Puerto Rico holidays for families
Providing a generous dollop of sunshine and adventure, Puerto Rico holidays are a sensational choice for families. This island paradise boasts the beautiful climes and scenery of a classic Caribbean destination with bags of history and culture, natural wonders to explore, and exhilarating (and safe!) sports to try.
What's more, the island has a very genuine appeal across all ages. That means that parents can enjoy their experiences just as much as children and vice versa, making it possible to create truly incredible memories together. Plus, there are attractions to suit all ages of children, meaning no matter what the ages of your brood, you'll find something to delight you all.
Most kids love nothing more than an adventure-packed park, and there are certainly plenty to choose from in Puerto Rico. There is a vast selection of water parks, not to mention ziplining parks and many more.
If your little ones love splashing about in the sunshine, why not take them to Parque Aquasol? This children's water park is ideal for kids aged up to 12 and is home to a 13,500 sq ft pool, interactive toys and exhilarating activities, as well as a cafeteria and places for mum and dad to unwind.
Prefer the sound of an adventure on dry land? Make your way to Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park. This action-packed place is the home of the mighty La Bestia, one of the longest ziplines on earth.
Fun in the great outdoors
Another good thing about family holidays in Puerto Rico is the scope for thrilling adventures in the great outdoors. Why not hit the beach and teach your little ones to surf - or learn to surf together? The reliable trade winds and balmy year-round weather combined with gentle waves ideal for beginners make this the perfect place for novice surfers of all ages.
Alternatively, relish the adventures the natural landscape can provide by going caving. There are more than 2,000 caves on the island, and plenty of them are accessible to the whole family. A trip to Rio Camuy Cave Park, for example, will give you the chance to admire the stunning otherworldly scenes of the caverns sculpted by the Camuy River over millions of years.
Another exciting option is to take a guided trip into El Yunque Rainforest. With its medley of waterfalls, small pools and exotic wildlife, it is as thrilling for young eyes as for adults.
Puerto Rico's fantastic array of cultural attractions are what helps make it stand out from other Caribbean destinations. Don't miss the opportunity to introduce your children to some of its highlights, such as Old San Juan. Here, kids can imagine the days of swashbuckling pirates and fearless sailors while you drink in the sights of the city's attractive cobblestone streets.
Alternatively, why not take a trip to one of the island's many museums? The Children's Museum at Carolina is particularly fun, as it's packed with interactive exhibits to help kids get to grips with everything from the environment to science and technology.
No matter what activities you choose, your family holiday in Puerto Rico will be all the more memorable if you stay in one of the island's excellent family-friendly hotels. As well as having child-friendly facilities, hotels like this, such as the Caribe Hilton, tend to offer special activities for little ones too.
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Norwegian Airlines will reinstated direct flights to Puerto Rico from London Gatwick from this month. The air carrier will offer twice-weekly flights to the Caribbean island, just in time for the high tourist season. Within nine hours, holidaymakers will be sunbathing on pristine beaches, swimming in the turquoise sea, and strolling around the Spanish colonial capital city of San Juan.
Puerto Rico Tourism Company recently launched a brand new route for nature lovers and visitors who wish to get to know more about the island’s ancestral culture. The new experience goes by the name of “La Ruta Taina” and passes through several interesting towns before arriving at the Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Park in Utado. This tour takes travellers to stunning sceneries and shows them some of the islands traditional Taino customs.
The El San Juan Hotel & Casino in Puerto Rico has announced it will temporarily close its doors to undergo a complete renovation programme. The luxury hotel in the Isla Verde district of San Juan will upgrade its guest rooms, swimming pool area, nine restaurants, bars and spa facilities. The work has already started and is scheduled to be completed in early 2017.