Cities by Region


Puerto Rico regions map

North Region
The capital of the island lies within the north region. San Juan is the centre of commerce and is also the main port of entry. This is the most populous and economically diverse region in the island. It is popular with tourists because offers the island's major resorts and shopping areas. With the widest variety of accommodations, the northern region promises you a wonderful experience of diversity and culture. The north region has lots to offer -- archaeological and historical exhibitions, beautiful beaches, forests, and fine dining.

Popular Attractions
  1. Mar Chiquita Beach, Manati
  2. Historic Old San Juan District
  3. Crash Boat Beach, Aguadilla
  4. Arecibo Observatory, Arecibo
  5. Rio Camuy Caves

Central Region
The central region is characterized by the Cordillera Central that rises to heights between 3,500 and 4,389 feet above sea level. The cool climate all year-round and rainfall of this area has turned this region into an important agricultural center. If you are looking to relax in a quiet and serene place, full of lush and spectacular waterfalls and deep wilderness, this is the place for you.

Popular Attractions
  1. Cemi Museum, Jayuya
  2. Toro Negro Forest Reserve, Jayuya
  3. Caguana Indian Ceremonial Park, Utuado
  4. Carite Forest, Cayey

South Region
The south region is hot and humid region is by far the driest in the island, with only 36 inches of rain a year. The largest city in the region is Ponce, which was Spain's capital of the southern region until it fell to the U.S. in 1898. Rich in heritage and architecture, Ponce has spent nearly one half a billion dollars preserving its colonial core. This region will reveal a unique blend of both urban and rural environments, rich in cultural and architectural heritage.

Popular Attractions
  1. Serralles Castle, Ponce
  2. Historic Ponce District
  3. Art Museum of Ponce, Ponce
  4. Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center, Ponce
  5. La Guancha Boardwalk, Ponce

East Region
This region is home of El Yunque, known as the Caribbean National Forest, is located in the rugged Sierra de Luquillo, 40 km southeast of San Juan. Catch the ferry from Fajardo to the outlying islands of Vieques and Culebra, both known for their secluded beaches, snorkeling spots and spectacular views. A must see is the phosphorescent Mosquito Bay. This rare and remarkable phenomenon is caused by millions of luminescent dinoflagellates lighthing up when disturbed by movement. The region is also famous for its fresh local seafood and romantic sunsets.

Popular Attractions
  1. Natural Reserve of Mosquito, Vieques
  2. Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, Fajardo
  3. Bioluminescent lagoon, Fajardo
  4. Humacao Nature Reserve, Humacao
  5. Luquillo Beach, Luquillo

West Region
Hundreds of miles of coastline make this a popular beach region, most of the island's top beaches are located in this region. This region is known for its diving and world famous surfing. This is the perfect place to stay if you like the ocean, water sports, and plenty of sunshine.

Popular Attractions
  1. Mayaguez Zoo, Mayaguez
  2. Boqueron Beach, Cabo Rojo
  3. Rincon Lighthouse. Rincon
  4. Guanica Dry Forest, Guanica
  5. La Parguera, Lajas

Did You Know?

Enrique A. Laguerre was nominated for the Nobel Price for Literature in 1999. He is considered the most important Puerto Rican novelist.