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Introducing: Puerto Rico, The Island of Enchantment
Did you know that Puerto Rico is only a two-hour flight from the continental U.S.? How convenient is that? If you live in the states, you could be on a plane tomorrow to America’s Caribbean territory and relax on pristine beaches in no time. Or maybe you’ll peruse the art museums in San Juan and shop at chic boutiques. At night, you could sip piña coladas and salsa dance. Vacationing in Puerto Rico provides you this and more. Read on to discover what this Caribbean country has to offer and book a vacation to Puerto Rico today.
What to do in Puerto Rico?
Explore San Juan
San Juan, the bustling capital city, was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521 and is the second-oldest European- founded city in the Americas. It’s somewhat crowded with 4 million sanjuaneros. But don’t let this deter you from exploring the metropolis which mixes modern and colonial architecture. Walk around the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and you’ll see UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the governor’s mansion and fortifications. Head to Balneario de Carolina and catch some sun on one of San Juan’s best beaches. You may even want to parasail. To immerse yourself in history, head to Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a 16th-century fortress and explore the surroundings. After that, go to Condado’s Avenida Ashford and shop until you drop at designer boutiques.
Your visit to San Juan wouldn’t be complete without sailing on San Juan Bay. First, you’ll be welcomed aboard and given safety instructions. You’ll also learn the basics of sailing. Next, it’s time to set sail for a two-hour sailboat cruise. You’ll relax and sip complimentary drinks and eat fresh strawberries or appetizers (extra purchase) as your guide tells you the history of San Juan and shares cultural insights. The pristine waters will mesmerize you and as you look for dolphins, sea turtles and stingrays. You’ll also notice various seabirds. Tours are usually limited to six people and makes for a more intimate experience.
Explore the Outdoors
Grab your raingear and enjoy a half-day trip to the El Yunque rainforest. It’s here that you’ll find waterfalls, spectacular views, the habitat of Puerto Rico’s plant and endangered wildlife, and nature trails. In fact, the 2.6 trail puts you upon the summit at 3,496 feet. If you want to enhance your hike, go along Forest Road 10 to the Mt. Britton observation tower and climb the spiral staircase that leads to a viewing platform. Bring your camera, so you can take photos to share with family and friends.
When the sun goes down, you don’t have to call it a night. Have a kayak adventure on a lagoon at Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve and you’ll see how the water sparkles and shines underneath you. How does this happen? When your paddle or hand brushes through the water, plankton glows in fluorescent colors, making your water adventure an enchanted experience. You can even swim in the water to make it even more of a magical moment. How cool is that?
Travel to Puerto Rico
The blend of Spanish, Indian and African influences gives Puerto Rico an international charm. It’s easy to see why Puerto Rico attracts millions of visitors and is called the “Island of Enchantment” by locals. Not only does the country offer fun in the sun, but it has trendy bars and lush rainforests, too. It’s the perfect getaway because there’s something for everyone. And let’s face it. You won’t be able to resist the allure of Puerto Rico’s swashbuckling history and tropical terrain.
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Travel to Puerto Rico happens year round because the average annual temperature in the country is about 80°F (26°C), making it a destination that’s pleasant to visit, no matter the time of the year. However, the peak season is from December to April and July and August. Consider visiting between May and November. But keep in mind this coincided with hurricane season and spring break.
Does a Puerto Rico vacation sound good to you? We think so. And if you haven’t visited the country, think about how traveling to a new destination many open up new opportunities for you, like meeting new friends and even romance.
Contact your Travel Planners International agent and start planning your Puerto Rico vacation today!
by Amandah T. Blackwell, Savvy-Writer