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Whether you’re a professional cyclist or just love to get on a bike and explore, we’ve got a trail with your name on it. All you have to do is decide where you want to go.
In Puerto Rico, you can bike the bustling capital, cruise along the beach, race through a rainforest, or mountain bike through our forests.
Most companies that offer bike tours are committed to sustainable tourism and environmental conservation. Take a closer look at how you can discover Puerto Rico the eco-friendly way.
Biking through the El Yunque rainforest isn’t as simple as renting a cycle and striking out on your own. Bicycles are not permitted on the public hiking trails, and even if they were, you’d find them practically impossible to ride. Fortunately, there are tour companies, like Hacienda Carabalí and AdvenTours, that have carved our special trails for bikes, giving you a chance to romp through dirt trails to secluded spots like refreshingly cool rivers where you can enjoy a relaxing dip.
Get Ready for Mud
This being a rainforest, there is plenty of rain on the bike trails of El Yunque, which also means plenty of watery puddles. Attack them with relish and don’t worry about the mud. It’s all part of the fun!
Make Your Own Way
Not all tour companies offer transportation from your hotel to the rainforest. Make sure to find an operator that suits your needs.
After a morning bike ride, head east on Route 3 and you’ll soon arrive at the Luquillo Kiosks, a string of more than 60 eateries where you can enjoy a fantastic lunch on a budget; then, continue on to Luquillo Beach for a few indolent hours at one of Puerto Rico’s most popular beaches.
Touring San Juan by bike offers numerous advantages. For one, the city’s beaches, historic sites and many fine restaurants are easily accessible. Secondly, you avoid taxis and San Juan traffic. And finally, it’s a great way to build up your appetite for a hearty Puerto Rican meal.
To Tour or Not to Tour
While you can rent a bike and strike out on your own, a tour like Rent the Bicycle is highly recommended, as your tour guide will do helpful things like stop traffic when you cross the street.
For the Active Riders
It’s a taxing ride, but those who take their bike rides seriously can take a bike tour to Piñones, the rustic, laid back beachfront town east of San Juan. The food kiosks here are well worth the trip.
If you want to enjoy San Juan’s lush greenery on your ride, head to one of the city’s many public parks. In particular, Parque Nacional Lineal Enrique Martí Coll has a lovely 1.5-mile loop through a serene natural setting.
Vieques & Culebra
The islands of Vieques and Culebra are bike-friendly destinations. Both are small, easy to navigate and offer numerous picturesque stops at beaches that you might call your own for the day. As for your route, you can choose from rolling hills to beachfront roads to bumpy, muddy dirt trails. Vieques Adventure Company offers an outstanding mountain biking tour to some of Vieques’ least-visited beaches and trails.
Pedal and Snorkel
One of the most entertaining ways to enjoy the best of land and sea in Vieques or Culebra is by taking a bike and snorkeling tour.
Culebra doesn’t have any bike tours, but bike rentals are easy to find, and the island is small enough to discover without a guide. You can rent your wheels at Culebra Bike Shop.
Hills and Valleys
Bikers should be aware that Vieques and Culebra don’t necessarily present a leisurely cruise. Expect your share of hills and slopes when you bike here.
Rincón and the West Coast
Puerto Rico’s west coast offers a wonderful mix of rides. Choose between off-roading for those who love mountain bikes, leisurely distant treks along scenic highways, and beach-hopping to your heart’s extent.
Pedal and Surf?
It’s probably logistically impossible to bike for any great amount of time while carrying a surfboard, but if there’s one place you’d want to try it, it’s Rincón. This is the surfing capital of Puerto Rico.
One of the best trails in this part of Puerto Rico is the Domes Trail, an adrenaline-pumping ride that was part of the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.
The Guánica Dry Forest
Not to be outdone, the Guánica Dry Forest offers a unique, arid environment that’s a complete change from the El Yunque rainforest. If you decide to tackle this trail, bring plenty of water: true to its name, this is a dry ecosystem.
If there was ever a trail that combined some of the best of Puerto Rico’s natural environments, it’s the one at Bosque de Breas in Cerro Gordo, in the municipality of Vega Alta. It’s a place to grab your mountain bike and streak down a leafy trail surrounded by tropical vegetation to a picturesque beach fronting the Atlantic Ocean.
Unlike other destinations, Cerro Gordo is open for mountain biking virtually year-round, as even a sudden downpour won’t ruin the tightly packed sand of the trail.
Ride along the trail and you’ll soon see signs that say “No brakes.” Heed the sign if you want to experience what might be the most thrilling bike descent in Puerto Rico, with gorgeous ocean views to boot.
The municipality of Vega Alta is only about 25 miles west of San Juan and adjacent to Dorado, making it an easy day trip from many popular tourist areas.
When former world champion mountain biker Marla Streb designs a trail, she strives to make it look like it’s formed naturally over time and lay hidden until you, the biking traveler, has discovered it. So you can imagine how excited we were when she chose to build the “Single Track Jungle” at Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park. But don’t worry – you don’t need to be an elite athlete to tackle the eight-mile-long trail. It’s been tailored to meet the needs of every level of biker, and will offer its share of challenges and stunning views.
Bike and Zip
Toro Verde doesn’t just offer mountain biking – from rope bridges to rappelling to an incredible network of ziplines, this adventure park is all about outdoor thrills.
Follow Your Trail
The Single Track Jungle is clearly marked with beginner, intermediate and advanced trails, making it easy for any rider to enjoy it.
Did you know that Travel and Leisure called Toro Verde one of the “World’s Coolest New Attractions” when it opened?