A guide to Puerto Rico

Fuerte El Morro en el Antiguo San Juan, Puerto Rico, al atardecer (Fort El Morro in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, overlooking the ocean at sunset)
Fuerte El Morro en el Antiguo San Juan, Puerto Rico, al atardecer (Fort El Morro in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, overlooking the ocean at sunset)

Located in the North Atlantic, Puerto Rico is described as a tropical paradise. There are various activities to enjoy, ranging from relaxing on the beach to exploring the rainforest.

Flamenco Beach

Flamenco Beach

Flamenco Beach

This beach, which is on the island of Culebra, is situated in a sheltered cove that is surrounded by greenery. There are beautiful clear waters with several reefs, making this an ideal location for snorkelling. The beach is also popular with surfers and is considered to have one of the best reef breaks in Puerto Rico. Although travel can be difficult, the visiting Culebra is absolutely worth it; just remember to take out cheap car excess insurance if you hire a car.

San Juan National Historic Site

This fortress was originally constructed to defend the San Juan coastline, and includes forts from the colonial era, bastions and part of the old city wall. There are exhibits that will be of interest to those who want to learn more about the history of San Juan and Puerto Rico, as well as wonderful views of the city and the ocean.

El Yunque Rainforest

This rainforest, which covers 28,000 acres, is the only tropical rainforest in the United States Forest System. There are trails for hiking, as well as picnic pavilions and a visitor centre. You can enjoy the views of the rivers and waterfalls, along with the diverse wildlife which includes exotic birds and insects. The forest also boasts more than four hundred species of plant life.

Casa Blanca

This historic mansion has been furnished with items from the 16th to 18th centuries in order to depict the life of a wealthy family at that time. There are also beautiful gardens with water features and lush greenery, from which you can enjoy some good views of the bay.

The admission to this attraction is free.

Old San Juan

This is the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico and a popular destination for tourists. There are a number of public plazas and churches, such as the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista and San José church. The city also has various museums, shops, cafés and restaurants, with buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

There is much to enjoy in Puerto Rico, whether you want to relax on the beach, do some souvenir shopping or explore the historical sites.

 

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