Puerto Rico is a Caribbean Island that is a territory of the United States. This makes it very easy for American citizens to travel there because they will not need to have a passport. A driver's license will do the trick, making it an accessible way to explore the Caribbean on a much smaller budget because international travel can be expensive.
It is a land with a vibrant culture and beautiful people. Here are seven things to do in Puerto Rico that will allow you to truly see what Puerto Rico has to offer its' visitors.
- Water Fun- No matter where you are going to 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 United States
- 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 amazing food and bars all over so that you can make a whole day out of your visit to Old San Juan
- An Old Spanish Fort- Castillo San Cristobal is a 500-year-old Spanish fort that was 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.
- The Food- The "Dining Capital of the Caribbean," this is the way that 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 amazing dishes like mofongo (mashed plantains) and Arroz con gandules y Lechon (rice with pigeon peas and pork).
Hurricane Maria destroyed much of Puerto Rico, and it has been a long, hard road to rebuilding. The resilience of the people of Puerto Rico is evident when you see how far they have come since then. Tourism is an integral part of their economy, and it is an important 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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