Puerto Rico

78 Towns: The Only Puerto Rico Guide You’ll Need

This list will give you ideas of what to do on each of the 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico.

IMP: This post is under development. Links coming soon!!!

Puerto Rico is a convenient destination for U.S. travelers. Being a U.S. territory, you don’t require a visa or a passport to get there, and most people on the island speak English. Despite annexation by the U.S., the culture of Puerto Rico has maintained its own independence. That pride goes with us everywhere, as the popular saying goes “yo sería borincano aunque naciera en la luna” (I am Puerto Rican even if I was born on the moon) as the popular song from Fiel a la Vega says.

I’m from Puerto Rico myself, born and raised in the barrio Quebrada Honda in the town of San Lorenzo, which is sort of south-east-center of the island. Most of my ancestors were sugarcane and coffee field workers. I am what you call a jíbara, a term that is used to refer to the country people (previously peasants). Being a jíbarx has become a term of endearment, gaining a positive connotation in the last century. It’s associated with cultural ideology, but occasionally it’s used to refer to someone who is considered ignorant. For me, this term describes the hard-working, simple, independent-minded culture of our people.

That said, you will believe I have some street cred when it comes to advising people where to go when they visit Puerto Rico. I have been asked the same question many times: “I am going to Puerto Rico, what do you recommend I do?”. This inspired me to start this blog, Los Ambulantes, and write this comprehensive list of what to do in each town on the island. The list is constantly being edited, which means that I will add as I go visit these places on my home island. I will include photos, how to get there, where to eat, what to avoid, etc.

I decided to divide the list by region and then by town. Each town should have a hyperlink (some are still work in progress) that will take you on a virtual visit. If you need help planning a trip to the island, just send us a message and we will be happy to help.

North + Metropolitan Area

Arecibo
Barceloneta
Bayamón
Caguas
Camuy
Carolina
Carolina-Isla Verde
Cataño
Dorado
Guaynabo
Hatillo
Manatí
Quebradillas
Old San Juan
San Juan-Condado
Toa Baja
Trujillo Alto
Vega Alta
Vega Baja

 

 

The South

Arroyo
Guayama
Guayanilla
Juana Díaz
Patillas
Peñuelas
Ponce
Salinas
Santa Isabel
Villalba
Yauco

 

The East

Canóvanas
Ceiba
Fajardo
Gurabo
Humacao
Patillas
Humacao-Palmas
Juncos
Las Piedras
Loiza
Luquillo
Santa Isabel
Maunabo
Naguabo
Río Grande
San Lorenzo
Yabucoa

 

 

The West/Porta Del Sol

Aguada
Aguadilla
Añasco
Cabo Rojo
Guánica
Hormigueros
Patillas
Isabella
Lajas
Las Marías
Maricao
Mayagüez
Moca
Santa Isabel
Rincón
Sábana Grande
San Germán
San Sebastián

 

 

The Center of the Island/Zona Montañosa

Adjuntas
Aguas Buenas
Aibonito
Barranquitas
Cayey
Ciales
Patillas
Cidra
Coamo
Comerío
Corozal
Florida
Jayuya
Santa Isabel
Lares
Morovis
Naranjito
Orocovis
Toa Alta
Utuado

 

 

The Puerto Rico Islands

Vieques (Municipality)
Culebra (Municipality)
Isla de Mona
Caja de Muerto

How to get around

I always tell my friends that renting a car is your best option. You can try to get around with public transportation, but I feel like it’s just not reliable unless you are visiting the towns within the metropolitan area.

When to go

Puerto Rico has no seasons and it never gets terribly cold. The average temperature is 80°F (26°C). People usually like to visit in the winter to escape the winter in the U.S. Hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30, which can coincide with heavy rains. Plan accordingly.

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