There are several inns, B&Bs and guesthouses along the edges of El Yunque – not actually within the national forest, but along its fringe, which still feels very wild. The proximity to the rainforest means lots of animal activity: the sound of chirruping coqui will send you to sleep and you’ll wake to the song of tropical birds.

Some places are accessible near the northern section of Hwy 191, coming from Río Grande; Luquillo's beaches are only a few minutes away. Others are on the southern side, also near Hwy 191, the nearest town being Naguabo. (Due to mudslides in the '70s, the middle of Hwy 191 was shut down, creating two separate entrances to El Yunque.) The accommodations are good choices if you want to be in close proximity to day trips in and around Fajardo. Most properties have minimum two-night stays.

Camping in El Yunque

There are no developed campgrounds or designated camping areas in El Yunque, but wilderness camping is allowed along most roads and trails except areas that are closed. Tents must be located at least 30ft away from any trail or body of water and at least 50ft from roads and developed picnic sites.

Most importantly, campers need a free permit that must be obtained at least 14 days before your visit. Check the website or at the visitors center for details.