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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Puerto Rico

Updated on August 4, 2013
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What You Need to Know...

Puerto Rico is an island located in the Northeastern Caribbean between the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands. The island was claimed by Spain during Christopher Columbus' second journey in 1493 and remained as Spain's territory until 1898 when, after the Spanish-American War, Spain ceded the territory to the United States. In 1917, the Jones Act granted Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship.

The island features plenty of culture and activities to do accompanied by great year round tropical weather with temperatures between 80 °F (27 °C) and 70 °F (21 °C).

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Let the Countdown Begin!

5. Activities and Accommodations In Puerto Rico you can:

- Water sports/activities (swim, snorkeling, sky dive, parasailing, etc): PUERTO RICO = ISLAND = SURROUNDED BY WATER so there’s beaches EVERYWHERE! You can visit the nearby small islands or even catch a ferry for just $5 per person (round trip) and go to Vieques or Culebra both island-municipalities of Puerto Rico. Another must visit is La Parguera, a small fishing village in the town of Lajas where you can take a boat tour and enjoy fresh seafood.

- Adventure/Nature: you can visit the various National Forests (guided tours are offered) like El Yunque or hike in places like “Cerro Punta” (Highest elevation in the island with 4,393 ft.). You can go horse-bike riding, bird watching, go to a sightseeing tour...the options are endless!

There are only 8 known places on the entire planet where the bay becomes bioluminescent at night, 3 of them are in Puerto Rico and this is something you have to see! Laguna Grande in Fajardo is the biggest one in the island.

If you want to feel pumped by adrenaline, you need to visit Toro Verde in Orocovis and ride “The Beast” the world’s highest zip-line (853 ft. above the ground) and the second longest (almost a mile). Here you’ll travel at 80mph so HOLD ON TIGHT!

- Golf: 14 championship-level courses…your choice!

- Shopping: There’s “Plaza del Mercado” in every town where you can buy local products and food but if you want to shop 'till you drop Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, the biggest shopping mall in the Caribbean, and Plaza del Caribe (Ponce) are the biggest ones. Smaller boutique stores are located in Old San Juan and El Condado, they offer a more intimate shopping experience for those looking for luxury goods and designer fashions.

- Spa: Puerto Rico has plenty of spas; some are the best in the world. After all the adventure there’s nothing better than relax and pamper yourself with the treatments they offer.

- Nightlife: plenty of nightlife everywhere. Puerto Rico is all about partying! If you’re near San Juan you can try Isla Verde and El Condado where you’ll find hotels, casinos, night clubs, bars, lounges and restaurants. The hotels also have daily activities for their guests.

- Arts: there are plenty of Art Museums and theaters in the island. Some of the museums are the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Art of Ponce, the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, the Wildlife Museum, Museo Antiguo Parque de Bombas in Ponce. There’s also theatres were you can attend and watch concerts, plays and comedy sketches.

- Lodging: Puerto Rico offers a variety of accommodations from Paradores, to luxury resorts, boutique hotels and villas/apartments for rent whether is in the city, near the beach or by the country side.


Zoni Beach @ Culebra Island
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4. Culinary ExtravaganzaThere’s no place where you can enjoy and have the culinary experience that you’ll have in Puerto Rico. Here you can find from “Comida Criolla” to international cuisine. The island offers blends between Taino, Spanish, African, European and Asian cuisine to make your culinary experience above and beyond!

You can visit Guavate (aka. The Pig Highway) where you can enjoy the best slow-roasted pig in the island along with “arroz con gandules” and “pasteles”. Make sure you also try the “morcillas” (blood sausage)

Other must visited place is the Kioskos of Luquillo where you’ll enjoy fresh seafood with “tostones” (fried plantain) or “mofongo” (mashed plantain) and a great Pina Colada next to the beach.

There are plenty of restaurants around the island, if you are near San Juan you can visit the ones located in Old San Juan, Isla Verde and El Condado.

3. Culture – The island was populated by the Tainos (indigenous people) before the Spanish arrived. Then the Spanish enslaved the Tainos. When the amount of Tainos was decreasing, the Spanish started to bring African slaves. After that, Europeans started to arrive and finally the North Americans so you know there’s plenty of culture and activities 500 years in the making.

You can visit Old San Juan were you can walk through cobbled-stoned streets while watching the colonial-era buildings, go to El Morro while enjoying a “piragua” (flavored shaved ice) or head to the southern part of the island and visit Ponce.

2. Weather the tropical temperatures In the island are moderate year round, and go near 80 °F(27 °C) and 70 °F (21 °C) so bring your sunglasses, shorts and flip flops!

1. U.S. Territory - This means U.S. citizens don't need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico, you don’t need to go through customs and the U.S. Dollar is the official currency (major credit cards are also accepted). Traveling to Puerto Rico is approximately 3 hrs. 45 min. from JFK , 4 hrs. 45 min. from Dallas and 7 hrs. from LAX.

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Puerto Rico offers the perfect balance between fun and relaxation. Whether is during the Summer or in the Winter, you'll find plenty of things to do. Make sure that you plan your trip as much as possible before leaving home (book your tours, dinner/lodging reservations...), establish your budget, dress comfortably and have fun! Experience by yourself why Puerto Rico does it better!

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