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Holidays in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico began life as a tiny fishing village on the south coast of Gran Canaria, and in recent years its popularity has soared. Few visitors can resist its white-sand beach and easy-going charm, with all the shops, bars and restaurants you could need. If you’re on holiday with the kids in Puerto Rico, some of Gran Canaria’s best water parks and family attractions are a short bus journey away.

28 °C

June and July for long, sunny days.

4 hours

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport (LPA).

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Puerto Rico and pretty soon you’ll be spending warm, sunny days on the golden sand beaches or sailing the dazzling blue waters of Gran Canaria’s coast.

Recommended offers in Puerto Rico

Castillo de Sol Apartments

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Relaxed, informal atmosphere
  • Near the beach and shopping centre
  • Refurbished, modern apartments

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 398 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£300

Altamadores

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • International buffet restaurant
  • Adults-only sun terrace with sunloungers and parasols
  • Separate children's pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 733 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£790

Sol Y Paz

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • 50m from Europa Centre
  • Rectangular swimming pool
  • Occasional evening entertainment

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 381 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£374

Babalu Apartments

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Tranquil hillside location
  • Two outdoor swimming pools
  • Sports activities available at the nearby Europa centre

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 430 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£458

Wander along the long curve of beach at the heart of Puerto Rico, lay back on a lounger and enjoy hours of Canaries sunshine. When you’re feeling up to it, white-knuckle water sports are the name of the game with high-speed jet skis or windsurfing to pick from. Kids and grown ups love the local water park, Aqualand, with its huge choice of swimming pools, slides and playgrounds. If you fancy getting out on the ocean, pay Puerto Rico’s marina a visit and set sail on the open sea for the day. When the sun sets, Puerto Rico’s balmy evenings were made for sitting outside a wine bar on the waterfront. 

Puerto Rico’s beach is a golden horseshoe of sand wrapped around a beautiful turquoise bay. The perfect place to settle for the day and relax, the beach is well-equipped and great for families with sun beds, umbrellas and showers on hand. At lunch time, all you need to do is stroll back to the seafront to find the cafes and bars or browse in the local shops. The water sports centres are a big attraction in Puerto Rico, so you can windsurf, race on jet skis or learn to dive.

Puerto Rico has a beautiful marina with a celebrated sailing centre and lots of colourful boats anchored in the blue waters. The marina provides lots of activities in Puerto Rico, with sailing trips being the most popular. Head off fishing at dawn, take a diving excursion or spend the day on a dolphin-spotting cruise. The resort’s commercial centre is the bustling hub of activity, with fantastic shopping malls that become nightlife hot spots. Here you can find a top choice of international cuisine as well some of the easy-going pubs for a chilled out night.

There are loads of things for kids to do in Puerto Rico, with some of the island’s best family attractions within easy reach. Just 20 minutes’ bus ride away is Maspalomas’ fantastic water park, Aqualand. The park has a huge choice of water slides and pools, including one of the biggest water slides in Europe. For the little ones, Aqualand also has a special kids’ pool and playground plus a family-friendly surf beach and lazy river. Another quick bus journey away are Gran Canaria’s famous sand dunes, which kids will love exploring on a camel safari.

PUERTO RICO IS BEST FOR...

Families: Enjoy bucket and spade days on the beach and days trips out to the island’s best water parks, complete with slides and pools.

Beach lovers: Relax on Puerto Rico’s golden horseshoe bay, get drinks on the seafront or visit the water sports centre for some excitement.

Sailing fans: The resort’s lively marina is a fantastic place for a spot of boating, with a top sailing club and facilities.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Puerto Rico is Spanish

Currency: The currency used in Puerto Rico is the Euro (€)

Local time: Puerto Rico is on the same time as GMT/UK time

Fly to: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport (LPA). 

Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours

Tourist Information: Further Puerto Rico tourist information can be found at www.grancanaria.com/patronato_turismo/Puerto-Rico.25093.0.html

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Puerto Rico.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 28°C in summer.

Best time to visit: June and July for long, sunny days.

Puerto Rico is situated on the south coast of Gran Canaria, one of the largest Canary Islands. The island is known for its spring-like weather all year round, with temperatures rarely dipping below 18°C even in winter. Summers are long and dry, peaking in the high 20s around August.


GETTING AROUND

By bus: Gran Canaria has a cheap and well-organised bus service running between the major resorts, as well as between attractions in the resorts themselves. You’ll find bus stops in Puerto Rico’s commercial centre and beach.

By car: If you’re interested in exploring the island, getting around by car is the quickest and easiest way. The airport has a choice of competitive car hire companies.

By taxi: Taxis are readily available and run on a meter, and are the best option for short journeys like getting back to your hotel in the evening.


EVENTS

Easter mayhem: In February, the legendary Carnival comes to Gran Canaria for a week of mayhem before Lent. If you’re lucky enough to be on the island, expect a week of colourful parades, dancing and crazy costumes, plus the all-important election of Carnival Queen.

In summer: The city of Las Palmas throws its summertime festival, Fiestas Fundacionales, in June. Well worth the trip for anyone visiting the island, the festivities include concerts, parades and bonfires.

Firework fiesta: Never missing a chance for a fiesta, in August Gran Canaria celebrates the Fiesta de San Lorenzo, known for showcasing the biggest firework display in the Canary Islands.


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