In less than a four hour flight from the East Coast, you could find yourself setting up camp in a tropical paradise.
Hop a plane with your carry-on full of camping gear and take advantage of Puerto Rico’s year-round mild temperature and diverse ecosystems. Upon arrival on the tropical island, stop at a roadside stall or “kiosko” to pick up food and other necessities, and head toward one of Puerto Rico’s remote beaches for a coastal camping adventure. On the world-famous Flamenco Beach of Culebra Island, you can pitch your tent a few feet away from the shoreline. For a completely different experience, check out Rio Camuy Cave Park. Exploring the extensive cave system makes for a great day trip. A short drive from the capital of San Juan is the El Yunque National Forest, a tropical rainforest where there are seven designated campgrounds. Each offer a unique, Caribbean camping experience. Just make sure to request a free camping permit before you go.