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El Yunque National Forest

This tropical rainforest offers many great hiking options, including stunning mountain views and beautiful waterfalls.

The only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System, El Yungue covers approximately 28,000 acres (11,300 hectares) in northeastern Puerto Rico. You’ll find photo opportunities and spectacular views at every turn, with waterfalls, exotic plants and wildlife.

El Yunque National Forest has an abundance of native flora and fauna, including more than twenty species of tress that are unique to the area. This is an excellent destination for nature lovers, hikers and birdwatchers. Or, if you simply want to pack up a picnic and relax, this is a great escape from the city.

This area is best seen by car, allowing you to visit the whole park and discover its many diverse attractions. Start your day at the visitor center, where you will be introduced to the history of the park and you can discover the many species that call the forest home. Rangers offer guided rainforest walks that take one hour, providing an excellent introduction to the park. 

Make your way through the park to discover the many hikes and lookouts dispersed throughout. The La Cola waterfalls can be seen from the main road but a lookout point offers better views and an excellent photo opportunity. Hike the trail that departs from the lookout to reach the base of the falls. Check out the El Portal Rainforest Center, where you’ll walk 197 feet (60 meters) aboveground at to discover the ecosystems that live amongst the treetops.

At one of the highest points in the forest you’ll find the Yokahu Observation Tower, a cylindrical structure that looms above the trees. Climb to its top for sweeping views across the National Forest and to the ocean beyond.

El Yunque National Forest is located 37 miles (60 kilometers) east of San Juan. It can be reached by car and is not serviced by public transportation, however some chartered tours offer trips to the National Forest. The forest is open daily, and while there is no fee for entry, passes are required for camping and other activities. Maps, guides and further information can be found at the visitor center.


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Lodging Near El Yunque National Forest

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Rainforest & Ocean View Inn at Carabali

Rainforest & Ocean View Inn at Carabali

Rd.992, Km.4.0, Luquillo
3.2
of 5, from 20 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this inn is 0 mi (0 km) from Carabali Rainforest Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Luquillo Beach and The Outlet Ruta 66. El Yunque National Forest and Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve are also within 16 mi (25 km).

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort

6000 Rio Mar Boulevard, Rio Grande
4.0
of 5, from 2,386 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Secluded on the northeast coast, 6 km (3 mi) north of El Yunque rainforest, this Puerto Rico resort features oceanside and riverside championship golf courses.

Villa Las Brisas

Villa Las Brisas

Cluster 4, Apartment 19B, Rio Grande
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rio Grande, this condo is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carabali Rainforest Park, Luquillo Beach, and Azul Beach. La Selva and Las Paylas are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Hacienda Moyano

Hacienda Moyano

Carretera 971, Km. 5.8, Naguabo
4.5
of 5, from 23 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a river, this aparthotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Humacao Nature Reserve, Luquillo Beach, and El Conquistador Golf Course. Bio Island and Casa Roig Museum are also within 16 mi (25 km).

Luxurious Golf & Tennis Villa Located Within Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort

Luxurious Golf & Tennis Villa Located Within Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort

Rio Mar Village, Villa # 2101, Rio Grande
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carabali Rainforest Park, Luquillo Beach, and Azul Beach. La Selva and Las Paylas are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Booking Get Away

Booking Get Away

Various Addresses, Rio Grande
2.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

These apartments are located throughout the area in Rio Grande.

Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham Rio Mar

Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham Rio Mar

6000 Rio Mar Boulevard, Rio Grande
4.4
of 5, from 78 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Rio Grande hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carabali Rainforest Park, Luquillo Beach, and Azul Beach. Berwind Country Club and La Selva are also within 9 mi (15 km).

A two Bedrooms Elegant and Totally Renovated Resort Villa

A two Bedrooms Elegant and Totally Renovated Resort Villa

Boulevard Rio Mar, Rio Grande
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this condo is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carabali Rainforest Park, Luquillo Beach, and Azul Beach. La Selva and Las Paylas are also within 9 mi (15 km).