The 5 Best Camping Spots in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a huge island that has many mountain lakesides and tropical forests so it’s fairly easy to find some nice camping areas. It is also surrounded by beautiful beaches where you can camp, and although it’s officially not legal to camp on the beach, people still do it anyway.
Deciding on which are the best camping sites in Puerto Rico may inspire a lot of debate, but in the spirit of sharing information, here are our suggestions:
- Toro Negro State Forest. This forest is like the El Yunque National Forest minus the large crowds. The camping area has gazebos and restrooms, but before you enjoy these facilities you need to make a reservation with the Department of Natural Resources. It only costs about $4 a night per person, and children younger than twelve who’ll be charged only $2. That’s a very low price to pay to be able to hike through trails surrounded with tall trees, and take a dip in the natural pools.
- Aguirre Forest. The camping area can be found within the forest itself, although it’s very near the street. For those who love nature and who enjoy kayaking, this is a perfect spot for camping. You have modern facilities like showers, restrooms, and a barbeque pit in each of the three gazebos. There’s also a wharf for the kayaks.
- Tres Hermanos National Park. If you prefer to go camping in cabins and villas, this is the ideal camping spot. You’ll also get to enjoy the basketball courts, swimming pool, and beach volleyball courts. Also, the beach coast is extensive and the water is clear. But if you still wish to just pitch a tent, there’s a camping area available.
- Luquillo Beach. This camping area has lots of facilities and services nearby, like showers, basketball courts, and cafeterias. But you’re probably more interested in the waters, which is perfect for swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and other fun activities. It’s about an hour east of San Juan, and close to the entrance of the El Yunque National Forest.
- Flamenco Beach. Aside from the rather curious remains of a couple of American tanks (the beach used to be a training camp for the military), the beauty of Flamenco Beach in the small Culebra Island is breathtaking. The sand is soft and snow-white, and the water is serene and crystal clear. It’s no surprise that many experts consider it to be one of the best beaches in the world. The beach is a mile long, and even on busy days you’ll always be able to find a spot for yourself. The campground is surrounded by green mountains and palm trees, and coral reefs are close to the shore. The facilities are adequate, with bathrooms and showers and you can rent chairs and buy food in the area as well.
The truth of the matter is that when you’re in Puerto Rico, camping is bound to be an adventure, whether you’re in a vacation spot, on a beach, in a state forest, or in a wildlife refuge. Whether you put up your own tent or simply rent a log cabin, the beauty of Puerto Rico is there for you to enjoy!
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