Kayaking and canoeing are among the favorite water sports in Puerto Rico. Some of its most beautiful cays and atolls, secluded beaches, mangroves, and turquoise lagoons can be enjoyed best from the water.
Best time for kayaking and canoeing
Thanks to the warm climate, kayaking and canoeing in Puerto Rico can be enjoyed year-round. The dry season from December through May is considered to be a better time for water sports, however, the sea is calmer during the summer months.
Best places for kayaking
The archipelago offers kayak rentals in the majority of tourist areas and many operators are offering guided trips to the most famous locations including three bioluminescent bays.
Puerto Rican capital San Juan offers plenty of kayaking destinations, in particular, Condado Lagoon with its vibrant wildlife that includes turtles and even manatees. Torrecilla Lagoon nearby is another safe spot to test your kayaking skills among mangroves and tiny islands.
The islands of Vieques and Culebra also top the list of most popular kayaking spots. You can combine it with snorkeling among beautiful coral reefs bustling with fish.
On the south coast, there's Isla de Ratones Reserve near Cabo Rojo, which can be only reached by boat. It's a real paradise with pristine beaches, mangrove forests, coral reefs, and turquoise waters. Additionally, you can visit Cayo Matias, the largest mangrove forest in Puerto Rico with manatees, rays, and a great variety of birds.