The island has over 15 championship golf courses a short drive away from the san juan metropolitan area. the trump international golf club boasts puerto rico’s first course of legendary proportions, designed by pga professional tom kite. it consists of two 18-hole championship courses, the championship and the international.
There's plenty to do outside the metropolitan areas. many small family-owned tour companies provide guided tours of the central mountains in utuado near río tanama, repelling in arecibo, kayak tours of lake guajataka, and horseback riding on the beach in aguadilla. some of the tour operators also provide low cost or free lodging. let's go puerto rico has listed a few of these outfitters, or you can simply do an internet search with the name of the area you would like to visit to find things to do. the individual towns also have yearly festivals listed in the tourism guides available at both major airports.
Blue Flag in Puerto Rico program, initiated in Europe since 1987, has been modified for implementation in the Caribbean. It's a voluntary program and it has proven along the years to be a very effective strategy to guarantee the best quality in beach services for bathers in different parts of the world.
Puerto rico's rain forest is a must-see. it spreads out over a mountain, so if you walk uphill from the road you're in an amazing rain forest. at any altitude you'll see numerous varieties of plant and animal life. if you're lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the endangered puerto rican parrot and hear the song of the local coqui tree frog. there are many hiking trails and the yokahu tower is a great spot to see the forest from above. there are also two trails that lead you straight down to la mina waterfalls. you can swim at the bottom of the falls in the cold refreshing water. there are short hiking trails and long hiking trails and they do overlap. pay close attention to the signs to ensure that you do not bite off more than you can chew.since it is a rain forest, expect it to rain daily and frequently, so dress accordingly. take an el yunque tour
Whether you're dreaming about spectacular surfing waves, a challenging golf course, or the perfect sunbathing beach, Puerto Rico offers the active traveller a tremendous array of opportunities. Surfing and golf compete with tennis, fishing, kayaking, scuba diving, and horseback riding, not to mention windsurfing and parasailing, for your active time.
The bioluminescent bays near fajardo and in vieques are an experience that should not be missed. the microscopic organisms that live in every drop of water in these bays will glow when they dart away from movement. take a kayak or boat tour during a new moon for the best results; they're hard to see during a full moon and impossible to see in sunlight. the biolumicescent bay in lajas is by far the most famous one to visit, with many kiosks and restaurants there for the traveller to enjoy as well as boat tours.
Snorkel and scuba dive
Scuba dive off puerto rico's caribbean coasts, especially off fajardo. but be sure that if you book with a snorkel trip that they guarantee you you'll be taken to true snorkelling sites. dive operators for instance, the outfit named sea ventures have been known to book snorkellers on day trips along with scuba divers, taking them all to deep water sites suited only to scuba diving.
Visit a plantation
Coffee, sugar cane, and tobacco were the three main agricultural products exported by puerto rico in the old days. sugar cane was produced in the hot lowlands by the sea while tobacco and coffee were grown in the mountainous interior of puerto rico. a few coffee plantations are still active or have been turned into museums. most of them can be found and visited in the mountains region just north of ponce.
As a US territory, Americans and American Samoan citizens can come here and work with no special visa or requirements, and they can stay and work indefinitely. Foreigners must go through the rigorous process of obtaining a US work permit. See the United States work section for more information.
There is a small international workforce on the island. In general, it's possible to find a nice job on the island doing various things. The island is full of international businesses which look for skilled labor all the time. Tourism is obviously a big industry for Puerto Rico. Also, the majority of pharmaceutical companies can be found in PR & the island plays a very important part in pharmaceutical manufacturing for the US & other places in the world.
It's very easy to find Spanish courses as well as learn to dance salsa.
Puerto Rico has 3 ABA-accredited law schools which are very competitive. The University of Puerto Rico Law School is very friendly towards international students and is a great option for foreigners looking for a quality, cheap education subsidized by the government that is less than 10 minutes from a beach!