The perfect honeymoon destination has great food, fun activities, romantic locations, perfect weather and a good vibe. A Honeymoon destination has to be exciting, exotic, and beautiful, a place where memories can be made and looked back on with fondness for an entire lifetime.
Puerto Rico is just that kind of destination, an island and jungle paradise that still holds all the luxuries of big city travel. Puerto Rico boasts world-renowned beaches, five-star hotels and restaurants, rainforests, historical landmarks, luxury resorts and spas, and so many other fantastic reasons for making this the place you need to visit to make your honeymoon memories.
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Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, which means that English is a primary language and U.S. dollars are the country’s currency, these familiarities of home can make traveling to a new country a little less scary. If you want to communicate in another primary language of Puerto Rico, you can brush up on your Spanish and dive into the fantastic culture of the island.
When to visit Puerto Rico
Once you’ve decided to visit Puerto Rico, you’ll want to choose the perfect time of year. Ideally, a honeymoon comes right after your wedding, but it can make sense to wait if you’re looking for the most magical time to visit the island.
The best time of year depends on what is important to you personally. Winter in Puerto Rico contains easily the best weather, ranging from high 60’s to low 80’s at the peak of the day’s heat. This is also the best surf season, so if you and your new spouse like to ride the waves, you may seriously want to consider a winter trip. I was able to find some insanely cheap flights in February and booked on a whim one year. But the great weather and start of surf season is also the reason that winter is a heavy tourist season for the island, it’s not the most ideal in terms of crowds and longer waits at the best restaurants and other popular locations.
Spring gets warmer weather but fewer tourists, crowds are less concentrated, reservations are easier to make, and it’s not yet hot enough to be uncomfortable. Spring is also the least rainy time of the year which makes for great beach days in the sunshine.
Summer brings rain and the beginning of hurricane season, flights to Puerto Rico will be cheaper at this time of year but you’ll also meet the hottest times of year on the island and you may have to schedule plans around the rain. If you plan a vacation during this time, I highly recommend getting a few travel insurance quotes in case you are unable to make your trip due to a hurricane.
Fall in Puerto Rico is cooler than summer by far and tourists are at the lowest percentage during this time of year. September and October usually offer the most affordable airfare and hotel stays of the year; the discount travel accommodations, pleasant weather, and lack of tourist crowds can make Fall the most ideal time of year to visit Puerto Rico.
Staying in San Juan
No matter what time of year you decide on, you’ll want to bring plenty of swimsuits and sunscreen to enjoy the gorgeous beaches that Puerto Rico offers.
One such beach, called Condado Beach, can be found in San Juan along the north-eastern coast of the island. Condado Beach is known by locals as a tourist beach, and for good reason, it has some of the best resorts and a true island vibe. Condado Beach is a place any visitor will want to put on their list of must-see locations while in Puerto Rico. The city of San Juan also offers some seriously interesting attractions and beautiful scenery, along with amazing options for hotels and resorts.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in San Juan that is cozy, romantic, and that embraces the incredible history of the island, you might check out Hotel El Convento; the hotel resides in a former convent whose history dates back to the 17th century. The Hotel El Convento has been renovated into a luxury hotel with a romantic ambiance and a rich, Spanish Colonial style; with offerings such as vacation packages, delicious dinners at their private restaurant, and couple’s massage deals, this is an ideal hotel choice for newlyweds.
San Juan holds a variety of historical buildings and cathedrals, you can easily spend a whole day leisurely walking the streets of Old San Juan with your loved one and marveling at the natural splendor of the city. While you’re enjoying the beauty and history of Old San Juan, you can stop midday at a trendy and intimate little café by the name of Casa Cortes Chocobar. The theme of the café is, you guessed it, chocolate! Nothing says dreamy like sharing a chocolatey treat with your sweetheart in a bright, charming café just off the cobbled street of a quaint, island city.
Where to stay in San Juan for Your Honeymoon
AC Hotel by Marriott San Juan Condado
AC Hotel is located in a busy Condado district in San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico. Offering lively nightlife. plenty of entertainment and a cheerful atmosphere, have a unique honeymoon at San Juan’s vivid town. Explore the beautiful beach, visit the historical museums and gaze at the city’s colorful architecture. When you are tired, come back to your comfortable room which has a contemporary decor and sophisticated furnishings. For couples, the Bedroom Suite is the best option. It features a king size bed and a private balcony.
Olive Boutique Hotel
Located among blue lagoon and verdant gardens, Olive Boutique Hotel is a tropical oasis waiting to welcome you with open arms. Their Gran Cru Suite is designed specifically for honeymooners. It boasts a bedroom, an extended living area, a spacious veranda, a dining area, rainfall showers and a bar. From sea-kissed wood to Spanish tiles, each corner of the suite is finished with intricate details. Check out the rooftop bar with panoramic views, have steak at Sage Steak Loft and go on specially curated tours that include activities like cave adventures, snorkeling and zip-line canopy tour.
Titled as Puerto Rico’s very first energy star rated hotel, the Spanish-styled Casablanca Hotel is situated on a quaint street of old San Juan Hotel. If you are an environmentally-conscious couple who wants to make our planet a better place, you will feel home at Energy Efficient Certified hotel. Featuring restored antique wood furnishing, Moroccan accents, and local artwork, the Classic Queen room is ideal for a honeymoon. The hotel provides several amenities to ensure you have the best vacation.
Hotel El Convento
Sitting right across the magnificent Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, Hotel El Convento is a Spanish Colonial styled hotel in a restored 17th-century convent. The hotel offers immaculately furnished rooms with Spanish vibes in a Caribbean setting and a range of amenities to make your retreat convenient. Newlyweds can choose one of their all-inclusive honeymoon packages that are customized to their needs. Unwind with a rejuvenating spa therapy, plunge into a pool, and explore the town’s old-world charm.
Your vacation couldn’t be complete without a trip to the smaller islands off the coast of the main island. Vieques is a small, picturesque island off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico’s mainland. In addition to gorgeous beaches, Vieques is the perfect place to enjoy the multitude of more adventurous outdoor activities that are available in Puerto Rico. Whatever your adventure style might be, Vieques has variety; jet-skiing, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, and mountain hiking are just a few of the activities you can get into on the island.
Enjoy time indoors or lounging poolside at one of the jaw-dropping resort locations on Vieques, like the renowned W Retreat & Spa. The resort has luxury rooms with ocean views, restaurants, massage services, and you can even sign up for their honeymoon registry and let your wedding guests help pay for your trip as a wedding gift.
Hotels & Resorts in Vieques for Your Honeymoon
Bravo Beach Hotel
On your Puerto Rican honeymoon, immerse yourself in tropical goodness, raging waves and salty ocean breeze at Bravo Beach Hotel. Boasting rooms, suites, and villas with ocean and garden views, the hotel is a perfect package for couples in love with water sports, sultry outdoors and of course, each other! Stay in your elegantly furnished honeymoon suite and gaze at the sun melting into the water, enjoy complimentary breakfast, kick back and chill by the poolside and venture out to surf the waves. Their starting price is $99.5 per night.
Malecon House is a laid-back 13-guestroom boutique hotel in the quaint seaside town of Esperanza on Vieques, a small tropical isle situated on the southeast coast of Puerto Rico. Sitting amid tropical skies and gorgeous Caribbean shores, the hotel offers rooms with sea views, private terraces and amenities including air-conditioner, en-suite bathroom, mini-fridges, and internet access. For your honeymoon, opt for a Deluxe Room that boasts vistas of the ocean, a balcony, and a plush king size bed for $180 per night.
W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island
The ocean-front resort is sprawling on a secluded beach of Vieques Island, approximately 1.8 miles from Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport. Besides basking in the sun and relaxing in the comfort of your opulent room, enjoy luxurious services and amenities with your loved one including spa therapies, massages, access to private beaches, infinity pools, fitness center and yoga sessions. To have an ultimate Caribbean experience, book Fabulous Ocean Front Escape for your romantic getaway and run away on a wild tropical adventure.
Also off the east coast, is another small island called Culebra. The island of Culebra is one of the larger islands but still a little quieter than some of its counterpart islands, which makes it a glorious destination for newlyweds looking to spend some quiet and quality time with one another. Culebra offers many of the same amenities as Vieques but you’re more likely to find quieter, more private beaches here.
Getting to Culebra can be a challenge if you do not plan for it. You can fly there on a flight that will be less than $200 RT, but the more affordable way is to take the ferry. The ferry has its own issues, long lines. To avoid the lines that can take hours to get through, I highly recommend booking an excursion with Culebra Island Adventures. Not only will they take you kayaking, snorkeling and to the best beach on Culebra, but they will guarantee you a spot on the ferry without waiting in lines to get your ticket.
Where to stay in Culebra during your honeymoon
A short distance away from the stunning Melones Beach of Cleubra, Club Seabourne is a boutique hotel sprawling on a scenic hillside. If you want to escape to the Caribbean wonderland in the comfort of a mini-resort and your partner, make a beeline for Club Seabourne. Offering Deluxe Villas with gorgeous views of Fulladoza Bay, well-appointed Villas for up to 4 people and basic rooms like Nests and Cottages geared towards couples, the hotel caters to all sorts of holidays and budgets. Relax on the poolside under the warm sun and gaze at the ocean from your terrace, enjoy your exotic vacation with your significant other to the fullest. The basic rooms start at $149 per night
El Yunque Area
Aside from scenic beaches and splendid coastal cities, Puerto Rico is also home to some of the world’s last remaining rainforests. There is something wildly romantic about exploring the rainforest jungles of El Yunque. Unique from other rainforests, the El Yunque National Forest is easy to access and safe for visitors to travel through. The stunning rainforest will mesmerize you from the moment you set foot into its luscious paradise; waterfalls, tropical birds, and trees that seem to skim the clouds are just a few of the captivating sights to see in El Yunque. Rain does fall gently throughout the day, but it’s soft enough that a small umbrella will keep you dry when it begins and the rain ends quickly enough that you won’t spend more than a few minutes at a time with your umbrella open. In warmer months, you might choose to keep your umbrellas closed altogether and enjoy the refreshing mist of rain.
If you’re feeling more adventurous on your rainforest explorations, you can choose to join a guided tour group for a rainforest excursion that includes zip lining through the rainforest canopies.
Where to Stay Near El Yunque for Your Honeymoon
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
The swanky resort is sitting on a beachfront 483-acre former coconut plantation right next to the El Yunque National Forest. Let your hair down and lose yourself into the tropical warmth and the flurry of air on your honeymoon at St. Regis. The resort has a Honeymoon Registry through which you can tailor a romantic vacation of your dreams. Stay in a supreme suite with lavish amenities, a luxe terrace with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, have candlelight dinner by the seaside and have adventurous activities including snorkeling, Catamaran sailing, zip-line canopy tour and much more.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort
The Wyndham is a high-end beach resort located nearby Carabalí Rainforest Park. Offering numerous activities like tennis, golf and water sports, the resort ensures you have a Puerto Rican memorable getaway with your spouse. The resort has lagoon-style pools, spacious grandeur rooms, restaurants with fine dining options, and a mile of undiscovered beach right at the doorstep. The resort has customizable honeymoon packages that allow you to choose a room, unwind in a spa and explore the town according to your needs and budget.
Close to El Yunque in Fajardo is another natural wonder called Laguna Grande. Laguna Grande is one of three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico, it’s the second largest in the country but is often considered the most beautiful of the three. Take in this spectacular sight on a nighttime sail with your special someone; in the cozy dark of the night, Laguna Grande twinkles simultaneously from its starry skies above and from its glowing waters below. Extraordinary microorganisms that live in the waters of Laguna Grande are caused to glow and light up the water when boats row through them and stir the waters into ripples. Seeking out an official tour guide is recommended as there are rules in place to conserve Laguna Grande’s natural habitat; official charters will ensure that appropriate rules are followed while boating in Laguna Grande to keep the lovely habitat safe while you enjoy its ethereal, glittering waters.
Honeymoon Resort in Fajardo
El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Overlooking El Yunque Rain Forest, El Conquistador is an upscale, beachfront resort where you can spend a memorable getaway with your significant other. From spacious guestrooms and private terraces to poolside cafes and Japanese baths. the resort strives to take you on a lavish romantic retreat. Enjoy delicious meals at one the 22 restaurants, visit Coqui Water Park and watch the lazy river flow into an abyss, spend a luxurious afternoon at Waldorf Astoria Spa and try out the whirlpool and make sweet memories together as you two walk on the sun-drenched shoreline.
West Coast Area
Puerto Rico’s west coast also offers a wide variety of gorgeous locations and exciting activities. The cliffs of Los Morrillos are a must-see, the dazzling view atop the cliffs looks out over the Caribbean Sea; the Los Morrillos cliffs include breathtaking wonders like natural bridges and arches formed from the rocks.
Also located on the Los Morillos cliffs is the Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo, more commonly known as the Los Morrillos Light or the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, it’s a favorite sightseeing destination among tourists and locals alike. The historic lighthouse sits 200 feet above the sea on top of limestone cliffs and offers a spectacular view of the surrounding sea and lagoons. You can tour the lighthouse, which is free to the public, every day except Wednesdays and most major holidays.
Where to Stay on Your Honeymoon on Purto Rico’s West Coast
Coconut Palms Inn
Surrounded by swaying palm trees, a long stretch of golden-sand beach and away from the usual hustle and bustle of the town, Coconut Palms Inn invites you to have your honeymoon in a tranquil ambiance. The guesthouse has beachfront and garden-side rooms, studios, and apartments. Some of them feature balconies that afford views of the ocean. Amenities include microwave, coffeemaker, television, and cutlery. Spend your very first vacation as newlyweds in a relaxed environment right across the ocean.
The Tres Palmas Inn and Villas
The serene, oceanfront hotel is sitting on a private four-acre beach in Rincon fronted by the renowned surfing spot, Tres Palmas, and the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve. They have lavish villas and cozy cottages appointed with a kitchenette, refrigerator, microwaves, and coffeemakers. For your romantic getaway, go for the Vine Room, an intimate option with a queen bed and ocean views. It costs $135 per night. The ocean is right across the hotel and you can try out various activities such as surfing, snorkeling, and swimming.
Rincon Beach Resort
Rincon Beach Resort is an upscale, oceanfront resort in Almirante Beach, on the Bay of Anasco. Spend an unforgettable honeymoon in a picturesque Caribbean setting enveloped by the tropical breeze and warm sunshine. The resort has a perfect package for couples that costs $399 per night. It includes a lavishly furnished ocean view Junior Suite, a private Jacuzzi tub to unwind and access to resort’s facilities including fitness room, swim-up bar, sea-view infinity pool, garden, and restaurants.
Guanica State Forest
An entirely different forest than El Yunque, Guanica State Forest is a dry forest along the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico. Guanica itself is a hugely diverse ecosystem that is home to dry weather plants like the melon cactus in the dry forest and also home to saltwater plants like mangroves and ocean animals like manatees which you can see at the Punta Ballena Reserve right next door to the forest.
There are marked trails to walk throughout the Guanica State Dry Forest and the scenery ranges from being surrounded with tall trees to open plains filled with cacti and other dry weather wildlife. The Guanica Dry Forest trails display every sight from beaches to desert plains, to historic landmarks like old forts. It’s a wonder to experience such a diverse region of the world and you won’t be disappointed that you made time to include this adventure on your honeymoon journey.
With beauty and intrigue at every turn, a trip to Puerto Rico is sure to keep any newlyweds busy and deliriously happy on a once-in-a-lifetime kind of vacation. Whichever sights you decide to take in and whatever romantic locations you choose to explore, the magic of the island is what beautifully unforgettable memories are made of.
Where to stay near Gaunica State Park
Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa
Plan your romantic getaway with Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa and enjoy cozy nights and warm days under the tropical skies. Sitting on the Atlantic coast dotted with palm trees, the resort invites you to let go of the wedding stress and begin your journey as a couple fully rejuvenated. Their Celebrate Love in Paradise Package is $215 / per night and is aimed towards honeymooners. It includes ocean-view accommodations, late checkout, water sports and daily breakfast.
Want to spend your honeymoon in quiet, peaceful environment without any frills and fuss? Parador Guánica is a great option! Stay in their simple but comfortable, no-fuss rooms and have a nice meal at their restaurant on the shore of Guánica Bay. The rooms cost $102 per night (double-occupancy) and they include a double bed, private baths with shower, electronic door locks, an air conditioner, satellite TV, alarm clock, mini-refrigerator, hair dryer, microwave oven and a coffee maker.