Honeymoon in Puerto Rico
Hop over to the island of Puerto Rico for your honeymoon in the Caribbean. There are many reasons newlyweds love will enjoy a getaway to this US territory, full of romance and culture. Delight in walks down the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, enjoy exploring picture-perfect bays and retreating to a beautiful suite at your beach resort or boutique hotel.
Its 500-year-old history is evident in Puerto Rico’s metro area architecture, Puerto Rican culture and cuisine. But the use of the American dollar and English spoken there will be ideal for honeymooners who want some comforts from home but a change of scenery. That, and more, can be found in this tropical paradise.
Tropical climates await your arrival at your honeymoon in Puerto Rico. It’s part of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean. It is east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands.
Honeymooners will love the 300 miles of coastline and nearly the same number of beaches, and visiting the only rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service. The island is about 100 miles across and 35 miles wide, so nothing is ever too far away. San Juan, its capital city, is located on the northeast side of the island.
It has seven regions: west, east, north, south, central mountains in the middle of the island, and a metro area surrounding San Juan. The seventh region includes two small islands off the east coast of Puerto Rico: Culebra and Vieques.
Puerto Rico’s Currency and Language
The official languages of Puerto Rico are Spanish and English. While some people only speak Spanish, many speak both languages or a version of “Spanglish,” a combination of the two.
As a US territory, the currency is the US dollar and credit cards are widely accepted anywhere you’ll go during your Puerto Rico honeymoon. (Your U.S.-based mobile phone will also work in Puerto Rico, wherever there is service.)
LGBTQ+ Community in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is welcoming to LGBTQ+ couples and considers itself one of the friendliest of all the Caribbean nations to the queer community. As a US territory, their laws very much mirror those in the mainland. They have not one, by two Pride parades each year.
The LGBTQ+ community will very much enjoy the clubs, bars and restaurants in San Juan, the city with the largest queer population in PR.
Weather in Puerto Rico and the Best Time to Visit
The temperature on the island remains fairly steady all year, between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest it gets is typically in the mountain region in December and January, with temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Being mindful about hurricane season in Puerto Rico has been important the past few years; it is from early June through late November. The dry season is December through March.
The best time to visit is potentially February through April, when you avoid December’s holiday crowds, avoid hurricane season and still get to experience a warm climate while it’s winter in the United States.
Traveling to Puerto Rico
Passport and Visa information
All travelers to Puerto Rico must fill out a Traveler Declaration form upon arrival. However, if you’re traveling to the island as a US citizen you won’t need a passport, because Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States.
Flights to Puerto Rico
Book flights and leave the house with one simple photo ID (like your driver’s license) to travel to this destination.
It’s likely your Puerto Rico honeymoon will start here, landing after you fly over the Atlantic Ocean to the largest and their main airport, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). It’s just east of the island’s capital city, San Juan.
We’ve priced out roundtrip flights to this honeymoon destination from three major US cities for the first week of November:
- NYC to SJU: $350, for just under 4 hours of traveling with a nonstop flight.
- LAX to SJU: $230 with one stop and 9 hours of travel time.
- IAH (Houston) to SJU: $370 for a non-stop flight and just over 4 hours of flying time.
Of course you’ll have to get to your honeymoon resort after arriving. 14 car rental companies have desks at the airport. Additionally, there are readily available taxis and public buses. Another option is Uber. (Uber is only common in areas surrounding San Juan, thus it isn’t reliable for getting around other parts of the island.) Some hotels may provide transportation to and from the airport as well.
Routine vaccines are recommended to go to Puerto Rico. This includes shots like the Flu, Chicken Pox, Mumps-Measles-Rubella, and Hepatitis A and Typhoid in some cases.
Puerto Rico COVID-19 Safety and Regulations
Visitors arriving to Puerto Rico must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours, or self-quarantine for 14 days. Which we don’t imagine you’ll want to take 14 days to quarantine during your honeymoon, so we recommend arriving with a negative COVID test!
Top Things to Do in Puerto Rico
There are a lot of unique activities to participate in on the island during your honeymoon. Newlyweds are sure to create lasting memories in Puerto Rico doing any of the following:
- Take an evening kayak tour on one of three bioluminescent bays for an unforgettable experience.
- Taste Puerto Rican specialties during a 3-hour culinary tour in Old San Juan (did you know the Piña Colada was invented here?)
- Hike or zipline through El Yunque rainforest, the only rainforest in the U.S. National Forest system, with lush landscapes including picturesque waterfalls.
- Visit a rum distillery and take one of three tour options at either of the following: Casa Bacardi or Hacienda Santa Ana.
- Explore historic Old San Juan’s streets, lined with colorful buildings and colonial architecture.
- Tour Castillo San Felipe del Morro (known as “El Morro”) a fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site whose construction began in the 16th century.
- Take a ferry to the small island of Vieques, and walk on a black sand beach, go hiking or horseback riding.
- Enjoy water sports, including paddle boarding, deep-sea fishing, surfing or snorkeling in the Caribbean blue waters for a chance to see sea turtles and tropical fish.
Food in Puerto Rico
You can taste the passion and culture of Puerto Rico in its food. One of the most popular things to eat in Puerto Rico is lechón, which is slow-roasted pork. Couples should try other local favorites as well, like tostones (fried plantains), mofongo (mashed plantains with meat), or bacalaítos (fried cod fritters).
Where to Stay in Puerto Rico
There are plenty of options for accommodations here. Air BnB and VRBO both operate on the island.
Here are 5 honeymoon resorts and hotels where you can pump up the romance in rooms that have beautiful ocean views and dining experiences couples will remember.
- The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is located very close to El Yunque rainforest and only 30 minutes from San Juan. The St. Regis name is synonymous with luxury, which is perfect for couples who want to splurge on their honeymoon.
- Dorado Beach is associated with the Ritz Carlton. It was originally built as a Rockefeller resort in the 1950s, and is 40 minutes west of San Juan, on the north side of the island.
- Consider the W Retreat Spa if you want to stay in Vieques overnight.
- Hotel El Convento is one of the most charming hotel options in Old San Juan. Its cozy rooms set the stage for romance. It’s the oldest member of the Historic Hotels of America portfolio.
- The Meliá Century Hotel has less than 30 rooms and is on the south side of the island, in Ponce. It was built at the end of the 19th century and is the only hotel on the island that has enjoyed uninterrupted operations since it opened.
Register for your Puerto Rico Honeymoon
Can you picture yourself walking hand-in-hand on the streets of Old San Juan, soaking up the sun and vibrancy of Puerto Rico as you reminisce about your wedding? Let your friends and family help make that dream come true by creating a Honeyfund registry. Start with our sample Eastern Caribbean registry.