Puerto Rico is a mountain climber’s paradise, and beginners and experts alike can find many exquisite places here for mountain climbing. Here are the spots you can go to:
1. Julio Enrique Monagas National Park. This is perhaps the most popular spot for mountain climbing in the whole of Puerto Rico. Located in Bayamón just outside San Juan, it is a 200-acre haven for mountain climbing enthusiasts. Many of the people who climb the mountain here do so by riding a mountain bike. But you can hike the trails if you want, of course, as the more leisurely pace can increase your appreciation for the wonderful sights of the great outdoors. You can also climb the mountain the hard way by rock climbing up the limestone and sandstone formations, where there are more than a hundred routes available for beginners and experts.
2. El Yunque Rainforest. This is the only tropical forest on US soil, and it is maintained by the US National Forest System. This is truly one of the best places to mountain climbing in Puerto Rico. It’s a cool and mountainous area, and your hike will be amply rewarded with lots of exciting sights. The biodiversity is excellent, as it is home to more than 400 different species of plants. There are more than a dozen trails for you to choose from, and you can take walks besides rivers and waterfalls. You may want to make sure that you wear the right footwear because sandals and flip-flops may not quite cut it. It rains a lot here especially in the afternoon, but if you are adventurous you can hike up to the top of Mount Britton.
3. Caliche, Ciales. This is a well-known spot for those who want to climb a mountain by clinging to a rock wall. Just bring a lot of chalk, as either it will be very warm or it will be raining intensely. The start of the climb may be a bit tough, but the climb overall is great. The holds will be just where you want them to be. While you can climb here anytime, the best months for climbing will be are February and March. The humidity will be comparatively low, the rock will be dry, and the temperature is only 70 degrees F. In the summer, the humidity can be high and the temperature can reach 90 or even 95 degrees F.
4. Rosario, San German. This is another favorite of the rock climbing crowd, and the climb is mostly vertical. There are about 20 great routes to try out. San German is about a two-hour drive from San Juan
5. Cerro Las Tatas. This is located in Salinas. The climbing routes here are fun, and the view is spectacular at the top, even if you only do the first pitch.
The beaches are nice in Puerto Rico, but for some real adventure, you really need to go inland. The mountain ranges are waiting for you!