14 Instagrammable Spots Around Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico is such an amazing place. I was blown away be how beautiful it was and how much there was to see and do on the island. While I was only there for 3 days, I packed in as much as I could from sunrise to sunset. I am happy to share my favorite 14 Instagrammable spots around Puerto Rico.

Most Instagrammable Spots Around Puerto Rico

Paseo de Sombrillas

Old San Juan is one of the most instagrammable spots on the island! You can find colourful buildings and this art installation of floating umbrellas on Fortaleza Street. It is the perfect place for a pic for the ‘gram.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico. She went hiking, visited waterfalls and surfed. She stayed at the La Concha Resort and Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan.

La Perla

La Perla is just outside the city walls of Old San Juan and is a community that is full of history….and also so much colour! It is is located right in between the forts of San Cristobal and El Morro, two of the most significant historic landmarks in Puerto Rico.

There is so much history and culture on this island! Back in the 19th century, being outside the San Juan city walls was not desirable.  There was a slaughterhouse and slaves, homeless, and non-white servants were required to live here.

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You can see more of La Perla in the music video Despacito by Luis Fonsi which is apparently the most viewed YouTube video of all time.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Castillo San Felipe del Morro is one of the most popular and significant landmarks in Puerto Rico. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. El Morro is right by the water and this fort was built to protect the city from an invasion. If you have time during your visit, I highly recommend that you stop by.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico. She went hiking, visited waterfalls and surfed. She stayed at the La Concha Resort and Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan.

A special thanks to Harold for taking me to all these Instagrammable spots in Puerto Rico. If you need a photographer…definitely contact him! 🙂

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Hotel El Convento

Hotel El Convento was built in 1646 as a convent. The building housed nuns for 252 years until closing in 1903. It then served as a store, a dance hall and a flophouse before opening as a luxury hotel in 1962. It makes for some stunning images and I love all the history here.

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Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico. She went hiking, visited waterfalls and surfed. She stayed at the La Concha Resort and Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan.

Isla Verde Beach

Puerto Rico attracts surfers from all over the world. The beach at the Courtyard Isla Verde is perfect for surfing and surf photos. The beach here is called Isla Verde and it is a must visit during your travels.

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Check out my Puerto Rico trip vlog! You can watch on YouTube for higher quality. 🙂

Cuartel de Ballajá

The Cuartel de Ballajá was built in 1864 to house regiments in Old San Juan. From 1898 to 1936 the US infantry occupied the building and during WWII, this structure became a hospital. So much history and look at those colours!! 🙂

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico. She went hiking, visited waterfalls and surfed. She stayed at the La Concha Resort and Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan.

Pinones Beach

Pinones is a beautiful area and it is just a few minutes east of Isla Verde. It has beaches, mangroves, restaurants and an 11 kilometer long nature trail. It feels like a totally different world than the busy tourist areas of Old San Juan, Isla Verde and Condado.

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Cayey Viewpoint

This hike is located between Cayey and Salinas and worth the trip if you enjoy hiking. I wish there wasn’t clouds when we went, but such is life. Here you get great 360° views of the mountains, surrounding towns, and the Caribbean Sea. You can also see, Arbol Solitario (or Lonely Tree) but we didn’t go quite that far. Next trip for sure!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico. She went hiking, visited waterfalls and surfed. She stayed at the La Concha Resort and Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan.

Charco Azul

If you love natural swimming pools…which I am always excited to visit when I travel…Charco Azul is a great place to visit. Charco Azul (which means blue pond in English) is one of Puerto Rico’s most famous ones and when you see the colour you will see where it gets its name. It is located in the middle of the Carite Forest about 20 minutes from Cayey. You will love the view here – it was one of my favourite Instagrammable spots around Puerto Rico.

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Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico. She went hiking, visited waterfalls and surfed. She stayed at the La Concha Resort and Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan.

Gozalandia Falls

Gozalandia Falls (or Las Cataratas) was one of my favorite places in Puerto Rico. There are two beautiful waterfalls here… one has a rope swing and the other you can do cliff jumping. 🙂 It is located in the town of San Sebastian and it is a great place to go for the day to enjoy the water away from tourists.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico. She went hiking, visited waterfalls and surfed. She stayed at the La Concha Resort and Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico. She went hiking, visited waterfalls and surfed. She stayed at the La Concha Resort and Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan.

Borinquen Beach

Borinquen Beach in Aguadilla is one of the most stunning beaches I have ever been to. It is an expansive beach with just stunning views. I recommended heading here for sunset.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico. She went hiking, visited waterfalls and surfed. She stayed at the La Concha Resort and Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan.

Cerro Mime

Cerro Mime, which his located in Orocovis County is a great hike for those that enjoy seeing views from above. Is am easy hike that only takes 20 minutes and at the top you see lush, green mountains…which was a very unexpected view. Who knew Puerto Rico had mountains!?!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico. She went hiking, visited waterfalls and surfed. She stayed at the La Concha Resort and Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan.

Cascada Las Delicias

Cascada Las Delicias is a picture perfect tropical waterfall and I am so glad that we made it here! This waterfall is located in the town of Ciales, which is in the center of the island. This tropical oasis is a short walk (just off the road) and the water is so refreshing!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico. She went hiking, visited waterfalls and surfed. She stayed at the La Concha Resort and Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan.

La Concha Resort

La Concha Resort has multiple infinity pools but I think this one was my favorite with the wind-sculpted palm trees hugging the ocean! Resorts are a great place to get some beautiful images for Instagram.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her visit to Puerto Rico.

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10 Comments

  1. Celebrate Woman wrote:

    What a beautiful and inspiring post! Thank you for a colorful tour around Puerto Rico!

    Posted 4.14.19 Reply
  2. Jocelyn, aka the Vegan Hostess wrote:

    This was a trip down memory lane for me. I went to San Juan, PR a few years ago for the conference. I LOVED the alley way filled with umbrellas.

    Posted 4.14.19 Reply
  3. Clara Myers wrote:

    These are very photogenic spots. I would love to vacation there.

    Posted 4.14.19 Reply
  4. Urvi wrote:

    I always wanted to go Porto Rico and it’s in my bucket list and your post made me more excited. I love your pictures so beautiful. What camera do you use?

    Posted 4.14.19 Reply
  5. Melissa Bradbury wrote:

    Gorgeous pictures and you seem to love exploring too! I have never been but it looks amazing and It will be going on my list.

    Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  6. Marysa wrote:

    These all look like neat spots to explore. I love all the different colorful parts of the city. When we visited Mexico, there was an entire town that was painted yellow, it was really neat (Izamal, Mexico).

    Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  7. MomDoc wrote:

    All of these places sound like they would be fun places to visit! I really want to visit Puerto Rico soon! All of the photos are fabulous but the very first one and the last one are my favorites!

    Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  8. Danielle Rice wrote:

    Girl, this trip (through pics) was mesmerizing. I know you enjoyed every minute of it.

    Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  9. This post brings back happy memories!! I was in Puerto Rico a few years ago with my mum and we had a great time x

    Posted 4.22.19 Reply
  10. Marta A Rivera Diaz wrote:

    As a Puerto Rican married to a born and bred Puerto Rican, I’m shocked- in a good way- to see La Perla on this list. Since its creation it was always a “no-go zone” for people who didn’t live or have business there. They weren’t very open to having outsiders. Now, it seems that has changed for the better.

    Posted 12.11.19 Reply

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