Puerto Rico Attractions: A Dream Comes Alive

By Guest Travel Writer Kamilla Graham

She was born and raised in the desert valley of Phoenix, Arizona. She enjoys live music, good food, cold coffee, and exploring the many wonders the world has to offer with her husband and 5 small humans.

Puerto Rico Attractions

The “rich port” of Puerto Rico is a 5-star vacation destination filled with world-class attractions. Whether you’re an adventurer, a foodie, a golfer, or a beach (rum) bum, this small island is the ideal place to relax in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico may be the smallest island in the Greater Antilles, but she hosts 270 miles of coastline and some of the most well-known beaches in the world.

Here is my “bucket list” of must-dos when you visit Puerto Rico!

Indulge!

While in paradise, I take time to indulge myself. Puerto Rico offers world-class stays in resorts like the Cliff Top Royal Isabela or the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve with its lush tropical landscapes and beachfront views. Also boutique hotels like Olive, which offers guests, luxuriously intimate and artistic accommodations. Don’t forget to schedule a massage and allow the worries of home melt away before exploring.

Visit the Rainforest!

El Yanque is located on the Eastern slope of the Luquillo Mountains. It is the only tropical rainforest under the United States National Park Service. Described as a gentle forest with no poisonous snakes, this is a cool, mountainous, tropical rainforest. Home to Coquí Tree Frogs, as well as, a host of rare birds likes the Puerto Rican Parrot, this allows the forest’s mysterious beauty to engulf your senses.

Puerto Rico Attractions

For Families: Located just 30 miles east of San Juan Luquillo Beach, edged by coconut groves, there are white sandy beaches and clear water. Protected by coral reefs from the rough waves of the Atlantic Ocean, this is a great place to swim with children.

For Surfing: Regarded as one of the premier locations to catch a wave, Puerto Rico is host to all levels of surfers. The northwest coast has several spots including Middles Isabela, which was the beach that hosted the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search.

Puerto Rico Attractions


Photo credit: Jose Zayas, Creative Commons 2.0, Flickr

Go to the Beach!

The Travel Channel has listed some of Puerto Rico’s beaches as the top in the world. Flamenco Beach might just be the most beautiful beach here. With numerous kiosks selling food, clothing and beach accessories, and easy access from the town of Dewey, it’s the crown jewel of Culebra Island. And with 270 miles of coastline, there are plenty of beaches to choose from in Puerto Rico! Our family loves to build sandcastles, search for unusual shells and hope to spot a mermaid or two!

Eat!

I am a big fan of food and discovering a culture through its’ food. When one is in Puerto Rico, one must eat the plantains, specifically mofongo. Puerto Rico has rich culinary traditions that spans centuries and combines Taíno, Spanish and African cultures, recipes and ingredients. It now marries that history with a modern twist to become the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean.

Puerto Rico Attractions

Puerto Rico is my perfect escape, especially as winter’s ice caresses ever closer: waves crashing against shores, salty ocean air tousling my hair and warm sand between my toes. With no need to secure a passport (USA residents), exchange currency or learn a new language (Spanish and English are both spoken here), your island dream can be made true by visiting Puerto Rico. Leave me a comment about what you are including on your trip to Puerto Rico.

 

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Disclosure: This blog article is sponsored by Puerto Rico Tourism.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Jane December 17, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Actually Olympic National Park is a rain forest also. It is a temperate rain forest. El Yunque is a tropical rain forest. Both are rain forests but different types

    • Cacinda Maloney December 18, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      Yes Jane, thank you for that clarification, it is duly noted.

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