Rides into Nature's Theme Park
Take a break from the beach and get some mud on the tires. There's a lot more to Puerto Rico than sand and surf. A memorable and exciting way to discover the island's geographic diversity is by taking the controls of an all-terrain vehicle and joining a group ride into the back country. After leaving fields and farm behind, you will follow narrow paths through the rainforest, ford jungle streams and scramble up slopes toward overlooks that take in views from mountain to ocean. Along the way, there are stops where riders can learn of the island's natural and human history.
- Best for: Everyone, from rainforests to watersports and spas, Puerto Rico has something for everyone
- Best season to visit: Year-round
- Weather: Puerto Rico enjoys a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from the 70s in winter to summer highs in the upper 80s. Inland mountains remain cooler, and east coast sites enjoy trade winds. Winters are dry. Rain is more common from April through Nov
Puerto Rico Information
Offroading in Puerto Rico Overview
The island of Puerto Rico offers a wide range of natural settings for offroad adventures. These include coastal plains, farms, rainforests, rolling hills, river valleys and steep mountains. One of the best areas to take in most all of these landscapes on a single ride is in the Carolina Municipality, which lies just east and inland from San Juan.
Offroading in Puerto Rico Tips
You don't have to be an offroad pro to participate in ATV rides at Hacienda Campo Rico. Riders are provided with full safety briefings and ample time to get acquainted with their vehicles before guided tours begin. In addition, routes are selected based on the interests and abilities of each group.
Best Places for Offroading in Puerto Rico
Just a short drive from the San Juan resort district, Hacienda Campo Rico is a starting point for ATV tours that lead through plantations of tropical fruit, climb rocky hills, speed through green rainforest valleys and splash across rivers. A highlight of tours is a stop to explore caverns filled with unusual rock formations and ancient stone carvings made by the indigenous Taino people.
What to Pack for Offroading in Puerto Rico
Save the sandals and bathing suits for later and wear sturdy shoes and long pants when riding. Choose clothing that you won't mind getting wet and muddy, and pack wipes or a towel if you want to shower after the ride. A fanny pack is ideal for carrying items such as sunscreen and mobile devices when on the trail.
Passport and/or Visa Requirements
Entry Requirements: No passport necessary for U.S. citizens to enter Puerto Rico. No visa is required for U.S. Citizens.
Vaccinations are not required for entry into Puerto Rico. Check with your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov.
Culture and Customs
When you arrive in Puerto Rico, you are still on US soil, but also very much in the Caribbean. No passport is needed, and English and Spanish are spoken in equal measure, but the culture is a blend of island styles and Latin-American traditions. San Juan is a cosmopolitan and thoroughly modern commercial center, but also a city with a long and storied history dating back to the days of Spanish treasure galleons and the real pirates of the Caribbean. The posh resorts and trendy boutiques of the Condado District are just a short stroll away from the narrow cobblestone streets and colonial-era buildings of Old San Juan. Drive into the mountains and as four-lane highways transition into cliff-hugging single lanes you step back into an era of village life, and then into settings where nature still takes center stage. El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest System, and surrounding mountains hide an eco- adventurer's dreamscape of canyons, caves and waterfalls. At Toro Verde, the mile-and-a-half-long Monster is the world's longest zip line, and the Camuy River Cave Park features the world's third longest underground river. Surfers flock to world-class breaks near the west-coast town of Rincon, paddlers explore the mangrove lagoons of Parguera, and big game fishermen depart San Juan Harbor to do battle with trophy sized blue marlin. Those who prefer luxury over adventure can relax at premier resorts, play tour-worth golf courses, indulge in five-star spa services and sample the island's vibrant culinary scene.
Electricity, Phone and Internet Access
Electricity in Puerto Rico is 110 volts, 60 cycles, so no adapter will be needed for US visitors. The country code/area code for Puerto Rico is 787. Some U.S. providers include calls and data usage from Puerto Rico so be sure to check with your provider to see if additional costs will apply. Many hotels offer WiFi.
The environmental standards that apply to water in the U.S. apply to Puerto Rico. The water is safe to drink and bottled water if preferred is available for purchase.
Language & Currency
Both English and Spanish are the official languages in Puerto Rico, however Spanish is more frequently spoken by the people of Puerto Rico. The currency in Puerto Rico is the US Dollar.
Puerto Rico is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Puerto Rico is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).
Location, Size and Population
Puerto Rico is an archipelago in the Caribbean and part of the Greater Antilles. The islands are located west of the Virgin Islands and east of the Dominican Republic. The Northern coast faces the Atlantic Ocean while the Southern coast faces the Caribbean Sea. Puerto Rico is 30 miles wide North to South and 90 miles long East to West, 3,515 square miles total and includes a number of small islands, Mona to the west, along with Culebra and Vieques to the east. The capital and most populated municipality is San Juan, located on the northeastern shore of the main island
The population of Puerto Rico is 3.68 million (2016).