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Puerto Rico: 4 Reasons To Plan a Trip To The Island

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Puerto Rico: 4 Reasons To Plan a Trip To The Island

Despite the recent devastation due to natural disasters, Puerto Rico will remain a gem of the Caribbean. The strength and resilience of its countrymen is unparalleled.  These dire times will not sodden their spirits, but bolster them. The island has already become more unified than ever as a direct result of the desolation brought on by hurricane Maria. You cannot douse the fire & passion that burns within the hearts of the Puerto Rican people. What has been destroyed will be rebuilt and refined; adding another slice of fabric to their rich tapestry of history. Tourism will play a role in the rebuilding of PR. If that reason alone is not enough to add PR to your travel list, I will serve you up a few more. Read on.

 

Popularly known as el Isla del Encanto (The Island of Enchantment) and located firmly in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is an island that can be traveled from north to south in just an hour and a half by car. But don’t let its small size deceive you. In its 3,500 sq/mi area hides natural and historic treasures that go beyond its postcard beaches. Even after a century of Mainland American influence, it is encouraging to find a Caribbean destination that does not focus its faculties on the “all-inclusive bracelet” concept of touring, but instead in the attractiveness of its history, culture, landscapes, and gastronomy.

In order to fully appreciate the breadth of beauty this island has to offer, you’ll need to pack your suitcase. To entice you, here are 4 BIG reasons why you should make Puerto Rico your next travel destination:

 

1. The Cuisine

 

Photo courtesy of Mariana Sullivan-Figueroa.

Although the island is technically a U.S. territory, it incorporates African, Caribbean, and European influences in its dishes to create a cuisine all its own. You can enjoy some of the freshest seafood you’ve ever had; like the grilled fish and plantains pictured above. Or try some of PR’s famed national dishes like arroz con gandules y lechón (yellow rice and pigeon peas with roasted pork), pasteles (similar to tamales), or asopao (similar to gumbo, the soup is made with rice, shellfish, chicken, chorizo and other ingredients). Be sure to wash it all down with an authentic piña colada (first created in PR, it has been the national drink since 1978). The list of mind-blowing delicious food goes on and on. I could write this entire post on the food & drink alone, but that would just make me hangry. I don’t want to be hangry. Bottom line: Incredibly fresh food that you won’t find anywhere else.

 

 

2. The El Yunque Rainforest

 

Photo courtesy of Mariana Sullivan-Figueroa.

A must-see for nature lovers. Situated in Northeastern Puerto Rico, El Yunque boasts a plethora of wildlife and picturesque scenery. So bring your camera along and capture some great photo-ops. The “Gram” will love you for it. You will follow a walkway through treetops and a trail that leads you to the La Mina waterfall and Mount Britton. In the southern region of the rainforest, you will find ancient petroglyphs created by the indigenous Taíno people.

 

 

3. Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay (Vieques)

 

This south Vieques beach offers sunbathing & relaxation during day, but at night the bay gives off a blue-green glow thanks to the high concentration of bioluminescent dinoflagellates that live in these waters. These microorganisms create a romantic and tranquil night-time vibe. This will surely be the highlight of your trip.

 

4. The People

 

Without its 3.4 million inhabitants, PR would lack its spirit. Due to their diverse ethnic background, Puerto Ricans exhibit undeniable beauty. I mean, who doesn’t like to be surrounded by good-looking people? But their beauty is not skin deep. You will meet some of the warmest, relaxed, and happiest people in the Caribbean. When you live in paradise, it’s difficult not to be jovial.

“I spent very little time in San Juan Puerto Rico prior to this film. But what amazed me was…just the kind of…this…this.. It’s very vivid, there’s a real celebration of life there… The people there are incredibly warm and very welcoming.  They’re truly the sweetest people on earth.” – Johnny Depp


 

This post only scratches the surface of what PR has to offer. Puerto Rico’s attractions range from the adventurous (like the underground caves of Río Camuy Cave Park) to the historic (like the 500-year old walls of the El Morro fort). And there are plenty of options between the two extremes. Beach lovers must visit the western beaches of Rincón for sunbathing and surfing; snorkelers are bound to enjoy Vieques’ bioluminescent Mosquito Bay. And if you’re the kind of traveler who parties heartily, you’ll discover a varied but vibrant nightlife in San Juan. So…what are you waiting for? Start planning!


Below Are Links To Puerto Rican Charities Leading Relief Efforts During The Humanitarian Crisis. I Implore You To Give What You Can And Aide Our Fellow Americans During Their Time Of Need:

http://www.fondosunidos.org/

https://secure.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9535647/k.A2B9/Hurricane_Maria_Childrens_Relief_Fund/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp

http://www.caritas.org/where-caritas-work/latin-america/puerto-rico/

https://www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/maria-irma-puerto-rico-real-time-recovery-fund

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  • Hi,
    The island has already become more unified than ever as a direct result of the desolation brought on by hurricane Maria. In its 3,500 sq/mi area hides natural and historic treasures that go beyond its postcard beaches.. The list of mind-blowing delicious food goes on and on. I could write this entire post on the food & drink alone, but that would just make me hangry. I don’t want to be hangry. Bottom line: Incredibly fresh food that you won’t find anywhere else.So bring your camera along and capture some great photo-ops. The “Gram” will love you for it. I agree with your post. Thanks for sharing your post.

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