For basking in the warmth of sun and sand, listening to the music of breakers lashing the shore, nothing could be better than a Caribbean holiday. It is a place, which conjures up in our mind of ruthless buccaneers and treasure, laden Spanish ships that spur our imaginations of days gone by. One such Caribbean destination is Puerto Rico where you can experience the vibrant nightlife and plethora of historical monuments.
Puerto Rico, which is officially known by the name ‘Common Wealth of Puerto Rico’, is a Caribbean Island, which is a protectorate of the United States of America. It is a tiny island, which comprises of archipelago such as Vieques, Culebra and Mona.
Puerto Rico offers a unique traveling experience for the discerning tourists across the globe. There are multitudes of fascinating tourist destination spots, which is rich in its history and culture. Some of them are as follows:
Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay:
Puerto Rico Mosquito Bay, which is situated along the shores of Caribbean island Vieques is one of the natural wonders of Puerto Rico. It was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world in 2008.
Castillo San Felipe Del Morro:
Castillo San Felipe Del Morro, which is also known by the name ‘Fuerte San Felipe Del Morro’, is a massive fortress, which is located at San Juan in Peurto Rico. It was constructed to commemorate King Philip II of Spain. The structure was heavily fortified to defend against the buccaneers. This fortress was declared as the World Heritage Site back in the year 1983. It is estimated that about two million visitors frequently visit this place thereby making it one of the popular tourist’s destination spots of Puerto Rico.
Flamenco Beach is an ideal tourist destination spot for those who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of the bustling city. This serene beach is famed for its shimmering white sands, turquoise waters of the bay and even recreational activities such as swimming, diving and wind surfing. It is one of the few beaches in Puerto Rico which bagged the ‘Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award’ for the best beaches in the year 2014.
Camping at the Sun Bay Beach:
Sun Bay Beach is a campsite, which is located at the Vieques Island. The cool breeze of the water refreshes your mind and soul. This campsite also offers a Ferry ride, which a one-hour journey is starting from Fajardo while covering some of the iconic destinations of Puerto Rico.
El Yunque National Forest:
El Yunque National Forest, which is often nicked named, as ‘Caribbean National Forest’ is a tropical rain forest located at Puerto Rico. It is spread over an area of about twenty-eight thousand acres of land standing at an elevation of 3494 above the sea level.
Castillo San Cristobal:
Castillo San Cristobal, which is also referred to as ‘Fort San Cristobal’, is a citadel, which is located at San Juan in Peurto Rico. It was constructed by the Spanish to defend against the enemies.
It is one of the popular hot spots among the locals as well as international tourists. It is also an ideal place for those who are yearning for a perfect Caribbean experience. It has a favorable climate all throughout the year thereby making it one of the preferred destinations by the people around the world.
Old San Juan :
As you stroll across the streets of Old San Juan in the midst of charming colonial architecture and massive forts, it takes you back to the bygone era. It is one of the oldest cities in America which are a blend of Spanish colonial history and contemporary life of Peurto Rico. Old San Juan is currently listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the major attractions of this palace is El Morro Fort which was erected in the year 1539.
It is located amidst lush green and pristine surroundings. One of the major highlights of this island is Playa Flamenco which resembles a horse shoe. It is indeed one of the perfect spots to indulge in recreational activities like swimming and scuba diving.
Rincon which is sometimes known by the name “Pueblo Del Surfing” is a surfer’s paradise. It was also the primary venue for hosting ‘World Surfing Championship” back in the year 1968. One of the major highlights of this place is whale watching. The best time to visit this place is during the months of January and March.
Arecibo Radio Telescope:
It is a radio telescope which is owned and operated by the SRI International, USRA and UMET. This observatory which stands at a height of about one-thousand feet is widely used in the field of radio astronomy, atmospheric science and radar astronomy. It was also pictured in numerous holly wood movies and TV productions.
Rio Camuy Cave Park :
Rio Camuy Cave Park which houses a cave system is spread across an area of about two-hundred and sixty eight of land. The visitors are transported in a trolley bus to explore the caves and sink hole. Some of the unique features of this cave include stalagmites and stalactites. The tour which is led by a professional guide enables the tourists to get a deeper insight about the Cueva Clara Empalme.
Ponce Historic Zone:
Ponce Historic Zone which is located at the downtown of Ponce in Puerto Rico comprises of architectural monuments and buildings dating back to more than thousands of years ago. It houses Plaza Las Delicias wherein the visitors can sit back and relax on the benches while sipping a cup of tea from a nearby coffee shop.
Isla Verde comprises of decent resorts and serene beaches.
Puerto Rico is the ideal location for basking in the beaches or unwinding at the night clubs during weekends.