Travel with Children

Puerto Rico is a family-friendly destination and children are very much a part of daily life across San Juan. You'll see children at all manner of restaurants and events and no doubt running around plazas late into the evening. Sidewalks are typically in decent condition and wide enough for strollers (though baby-changing facilities are few and far between).

Most resorts have children's clubs or programs; only a few boutique properties have age restrictions. Large swaths of the beaches are reef-protected so waves are gentle. Playa Ocean Park and Playa Isla Verde are particular favorites for local families.

In and around San Juan there are several attractions that children really enjoy. The Museo del Niño de Carolina is always a big hit, as is Parque de las Ciencias in Bayamón. If your kiddos like bugs (which ones don't?), hit up the Museo de Entomología y Biodiversidad Tropical to check out some doozies. Afterwards, let them run wild – the kids, not the bugs – in the University Botanic Gardens outside.

Two must-visit sights are El Morro and San Cristóbal in Old San Juan. What could be better than huge fortresses complete with tales of gold, plunder and pirates? Kids can explore the walls and tunnels for hours.

In season, a winter league baseball game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium is classic family fun.