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Puerto Rico may be small—it’s just 100 miles long by 35 miles wide—but it is big on fun. The island is a paradise for outdoor adventurers, from water sports like surfing and diving in Rincón to biking the boardwalk at Bosque de Piñones. For history buffs, there are pre-Columbian petroglyphs to explore and other artifacts left behind by ancient civilizations. And from the pig roasts of Guavate to the food vendors of Luquillo, the gastronomic possibilities are endless, as proven by our list of best restaurants in town. It’s a shame to while away the time lying by the pool and slurping on piña coladas at a hotel resort when Puerto Rico has so much more to offer. To truly appreciate its beauty and magic, get wet, take a hike and savor the flavors of the island: here are the best things to do in Puerto Rico. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Frosty, rum-soaked mojitos and hot, crispy fritters cooked over an open flame. Succulent roast pork so tender it slips from the bone. The ubiquitous plantain, sliced, mashed and sautéed into salty tostones, garlicky mofongo and caramelized maduros. These are the flavors of Puerto Rico. But the island has undergone a dramatic culinary renaissance in recent years. Today, diners are just as likely to eat beef tenderloin carpaccio prepared by a Culinary Institute-trained chef as they are an empanada from a roadside kiosk. From the celebrity chef-run eateries among the resorts and hotels in Condado and Isla Verde to the street food kiosks of Luquillo and Piñones to the craft cocktail bars along Calle Loíza, Puerto Rico’s foodie scene has got it going on. For a smorgasbord of gastronomic pleasures all in one place, check out our list of the very best restaurants in Puerto Rico. You’ll likely figure out immediately that one of the very best things to do in the area is to, well, eat your heart out.