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It’s Winter and I’m already thinking about travel plans for next summer and fall. One country that has been on my list to visit for a while is Puerto Rico. A huge benefit of visiting the island is if you’re a US citizen, you don’t need a passport. That alone can be a money saver if you have children or if you’re someone getting their “feet wet” traveling out of the mainland. If you’re interested in visiting, here are some fun things to do in Puerto Rico.
Go to the Beach
You can’t visit an island in the Caribbean without going to the beach at least once. Flamenco Beach in Culebra is cited as one of the best beaches in the world. Other popular beaches include Boquerón, Seven Seas, La Monserrate, Caja de Muertos, Carolina and Sun Bay. Take a dip, surf, snorkel, paddle board, or just lay out and read a book to relax.
Be Adventurous and Explore
Did you know that El Yunque is the only rain forest under US national park service? Take a solo or guided tour and hike along the trails. You can also take part in zip-lining, hang gliding, rock climbing and para sailing.
Learn the History
History was hands down my all time favorite subject, so every vacation I find myself in the city’s historic district. Take a trip into the past and visit Old San Juan. El Morro and its sister fort, Castillo San Cristóbal are the oldest European constructions in the United States National Park Service. The architecture in much of Old San Juan date back to when the Spanish ruled the island. Make sure you visit the Paseo La Princesa promenade to purchase souvenirs from street vendors. The view is also beautiful for a nice walk with the family and people watching. There are also a number of museums and UNESCO World Heritage sites to visit in the area.
Embrace the Culture
Puerto Rico is an island with European, African and Taino and American influences and it is reflected in the music, art, dances, celebrations and food. Do you like salsa? Take a dancing class or put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the nightlife.
Eat, Drink and Eat some More!
Everyone I know that has gone to Puerto Rico has raved about the food. For me, rice and beans are a must for most, if not all meals. Popular dishes include Mofongo and pernil. Go on a walking food tour or take a cooking class. If you plan on visiting during the holidays, make sure to get a glass of coquito, a traditional eggnog-like drink. Puerto Rico is also the home of BACARDI rum. Take a tour of the distillery and enjoy free rum tastings.
Whether you’re going solo, with friends, family or your significant other, there’s something to for everyone. To start planning and view excursion and itinerary suggestions, like SeePuertoRico.com on Facebook and follow @PRTourismCo on Twitter.
Have you visited Puerto Rico? What were your favorite things to do?