Digital Nomad Guide to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico digital nomads live life in the sun, drinking strong coffee and enjoying some of the unique perks to this beautiful island. If you want to work hard, play harder, and never feel the cold, then Puerto Rico may just be the perfect place for you. Planning a trip and trying to decide where to go and what to do in PR can be overwhelming, so we put together this guide for you to provide you with some inspiration and hopefully help you make your decisions. Check it out!
Where to stay in Puerto Rico
Old San Juan
For the perfect mix of charming European architecture and Latin flair, head to Viejo San Juan, AKA Old San Juan. With cute coffee shops and cafes with reliable wifi, Old San Juan is a great spot for Puerto Rico digital nomads. Not to mention, there’s endless bars and restaurants for nightlife lovers and foodies. Plus, two of San Juan’s biggest attractions–Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro–are located in the neighborhood. P.S., Old San Juan is the home of Outsite Puerto Rico, the ultimate coliving and coworking space for Puerto Rico digital nomads!
Santurce is another neighborhood in San Juan, not too far from Old San Juan. The neighborhood has been coined “The Brooklyn” of San Juan due to its plentiful street art and hipster vibes. On and around Calle Loiza you can find a variety of restaurants, bars, and shopping spots (and of course plenty of street art). La Placita, a favorite of locals and tourists alike, is also located in Santurce. It’s a little plaza with multiple bars. On weekend nights, the bars are crowded, and people are always dancing and hanging out on the streets making it easy to bar hop.
Rincon is a popular beach town on the west coast of the island. The vibe is more laid back than in big city San Juan. One of the main groups of people who come to Rincon are surfers! Many seasons surfers say that Rincon has some of the best surfing on the island. There’s even a surf spot called Little Malibu! If you’re big on surfing, head to Rincon in the winter, when the waves are much bigger. The water tends to get a little flat in the summer. Rincon is also a good spot for Puerto Rico digital nomads who enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving.
If you want to balance your hard work with a lot of beach bumming and water sports, Luquillo is perfect for you. At Luquillo beach, you will find some of the calmest waters on the island, and no shortage of shade under palm trees. You can sunbathe, kayak, paddleboard, jetski, and more in the perfect water. Plus, there are loads of kiosks, known as kioskos de Luquillo. Here you will find tons of beachside (and roadside) restaurants and bars. Staying in Luquillo, you’ll also be close to El Yunque national forest, a must see for Puerto Rico digital nomads.
Ponce is the second biggest city after San Juan, but it has a very different vibe. Stay in this city if you want to feel like you’ve stepped back in time, strolling around checking out the Spanish colonial architecture. Some of Puerto Rico’s best museums are in Ponce, including Museo de Arte de Ponce, which is considered one of the best art museums in the Caribbean! Ponce is also a great place to stay if you want to venture inland to check out coffee plantations like Hacienda Buena Vista. It’s also the closest city to beautiful nature reserve island Isla de Caja de Muertos.
Cabo Rojo is a bit of a hidden gem and perfect for Puerto Rico digital nomads who want to get away from the hustle and bustle. Here, you can find remote beaches and get away from the tourists! Playa Sucia is a must visit usually quiet beach great for swimming. Cabo Rojo is also home to unique salt flats that are worth visiting. Another bonus of Cabo Rojo is its relative proximity to Isla de la Mona, which is known as the Galapagos of the Caribbean!
What to do in Puerto Rico
A better question is what’s not on the island? There’s truly something for everyone in Puerto Rico. There’s a wide variety of landscapes. While the beach might be what first comes to mind when you think of Puerto Rico, there’s rainforests, mountains, bioluminescent bays, and lagoons. There’s endless food options from food trucks to tapas to fancy cuisine. Choose from international fares or traditional Puerto Rican dishes like mofongo, rice and beans, and tostones.
For art and culture lovers, there’s a wide variety of museums around the island. Some examples are Museo de Arte de Ponce, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Museo de Las Americas, and Museo de la Música Puertorriqueña. There’s even a coffee museum in Ciales! There’s truly something for everyone.
For history buffs, there are many must-see attractions. Old San Juan is home to the iconic Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal where you can go to feel like you’ve stepped back in time. For something a little more off the beaten path, you can check out the Aguadilla Lighthouse Ruins of a lighthouse that was built by the Spanish in 1889.
For such a small island, there sure is a lot to do! We definitely recommend checking out some walking tours and/or food tours to learn and see more than you would on your own! Another option is to check out Airbnb Experiences hosted by locals where you can find surfing lessons, helicopter rides, mixology classes, horseback riding, and much more!
Of course, when travelling it’s a great idea to befriend some locals and ask them what their favorite things to do on the island are. You never know who might introduce you to a hidden gem that you’ll fall in love with.
What's the currency in Puerto Rico?
The currency in Puerto Rico is the US Dollar ($), since Puerto Rico is a United States territory. ATMs are readily available, but most places accept credit and/or debit cards. Another bonus is that a lot of places that accept credit cards have very low minimum purchase requirement to pay with card.
What to do on the weekends
Puerto Rico has great beaches and great nightlife, both of which provide you with loads of options for what to do on the weekends.
There’s no shortage of beaches to check out on the island on your weekends. Condado beach, Ocean Park beach, and Isla Verde beach are all very easily accessible if you’re staying in the San Juan area. Further east on the island lies Luquillo Beach, a beautiful beach with extremely calm and blue water, nearby a strip of bars and restaurants.
You may also consider taking weekend trips to the islands off of Puerto Rico so you can really soak them up. Vieques, for example, is a small island off the east coast which is home to pristine beaches and the bioluminescent bay, Mosquito Bay. You can take a short flight there or a few hour long ferry ride. There are even a couple hostels on the tiny island for an affordable overnight stay!
Another must see island (according to many locals!) is Culebra which is home to Flamenco Beach which is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! You can get there by ferry or plane.
All of these beaches offer a plethora of beach activities and watersports, like surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and kitesurfing. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or into something a little more calm, you can get your fix in Puerto Rico.
As for nightlife, if you’re looking to party, you’ve come to the right place. San Juan is filled with bars and clubs where you can dance the night away. The city is home to plenty of bars and clubs with both live music and DJs. Old San Juan is home to La Factoria, which is voted one of the world’s best bars! Santurce is famous for La Placita where you can dance and drink on the streets and easily bar hop. Oh, and you must stop at Barrachina for a Piña Colada, because this is where the cocktail was invented!
Best airports to fly into in Puerto Rico
The 2 biggest airports to fly into Puerto Rico are San Juan International Airport (SJU) and Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN) which is in Aguadilla. If you’re flying internationally, chances are, you will be flying into one of these two airports.
If you’re flying somewhere that’s a smaller city, you might have to connect at one of those bigger airports before you make it to your final destination.