Puerto Rico is a vibrant wondrous island rich with history, a warmly festive culture and endless natural beauty. Believed to be first inhabited by the Ortoroid people as far back as 3000 BC, (and latter their descendants, the Taínos) Puerto Rico has much to offer by way of ancient history. Once a key territory of the Spanish Empire, and later a commonwealth of the United States, “the daughter of the sea and sun” has endured and emerged as a proud culture with deep multicultural roots.
There are a multitude of reasons why PR is the ultimate warm weather destination. It is the full package, offering elements of romance, adventure, relaxation, or cultural enrichment. Reverence for family is a cornerstone of Puerto Rican culture, making it an excellent destination for family excursions offering ample family oriented hotels and resorts and varied activities – but it’s also a prime location to just kick it with your friends.
Given its diverse landscape and abundant coastline, PR is an adventurer’s paradise.
Given its diverse landscape and abundant coastline, PR is an adventurer’s paradise. From the luxuriant beauty of El Yunque Rainforest, to the arid terrain of Guánica State Forest there is a plethora natural beauty to observe and explore. Surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving and more can be had along the coast of Puerto Rico and her off lying islets
Puerto Rico boasts a wide array of beaches along the coast of the main island as well as the small islands off the coast of PR such as Culebra and Vieques. Soak up the sun in the swanky yet touristy beaches of Condado and Old San Juan. Isla Verde Beach is a main attraction for those who love the nightlife. Located 30 miles from San Juan, palm tree-lined Luquillo beach is a great destination for families. Quiet and serene on the weekdays, lush Luquillo beach transforms into a festive chill spot for boricuas on the weekends. For those of you who enjoy seclusion, PR there are a host of isolated coves and beaches off the beaten path at numerous points along the island’s shoreline.
In addition to the many natural features of the captivating isle, PR boasts tons of cultural institutions and local events throughout the year including The Heineken Jazzfest, San Sebastián Street Festival, the Bacardi Distillery and the Museo de Arte Ponce.
Puerto Ricans work hard, and play hard and have a pulsating nightlife to prove it. From the upscale clubs, lounges and casinos of Isla Verde and Condado, to the local clubs of Bayamon, Ponce or the all night street festivities of La Placita in Santurce, there is much mayhem one can get into once the sun goes down. Be prepared to stay out late, as most parties don’t jump off until at least 11 p.m., and the mix of American and authentic Boricua music that fills the dance floors is irresistible.
Being a major tourist destination, PR has lodging for fit for virtually any budget. Hostels, hotels, resorts and luxury condos are available throughout the island all year round. No matter your tastes or intentions, this island has literally got something for everyone. So next time you are considering the perfect tropical getaway, consider adding Puerto Rico to the top of your list.
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