Family By Lindsey Anderson

Remote Learning and Family Fun in Puerto Rico

In this new era of remote learning, it's more important than ever for parents to be able to keep their kids engaged. Family trips are no exception, so let us plan a getaway for you that's filled with fun learning opportunities for parents and kids alike.

So where to? With relatively quick flights, no passports required for US citizens and a landscape steeped in both beauty and history, Puerto Rico is an ideal choice for North American families. Here are just some of the many ways to bring fun and education together while exploring this friendly Caribbean destination.

Entryway to the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
Puerto Rico architecture

EMBRACE LOCAL CULTURE

An island of roughly 3,500 square miles, Puerto Rico became a territory of the United States in 1898 after centuries of control by Spain. For history buffs of any age, tours of the Spanish-built forts that surround Old San Juan are an absolute must. San Felipe del Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal are about a mile apart, connected by a large area that's easy to push a stroller across. When not exploring the forts, kids will love to run around here on the grass, and there's usually at least a few kites flying high. Just south of the forts is Old San Juan, Puerto Rico's storied capital that was first settled in the early 1500s; it's fun to wander the streets of this historic town and photograph its colorful colonial houses.

Learning about Puerto Rican history

The Museo del Nino is another fantastic place to spark kids' imaginations. Their exhibits cover everything from "Art and Music" to "Physics and Energy," and there's even a small zoo. Perhaps your kiddos have always wanted to explore a real plane, cockpit included? If so, there's a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 (donated by American Airlines) ready and waiting for them.

Another way to get to know Puerto Rican culture is through its excellent, kid-friendly food. Drop into the Miramar Food Truck Park for a casual lunch, with plenty of local food options to choose from and space to play in between bites of empanada.

Family walk at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
Adventure in the forest

EXPLORE THE GREAT OUTDOORS

For children and adults alike, there are few experiences more magical than paddling through bioluminescent waters at night. Puerto Rico is the world's best place to witness this surreal glow-in-the-dark phenomenon, caused when masses of microscopic, single-celled organisms called dinoflagellates are disturbed (by a boat's paddle, for example). Our agency can ensure you've got a reservation well in advance, since these tours often sell out.

Another place ripe for exploration is the El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service. The park is home to hundreds of unique plant and animal species, making it a fitting place to learn about diverse ecosystems. Start at the "El Portal" Visitors Center for its educational park info, then head out for a day of hiking, visiting waterfalls and cooling off in jungle lagoons. Wear comfortable footwear for walking and be sure to pack snacks, plenty of water, bug repellent and light rain jackets if possible.

Aerial shot of the Fairmont El San Juan
Evening relaxation at the Caribe Hilton

STAY AT A FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESORT

Puerto Rico has many great resorts that cater to both parents and their kids, and three of the best are The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, the Caribe Hilton and the Fairmont El San Juan. Each offers the space to relax, have fun as a family and - if need be - get set up for remote learning!

THE ST. REGIS BAHIA BEACH RESORT

Stretching over 483 acres between the El Yunque rainforest and the Espiritu Santo River State Preserve, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort holds a coveted location. Your kids will live it up at the Tortuga Kids Club, an "educationally-based space" that's impressively outfitted for kids between four and 12 years of age.


CARIBE HILTON

Being the brand's first international hotel and the birthplace of the Pina Colada, the Caribe Hilton is a piece of living history. The resort's 17 acres are filled with an endless array of daily activities, including splashing in the Kids' Fountain Pool, playing in the games room and feeding koi fish in the Tropical Gardens. Parents can also take advantage of the hotel's outstanding babysitting services to enjoy a romantic night out.


FAIRMONT EL SAN JUAN

Offering easy access to both turquoise waters and the lively nearby town, the Fairmont El San Juan is a stylish choice for families with older kids. On the hotel's two miles of beachfront property, some may opt to lounge in a private cabana, while others take off with a snorkel or kayak in hand.


Ask our agency about other experiences we can provide in Puerto Rico!


Aerial shot of the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort