The Travel Expert’s Guide to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Guide


Although a small island in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico does it better! Not lacking in its experiences, it’s bound to flabbergast you. While you discover unique adventures, history, culture, beaches, nightlife and sports, the contrasts are awe-inspiring. Featuring a mountainous landscape, it is in Puerto Rico that you can find one of world’s longest zip-lines. Or you can paddle through one of the most romantic places on earth – the Bioluminescent Bay of Vieques. The historic towns of San Juan and Ponce, the sparkling beaches and the tropical rainforests are only some of the reasons why it’s a great destination for your next family vacation. Any which way you are sure to be dazzled.

It is only a 2 hour flight from continental US, and does not require a US passport to visit. What a pleasure, that means no customs and no immigration to worry about if you are a US citizen. Other perks include being able to use US currency, and US mobile carriers.

When should you go: December to June is the peak travel period and good time to avoid the hurricane season. But even from June to Dec, it is not common for the storms to make landfall.  You will see less crowds and more promotional hotel rates. December to April is the dry season and August can be hot, rainy and humid.

Why should you go?   An easy destination with no passport required for US citizens.

What fun things can you do?

  • Take the free hop on hop off trolley and tour the historic Old San Juan and its two beautiful forts by the sea, UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Hike the El Yunque Rainforest, the only subtropical rainforest in the US National Forest Service.
  • Explore the underground caves at the Rio Camuy.
  • Relax at the many fine beaches, there are more than 250miles of beautiful coastline.
  • Surf, kayak, dive, snorkel, sail…
  • Kayak around the Bioluminescent Bay of Vieques, one of few biobays on our planet.
  • Soar through the air on the longest zipline on Earth, and the Universe!
  • Tour and sample some rum at the Barcadi rum distillery.
  • Check out the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, spanning almost 20 acres.
  • Take a food tour or a cooking class or try your luck at the casinos.


Accommodation Options:  There is a wide range of accommodations from charming country inns to luxurious, first class resorts throughout the island.

Stay in Condado beach area if you like to be active after dark, or enjoy shopping at luxury boutiques, or a fine dining experience. Many beachfront casino resorts and late night hotspots make this a popular area to stay.

Isla Verde houses many of the city’s luxury resort hotels facing Isla Verde beach, where golden sand meets azure waters of the Atlantic, perfect for families who are seeking a relaxing beach vacation.

Old San Juan also has a few small charming hotels and large hotels with casinos.  Stay here if you want to be close to the historical center and its beautiful forts, colonial style cathedrals, brightly colored buildings and souvenir shops.

The neighbor islands of Vieques and Culebra is a short hopper flight away and offers the most secluded, pristine experience.  Flamenco Beach in Culebra is named the second best beach in the world by Discovery Channel.  And the Mosquito Bay in Vieques is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Throughout the island outside the metropolitan city of San Juan, there are also small bed and breakfast inns called paradores, operated by Puerto Rican families.  They are ideal for those travelers who enjoy local customs and charm and traditional Puerto Rican cuisine and hospitality.

How to get around: You can take a cab.  But if you plan to do a lot of tours, a rental car is recommended. You drive just like you do in mainland US.  Some tours will pick you up from your hotel as well if you prefer not to drive. There is also a free hop on hop off trolley shuttle around Old San Juan!

Get in touch with Bravo Travel, so we can get you started with the planning, and you can relax and look forward to your next family vacation.

Puerto Rico is a destination filled with history, fun, and adventure. With such a variety of lodging and activity offerings, it is no wonder Puerto Rico Island is often voted as a Top 10 US Island, or voted the Best Caribbean Island in many polls.  Are you ready to head there?

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