Puerto Rico Vacations

Puerto Rico is a beautiful archipelago which found in northeastern Caribbean. It is also known as “Land of the Valiant Lord”. With a large main island and several smaller islands, the things to do and places to visit in Puerto Rico are endless. When planning a vacation to Puerto Rico, one thing you don’t need to worry about are things to do besides just hitting one of the many beaches. For your accommodations, find many different types of Puerto Rico resorts to choose from so you can easily find the right fit for your honeymoon or family vacation. Puerto Rico has a very rich culture. The place has a unique history and colorful traditions that distinguish its culture from any other. Aside from the pristine beaches, there are many places to explore in the area.

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Let us show you the beauty that can be found in Puerto Rico. Be it your first trip or your hundredth, Puerto Rico is always special as will be your time spent there.

Overview

Puerto Rico is a beautiful archipelago which found in northeastern Caribbean. It is also known as “Land of the Valiant Lord”. With a large main island and several smaller islands, the things to do and places to visit in Puerto Rico are endless. When planning a vacation to Puerto Rico, one thing you don’t need to worry about are things to do besides just hitting one of the many beaches. For your accommodations, find many different types of Puerto Rico resorts to choose from so you can easily find the right fit for your honeymoon or family vacation.

Puerto Rico has a very rich culture. The place has a unique history and colorful traditions that distinguish its culture from any other. Aside from the pristine beaches, there are many places to explore in the area.

Places To Visit in Puerto Rico

Some of the best places to visit while on an all-inclusive Puerto Rico vacation are El Morro (Fuerte San Felipe del Morro), Mosquito Bay (Vieques), Fort San Cristobal, Calle del Cristo, El Yunque National Rainforest and Parque de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy. Also while vacationing in such a beautiful island like Puerto Rico, you have to check out some of the beaches. While on your vacation experience the best beaches like Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco), Playa Sucia, Blue Beach, Isla de Vieques and Secret Beach.

If you want to experience some of the landmarks, do not forget to visit Paseo de la Princesa, Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park, Yokahu Observation Tower and Torre Britton. You can also learn more about the Puerto Rican culture by visiting their famous museums such as Museo de Arte de Ponce, El Museo Castillo Serralles and Museo del Nino.

Resorts in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is also known to be the home of world class resorts and hotels which you and your family will surely enjoy. Find all-inclusive packages that will suit your budget and include things like food, drinks, entertainment and more at a discount. Some of the more popular Puerto Rico resorts include Hotel El Convento, Hacienda Tamarindo, Doubletree by Hilton San Juan, Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn and Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach.

Places to Eat in Puerto Rico

Experience the sumptuous cuisine at some of Puerto Rico’s most famous restaurants like The Sandbox Custom Burgers, Bar & Grill, Restaurarte Vida Ventura, The Homeless Dog Cafe, Verde Mesa, Cafe Cuatro Sombras, Punto de Vista Restaurant & Bar, St Germain Bistro & Cafe and Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar just to name a few. One thing you won’t need to worry about while on vacation is finding some place good to eat in Puerto Rico.

If you want to experience a vacation of a lifetime, Puerto Rico is one of the best places to go. Give us a call today at (800) 510-5642 so we can help you plan and book your Puerto Rico vacation package.

Hot tropical climate. The temperature varies little throughout the year. The average temperature in the winter is 73°F, and 85°F in the summer.

Activities

4 Exciting Things To Do In Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is without a doubt synonymous with relaxation, rest, accidental sunburns and, before I forget, a vibrant nightlife. It is simply what you can call a tandem between two extremes, i.e., a hardcore partying Avenue and a blissful resting paradise. On this note, beach lovers shouldn’t miss the western, sun-baked beaches of Rincon for surfing and sunbathing. On the other hand, snorkelers will appreciate the bioluminescent Vieques’ Mosquito Bay that straddles this Latin American nation’s coast. And if you never mind partying heartily every once a while, then I have a feeling the vibrant nightlife in San Juan will do you more good than harm. With that at the back of your mind, here are four things you shouldn’t leave Puerto Rico without doing:

  1. Explore The Rio Camuy Caves – It might be a guided tour, but exploring the Rio Camuy caves and running through the crisscrossing taverns is nothing short of being exhilarating. The 268 acre of an expansive array of underground caves is every inch captivating as it is subterranean. So whether you’re a nature hobbyist or a passionate geographer, you will appreciate the Stalagmites and Stalactites that punctuate the caverns. Also, if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse or two of the light-shy wildlife such as crabs, bats and tarantulas.
  2. Go For a Romantic Stroll Down The Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay – While the South Vieques beach might not sound like much to the average traveler who enjoys a good dip in the company of other revelers, it comes alive at soon as the sun sets. And this is thanks to the more than 300,000 bioluminescent half-animal half-plant microorganisms that light up the beach in a very unprecedented fashion. In fact, it’s almost unreal how these tiny creatures bulb up this area particularly when it is moonless. Couple this with a company of a beautiful date, and you have yourself all the ingredients needed for a perfect romantic evening.
  3. Walk up and down the stairs of the El Morro – A few hundred years ago, the El Morro or rather the Fuerte San Felipe del Morro was used to stave sea attacks and as a landmark to visiting ships. Now, even as it juts majestically out of the San Juan harbor, it’s not any less the same imposing fortress from the 1800s. The only deterrent here is the hundreds of stairs that you might have to contend with before enjoying the view from the top. But, hey, who said that it has to be easy?
  4. Savor the sights and sounds of the El Yunque National Rainforest – This expansive and lush rainforest can also be termed as one of the few places on earth where you can trek in the tropical Caribbean wild enjoying the scenery unguided and unperturbed. Getting into the protected rain forest in free of charge ( another unseen perk of being in Puerto Rico ) and in case you need any accommodation along the way, and then you will be pleased to know that the rates are very pocket-friendly. That said, make sure you carry a waterproof camera (as it can get pretty wet) and good hiking boots to traverse the vast El Yunkey.

Dining

Dining in Puerto Rico

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is an island commonwealth nestled among the sun-drenched waves of the Atlantic Ocean. A rich cultural heritage influenced by Spanish colonists, indigenous settlers and the political association with the United States combines for a rich and diverse offering of culinary dishes. It’s location in the Caribbean also means a large African influence in the cuisine, and its unique style has burst out of the borders of Puerto Rico and has spread to many other parts of the world. Travelers to Puerto Rico will find a diverse mix of local specialties mixed with American fare.

Puerto Rican cuisine is similar to many other Caribbean nations; however, the island’s unique blend of influences has put its own stamp on the taste offerings of Puerto Rico. In fact, there is a large Creole streak in the dishes, nodding to the cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples. Seafood, beef, chicken and rice are all basic ingredients in most meals, but it’s the mix of seasonings and flavors that do it incredible justice. The result is an extraordinary offering of taste sensations not available anywhere else.

If there was a national dish in Puerto Rico, it would likely be mofongo. This tasty creation can be found anywhere on the island and is likely to be as diverse as the person who prepared it. A shell of fried mashed plantain and seasonings opens the door to an unlimited variety of fillings, and no two mofongo offerings will be exactly alike. Arroz con gandules is a mix of peas and rice with the distinctly Puerto Rican addition of sofrito, a mix of island herbs and spices.

Stews and soups are also prevalent in Puerto Rico, expertly prepared in a large caldero or thick, iron pot. Again, the personal choice of the preparer comes into play, and no two will ever be the same. Usually, these will be based on beef or seafood, and may be seasoned with a variety of spices, herbs, and vegetables such as cilantro, onion, garlic, all mixed with native annatoo seeds which will give it a distinctive yellow coloring. Peppers and chilies are frequently added to most dishes, a nod to the various indigenous peoples who brought these items from South America.

The city of San Juan has a multitude of restaurants to choose from, each as diverse and eclectic as the island itself. Oceano is an establishment specializing in local seafood while Marmalade Restaurant features a fusion of local San Juan and international cuisine. For a more authentic Puerto Rico food experience, Santaella and Cocina Abierta restaurants will give the diner the true taste of Puerto Rican cuisine.

Puerto Rico is as diverse as it is lush and tropical, and a trip to this beautiful territory would not be complete without sampling some of the delicious authentic dishes which have become known around the world. So when your travels take you there, ensure you take the time to educate your palate on the joys of Puerto Rican cuisine.

Nightlife

Puerto Rico Nightlife

If you’re looking for a place you can have fun (whether on vacation or after a business luncheon), then Puerto Rico should be one of those destinations high on your bucket-list. Apart from the luxurious villas, the white sandy coastal stretches, Puerto Rico also boasts of a vibrant nightlife that reverberates from San Juan to Nuyorican. As a matter of fact, Puerto Ricans really know how to have a good time, and after you have done all the sightseeing and sunbathing that you need to do, it’s usually the time to have a good time. The following are some of the best partying joints in Puerto Rico today:

  1. The Club Lazer – Styled like a sophisticated man’s home, Club Lazer is without a doubt one of Puerto Rico’s most exclusive bar and grille today. And unlike other traditional pubs, the club is organized in a triathlon manner. For instance, you can start by having a drink on the ground floor, and then later move up the second floor for some salsa, house music or Latin rock. And after you’re tired from dancing the night away with the girls, you can relax on the rooftop terrace to enjoy the gorgeous view of the shiny light of Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan.
  2. The Labby Lounge – For those of us who never mind a bit of casino gambling whenever we’re on holiday, then the Labby Lounge is one of those joints that you wouldn’t wish to miss. If anything, it’s one of those night clubs with a culture of the staff, locals and the guests intermingling and dancing the night away. On the weekends, the bands are known to play Merengue and Salsa to keep the revelers on their feet.
  3. The Atlantic Beach – It is an ideal spot for the open-minded traveler who wouldn’t mind mingling with a sophisticated crowd who subscribe to different ideologies. The bar is styled in classic Spanish style, and the lounge has a beautiful view of the glassy, neon-lit Ocean and the picturesque Condado beach. So if you enjoy a carefree, unpretentious atmosphere, then the Atlantic beach bordering the Condado is one of the places to be in Puerto Rica in the afterhours.
  4. The La Rumba – Also known as the ‘floating nightclub’, the La Rumba is the only floating bar and grille across Puerto Rico with a full-service bar and beautiful staff. The party journey in this floating club starts from Pier 1 (in old San Juan) and steers through the bay (with music, light and the old city’s architecture servings as the backdrop.) The entire journey only costs $14 for a single adult, and that also earns the right a few beers along the way. A word of caution, though, this boat/nightclub only operates on the weekends starting from Friday through Sunday.
  5. The Club Kronos – Straddling the stretch between Condado (Puerto Rico partying district) and Santurce (a Bohemian/Blue-collar decent neighborhood), is the famous club Kronos. Complete with dazzling laser lights, the club is a reminiscent of the 70’s hardcore partying days. But even then, that shouldn’t deter you from having the night of your life whenever you’re in San Juan!

Weddings

These Puerto Rico resorts offer wedding-specific packages:

  • Barcelo
  • Decameron
  • Hilton
  • Holiday Inn
  • Ritz
  • Sheraton
  • Wyndham

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Lynn Farrell, President

Lynn Farrell
President