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Puerto Rico Things to Do in San Juan & Around the Island - Romantic

Surprise your Loved One with a Romantic Sunset Sail

Longing for some time away with your loved one full of romantic experiences?  Please allow us to tell you why San Juan is a wonderful choice that everyone can enjoy from budget-friendly to luxurious experiences.  Whether you seek to explore beautiful relaxing places to more adventurous activities, San Juan is a great place to fulfill your wish list with easy access to even more around the island.

Overview of San Juan as a Romantic Destination

One City... Two Distinct Experience... European Tropical Romance & Modern City Beach Life

Travel to San Juan is hassle-free with many direct flights from the U.S., Canada, and Europe with no passport required for US Citizens.  Budget-conscious couples will find plenty of free and inexpensive romantic activities to enjoy.  For couples desiring luxurious experiences, San Juan will not disappoint with activities from fine dining to private charters to breathtaking natural attractions.

Make this Puerto Rico vacation the beginning of new romantic gestures, fun adventures, and traditions.  The great value of travel is having new experiences that help us adopt new ways of seeing the world, and our relationships.  Puerto Ricans are known for having a celebratory outlook in life, we hope that all the good things you experience may enrich your relationship… and that you’re inspired to keep traveling, and living a more vibrant life together.

Romance in the Old City

Romantic vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico

You know the feeling you get when you dine at that perfect restaurant with the perfect lighting, sounds, sights, smells, and tastes?   You feel that in Old San Juan everywhere you go.  It is no wonder so many couples choose to celebrate their wedding and spend their honeymoon in this magnificent city.

The ambiance in Old San Juan screams romance, and it can be as relaxed or as exciting as you wish. As you walk around the city, you’ll sense the romance everywhere you go.  Old San Juan offers couples with a great variety of romantic things to do for both the active and more relaxed couple. You’ll find many places with breathtaking views sure to inspire love.

Just before night, golden sunsets set the mood for a romantic evening. At night, the romance cranks up a few notches, as black wrought iron lanterns light up and give cobblestone streets a golden glow. The bright-colored homes become more subdued, creating an enchanting romantic ambiance. You can enjoy everything by taking a walk as you hold hands. Stay at El Convento, one of the most romantic and historic hotels in the world.

Top Rated Romantic Hotels & Resorts in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Romance in The New City

Puerto Rico Romantic Destinations - San Juan

If your idea of romance is waking up in the morning to the sounds of the ocean waves, taking long walks on the beach and being pampered at luxurious hotels, then stay in trendy beachfront Condado. Condado offers modern resorts with excellent dining options, nightclubs to dance the night away and casinos.  Nearby Ocean Park offers couples a romantic beachfront setting for the more budget-minded couples. You can experience the romance of Old San Juan just a short 10-minute drive away.

Most Romantic Things to Do and Places to Visit in San Juan & Nearby

Surprise your Loved One with a Picnic on the Beach

Beach Picnic- Romantic things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Invite your loved one to take a walk on the beach.  As you’re walking extend your eyes to the scene of a lovely private picnic set up on the beach, your loved one will be wishing it was for the two of you… and in fact, it is.

All of your senses will be in harmony with the sights, sounds, and scent of the ocean, and the taste of delicious food, as you embrace each other with love.  Surely, you’ll be reminiscing about this moment forever.

Romantic Picnics in San Juan & Nearby

Take Salsa Lessons

Salsa Dancing Lessons - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Add a little happiness and sultriness to your steps… learn to move to the sounds of Salsa!

Music is an integral part of Puerto Rican culture, and Puerto Ricans do Salsa the best… ok Cubans are very good too.  The best cultural events take place in Old San Juan and you can always count on the best salsa bands to perform, the sounds reach corners and alleys of the colorful streets.  We encourage you to take a salsa lesson early in your trip, so you can add a little spice to your trip.   Various restaurants offer live entertainment and there are many events at squares throughout the year, where locals and tourists come together to dance.  Strangers become friends at the squares, as they move to the rhythms of Salsa and sing together to the most beloved songs.

This is an activity you’ll take home with you that you can continue to practice; every time you dance you’ll always reminisce about your romantic escape to San Juan.  Learning to dance salsa will help you understand why Puerto Ricans are often called the happiest people in the world.

Top Rated Dancing Classes in San Juan

Explore Romantic Places in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Paseo de La Princesa - Romantic Places in Puerto Rico

No need to spend much time planning where to go and what sights to see, we’ve created an itinerary for a romantic day in Old San Juan.

Old San Juan is a popular honeymoon and wedding destination in the Caribbean.  Perhaps you wish to re-kindle romance or you’re an endless romantic always celebrating love.  Old San Juan’s beauty, charm, and joyous spirit is sure to add spark as you explore scenic places, walk around charming colorful streets and immerse yourself in the joyous cultural experiences that the city has to offer.  Although Old San Juan receives the most number of visitors in Puerto Rico, you’ll find scenic places away from crowds to enjoy the beauty around you.

Sunset Sail on the Historic & Scenic San Juan Bay

Sunset Activities - Romantic Places in San Juan Puerto Rico

Surprise your loved one with a romantic sunset sail offering breathtaking views of the walled city, San Felipe del Morro Fort, Isla de Cabras Island, and the city line to the amber glow of the sunset.  You’ll be surprised to know that you don’t have to travel far to enjoy one of the best sailing experiences in the world, but don’t take our word for it… (see below).

Return home with travel bragging rights for experiencing a sunset sailing tour by SailPR, which proudly earned a spot on the coveted Traveler's Choice Best of the Best by TripAdvisor for Best Sailing in the World ... #20 in 2022 & #7 in 2021

Top Rated Sunset Sailing & Boat Tours - San Juan Bay

Explore the Sights & Sounds of El Yunque National Rainforest

El Yunque Rainforest - Romantic Places to Visit in Puerto Rico

After exploring Old San Juan, we invite you to go into the verdant mountains to explore the sights and sounds of the El Yunque Rainforest.  Although El Yunque is only a 45 minutes drive from San Juan, you’ll feel like you’re away from it all.  Enjoy hikes from easy to intermediate to explore trails leading to romantic waterfalls where you can jump in and feel the embrace of the rainforest and its magical wonders.  As you hike you can make pauses to gaze at each other in amazement as you admire lush tropical flora, colorful flowers, and the melodic sounds of the rainforest.

Getting to El Yunque National Rainforest:  El Yunque is located just 45 minutes from San Juan.

  • On your own:  You can rent a car and go on your own.  You only pay to enter the visitor center. 
  • With a tour guide:  You can choose from various interesting tours.  The tours are inexpensive, and we think they’re worth it since you don’t have to worry about the details, plus the added attention of a guide.  See top-rated tours below.

Private Tours to El Yunque National Rainforest

Escape to a Secluded Island near San Juan

Icacos Cay - Best places to visit in Puerto Rico

One of the great pleasures of vacationing in the city of San Juan is that in a short drive, you can enjoy a romantic escape to a secluded island.  We recommend you go to Icacos Cay or Piñeros Island for that dreamy tropical experience sure to add romance and enchantment to your vacation.  There are fun catamaran tours, small group boat tours, and luxurious private sailing tours. 

5 Star Tours to Secluded Islands of Puerto Rico

Have a Professional Photographer Capture Memories

As we travel extensively around the city, we often see couples forget to embrace each other and enjoy their surroundings fully because they spend a lot of time taking photos as they walk around.  We have forgotten the art and value of photographers, dedicated to capturing special gazes and moments we simply can’t ourselves.  If your budget allows, let friendly professionals capture memories of your special day in the most beautiful locations locals know.

Old San Juan Vacation Photography Sessions

For the Adventurous Couple…

Beautiful places to visit in Puerto Rico

Book a Fun Off-Road Jeep Adventure

Puerto Rico offers many activities sure to add excitement to your romantic escape.   Go waterfull rappeling, ziplining on the second longest line in the world, or over green canopies in the rainforest.  Explore the amazing caves of Puerto Rico, go river trekking in one of Puerto Rico’s most beautiful places.  For a fun drive, hop on an ATV for some fun off-road or along the coast.

Fun Adventure Tours for Couples

Learn to Enjoy the Pleasures of Island Life

San Juan Puerto Rico Things to Do

In Puerto Rico, you’ll be surrounded by the allure of the Caribbean, for a truly special and memorable experience on the water, nurture a more adventurous spirit together by learning to enjoy some of the favorite pass times on the island such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing.  These are unforgettable experiences that will keep on building memories in every future vacation you share in the Caribbean.  See top-rated lessons in San Juan below.

Top-Rated Water Activity Lessons in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Sail Away to the Offshore Treasures of Puerto Rico

Things to Do in San Juan Puerto Rico - Sailing

Take a Day Trip to the West Coast for Most Scenic Spot in Puerto Rico &  Bioluminescent Bay

Take a Day Trip to the West Coast  - Romantic places to visit on the west coast of Puerto Rico

  • Itinerary 1 – From San Juan take 18 to 52 towards Ponce and follow your maps app to the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse for a full morning of exploration on the most scenic overlook, salt flats often called “pink beach” and one of the top beaches of Puerto Rico.  If you wish to explore a beautiful spot that is closer, go to La Parguera for the day where you can spend the day exploring the keys by taking a water taxi, eating traditional food at the fishing village, and waiting for the sun to go down to experience the bioluminescent bay.  The bioluminescent bay in Lajas is the only one where you are allowed to swim, the best way to fully experience the dinoflagellates that light up as stars as you move in the water.
  • Itinerary 2 – Head to Aguadilla and take a hike to Survival Beach, then head to Isabela for lunch at Jobos Beach, and finally head to Pozo Teodoro, our favorite natural pool without crowds and a romantic vibe.  If you don’t wish to hike to Survival Beach, the Guajataca Tunnel offers another scenic walk.

While in Isabela, Royal Isabela has a fine dining restaurant with stunning views of the cliffside golf course and the ocean, great for lunch and dinner after a day of exploration.  Reservations are not required but are recommended.

Watch the Sunset

Romantic Things to Do in San Juan Puerto Rico

While in Puerto Rico make it a goal to watch the sunset every day… the simplicity of watching the sunset with a warm embrace is the perfect way to take a moment and celebrate the day.  Great spots to watch the sunset are the small square overlooking the San Juan Bay at the end of Calle San Jose & Calle Tetuan, Paseo de la Princesa, and the grounds of El Morro by the water.  If want an extra special sunset experience, if you take the day trip to the west coast as discussed in this guide, be sure to go to Rincon for sunset.

When you go back home, try to continue stepping outside with your loved one to watch the sunset.  If your love is not with you and you see a beautiful sky, take a photo and send it to your loved one… make this Puerto Rico vacation not only enchant you but also enrich your lives for life.

We hope you enjoy your stay in San Juan and we wish you many years of love and happiness.

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Map of Places to Visit for a Romantic Day in Old San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Things to Do in Puerto Rico ⎜ San Juan Puerto Rico ⎜ Romantic Things to Do in Old San Juan