Puerto Rico Vacations
Reasons Why Puerto Rico Vacations Are Worth Taking
Puerto Rico - The land of ‘Bacardi Rum’. It is an archipelago of four islands: that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona. It is a part of the United States of America located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
Puerto Rico was till very recently a Spanish Colony, having been discovered by Christopher Columbus and claimed by him for Spain during his second United States visit. It became a part of US in 1898.
The official languages of Puerto Rico are Spanish and English. However, even today, nine out of ten Puerto Rico local people do not speak English.
Transportation During Puerto Rico Vacations
Puerto Rico has an excellently maintained network of Roads and Highways so during Puerto Rico Vacations you can visit car rentals and drive your self without problems. State operated Buses as well as privately owned Mini-buses are very well organized. Also there is a Metro rail system. Ferries carry men and material from one island to the other in the Puerto Rico Archipelago. There are three International Airports and 27 local airports. There are 9 Ports in Puerto Rico.
What Is The Best Time To Go On Puerto Rico Vacations?
Puerto Rico is located in the Tropics. It has a temperature of 28 degree Celsius throughout the year. The temperature in the South is generally slightly higher than that in the North and due to the existence of mountains, the Central Region is slightly cooler. From June to September, on Puerto Rico Vacations, you experiences the Hurricane season. Hurricanes are storms which form in the Atlantic Ocean.
Puerto Rico experiences inflow of tourists throughout the year. However during June to September there may be sudden and gusty winds and rains due to Hurricane season. So at least take a raincoat or umbrella during this season.
Must See during Puerto Rico San Juan Vacations: Bacardi Rum factory
Although Don Facundo Bacardi Masso, a Spaniard first set up his factory of Bacardi Rum in Cuba, it is the Bacardi Rum factory in San Juan close to Puerto Rico that processes 100,000 gallons of rum every day of the internationally famous Bacardi Rum which sells 200 million bottles of Bacardi Rum to 200 countries all over the world. All tourists to Puerto Rico must make a visit to this Bacardi Rum factory which also boasts of an excellent Museum in the factory premises. Visitors also get to sample one or two glasses of the internationally famous drink free of cost besides getting an insight into the details of blending and production.
Must See: San Juan
San Juan is the largest Municipality in Puerto Rico. There are a large number of places to visit in San Juan, but the major Tourist attractions are:
Old San Juan or San Juan Viejo (Local name). This city was founded in 1521. It is one of the oldest and best natural harbors in the Carribean. It is also the second oldest City in the Americas. It has been designated as a World Cultural heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.The colorful buildings, the old cemetery, Spanish Architecture and the thick wall surrounding the City are worth seeing.
Must See Puerto Rico Family Vacations: Culebra Island
Culebra Island in the East of Puerto Rico is an excellent family vacation place. Coral reefs, mountains and the small island itself is nature at it’s very best. Those who wish to go for snorkeling would find this a cool safe place to do so. The island is small and this adds to its attraction.
Ponce and San Juan
San Juan is historical and of Spanish Architecture. Ponce is the second largest city in Puerto Rico after San Juan. It is worth seeing for its liveliness. The Museum and centre for Criollo Architecture. In November the city is at it’s best during the Fiesta when drummers gather to compete and the city is all decked up to celebrate the festive season. However, note that on Tuesday all Museums and offices are closed.
For the adventure seekers this is a haven. It is a quaint island with corals, snorkeling, and the island is full of activity based on what you want to do.
Vacations Rentals Puerto Rico
There are several options available for renting vacation apartments in Puerto Rico. From a one bedroom one bathroom apartment at San Juan which can be used for four persons to five rooms five bathroom apartments with Jacuzzi which lodge 12 near the beaches, the choices are many. Contact us for arranging these depending on your requirements. The prices range from US$ 75 per night to US$ 450 per night.
Puerto Rico Vacations, The Beaches
MONA ISLAND- Pájaros and Sardinera. Mona Island is considered the Galápagos Island of the Caribbean. You can not visit Mona during the hunting season (January - April); most tours are offered from May through November. To visit the island you need permits from the Natural Resources and Envirnomental Department. No hotels, restaurants or attractions, just for camping and wildlife observation purposes. If you go, you need to contact a tour operator for a guided safe walk/hike around the island.
CULEBRA ISLAND - Flamenco, Culebrita Island, Luis Peña, Zoní. The only camping area is located in Flamenco Beach, which at the same time is a Blue Flag Beach. To go to Culebra you need to take a plane from San Juan or Fajardo Airports or the ferry boat from Fajardo.
VIEQUES ISLAND- La Chiva (Blue Beach), Sun Bay;
Other beaches: Caracas (Red Beach), Media Luna, Navío. To go to Vieques you need to take a plane from San Juan or Fajardo Airports or the ferry boat from Fajardo. Vieques is also known for the bioluminiscent bay at Mosquito Bay.
Hotels T Stay During Puerto Rico Vacations
Hotels, Beach Houses, Apartments, you name it. From Hilton to Budget Hotels….Puerto Rico has them all. From US$ 75 to US$ 250 a night there are a range of hotels to suit the needs of all travelers.
Romance, Adventure, History
Puerto Rico has all these for all travelers. For the Romantic and honeymooners we recommend the Islands and the beaches – take a one room apartment near the beach and enjoy the hospitality of nature.
The Adventure trail takes you to San Juan, Viques… for a world of Aquatic sports, snorkeling and water games. Swim in and out of the Coral Reefs without encountering any sharks. So safe are the waters. Laze on the sun soaked beach… savor the local cuisine.
History is at its 14th Century throughout Puerto Rico. San Juan and Ponce are two cities with old Spanish artifacts, architecture, buildings and remains of Christopher Columbus. If you are there you take yourself back to the Spain of 1400s. The sleepy cities will make you forget the present and you become a part of the old quaint Spanish Armada and Spain American Wars
How to get there
San Juan is the entry point for Puerto Rico. San Juan is one of the busiest Airports in the Americas both in terms of business as well as in terms of vacation and commerce. It is approachable from all over the world and there are cheap as well as normal serviced flights from cities in US to San Juan. There are internal flights from 27 airports in Puerto Rico to all tourist places in Puerto Rico. Check with your travel Agent for the best routing and Puerto Rico Vacation Deals.
Whether for Romance, history or Adventure…. Puerto Rico is well connected with the US and the rest of the world.
Budget or Exotic….. Puerto Rico Vacations are a perfect getaway from the hustle bustle of our times to the quaint sleepy 1400s of Spain.