (the biobay and snorkeling and some hiking). I would probably stay one-2 night in SJ to do what you wanted to do there, and then head to Vieques for a few nights and then head to the El Yunque area for a few night for hiking and some kayaking/snorkeling in Fajardo. You could always try for a day trip to Culebra for beach/snorkeling. But there are a million possibilities. Check out our page and search for areas or activities etc to get an idea of things to do.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Jan 2019

Hola, I am traveling with my 23 y/o son to PR for the first time from 2/23-3/3. WE are nature and outdoor enthusiasts. San Juan, Culebra, Vieques, El Yunque are on my list. We like to hike, swim, snorkel and kayak. I haven't been away for two years. Could you provide suggestions around where to stay and itinerary? Gracias, Linda

Comment by Linda Finguerra on 07 Jan 2019

I hope the trolleys restart in OSJ by March. But if not, there are taxis that will take up to 5 people from cruise ship to El Morro fort.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Dec 2017

Hi, I am coming to Puerto Rico early March 2018. I can not walk long distances and I am concerned the trollies aren't running. How do I get around San Jaun? Penny

Comment by Penny Harris on 21 Dec 2017

1) Cabo rojo cliffs and Playa Suscia 2) Guanica dry forest especially the beach reef areas 3) Flamenco bay Culebra 4) Tres Palmas especially the snorkeling around steps beach. 5) Gilligans island 6) Caja de Muertos 7) Jobos Bay 8) El Yunque 9) Bio Bay in Parguera 10)Any of the waterfalls, hot spring and the scenic ride through the mountains. I stay in Guayanilla so do not spend as much time exploring the north side.

Comment by scott tengzelius on 25 May 2017

so tru

Comment by ccccc on 28 Feb 2016

Well, no monkeys, but you will find the rest. Check for house/apt rentals.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Oct 2015

I am looking to come down and explore for 6 months. I would like to find a low low cost house rental for a couple of months while I search for the location I want to live at. Any suggestions? Thanks, I also want in the mountains where everything is green and birds, monkeys and farmers.

Comment by Charles on 09 Oct 2015

definitely Culebrita!

Comment by Michelle on 26 Mar 2015

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

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

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 - 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

That photo was taken near Cueva del Indio near Arecibo.

Comment by Ray on 31 Oct 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

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

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

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