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FAMILY FUN IN PUERTO RICO

Safe, sunny and straightforward, Puerto Rico is a fantastic choice for a family holiday. This lovely Caribbean isle offers a variety of activities and adventures for all ages. But Puerto Rico family holidays are particularly good for those who love the great outdoors, as you can discover beautiful beaches, rich forests and exotic wildlife.

It’s fair to say that Puerto Rico is one of the best-equipped Caribbean islands for families. There are a number of family-focused resorts, where large pools, child-friendly menus and family-sized suites make everything easy and relaxing. Most hotels also have lots of activities on offer – like tennis, volleyball and watersports – as well as dedicated kids’ areas, like a splash pool or play area.

But the real attraction of a family holiday to Puerto Rico lies beyond the hotels. This tropical isle is wonderfully diverse, so there’s always something to see and do. The powdery beaches will be loved by the whole family, as little ones can play and paddle in the calm waters, while older kids can try snorkelling and kayaking. Or you could all spend a day learning how to surf. Inland, meanwhile, El Yunque National Forest will fascinate children of all ages, thanks to its dramatic landscape and colourful wildlife. And the bioluminescent waters of Laguna Grande are sure to amaze even the most blasé teenager.

To top it all off, the island’s climate means you can expect brilliant weather during the school holidays at Christmas, Easter and February half term. So what are you waiting for? Speak to our Travel Specialists to start planning your Puerto Rico family holiday.

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Things to do

Where to stay

Best time to go

Best beaches for families

Your family holiday to Puerto Rico will undoubtedly involve some time on the beach – and you’ve got plenty to choose from. You could make tracks for the two-mile stretch at Sun Bay, where you’ll find sugary sands, a café and calm waters, where little ones can paddle around safely. Or, if you’re keen to go snorkelling, take a daytrip to Flamenco Beach. On the nearby island of Culebra, this postcard-worthy beach is one of the best in Puerto Rico.

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Travelling with teens? Head to Puerto Rico’s westernmost point, Rincon, and spend a day learning to surf in the Caribbean Sea. Or, if you fancy a more gentle activity, try paddle-boarding or kayaking. For a truly special experience, go kayaking at night in Laguna Grande Nature Reserve. Known as ‘Bioluminescent Bay’, this place is home to bioluminescent plankton which glow in the dark – so, at night, the water appears to be filled with neon-blue stars.

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Things to do with kids

Puerto Rico family holidays serve up lots of exciting things to do. Whether your children are tots or teens, everyone is sure to be easily entertained.

If you’re a family of outdoor enthusiasts, El Yunque National Forest should be at the top of your list. Covering 28,000 acres, this protected area is filled with tropical trees and exotic birdlife. You can go on a guided hike, explore on horseback and even go zip-lining. Or, if you’d prefer to discover the forest independently, simply stroll along one of the many walking trails.

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Families will also love Coqui Waterpark. In the northeast corner of Puerto Rico, this fun-filled waterpark has a number of pools, high-speed waterslides – including one with a vertical drop – and a meandering lazy river. Or, if you get a rainy day, why not visit the Children’s Museum in San Juan? This place makes a great day out for children aged three to 10. There’s a variety of exhibitions and activities, covering everything from volcanoes and outer space, to go-karting and theatre.

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Best family hotels

There are some fantastic hotels and resorts for your family holiday to Puerto Rico. If you and the kids like to keep busy, we’d recommend Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico. This family-friendly resort has a large lagoon-style pool and a long list of activities, such as kayaking, snorkeling, tennis and volleyball. Plus, parents will love the luxury spa and two 18-hole golf courses.

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Alternatively, if you want to stay near San Juan, consider booking Condado Plaza Hilton. This hotel has a lovely cove-like beach and four pools, so it’s ideal for waterbabies. You’ll find lots of kids’ activities, too, and the hotel’s American-Caribbean restaurants are perfect for children.

Or you could choose Caribe Hilton Hotel. Boasting a secluded beach, this place was made for families who want to chill out. You can go snorkelling or kayaking, play a game of tennis, let the kids run wild in the playground, or enjoy some downtime in the hammock garden. 

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Best time to visit Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s average annual temperature is 26°C but, owing to the island’s tropical climate, rain showers are always a possibility. The best weather occurs between December and April – handy for the Easter school holidays – when it’s dry and sunny, with temperatures hovering around 28°C. If you’re keen to avoid the rain as much as possible on your family holiday to Puerto Rico, just remember that the north coast gets twice as much rain as the south, and the island’s driest area is the southwest corner.

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If you’d prefer to take the kids to Puerto Rico when the beaches are quieter, consider visiting during half term in May or October. You might see the odd shower, but it’s still nice and warm. It’s best to avoid going between June and November – this is hurricane season, so you can expect heavy downpours and high humidity.

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Beaches

Best beaches for families

Your family holiday to Puerto Rico will undoubtedly involve some time on the beach – and you’ve got plenty to choose from. You could make tracks for the two-mile stretch at Sun Bay, where you’ll find sugary sands, a café and calm waters, where little ones can paddle around safely. Or, if you’re keen to go snorkelling, take a daytrip to Flamenco Beach. On the nearby island of Culebra, this postcard-worthy beach is one of the best in Puerto Rico.

Show More
Show Less

Travelling with teens? Head to Puerto Rico’s westernmost point, Rincon, and spend a day learning to surf in the Caribbean Sea. Or, if you fancy a more gentle activity, try paddle-boarding or kayaking. For a truly special experience, go kayaking at night in Laguna Grande Nature Reserve. Known as ‘Bioluminescent Bay’, this place is home to bioluminescent plankton which glow in the dark – so, at night, the water appears to be filled with neon-blue stars.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do with kids

Puerto Rico family holidays serve up lots of exciting things to do. Whether your children are tots or teens, everyone is sure to be easily entertained.

If you’re a family of outdoor enthusiasts, El Yunque National Forest should be at the top of your list. Covering 28,000 acres, this protected area is filled with tropical trees and exotic birdlife. You can go on a guided hike, explore on horseback and even go zip-lining. Or, if you’d prefer to discover the forest independently, simply stroll along one of the many walking trails.

Show More
Show Less

Families will also love Coqui Waterpark. In the northeast corner of Puerto Rico, this fun-filled waterpark has a number of pools, high-speed waterslides – including one with a vertical drop – and a meandering lazy river. Or, if you get a rainy day, why not visit the Children’s Museum in San Juan? This place makes a great day out for children aged three to 10. There’s a variety of exhibitions and activities, covering everything from volcanoes and outer space, to go-karting and theatre.

Show More
Show Less

Where to stay

Best family hotels

There are some fantastic hotels and resorts for your family holiday to Puerto Rico. If you and the kids like to keep busy, we’d recommend Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico. This family-friendly resort has a large lagoon-style pool and a long list of activities, such as kayaking, snorkeling, tennis and volleyball. Plus, parents will love the luxury spa and two 18-hole golf courses.

Show More
Show Less

Alternatively, if you want to stay near San Juan, consider booking Condado Plaza Hilton. This hotel has a lovely cove-like beach and four pools, so it’s ideal for waterbabies. You’ll find lots of kids’ activities, too, and the hotel’s American-Caribbean restaurants are perfect for children.

Or you could choose Caribe Hilton Hotel. Boasting a secluded beach, this place was made for families who want to chill out. You can go snorkelling or kayaking, play a game of tennis, let the kids run wild in the playground, or enjoy some downtime in the hammock garden. 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s average annual temperature is 26°C but, owing to the island’s tropical climate, rain showers are always a possibility. The best weather occurs between December and April – handy for the Easter school holidays – when it’s dry and sunny, with temperatures hovering around 28°C. If you’re keen to avoid the rain as much as possible on your family holiday to Puerto Rico, just remember that the north coast gets twice as much rain as the south, and the island’s driest area is the southwest corner.

Show More
Show Less

If you’d prefer to take the kids to Puerto Rico when the beaches are quieter, consider visiting during half term in May or October. You might see the odd shower, but it’s still nice and warm. It’s best to avoid going between June and November – this is hurricane season, so you can expect heavy downpours and high humidity.

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