The east side of Puerto Rico is full of authentic experiences and opportunities to do things which are unique to Puerto Rico. Obviously, we are partial to water activities and Icacos and Palomino island, but there are many other options for fun.
El Yunque rainforest is one activity that is truly unique to Puerto Rico. There are many guided tours which will take you to the top of the over 3500 foot peak! To get more information about El Yunque tours check out this link. http://www.fs.usda.gov/elyunque
There are also rainforest tours that are a little more relaxing. For example, you can take a tour of part of the rainforest called Charco Frio. There are rope swings here, beautiful water falls, and there is even a natural rock water slide! There is also a local family who will cook an authentic Puerto Rican meal for you. They raise their own chickens, grow their own vegetables, and everything is made fresh. makes me hungry just thinking about it….
Before you go there, I’d recommend picking up some authentic Puerto Rican hot sauce from The Caribbean Trading Company. There store is on the way from San Juan and they have some amazing hot sauces. They use all natural ingredients and their flavors are really good. You should pick up a few bottles on your way so you can use is on your meal after the rainforest and then take some home….and give me a bottle too!
They also have a lot of other locally produced souvenirs if you’re looking to buy something and take it back with you for yourself as a gift. They have two store locations in Puerto Rico. Check ‘em out!