Why Puerto Rico Should Be Your Next Tropical Vacation

Puerto Rico

Experiencing tropical vacations is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and your loved ones. What many people are not aware of is that there are so many different beautiful places in the world that most people don’t think of when they’re planning a vacation. One of which is the majestic Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.

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One of the biggest perks when traveling to Puerto Rico is the fact that Americans don’t even need a passport, as it is considered a part of the U.S. This island has everything from picturesque scenery to exotic adventures. It is often called: “La Isla del Encanto,” which translates to “the Island of Enchantment.” Here’s a list of reasons why you need to add Puerto Rico to your bucket list.

El Yunque

This natural treasure is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S., making it the perfect hiking destination. El Yunque has plenty of stunning waterfall destinations, as well as unique cuisine. 

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Cavernas de Camuy

Known as “Camuy River Cave Park,” the caves are one of the largest cave networks in the world. It’s a magical experience, where you truly get to see how dazzling a cave can be. 

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Toro Verde Adventure Park

Guinness World Records officially named Toro Verde Adventure Park the home to the world’s longest zipline, called “The Monster.” Undoubtedly perfect for anyone who enjoys a good adrenaline rush. 

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Deep within the heart of Old San Juan is a striking Spanish-style fortress encompassed by history. Not only does it provide stunning views, but it’s also located in one of the most lively locations. 

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Old San Juan

Old San Juan has everything from fine dining and fabulous shopping, to historic museums and cathedrals. It’s a must-see experience within the Island of Enchantment. 

Culebra & Vieques

If you’re looking for pristine relaxation near white-sand and clear water beaches, these are the spots for you. Just a short boat ride away from Puerto Rico, you will find Culebra and Vieques. These two islands are home to world-renowned beaches and the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay. After all, what’s a tropical vacation without some exquisite beach days?

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Bioluminescent Bays

A bioluminescent bay is a rare ecosystem that causes the water to glow. There are only five ecosystems in the world where this occurs, and Puerto Rico is home to three of them. Being able to experience this extraordinary natural wonder will be an unforgettable adventure. 

Bacardi Tour

If you enjoy a drink here and there, you will absolutely love the Bacardi rum tasting tour. You not only get to try different types of rum, but it also includes a mixology class, so you can impress your friends back home with your newfound skills. 

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Calico Jack Pirate Ship

While enjoying a tropical vacation, why not immerse yourself in its history by sailing on an actual pirate ship through the ocean? It’s one of the most unforgettable experiences for any pirate fan. 

Coamo Hot Springs

These thermal baths, which some people refer to as the “fountain of youth,” are home to one of the most relaxing all-natural spa destinations. People come from all over the world to either unwind or to use the mineral water to help ease different health conditions. Local legend says this was Juan Ponce de Leon’s coveted fountain of youth. 

By Angelique Brenes
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