Puerto Rico should be high on your list if you are considering a tropical beach getaway any time soon. Located in the Caribbean Sea west of British and US Virgin Islands and with Dominican Republic to its east, Puerto Rico is in the heart of the Caribbean. An unincorporated US territory making it confusingly a state of the United States without all the perks such as its citizens cannot vote in the US elections, Puerto Rico is a safe holiday destination in the region. Puerto Rico is an archipelago that includes inhabited and uninhabited Islands such as Culebra, Vieques and Mona and covers slightly over 8,800 Sq. km of land area. The main island has a mountainous terrain with tropical rainforest coverings and full of wonderful wildlife and the coastline is scattered with countless beautiful tropical beaches, it is easy to see why Puerto Rico is a great place to visit if you are into the tropics.
Attractions and Activities in Puerto Rico
One thing that will take you aback while in Puerto Rico is the number of man-made lakes. There are about 17 man-made lakes that are very attractive. There are also over 50 rivers with most originating from Cordillera.
What you can see and do while in this location is simply limitless. You will have an opportunity to take a boat tour during a new moon to tour one of the Bioluminescent Bays. The one at Lajas in particularly is very popular with tourists. It is in these bays that you will have a chance to experience such a beautiful and magnificent natural event where microscopic organisms that you cannot detect during the day light hours illuminate the tropical waters during the evenings. The microscopic organisms glow as they dart away from any form of movement in the water. This is a once in a life time experience that you will never forget and the experience will leave you feeling calm and heal your soul, leaving you very relaxed.
The El Yunque rain forest in Puerto Rico that is high up in the mountain is a good location to sample local plants and animals. It is here that you will have the opportunity to have a view of the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot. You will also find many hiking trails, which can take you up to the Yokahu Tower from where you can have a perfect view of the tropical rain forest. You will also have the opportunity to take a trail when coming down to the la Mina waterfalls. The water below is cold and refreshing, a good opportunity to swim. Apart from tropical rain forests, a visit to Puerto Rican plantations will be worth your time. Coffee, tobacco and Sugar cane plantations are mainly to be found toward north of Ponce.
Water activities are high on the agenda when visiting Puerto Rico. From snorkeling to Scuba diving the crystal clear waters of the caribbean
there are no shortage of places you can explore the underwater marine life. With many tropical coral reefs and fish underwater activities are popular in Puerto Rico. Dive operators can be found throughout Puerto Rico. As well as possessing calm tropical beaches you Puerto Rico also has some great surf beaches. Other activities you will be able to part take in during your holiday is fishing, wind surfing, parasailing and kite surfing. Puerto Rico really has a lot to offer the adventure seeker.
A visit to San Juan is also worth the effort. This is an old historic city that still has some of the oldest colonial buildings you can find in the Caribbean, where you will find all the typical holiday amenities such as hotels, shops and restaurants.
You need to have a big appetite for food when visiting Puerto Rico. This is because culinary offerings are simply diverse. Traditional Puerto Rican dish incorporates plantains and pork, which can be served with either beans or rice. Tropical tubers and bananas are the most plantains used. Pork is not the only meat available as chicken is readily available as well. Although the cost of food in most tourist restaurants can be high, the amount of food served is worth it. You may also opt to eat the way locals do; head to local eatery joints where prices are very cheap without a compromise on quality.
If you drink then Puerto Rico will serve you good. Note that the famous rum drinks originated from this location. There different brands of alcoholic drinks that you will able to enjoy. Coffee and wine are also readily available.
Accommodation in Puerto Rico
The city of San Juan hosts the biggest number of hotels in Puerto Rico. These are mostly international hotel chains. There are also rental furnished apartments that you can rent for a day, weeks, or even months. Unlike hotels that are to found in commercial areas, apartments are mostly found in residential areas. Other minor accommodation facilities are also available.
How to Get There
You can travel to Puerto Rico by air or Sea. The Luis Munoz Marin international Airport located near Carolina receives international flights that bring in tourists and other passengers from US. You can easily connect to other local airports located near Ponce and Aguadilla through local scheduled flights. Being in Santo Domingo or Mayagues gives you the opportunity to access Puerto Rico by Ferry service.
When to Go to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico experiences a very typical tropical climate which means that there is very little variation of temperatures. Temperatures range between 24 and 32 degrees centigrade all year round. You can therefore travel to Puerto Rico through out the year, however, the period between June and November is considered Hurricane season and we would advise you not to travel then.