Surrounded by the smell of sea salt and delicacies, with a clash of Spanish and American cultures, white sand beaches, and thick forests, Puerto Rico is a magical destination for any traveler.
Rich in history and heritage, this Caribbean island’s history is packed with canon fire, revolution, and repression. Puerto Rico is brimming with culture. Despite congested roads and condos, this island that still maintains a vibrant and magical heritage.
Have you always dreamed of exploring the island of Puerto Rico? Then now is the ideal time to plan your break and make your dreams of visiting this Caribbean island a reality.
To make the most of your time, research and planning are key.
Ensure your trip is a soaring success and creates life-long memories by taking note of the tips and advice below.
Be selective about accommodation
Like all the best travel destinations, Puerto Rico offers an array of accommodation options. From fancy five-star hotels to more relaxed options like self-catered villas, hostels, and guesthouses. From accommodation that overlooks the sea to places nestled within urban areas of the island, the options are exciting and expansive.
When selecting your accommodation, think about the location (is it within walking distance of the main amenities), your budget, and whether it’s recommended by other travelers and has good reviews.
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Research where to eat
For anyone with a passion for food, Puerto Rico is a real delight. Similar to Spanish, Cuban and Mexican food, Puerto Rico’s cuisine is influenced by Spain, Africa, and America and is rich in herbs, spices, and other flavorings like coriander, cacao, apio, chilli, plantains, and yampee.
This type of cooking can be traced back to the Arawaks and Tainos, who first inhabited the island and lived off a diet of seafood, corn, and fruit.
The dishes that you must taste while in Puerto Rico include Mofongo – deep fried green plantains, mixed with onion, garlic, olive oil and pork or prawns; Pernil – slow-roasted pork marinated in herbs and spices; and Arroz con gandules – a mixture of rice, peas, pork, herbs and spices all cooked in one pot. There are some amazing restaurants on the island, the best of which are locally-run, authentic places.
Plan what to see and do
Despite being a small island, Puerto Rico has plenty to see and do. One trip is never enough! However, during your time on this magical island, you can easily soak in your fill of history, heritage, and culture.
If there’s one destination that you don’t want to miss, it’s Mosquito Bay – you’ll never believe what happens at Mosquito Bay. Although not on Puerto Rico, Mosquito Bay, which is a ferry ride away on the island of Vieques, is worth a visit thanks to the amazing bioluminescent activity found at it.
Another must-visit place is El Yunque National Forest, a tropical rainforest located in the north of the island. Not only can you explore the forest from the ground, but starting at the El Portal Visitor Center, you can explore via a treetop walkway.
Old San Juan is also worth a visit. This is the oldest and most beautiful settlement in Puerto Rico and is the most historic colonial section of the island.
Love history? Then a trip to Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a must. This is a 16th-century building in San Juan that was built by the Spanish as a fortress.
Rich in history, heritage and culture, Puerto Rico has a lot to offer any traveler. Are you inspired? Create a Puerto Rican travel vision board and start planning!