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From San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour and Hot Springs

1. From San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour and Hot Springs

After pickup from your hotel, relax on the drive to the southwest and the first stop at the hot springs. From there you will dine on fresh fish, chicken, or vegetable tacos at a local restaurant. After dinner, you will visit the sand bar and once night has fallen, cruise to the bioluminescent bay where you will be amazed by the glowing landscape that awaits. At the bay, jump in the water to really experience this unique phenomenon, which is a true feast for the eyes. Enjoy some free time to swim and play in the water and admire the striking glow of the microorganisms that surround you. At the end of an unforgettable day, dry off on the boat then sit back and relax on the journey to your accommodation.

Ponce: Guided City Walking Tour

2. Ponce: Guided City Walking Tour

Discover Ponce during this cultural walk in the historic heart of the most Puerto Rican city. Learn of the city's past and present as your walk through alleys and streets, and admire the architecture. Hear about events, people, music, culture, and food. Meet your guide and wander through the alleys of Ponce while listening to the history and significant events that shaped what was once the largest and richest city in all of Puerto Rico. Find local hotspots and favorite places, the best of the Ponce food and art scene, and find out why Ponce is known as the Pearl of the South. Stroll around, listening to your guide speak about events, people, music, architecture, and much more.

Salinas to Caja de Muertos: Private Boat Tour with Lunch

3. Salinas to Caja de Muertos: Private Boat Tour with Lunch

Discover a secluded Caribbean island on this chartered VIP boat cruise that sails from Salinas to Isla Caja de Muertos. The 36-foot Blackwater vessel comes with all-inclusive service courtesy of the captain and crew. Enjoy a drink from the full-service bar onboard.   Start the trip at the Marina de Salinas. Meet the captain and crew to receive a briefing before setting sail. Cruise along the southern coast of Puerto Rico to Caja de Muertos. A secluded and uninhabited island, Caja de Muertos serves as a nature preserve. Marvel at the pristine setting.  Choose from the lunch and beverage menu after arriving at the island. Relax on deck or set out for the beach to stretch out and soak in the sun. Jump into the Caribbean Sea for a swim in its warm waters. Snorkelers can take advantage of the gear kept on hand. 

San Juan: Puerto Rico Coffee Plantation Tour and Tastings

4. San Juan: Puerto Rico Coffee Plantation Tour and Tastings

Start your day driving to the highest mountains of Puerto Rico and enjoying its lush views. Smell the sweet aroma of Arabica beans as you arrive at the Hacienda Pomarrosa coffee plantation. Learn about the production process from harvest to cup, enjoy a mug of Puerto Rican coffee and visit the main historical center of Ponce. During this up close and personal tour you will learn about the diversity of plants that can grow in this part of the Island, and even get the chance at picking some coffee cherries! Next, drive to Ponce and stop to explore this charming southern city. Take a wander around one of the city's most striking squares, Plaza Las Delicias. See the iconic Ponce's Cathedral and marvel at the beautiful architecture, as we make a stop for lunch. Make sure you have your camera to take photos of el Parque de Bombas, a historical firehouse. Immerse yourself in a day full of coffee and become a connoisseur. Go home with great memories of Puerto Rico and even purchase some coffee beans to enjoy. This tour is available only on Saturdays. Children 6 years or younger must use car seat/booster seat.

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What people are saying about Ponce

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 64 reviews

Amazing experience! Guides were great! Word to the wise this trip is not for the mobility impaired. Lots of riding, walking uphill on uneven streets. You enter the bay off of a small ladder on the back of the boat. I took my 75 yo mother and wished I’d known this ahead of time. It was not a place for a walker. She had a wonderful time but it was a struggle at times and she was not able to get off the boat to swim. Otherwise a wonderful trip!

This is a must do bucket list activity! Swimming at night in the bioluminescent bay was so much fun; the water temperature was perfect. Our family would do this again! Our tour guide, Cruz, was amazing!

i had the absolute best time.!! my kids and I had a blast, and out tour guide was incredible. unfortunately I forgot her name but she was the sweetest. 10/10 would recommend

This is an unforgettable experience. Spending the day traveling the island and then ending it in the water and seeing it Glo as you move around is spectacular.

I can’t remember our tour guides or captains name but they were funny and the absolute sweetest. They definitely made the whole experience a great one.