Located in the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is an island nation and a United States territory (meaning US citizens do not need a passport to travel here!) Perfect for families with children that want a tropical vacation without the hassle of getting a passport for the little ones.  Sunny and sandy, Puerto Rico is a great getaway destination almost any time of year (be careful when booking during hurricane season!)

Below is a list of kid friendly places we visited on our trip to the island.  With not one but three toddlers in tow, these places were kid tested and parent approved!

CASTILLO SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO:

Located on either end of old town San Juan, you will find forts to explore: Castillo de San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro.  We found Castillo San Felipe del Morro to be the more kid friendly of the two due to the large grassy field surrounding the entrance.

Located right on the water, the field was windy!  Local vendors could be found selling cold drinks and kites.  For a few dollars, children can be entertained flying a kite around the grounds.

UMBRELLA STREET:

Located at the end of Calle de la Fortaleza, an entire block of the street is shaded by colorful umbrellas hung over the street.  The toddler loved the colors and the unique display, running up and down the street checking out the umbrellas which were out even though it wasn’t raining.   Mom and Dad should also love this spot as it’s a great place for a family picture!

SENOR PALETA:

What kid doesn’t like popsicles? Senor Paleta takes the frozen treats to another level. With artisanal popsicles in what seems like any flavor imaginable, Senor Paleta is certain to have a kid pleasing option from fresh fruit to cheesecake to even pumpkin spice!

Don’t worry parents!  If popsicles aren’t you thing, Barrachina, the birth place of the Pina Colada, is right around the corner.  You can have your own adult frozen treat!

RESTAURANTS IN SAN JUAN:

When exploring new places, where to eat is always one of our biggest questions, even more so when traveling with our children.  Is the restaurant kid friendly? Is there a children’s menu? Will our party be too loud? We found the following restaurants in old town San Juan to be great dining options for families traveling with children: Chocobar Cortes, La Madre, La Vergenza, and Greengos Caribbean Cantina.  Greengos is where you can find this awesome wall mural pictured below!

EL YUNQUE RAINFOREST:

The largest rainforest in the Caribbean, El Yunque is a great spot to explore with kids.  The Juan Diego trail is the best option for children, a short and easy “hike” with three waterfall options.  The first waterfall is small and can be seen from the trailhead and road.  It was a great place to introduce the kids to the natural swimming pools before heading to the main events.  The path to the second waterfall is a paved, stone staircase and an easy walk.

However, it’s more of an adventure to get to the third waterfall, the biggest of the trio.  The trail is unpaved and steep.  You will be stepping over large roots and shimmying around other visitors and trees to get to 40-foot waterfall.  (Our group made it safely to the top with three toddlers in tow and so can you!)

*The rocks on the bottom of the pools are rough on the feet. Wear water shoes for comfort. 

LUQUILLO BEACH:

Luquillo is an amazing and clean public beach.  The water is clear, calm and shallow, perfect for the kids and the beach is long and wide giving families plenty of room to find their own private spot in the sand. Umbrellas and chairs are available to rent from local vendors. 

Another great perk to Luquillo are the infamous food kiosks.  When hunger strikes, the restaurants are just steps away from the beach. With over 60 stalls, it’s a smorgasbord of food options each with their own theme. A Fuego stall #50  has a fire house theme with an actual fire truck for kids to play on while the adults eat! 

WYNDHAM RIO MAR:

Located roughly 40 minutes from San Juan International airport in Rio Grande, the Wyndham Rio Mar is the perfect family beach resort.  The property’s many amenities include 5 restaurants, coffee shop, a beach and pool bar, and golf course all on beach front property.  That’s not to mention the three different pool areas: one pool geared towards kids with a waterslide, one quiet pool for relaxation and one pool with a swim up bar.

 If a hotel room does not suit your vacation needs, there are multiple complexes on property to rent a condo.  Villa Stella is a great airbnb option with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a full kitchen, large balcony overlooking the golf course and rainforest and a 6 seater golf cart for rent.

 

Puerto Rico is an island teeming with culture, color and adventure.  The activities don’t just end with this list! For families with older children, book the ferry to Culebra Island and Flamenco Beach or take a night time kayaking tour of the Bioluminescent Bay.  

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