Our most recommended things to do in Southern Region, Puerto Rico

From San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour and Hot Springs

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

Embark on an adventure to a bioluminescent bay on this trip from San Juan. See the hot springs, feast on a hot dinner in a local restaurant, and visit a sand bar, before heading out to the bay and swimming in the luminous water. 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.

Salinas: Caribbean Sea Cays Guided Jet Ski Tour

2. Salinas: Caribbean Sea Cays Guided Jet Ski Tour

Go on a jet ski adventure in the Caribbean Sea with a safe and accelerating ride guided by an experienced team. Depart from Marina de Salinas and make your way to gorgeous cays where you can jump into the crystal blue waters. Stop at Isla Perdía, Cayo Dos Palmas, Cayo Pájaros, and Cayo Matías. Meet the customer service representatives at Marina de Salinas who will assist you with the required documentation and watercraft selection. Before starting the tour, use the storage area to secure any non-valuable personal items like car keys. Get familiar with the route and safety guidelines with your tour guide. Leave Marina de Salinas, cruising along the bay and enjoying views of the Caribbean Sea, and keep your eyes peeled for manatees. Follow your guide to learn how to accelerate your jet ski within the permitted speed limit. Make way to your first stop, Isla Perdía. Enjoy its mangroves and turquoise waters for 20 minutes. Then, head to Cayo Dos Palmas to take scenic pictures of the key and the coast of Puerto Rico. After leaving Cayo Dos Palmas, continue to the island of Cayo Pájaros on the way to Cayo Matías, a secluded beach famous for its welcoming views and water sports. If time permits, make one last stop by Punta Arenas, enjoying its coastline full of islands, inlets, beaches, and scenic natural treasures, before heading back to Marina de Salinas where the experience ends.

Ponce: Guided City Walking Tour

3. 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: South Coast Sea Cays Mini Boat Cruise

4. Salinas: South Coast Sea Cays Mini Boat Cruise

Discover Salinas' south coast and magnificent Puerto Rican cays on a mini boat cruise with a captain. Travel over the bright turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, cool down with a dip, and sip on juices and cool water during your outdoor, sightseeing cruise. Marvel at the natural wonders of the cays and enjoy an intimate experience aboard your small boat. Head out of the Marina de Salinas, cruise through the bay where you may spot a family of manatees that lives here, and make your way straight to the cays. Choose to take the helm and drive the mini boat or let your captain take charge, the choice is yours. Kick up your adrenaline by accelerating the mini boat, all while enjoying the brilliant Caribbean Sea views. Your first stop is at Isla Perdía, where you see a beautiful mangrove cay with crystal blue waters Continue your cruise to Cayo Dos Palmas, where can see and marvel at more mangroves, take scenic pictures of the cay and the coast of Puerto Rico, and where you have the best views of the mountain area known as La Cordillera Central. After leaving Cayo Dos Palmas, go by Cayo Pájaros on your way the most famous cay in the region, Cayo Matías. If time permits, make the most of a final stop by Punta Arenas beach, before heading back to Marina de Salinas.

San Juan: Puerto Rico Coffee Plantation Tour and Tastings

5. 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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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 102 reviews

The tour has one optional stop at a white sandbar en route to a bioluminescent bay for a quick swim as the sun goes down. The hot springs were a bit of an odd setting, but I highly recommend trying them.My husband, after soaking in the spring water, felt that his nee "unblocked". It has some soothing effect on the joints.

Swimming in the bio bay was a once in a lifetime experience! Before that, a nice swim in the warm shallow waters near mangroves, a local sit down spot for a light dinner, and before that a dip in natural hot springs. While a trek via van, it was a comfortable ride and the guide was funny and accommodating.

Wonderful experience. Captain and crew have tons of information about the organism that glows. Very kind people. Our second time doing it and we absolutely will do it again!

Our guide, Omar, was wonderful! We got to see many islands and the drive from San Juan was GORGEOUS. I can’t recommend this enough.

Well worth the long day of travel! You don’t want to miss this experience!