Bucket List Puerto Rico: A Local’s Guide to all 78 Municipalities
Who here has a bucket list? I do!!! My top two items on my bucket list are:
- Visit all countries and their dependencies.
- Visit all 78 municipalities/towns of my homeland, Puerto Rico.
That’s why this series is called Bucket List Puerto Rico.
This is the first post of an ongoing series about Puerto Rico. I’ll be publishing a post every month about a different town and adding a link to this post as we visit them.
Local travels are special because you learn more about your land. You also go more confident into the adventures because you know the area. Because after all, you’re home! But they open your eyes to what you’ve been missing out on right outside your backyard. You might have even studied about it in school, so you have a sense of what you might experience.
However, I have a confession to make. This was not my original idea. This was my dad’s idea. He wanted to visit all the towns and take a picture at the plaza, and I think he almost did. My goal is a bit different, though. I want to visit the best family-friendly attractions, historical sites and beaches (of those that do have beaches) of each town. And I’ll be doing it wearing my baby!
So without further ado, here’s the list of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities divided by region!
Nearly half of Puerto Rico’s population lives here and is considered one of the top 25 largest metropolitan areas in North America. It has more than 500 years-worth of history, and it’s historical district – Old San Juan – is one the best kept in the Caribbean. Its forts – Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristobal and La Fortaleza – were declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. Everywhere you go in the region, you’ll find history, culture and most of all FUN.
Note: At the moment, most of the attractions in Bayamón are closed. I will talk about it later, after they have opened some of the places worth visiting.
With idyllic landscapes and world-renowned attractions, this region is one of the most visited by tourists. It comes as no surprise as here you’ll find the US’ only tropical rainforest, two of the best bioluminescent bays, and one of the top 10 best beaches in the WORLD. This region is great for people who enjoy camping at the beach!
- Río Grande
- San Lorenzo
- Las Piedras
Located in the South of the island, its attractions are rich in the island’s culture. You can find the Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes (Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center), Castillo Serrallés, and Hacienda Buena Vista (a former coffee plantation). This region is also home to the colorful Vejigantes Carnival.
- Santa Isabel
- Juana Díaz
Porta del Sol
Surfing is the highlight of this region, with Rincón as its capital (of surfing, I mean). It’s home to Gilligan’s Island. You’ll also find a wildlife reserve and the third bio bay of the island. I promise you’ll have one of THE BEST vacations on this region!
- Cabo Rojo
- San Germán
- Sabana Grande
- Las Marías
- San Sebastián
If you’re looking for outdoor adventures, this is the perfect place for you! Nature lovers will have a blast at the Camuy Caves; golf lovers need to visit Dorado and its awesome golf courses; science buffs need to visit the Arecibo Observatory (featured in the popular movie Contact); and shopaholics will find their special place at the Puerto Rico Premium Outlets with stores by famous brands at amazing prices.
- Vega Baja
- Vega Alta
- Toa Alta
Puerto Rico’s mountain range runs east to west, and is the island’s lungs. Its rivers give testimony to our Taíno heritage. It’s also said that the jíbaros fled to the mountains. There’s even a monument about it in Cayey. This region is best for the adventurer. You won’t find any luxury resorts here, but the green of its mountains are all the luxury you’ll need.
- Aguas Buenas
- Florida (yes, we have another Florida here! LOL)
Stay tuned as we explore the wonders of Puerto Rico! Do you have any special requests for me? Would you like me to show you any specific sites or places you’ve heard about and want to learn more? Shoot me a comment, or send me a message. I’d love to hear from you!
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Hasta luego! Until next time!