The cobbled streets and huge stone fortresses of Old San Juan. The powder white beaches and crystal waters of Isla Verde. The waterfalls, birds and wild orchids of the El Yunque tropical rainforest. And of course, the thrumming salsa beat playing long into the night; it could only be Puerto Rico. This is an island that has something for everyone. With an unbelievable natural environment, hotels and resorts that are the byword in luxury, plenty to do both day and night plus high scale adventure experiences, Puerto Rico appeals to families, couples and friends alike.
The culture in Puerto Rico has a distinctive Spanish vibe, coupled with all of the conveniences of it being a commonwealth of the US. Kayak through surreal bioluminescent bays, ride horses right along the beach, zip-line through the rainforest or soak up some culture at the island’s many museums- just be ready for the holiday experience of your life!
Airports: US: Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, San Juan (SJU). Rafael Hernandez, Aguadilla (BQN). Mercedita, Ponce (PSE). Others: Antonio Neri Juarbe, Arecibo (ARE). Antonio Rivera Rodriquez, Vieques (VQS). Benjamín Rivera Noriega, Culebra (CPX). Diego Jimenez Torres, Fajardo (FAJ). Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Mayagüez (MAZ). Isla Grande Airport, San Juan (SIG).
Ferry Services: Public ferry. San Juan- Cataño; Fajardo-Culebra; Fajardo- Vieques. Hi-Speed Island Ferry: San Juan- Culebra-Vieques (In High Season). Ferries Del Caribe: Mayagüez-Santo Domingo.
Gateways/Flying Times: Norwegian Airlines fly from London Gatwick to San Juan twice weekly, and Air Europa via Madrid. There are daily direct flights via the U.S., including American Airlines via Miami, New York or Chicago. Continental and Delta Airlines via Newark and Atlanta. US Airways via Philadelphia. Miami: 2.5 hours. New York: 3.5 hours. Chicago: 4.5 hours. Newark: 3 hours. Atlanta: 3.5 hours. Philadelphia: 3 hours.
Things to do / Activities
If it’s nightlife you’re after, Puerto Rico is the island for you! In San Juan and Old San Juan, drink Mojitos in rooftop bars, party in exclusive clubs, catch a movie at a cinema bar, relax with some live jazz music or dance the night away to the hot salsa beat. Irish bars to contemporary cocktail bars, sports bars to beachside cafés that go on until dawn, it’s all going on in Puerto Rico. As well as San Juan, check out the evening entertainment at Luquillo, Piñones, Boquerón and Vieques.
In Puerto Rico there’s a definite Spanish and American influence to the food but also traditional Caribbean, with Creole featuring highly on menus as well as nuevo criollo- creative Latin food. Try the traditional asopao which is a kind of gumbo made with chicken or shellfish, as well as soups and plantain.