With temperatures between 75 degrees and 85 degrees year round, pristine beaches and beautiful views around the island, Puerto Rico offers an attractive oasis that the whole family can enjoy. However, you may want to avoid the area with your preschooler between June and November when hurricane season takes over the island.
Go to the Beach
Feeling the squishy sand between their toes will quickly grab your preschooler’s attention. Many of the beaches have soft waves that are perfect for young kids. Try the picturesque Sun Bay beach near the town Esperanza that features sandy white beaches and palm trees. (no website, 787-741-8198, Vieques, PR 00765). Your preschooler will love seeing the horses that commonly strut down the beach.
Another option is the Seven Seas Beach (elyunque.com/beaches.html) which features a safe area complete with lifeguards, gazebos, security guards and an area where you can camp out. Enjoy the water with your kids or just lay out to work on your tan. You can also build some sand castles and take pictures that you’re sure to treasure for a lifetime.
Explore Your Hotel
Puerto Rico really caters to children, as you will soon learn, when looking for a hotel. El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo (elconresort.com/) features offer water parks, a kid pool and a camp for kids as young as age 4. Rio Mar Beach Resort in Rio Grande (wyndhamriomar.com/) offers a kids program for full day, half day or evening activities for children as young as age 4. Activities include ice cream parties, face painting, treasure hunts, arts and crafts and iguana feeding.
Go to a Cave
Your kids will love the mystery embedded in the caves that sprinkle Puerto Rico as part of the Rio Camuy cave system in San Juan. (no website, HCO3-33504, Box 363767, San Juan, PR 00936, 787-723-8194). You can walk through the caves to let your child see limestone, bats and waterways or you can opt to go on a trolley to view the inside of the caves so your little one won’t have to walk for miles.
Visit the Children’s Museum
After a day of shopping and hiking, you’ll probably enjoy the chance to relax while your kids’ creativity is sparked with the children’s museum in San Juan. (no website,150 Calle del Cristo, San Juan, 00901, PR, 787-722-3791). The children’s museum features three stories of interactive exhibits, including a TV reporting section, veterinary section and astronomy centers.
Take a Ride or a Tour
Your preschooler can enjoy the excitement of the rides offered by Tropical Trail Rides (tropicaltrailrides.com/), including horseback rides on the beach or a ride in a dune buggy near San Juan. Horse-drawn carriages are also available to take you and your little one around Old San Juan.
Your little one will love hearing stories about pirates and treasure in Puerto Rico during a nighttime walking tour offered by the San Juan business Legends of Puerto Rico. (legendsofpr.com). You can always take an umbrella stroller along with you, if the little one gets tired.