Puerto Rico’s Most Scenic Trails

Puerto Rico’s Most Scenic Trails

Puerto Rico boasts a diverse range of attractions—from lush mountains and stunning beaches to rich history and culture and a vibrant food scene. And because of its natural beauty and warm and tropical climate, the island is a particular paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. It’s home to many trails within forests and along beaches that everyone, whether you’re a beginner or up for a serious challenge, can enjoy. Here are the spots not to miss.

The Ballena Trail in El Bosque Seco de Guánica

Explore one of the 12 scenic trails in Guánica’s Dry Forest. The Ballena Trail offers a shorter, less strenuous hiking experience, perfect for capturing stunning photos of local wildlife including birds and butterflies alongside a remote beach—not to mention an abundance of beautiful flora. Afterward, enjoy the local charm of Guánica itself, chowing down on fresh seafood at the Mojito Beach Bar or Restaurante Alexandra.

Paseo Lineal Río Bayamón

Keep your eyes peeled as you make your way along the panoramic Bayamón River towards Levittown Beach in this peaceful park, featuring six miles of paved paths. Separated into two convenient lanes—one for pedestrians and one for bicycles, the the Paseo Lineal Río Bayamón welcomes walkers, runners, and bikers alike to a trail considered one of Puerto Rico’s top spots for birdwatching.

The Interpretative Trail in El Bosque Estatal de Guajataca

You might have to climb some steps, but the view from the top of the stairs is well worth it. Nestled within the vast Guajataca State Forest, which has 27 miles of trails, this accessible two-mile loop is ideal for beginners and families. While the hike is mostly flat, there’s a steeper side trail that leads to an observation tower awaiting a breathtaking reward.

Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Cagüana

At the Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Site, you can stroll around the sprawling grounds and learn about the people who lived in this region before Spanish colonization. The site features a small museum and 10 bateyes—sacred spaces historically used by Taíno Indians for celebrations and meetings. You can also admire stone monoliths, and petroglyphs that enrich this cultural landmark.

The Angelito Trail and Mount Britton Trail & Tower in El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System, is a top destination for nature enthusiasts. If you’re a beginner or traveling with children, check out the Angelito Trail, an easy half-mile hike that ends at Las Damas Pool in the Mameyes River—perfect for a refreshing swim. Advanced hikers might prefer the Mount Britton Trail, a steeper, narrower route that leads to Mount Britton Tower, where mesmerizing views of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea await. This trail takes about 45 minutes to complete. After your hike, refuel with local seafood and traditional Puerto Rican cuisine like mofongo (made from mashed fried plantains) at Don Pepe Restaurant.

Bosque Estatal de Piñones

Choose between walking, jogging, or renting a bike to explore Piñones hidden gem. Along this wood trail, you’ll encounter lots of wildlife and endemic ecosystems, including Puerto Rico’s most extensive natural system of mangroves, as well as rock formations.

El Bolo Trail in El Bosque Estatal Toro Negro

Amid Toro Negro Forest’s nearly 7,000 acres, you’ll come across waterfalls, rivers, and natural swimming pools. El Bolo Trail, a moderate path that’s also among the most popular on the island, leads hikers to a stone observation tower with an impressive vista. It also promises good birdwatching.

Vistamar el Combate in Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge

This two-hour hike takes you by the beach and through the salt flats. You can hike, run, or walk the path—another one said to be a prime birdwatching spot. The popular beach town of Cabo Rojo is also brimming with vibrant eateries. You can’t go wrong with fresh seafood from Bamboleio or the homemade sangria from Buena Vibra Bar & Tapas.

Gozalandia Waterfall in San Sebastián

Less than a mile long, this short yet rewarding hike leads to a majestic waterfall with a pool. You can continue further down the path to see a second waterfall and pool. And nearby San Sebastián has plenty to do itself, including family-friendly activities, so you can make a day of it: Learn about the history of hammocks at the Museo de la Hamaca, book a guided cultural or food tour experience with Tour Guide Debbie, and grab delicious pizza and seafood at Restaurante y Pizzeria Don Quijote.

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