The Ultimate Travel Guide to Puerto Rico // What to Know Before You Go

  • Published on Mar 16, 2019
  • Travel to the Caribbean passport-free and hit up the breathtaking tropical island of Puerto Rico. This US territory is home to incredible beaches, centuries-old historic landmarks, and unforgettable cuisine. From the pastel-colored buildings of San Juan to the sandy beaches of Rincon, Thrillist’s got you covered! Follow this travel guide to find out how to have the best time in Puerto Rico.

    Do you need a visa to leave the airport? What’s the best way to get Wi-Fi during my trip? What are the bucket list activities in the region? Any local foods you have to hit? Before you step on the plane for your vacation, make sure you watch this original Thrillist series to keep yourself prepared, in the know, and with the right reservations, of course, for an epic, stress-free trip. For each destination of “What to Know Before You Go,” Thrillist highlights three things -- how to get around, food and drink, and what to do. Buckle up, because we’re going to get you ready for the best time of your life!

    Alex Robinson
    Brendan Dean
    Director of Photography
    Thomas McKenna
    Production Assistant
    Robert Knight
    Megan Chong
    Line Producer
    Emily Tufaro
    Art Director
    Ted McGrath
    Senior Producer
    Chas Truslow
    Post Production Supervisor
    Daniel Byrne
    Director of Development
    Leo Fernandez
    Supervising Producer
    Stasia Tomlinson
    Executive Producer
    Justin Lundstrom

    Music Credits
    Title Track: Night Runner
    Title Track: Coast to Coast
    Vincenzo Salvia
    Title Track: You Do You
    Benjamin Andrew James MacDougall
    Title Track: Through the Crowd (a)
    Nightshift, Chris Breeze
    Title Track: Pocket Full Of Cash
    John August Pregler, Bernard James Perry II
    Title Track: Feeling Wide Awake (c)
    Alex Johnson, Tom Huxley
    Title Track: Starchild A
    Xyco, Adix, Steve Lextor
    Title Track: Love Magic
    Nicolas Pinto
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Comments • 49

  • rabiddogoncrack
    rabiddogoncrack 10 days ago +1

    Correction; 2 fortresses, San Cristóbal and San Felipe del Morro.

  • Puertorican / Filipina Adventures

    Love Puerto Rico and its food is soo delicious cant wait to go back again with my filipina wife

  • Rocky and Rebecca
    Rocky and Rebecca 18 days ago

    I love Puerto Rico we went there last year and had a great time

  • Denice Carla Gordon
    Denice Carla Gordon 2 months ago

    Amazing video about the paradice of Puerto Rico the encanto Island 🌴🌴🌞🇵🇷

  • Denice Carla Gordon
    Denice Carla Gordon 2 months ago

    Castillo de San Felipe is an epic place but is diferent from El morro fortress lol 🇵🇷

  • Denice Carla Gordon
    Denice Carla Gordon 2 months ago

    Puerto Rico also have beautiful river's like the cristalines waters river's of lares and the gorgeous river's in Utuado this pueblo is in the center of the island and at night specially in winter times Utuado pueblito is a cold place 🇵🇷

  • Denice Carla Gordon
    Denice Carla Gordon 2 months ago +2

    Nobody can make an utentic pina colada and Coquito with Puerto Rican Rum Bacardie and Don Q. Rum like in Puerto Rico and also mojito because this Drinks house in from Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 🍹🍹🍹

    • Ted Febo
      Ted Febo 4 days ago

      Mojito is actually Cuban, though.

    • ice princess
      ice princess 24 days ago

      Definitely 🍹🍹🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🙏❤

  • Denice Carla Gordon
    Denice Carla Gordon 2 months ago +1

    Puerto Rico have more places to visit lile the Arecibo radio telescope is one of the biggest radio telescope in the World. but also tbe island offers you an Amazing experience visit the country side of the island including los banos de coamo is a minerals water that in natural bamos that India's in the island and the Spanish Conquistadors was using for cure their body pains like arthritis and sone other's health problems and for having a good relaxing time. The island have more yummy good food to eat is no only Pork and candies like coconuts vandies, dulce de leche, pasta de Guayaba with queso blanco de el pais, also you need to eat Arroz con dulce and Guallaba pastelillitos, and tornillos pastries rellenos de cream cheese in Xpa style and you need eat the Turrones candies in Spanish style almonds amd albellanas candies they eat turrones candies in Christmas time too but in Luquillo you can found all this and also you need to eat other Puerto Rican good food like Pastelon and mofongo too and salmorejo de mariscos with fried platanos and much more good food like pionones too autentic. Puerto Rican Arroz con pollo and. Asopao too and Arroz megro with calamares wow Puerto Rican have more food than pork like lengua de baca mechada yummy so good also blood morsillas Puerto Rican Enpanas, papas rellena, Alcapurrias, bacalaitos yummy you need to visit in Puerto Rico like the country mountains side of the islsnd and Bayamon, Carolina Santurce, Guayama, Rio Piedras, Ponce, Canobanas this are some of tbe Puerto Rican big cities in the Island

  • Denice Carla Gordon
    Denice Carla Gordon 2 months ago

    Puerto Rico is the most gorgeous beautiful island in the Caribbean no question about it and is also a (United States) Territory.:)))) 🌴🌞🇵🇷

  • s.mackay
    s.mackay 5 months ago +1

    wanted to know more about it, but not willing to have a seizure while I do it. please stop editing so many flashes this video is a strobe light

  • itz_Gabe
    itz_Gabe 6 months ago

    Hey I’m from Puerto Rico
    Yo soy de Puerto Rico

  • T0r0nt056
    T0r0nt056 6 months ago

    I love the woman on the bus wearing a coat and hat. Yeah it gets pretty cold in Puerto Rico. Better bundle up on that bus!

    • Yenilka Perez
      Yenilka Perez 25 days ago

      T0r0nt056 ummm no it’s not ,lowest it’s gotten it’s probably 66 ,Puerto Rico is usually hot allll the time

  • Mr. Bi Rucho
    Mr. Bi Rucho 6 months ago +8

    You missed the Dry Forest, the Bioluminescent bays, the 2nd largest underground river in the Camuy Caverns..... and so on

    • Yenilka Perez
      Yenilka Perez 25 days ago

      Johnny Rutz really recommend bioluminescent sea in lajas ,it’s beautiful hopefully I can move back to my homeeee 🥺

  • Mr. Bi Rucho
    Mr. Bi Rucho 6 months ago +1

    One of the oldest and the First paved city in the whole hemisphere

  • Mr. Bi Rucho
    Mr. Bi Rucho 6 months ago +1

    Domes Beach is the best spot in the Whole Caribbean for surfing

  • ila stark
    ila stark 7 months ago

    Taking he said 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • ila stark
    ila stark 7 months ago +6

    Thanks for the video- but really.. did you do any research on how to pronounce names in Spanish?? Cause you messed up royally on pronouncing 99.9% of the names wtf?????

  • JM- Handyman
    JM- Handyman 7 months ago +7

    Great video, there are a lot of opportunities in business too, so come and explore your island, and Yes ! We are proudly part of the great nation of the United States! 🇺🇸🇵🇷

  • ivi122
    ivi122 7 months ago +2

    I heard it isn’t the longest zip lining anymore. I believe is the second one now

  • Carmen Santana
    Carmen Santana 8 months ago

    Just go and enjoy. Then you will understand why the call it THE ISLAND OF ENCHANTMENT. 👍🇺🇸🇵🇷

  • Rouxie Fleurs
    Rouxie Fleurs 8 months ago +4

    Great review!!!

  • Florencia Alfano
    Florencia Alfano 8 months ago +2

    Horrible tips, super bad research, illustration mistakes, Incomplete, I would bet my life that these people have never set foot on Puerto Rico, expedia should remove the sponsorship to the production company 🤦‍♂️

  • DJ Chill Will
    DJ Chill Will 8 months ago +4

    Some good tips. I've been to Puerto Rico many times and am starting to share some of my footage from there.
    Pero Thrillist necesita practicar y hablar espanol.

  • Darmy Cortes
    Darmy Cortes 8 months ago

    This video had more lens flares than a JJ Abrams movie.

  • hnyflvr
    hnyflvr 8 months ago +4

    Can’t wait to go back.... viva Puerto Rico!

  • DeathAngel
    DeathAngel 8 months ago +7

    i've been to that rain-forest, a lizard jumped on my dads head and hitchhiked on him for 1/2 mile. i also swam under a waterfall there. on our way there, on the road we met a guy selling the best and freshest bananas ever.

    you also forgot to mention the tons of beautiful iguanas and coqui everywhere.

  • Ellis Padilla
    Ellis Padilla 8 months ago +3

    Bioluminicent bays, Vieques, Boquerón...

  • el comentario irreverente
    el comentario irreverente 8 months ago +2

    Hey Trillist, you really need an Spanish speaking ambassador (and good looking), for your videos...Just send me a job offer. I’m available! 🥟🍔🌮🍺🍷...

    • el comentario irreverente
      el comentario irreverente 8 months ago +1

      Rouxie Fleurs La realidad es que mi belleza se queda corta, al compararla con los más de (500) años de historia latinoamericana y caribeña que llevo en mi sangre; tienes razón: la belleza no es suficiente...

    • Rouxie Fleurs
      Rouxie Fleurs 8 months ago

      🧐🤨😡... I assume you are "good looking" because sadly you have nothing else to compensate. 🙄 💭Nitwit!

  • Pedro Mendez
    Pedro Mendez 8 months ago +15

    As a born and raised Puertorican the only thing I would NEVER recommend is taking the bus. Public transport is not as good as it’s stated here. The spots are great but you forgot to mention the Arecibo Observatory for scifi and film fans ( James Bond’s Goldeneye was filmed there among others) The Camuy Caverns and the Bioluminescent bays in the Parguera and Vieques . As for the rest you guys were spot on Just don’t take the bus.... or any public transport.

    • mike gruber
      mike gruber Month ago

      The Camuy Caverns are amazing.....Ive been twice

    • Nordic Griffin
      Nordic Griffin 6 months ago

      @Pedro Mendez Thank you !! I appreciate your help! Very excited to visit Puerto Rico!

    • Pedro Mendez
      Pedro Mendez 6 months ago +1

      Nordic Griffin Gaming you can do walk ins with some companies but it’ll always be a safer to give a call. It will also depend on where you’ll go snorkeling its can go from 60 to a couple of hundred. Get the tourist magazine “Que Pasa” and you’ll have a good amount of options there. I hope you have fun!!!

    • Nordic Griffin
      Nordic Griffin 6 months ago +1

      I'm planning my first trip to Puerto Rico this Summer! Super excited for it! A question: to get to the island with the snorkeling opportunities, how much does that cost? And should I reserve in advance, or can I just show up the day of? Thank you in advance!

    • DeathAngel
      DeathAngel 8 months ago +3

      i've been to arecibo.

  • abmindprof
    abmindprof 8 months ago +21

    I love PR, but please, make a little little little effort at getting at least some of the pronunciations a bit less appalling. It's not like Spanish is this exotic language you can't really locate a speaker of.

  • Mohammad Al Adham
    Mohammad Al Adham 8 months ago +4

    Who's the epileptic ass dude edited this?

  • YaBoii Famouss
    YaBoii Famouss 8 months ago +1