In order to properly experience Puerto Rico as a tourist, you have to try the local food. If you’re staying at a resort, it’s likely you’ll be tempted to fill up with an early breakfast and then start your day off. That’s one (more expensive) way to do it, you could also leave the resort early and find a local spot to try out. Chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised, just make sure to read the reviews first. 

Best breakfast I’ve ever had. The salmon benedict and dulce leches French toast were MAGNIFICO. I can die happy now.

Puerto Rico’s northeast is the ideal spot for all foodies out there thinking about visiting this beautiful island. Just by being away from the hustle and bustle of the inner city, you as a tourist get to eat what the locals eat. As opposed to San Juan, for instance, where you’re almost guaranteed to be eating in a place trying to serve tourists. 

That’s not the only good thing about the P.R’s northeast. Nature is all around. From El Yunque to the soft sands of Icacos, you are virtually unopposed with nature. As such, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do like horseback riding along the beach, hiking excursions, rivers & waterfalls, boat charters to neighboring cays (perfect for snorkeling), and more.

So, when it comes to picking what side of the island to stay on the rules are simple. Go west if you want a beachfront vacation, go north if you want to be in the city, and go northeast if you like adventuring.