Puerto Rico: Like Summer All Year Round in the Middle of the Sea

Puerto Rico, Isla del Encanto!

Puerto Rico is a small island in the Caribbean sea. It is the perfect place to visit all year round because of its tropical weather ranging anywhere from the low 70’s to the high 80’s, even during the winter! It’s like summer all year round in the middle of the sea!

As a U.S. territory, its currency is the same as in the United States – the dollar. Therefore, you don’t need to exchange money for any specific currency and they accept all major credit cards.

If you’re traveling from the United States, you don’t need a tourist visa or even a passport. Just book your plane ticket with us, Traveler Wows Agency, to Puerto Rico and that’s it! You are now ready to explore the island!

Puerto Rico is so small – 100×35 miles – that it allows you the opportunity to tour the entire island coast in one day and that’s including stops to eat and photography. Of course, if you want to enjoy its beautiful beaches and luscious greenery, you should consider stopping for a day in different “pueblos.”

Typically, your flight would land in San Juan, which is the capital of Puerto Rico. But, you can always choose to land in the Rafael Hernandez Airport, Aguadilla, in the northwest area of the island. Either way, you’re in for a great vacation.

Places You Must Visit

Old San Juan

Puerto Rico is so full of history and one of the must-visits is Old San JuanOld San Juan dates back to 1521 making it the oldest city under the United States jurisdiction. Its cobblestone streets are lined with 16th and 17th-century colonial-style picturesque buildings. This is also where you will find the narrowest house in the world, on Calle Tetuan.

El Morro

Within the walls of Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Fuerte San Cristobal are more than 500 years of history. Immerse yourself in the history of this World Heritage Site while enjoying the warm breeze from the Caribbean sea.

Beaches Galore

Puerto Rico is surrounded by 270 miles of coastline beaches. Officially, the government has recognized 248 beaches. Puerto Rico’s beaches offer white sands and turquoise waters. Some beaches have miles of coral reefs and marine life, a delight for snorkeling, others are great for surfing and all are breathtakingly beautiful to just sit down, relax and sunbathe or swim in the Caribbean’s warm waters.

El Yunque Tropical Rainforest

Puerto Rico is home of the only national rainforest in the U.S. and that’s El Yunque National Rainforest. El Yunque is host to hundreds of animals and diverse plant species with some only found in Puerto Rico, such as el Coquí. The mountain’s elevation rises to about 3,533 ft above sea level allowing for a beautiful view of the sea and the rest of the island. It has many trails to hike for you to explore the natural eco-system within the rainforest. While some trails may still be closed for repair or cleaning after Hurricane Maria, most are open and ready for visitors.

World’s Tallest and Longest Zipline

The world’s tallest and longest zip line, certified by Guinness World Records, is located in Puerto Rico as well. If you want to enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and experience an adrenaline rush, then Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park in Orocovis is for you. It is 1.57 miles (2.5 km) long at a height of more than 1200 ft (380m) and speed of up to 95mph.

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Tallest and longest zip line in the world. ~ Photo courtesy of Miguel Lopez

Bioluminescent Bays

There are three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico. They are La Parguera in Lajas, Laguna Grande in Fajardo, and Mosquito Bay in Vieques. Mosquito Bay in Vieques was officially declared as the brightest recorded in the world by Guinness Book of World Records in 2008. These bioluminescent bay waters glow at night when agitated. Its blueish-green glow is caused by dinoflagellates found in the bay.

Bacardi House

The world’s most awarded rum awaits for your visit. Explore its history and rum making process through one of its tours. Casa Bacardi offers a historical tour, rum tasting tour, mixology class, and even a “Bottle Your Own Bacardi” experience. Who doesn’t want to partake in this unique rum adventure?

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Arecibo Observatory

The world’s second-largest radio telescope in Puerto Rico, the Arecibo Observatory, sits in a mountain cavity in the town of Arecibo. This giant single-dish radio telescope is 167 feet deep and 1,000 feet (305 meters) in diameter covering about 20 acres. It was the largest radio telescope until July 2016 when China completed its 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope. The Arecibo telescope is often used to find asteroids close to Earth which could pose a danger to the planet. You can enjoy a self-guided tour on 3500 feet of exhibits or schedule a VIP tour.

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Photo from the Arecibo Observatory, a National Science Foundation

Fiestas Patronales (Patron Saints Festival)

There are 78 municipalities in Puerto Rico and each offer its visitors a unique experience of the Puerto Rican culture. Every year each town celebrates their patron saints with a festival that lasts 10 days in the towns square. These festivities include local arts & crafts, parades, regional foods, and live entertainment. If you happen to be in town during their festivities I encourage you to experience their culture. Below is a list of towns, patron saints, and dates of their festivals:

Town

Patron Saint

Date

Corozal La Sagrada Familia January 9
Añasco San Antonio Abad January 17
San Sebastian San Sebastian (of course) January 20
Lajas La Virgen de la Candelaria February 2
Manatí La Virgen de la Candelaria February 2
Mayaguez La Virgen de la Candelaria February 2
Coamo La Virgen de la Candelaria February 2
Coamo San Blas February 3
Loiza Aldea San Patricio March 17
Ciales San José March 19
Gurabo San José March 19
Luquillo San José March 19
Peñuelas San José March 19
Lares San José March 19
Patillas San Benito March 31
Guaynabo San Pedro Martir April 29
Arecibo Apóstol San Felipe May 1
Bayamón La Santa Cruz May 3
Trujillo Alto La Santa Cruz May 3
Maunabo San Isidro May 15
Sabana Grande San Isidro Labrador May 15
Carolina San Fernando May 30
Toa Alta San Fernando May 30
Barranquitas San Antonio de Padua June 13
Ceiba San Antonio de Padua June 13
Dorado San Antonio de Padua June 13
Guayama San Antonio de Padua June 13
Isabela San Antonio de Padua June 13
Maricao San Juan Bautista June 24
Orocovis San Juan Bautista June 24
San Juan San Juan Bautista June 24
Toa Baja San Pedro Apóstol June 30
Arroyo Virgen del Carmen July 16
Barceloneta Virgen del Carmen July 16
Cataño Virgen del Carmen July 16
Cidra Virgen del Carmen July 16
Culebra Virgen del Carmen July 16
Hatillo Virgen del Carmen July 16
Morovis Virgen del Carmen July 16
Rio Grande Virgen del Carmen July 16
Villalba Virgen del Carmen July 16
Aibonito Santiago Apóstol July 25
Fajardo Santiago Apóstol July 25
Guanica Santiago Apóstol July 25
Loiza Aldea Santiago Apóstol July 25
Santa Isabel Santiago Apóstol July 25
San Germán San Germán (of course) July 31
Comerio El Santo Cristo de la Salud August 6
San Lorenzo San Lorenzo (of course) August 10
Cayey Ntra. Sra. de la Asunción August 15
Adjuntas San Joaquín & Santa Ana August 21
Rincón Santa Rosa de Lima August 30
Juana Díaz San Ramón Nonato August 31
Aguas Buenas Nuestra Señora de la Monserrate September, 8
Hormigueros Ntra. Sra. de la Monserrate September 8
Jayuya Ntra. Sra. de la Monserrate September 8
Moca Ntra. Sra. de la Monserrate September 8
Salinas Ntra. Sra. de la Monserrate September 8
Cabo Rojo San Miguel Arcangel September 29
Naranjito San Miguel Arcangel September 29
Utuado San Miguel Arcangel September 29
Yabucoa Los Angeles Custodios October 2
Aguada San Francisco de Asis October 4
Naguabo Ntra. Sra. del Rosario October 7
Vega Baja Ntra. Sra. del Rosario October 7
Yauco Ntra. Sra. del Rosario October 7
Canovanas La Virgen del Pilar October 12
Rio Piedras La Virgen del Pilar October 12
Quebradillas San Rafael Arcangel October 24
Aguadilla San Carlos Borromeo November 4
Guayanilla La Inmaculada Concepción de María December 8
Humacao La Inmaculada Concepción de María December 8
Juncos La Inmaculada Concepción de María December 8
Las Marías La Inmaculada Concepción de María December 8
Las Piedras La Inmaculada Concepción de María December 8
Vega Alta La Inmaculada Concepción de María December 8
Vieques La Inmaculada Concepción de María December 8
Ponce Ntra. Sra. de la Guadalupe December 12

Source: ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/puerto-rico-FAQ

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Patron Saints Calle San Sebastian Festival in Old San Juan

So Much More

This is just a handful of places you can visit and things you can do. The island may be small in size but every nook and corner is full of beauty, grandor, and fun activities. Of course, you cannot miss the traditional foods of the island that will leave you craving for more. I hope you enjoy your stay in Puerto Rico, Isla del encanto.


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