Have you ever thought about taking an exciting trip with kids to a beautiful island?
People may often shy away from, or think its too rushed to visit an island with kids for only a weekend, but I have some tips to help you figure out how to spend 72 hours in Puerto Rico with kids.
Why Puerto Rico?
My family and I first discovered Puerto Rico years ago when our kids were about 3 and 9 years old. We love that it is a family-friendly vacation destination with things to see and do for all ages. Puerto Rico offers warm weather, beautiful beaches, delicious foods, historic places to explore and more. You can easily escape to Puerto Rico with kids as the flight from the East Coast is about 4 hours and there are no passports needed.
How To Spend 72 Hours in Puerto Rico With Kids
The first time my husband and I traveled to Puerto Rico together, it was on a kid-free getaway. Despite the fact that we were having a great time, we found ourselves saying how we couldn’t wait to come back with our kids. We wanted to show them this beautiful, colorful, warm, family-friendly island.
Not long after we returned I was able to to purchase some inexpensive plane tickets for my family to travel to Puerto Rico over a long Thanksgiving weekend.
Due to all of the photos, videos and stories we shared with our kids from the trip my husband and I went on, they were so excited to visit and experience Puerto Rico for themselves.
Both of my kids love a beautiful beach, so getting out of the cold, soaking up some sun and playing in the aqua blue ocean is always a perfect fit for them.
My son loves to explore and learn when we travel, so we definitely made time for a visit to Fort San Cristobal for a little history lesson. Even though my daughter was only 3 years old on our first trip to Puerto Rico, she was excited to see the pretty, colorful buildings in Old San Juan.
Luckily I made a few notes during the vacation my husband and I took to Puerto Rico so I could easily plan a successful and non stressful 72 hours in Puerto Rico with kids.
When To Fly
The two most important tips I have to provide on spending a successful 72 hours in Puerto Rico with kids, is to arrive on the island as early as possible and depart the island in the late afternoon or evening. We like to take a very early flight into Puerto Rico which has us on the island and my kids toes in the sand before lunchtime.
To fully maximize our time we take an evening flight home. This makes our family feel like we hit the vacation jackpot by getting almost another full day on the island.
Where To Stay in Puerto Rico
When traveling to Puerto Rico, with or without kids, I always stay at the San Juan Marriott.
The San Juan Marriott, which is situated right on Condado Beach, is a beautiful family friendly resort. I love that it is only about a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport. Perfect time frame for traveling with kids.
There are two pools, one with a waterslide and one that is zero entry. Adults can enjoy the swim up pool bar, while watching their kids zip down the waterslide. My kids love this resort so much because they can hop back and forth between the pool and the beach all day long.
The resort has a delicious Gelato & Co. store, which my kids requested to visit and try a new flavor of gelato each day.
We love how centrally located the San Juan Marriott is to so many things to see and do in Puerto Rico.
If you stay at the San Juan Marriott I recommend you save time and money by not renting a car. Your family will most likely enjoy walking along the beach or the vibrant street right outside the resort in order to explore and enjoy some of the island’s cuisine, just like my family does.
What To Explore in Puerto Rico
Just because you might only have about 72 hours in Puerto Rico that doesn’t mean that you can’t explore, learn and have a memorable time.
Thanks to taking an early morning flight we basically have a full first day on the island. We usually like to spend that day hanging around the resort to play, relax and soak up some sun at the pool and beach (you can even bring your own fun float).
After a well rested night our family likes to get up early. My husband and I try to catch the sunrise over the ocean while waiting for our kids to wake up. Our family walks about 10 minutes from the resort to our favorite (and very inexpensive yet delicious) breakfast place in Puerto Rico called Pinky’s. They make the most delicious homemade smoothies and you can even take some with you to go, which our kids absolutely love to sip on throughout the morning.
We quickly learned that a must visit place in Puerto Rico is Old San Juan.
Old San Juan has so much history, culture and character. Even better is that it is only about a 15 minute taxi ride from the Condado Beach area.
Old San Juan is a stunning, walkable town filled with cobblestone streets and beautifully colored buildings in the prettiest shades of teal, yellow, peach, sky blue and orange.
There are street vendors, an adorable playground, where my daughter instantly befriended and played with a little girl named Sophia who is a native of Puerto Rico, lively music, outdoor cafes, rooftop restaurants, historical landmarks and much more.
Whenever we are traveling with our kids, we love to mix in some learning with our family fun. A perfect place for the whole family to see and experience while you are in Old San Juan is Fort San Cristóbal.
Also know as Castillo San Cristóbal, it is a fort that was built by Spain back in 1783 to protect against land based attacks on the city of San Juan.
The Fort offers guided tours, but my family thought it was best if we explored on our own in case the kids got tired and wanted to sit and rest for a little. Both of my kids were amazed with how large the fort was and very much enjoyed taking our time to walk around most parts of it at their own pace. My son was in awe of the spectacular views of the island of San Juan from the top of the fort.
As you can see it is definitely possible to spend 72 hours in Puerto Rico with kids. I recommend if you have the opportunity to visit this beautiful island, go for it and make some new family travel memories!
Where would you and your family head first? The beach, the pool or off to explore?