The Caribbean is a natural destination for those seeking romance. The sun-kissed beaches, sultry nights and pirate’s booty of rum-based cocktails (often the only thing that requires an umbrella in the tropics) attract hordes of happy couples looking for a little “us” time. But Puerto Rico offers a few extra perks for those who want to ignite a little passion in their relationship. From unforgettable eco-adventures to a night of salsa dancing, here are five ideas to help you plan an intimate escape to the islands.
Couples staying at the W Retreat in Vieques can enjoy a spectacular night out in a natural wonder that’s unrivaled in the world. The Vieques biobay is the most bioluminescent bay on the planet; that means the microorganisms in the bay cause the water to glow a brilliant, neon green when they come into contact with a foreign object… like, say, a kayak paddle. You can arrange a kayak tour to the biobay with us, and take your partner on a magical nocturnal boat ride. Hope for a moonless night, and even a light sprinkle, which will fall on the water like diamonds on a velvet canvas. Dip your paddle and watch it glow as you disturb the water; it’s an ethereal and unforgettable sight. For those of you who are staying on the mainland, the biobay in Fajardo is just an hour’s drive from our San Juan hotels.
Puerto Rico has an equestrian secret. We’re home to a breed of horses that are known around the world for their smooth gait. Brought over by the Spanish, these horses are called Paso Fino, which means “fine step.” They’re an absolute pleasure to ride, whether you’re an experienced rider or a novice. For a romantic evening out, you can book a private or group sunset trail ride across a Vieques beach with Esperanza Riding Company. If you’re staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel & Casino, you’re a short drive from Hacienda Madrigal in Cidra, which also offers horseback riding. And for day trips on horseback, guests at the St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort are just minutes from Carabalí Rainforest Park, which offers trail rides through the rain forest or on the beach.
One of the most sensual dances in the world, salsa is surprisingly easy to learn, and the Nuyorican Café in Old San Juan an ideal place to show your partner your moves. The city’s best salsa joint has fantastic live bands and a smoky, intimate atmosphere that practically begs you to take to the floor with other salseros. Call ahead to find out when they offer classes, but even if there’s no formal class, it’s not hard to find a friendly local who will show you the basics.
Puerto Rico routinely attracts world-class talent to its shores. When you book your trip, check TicketPop to see which musical superstars, Broadway productions and other acts are coming to the island (typically to San Juan’s Coliseo, the largest and most well-equipped concert hall on the island). If you prefer ballet, classical music or opera, check the calendar of events at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center. From Pitbull to Yo-Yo Ma and Disney to Cirque du Soleil, the island frequently hosts the best performers in the world. See who’s in town when you and your partner are here.
One of the most romantic things you can do in Puerto Rico will cost you nothing and is available practically year-round (weather permitting). A sunset stroll in Old San Juan or on the beach is a serene and relaxing way to close out your day. If you’re staying at the St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort or the W Retreat in Vieques, you have your own private beach to enjoy. Guests at the Sheraton Old San Juan are a five—minute walk from Paseo de la Princesa, a wide, tree-lined and lamp-lit promenade that skirts the walls of the old city and leads to the lovely Raíces fountain and a view of the San Juan Bay. At sunset, this is quite possibly the most romantic spot in the city.
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