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A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Puerto Rico

Trish Hartmann

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast of the Caribbean’s Greater Antilles archipelago. The island is a popular tourist destination, known for its scenic beaches, lush rain and cloud forests, and rich heritage that blends Taíno, Spanish, African, and American roots with various other cultures. The capital city of San Juan is a thriving historic and cultural center, rich with colonial Spanish architecture and gorgeous palm-lined beaches. We have two guides covering the best of running in Puerto Rico: this one, covering the overall island, and a separate one focused specifically on the San Juan area.

Some highlights of Puerto Rico running the various coastal paseos and malecónes (boardwalks), notably in Isla Verde, Cataño, AreciboIsabelaMayagüez, and Aguadilla. We also point out the best beaches for running — long enough and with firm, packed sand. Puerto Rico also has several interior parks with running paths, such as the Paseo Lineal Río Bayamón, the Parque Nacional Julio Enrique Monagas, and Parque de Los Próceres in Mayagüez. Trail runners will find all sorts of unique terrain in El Yunque National Forest, the Cerro Gordo MTB Trail, and Survival Beach. If long-distance pavement running is more your style, the Jájome and Roosevelt Road areas are good choices. Those visiting the destination island of Vieques can find Vieques running options here.

When it comes to getting around Puerto Rico, San Juan is the easiest city to travel, with walkable areas, a free trolley, and plenty of public transportation. Outside San Juan, a car is helpful, although there are some independent bus services between cities. Taxi and ride-share services are the best bet for short-distance travel in most Puerto Rican cities and towns.

Notes: Puerto Rico suffered a series of devastating hurricanes in the fall of 2017. While the island is open for business and happily welcoming visitors, some routes may still be affected by storm damage. Also, be aware of the sun and heat — best to run early.

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San Juan Running Overview

Puerto Rico

Highlights of San Juan running include two beaches, a tour of lovely Old San Juan, historic Paseo del Morro out to the Fort, and a linear path around Isla Verde. See our separate guide for all the best runs in San Juan.
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Malecón de Cataño

Puerto Rico

A wonderful coastal run in Cataño, at the south end of San Juan Bay. Combination boardwalk and asphalt paths make up the 1 mile long malecón along Ocean Drive. Can be extended on nearby sidewalks. A great 5k out and back.
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Paseo Lineal Río Bayamón

Puerto Rico

A long multi-use asphalt pathway along the river Bayamón, ending at the Ensenada de Boca Vieja (bay). Very pretty, as most of the path is through a beautifully manicured linear park. Up to 5.5 miles one-way, though options for shorter distances.
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La Marginal de Arecibo (Boardwalk)

Puerto Rico

The cement walkway/boardwalk along Avenida Victor Rojas in Arecibo on Puerto Rico's northern coast offers stunning ocean views. It's nearly 2 miles between the bridge over the Río Grande to the point of Obrero. A great spot for a sunset run.
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Vieques

Puerto Rico

Varied running options on the destination island of Vieques. The best places include Route 200, Sun Bay, Esperanza, the Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, and Punta Arenas. Nice combination of beach, trails, quiet roads.
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Roosevelt Roads

Puerto Rico

These rural roads surrounding a former military base on Puerto Rico's east coast are mostly out-of-use, making this a great spot for a longer run on paved, untrafficked roads. Can easily put together 8+ miles. Recommended to run in groups.
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Paseo Lineal Río Bayamón

Puerto Rico

A long multi-use asphalt pathway along the river Bayamón, ending at the Ensenada de Boca Vieja (bay). Very pretty, as most of the path is through a beautifully manicured linear park. Up to 5.5 miles one-way, though options for shorter distances.
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San Juan is the largest city in Puerto Rico, but other top areas include Dorado, Rio Grande, Rincon, Culebra, Isabela, Guanica, Lajas, Fajardo, and Cobo Rojo.

See DiscoverPuertoRico.com for hotel info and recommendations.

En La Meta is the top running store in San Juan, but you can also find gear at Time to Run and Fit 2 Run.

 

For group runs, check in with the Puerto Rico Running Club, the Manatí Runners, or Los Wanabí Multisport Club

MaratonesPR is a great resource for upcoming events and other info on Puerto Rico running.