Puerto Rico is an unusual place to be: a US-owned island in the Caribbean, with a distinctive melting-pot culture and plenty of stunning scenery. It is fringed with pretty beaches and coastal settlements. Its interior is mountainous and covered in tropical rainforest. While it is not known as a white water rafting destination, rafting can be had on the island’s mountain rivers.
A Puerto Rico white water rafting trip is never likely to be one that challenges experts. White water rafting in Puerto Rico is about exploring the island’s countryside and rivers. That said, you will find rapids, especially during the rainiest months of May and September/October.
The River Guabo is the key destination for anyone seeking out white water in Puerto Rico. It has a nice class 3 section where it meets the River Ansaco. The area around is a great place for jungle hiking and exploration: combine a trip to the rapids with a journey through the rainforest on land.
Other possibilities include the River Arecibo, which has a couple of sections of rapids up to Class 4, and the Rio de la Plata, which can have rapids up to Class 5. Puerto Rico’s rapids are all to be found in a similar area, so you could plan a day trip of rapid-hopping around each of them! Check water levels locally though, as the rivers can be too difficult to navigate during dry or especially wet months.
A Puerto Rico white water rafting trip is a fun and different way to explore this attractive island. Take a journey through the rainforest, enjoy the water and take in the views.