Have you scaled back your travel plans for next year? If you still want to see some of the beautiful Caribbean but not necessarily leave the country, Puerto Rico is a perfect destination. People are friendly and lively, and the culture is rich in history. I have recently put Old San Juan on my bucket list!
Since Puerto Rico is a US territory, meaning you don’t need a passport to travel. A driver’s license will do the trick, making it an accessible way to explore the Caribbean on a much smaller budget.
Here are seven things to check out while visiting Puerto Rico:
No matter where you are going in the Caribbean, the beaches and ocean are an essential part of the trip. In Puerto Rico, areas like Culebra, Vieques, and El Yunque are great places to visit. Culebra is the perfect spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. Flamingo Beach in Culebra offers the ideal backdrop for your snorkeling and diving adventure. Vieques is the home of a beautiful bioluminescent bay, and El Yunque is the location of the only subtropical rainforest in the US.
An Old Spanish Fort
Castillo San Cristobal is a 500-year-old Spanish fort erected to protect the Spanish interest in their New World colony. This fort was the largest that the Spanish built in the New World as it was six stories tall and took up 27 acres of real estate on the tip of the island overlooking the ocean.
Puerto Rico is an island that knows how to party, and they know how to do it well. Some festivals are going on every month all year long. There are even festivals and celebrations that go on all year. Enjoy parades, music, food, drinks, and dancing while attending. They are a convergence of Puerto Rican culture. The best months for these festivals are December and January, and daytime is the best time to experience them. At night, they tend to get a lot more crowded and rowdier.
Puerto Rico is the King of Rum, and they embrace the moniker. There are amazing innovative mixologists all over the island that are using Puerto Rican rum and native fruits (like passion fruits, mangoes, papayas, and more) to create a perfect taste of Puerto Rico. Many of these mixologists also compete internationally, so they are a lot of fun to watch work. There is everything from great drinks to beautiful paired drinks and courses, and you can find it all.
The “Dining Capital of the Caribbean,” this is how many Puerto Ricans refer to their homeland. Their cuisine is a harmonious blend of Taino (the native people of Puerto Rico), American, and Spanish cuisines. These different influences combine to generate unique dishes like mofongo (mashed plantains) and Arroz con gandules y Lechon (rice cooked with pigeon peas and pork).
Bacardi Rum Factory
The Bacardi Factory in Puerto Rico is the largest globally as this factory can bottle up to 100,000 bottles a day. Aside from just touring the factory itself, you can also go on a tasting tour. This tour allows visitors to learn all about the rum, the bottling process, and the different flavors and tastes that Bacardi manufactures. It is an integral part of Puerto Rico, and it is a lot of fun.
Old San Juan
San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico, and Old San Juan is the colonial remnants of San Juan’s days as a Spanish colonial city. Old San Juan is the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere. It’s brightly colored buildings and cobblestone streets give it an old-world feel at your fingertips. You can go on guided tours to learn of the over 500 years of history of this area of the city. Aside from colonial history, there is fantastic food and drink all over so that you can find plenty to do during a visit to Old San Juan.
Hurricane Maria destroyed much of Puerto Rico, and it has been a long, hard road to rebuilding. They also took a hit in 2020 with Hurricane Isais. The resilience of the people of Puerto Rico is evident when you see how far they have come since then. Tourism is an integral factor of their economy, and it is an essential part of how they are rebuilding their island, one brick at a time. Your fun trip to Puerto Rico is not just for you but for the Island of Puerto Rico itself.
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