What to see and do in Puerto Rico
Whether you come as part of a family, with your partner, or choose to travel alone, there will be plenty to keep you occupied during your trip. Exploring this diverse and beautiful island will enrich and excite you, especially if you are able to head away from the tourist-heavy attractions.
Adrenaline junkies can find various opportunities to get their fix in Puerto Rico. From whale watching and surfing around the Rincon area to deep-sea fishing and snorkelling all across the Caribbean coast, the beautiful, blue water has much to offer would-be thrill seekers coming to the island. One of the biggest attractions for those looking for adventure in the island is the Full-Moon Zipline, taking you across the treetops in the pitch black. Afterwards, you will be treated to a feast of stew and a night of music. Why not also try hang gliding, horseback riding or even rappelling during your stay in Puerto Rico.
With a rich and varied history, Puerto Rico provides plenty to do if you want to get some cultural insights on your trip. If you are looking to brush up on your art, there are a variety of museums to meet your needs, especially the Museo de Arte de Ponce and its vast collection of European works or the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. For science fans, there is the Arecibo Observatory to get you one step closer to outer space. Those looking for a more hands-on experience can visit the Coffee Museum.
Puerto Rico has a rich history and this can clearly be seen in the capital - San Juan. From the Museo de Casa, where you can see a house and how it has been transformed over five centuries, to the streets of Old San Juan, where you can visit the one of the island's main attractions - Fort San Cristobal - there is plenty for history lovers. Elsewhere, you can see the The Written Stone or the stunning natural El Pozo de Jacinto.
Much effort has been put into ensuring that the beautiful beaches of Puerto Rico remain that way, with conservation projects limiting the amount of construction that can happen on the coast. Staying in one of the low-key resorts on the beach means you are only steps away from breathtaking experiences. Why not take a boat trip around the deserted islands, snorkel to explore the hidden beauty of the Caribbean sea or even just take a walk across the coast to discover everything at your own pace?
With dramatically contrasting landscapes, you won't have to look very far to discover the natural beauty of Puerto Rico. As well as the breathtaking mountains, waterfalls and untouched beaches, there are also the spectacular bioluminescent bays to explore. Taking a boat trip to the bay at night will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget. Bird watching is also a popular pastime for those on the island, with the Guanica State Forest being a key attraction.
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One of Puerto Rico's grandest resorts is getting ready for its reopening following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria last year. The luxurious Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will officially re-open in October, following extensive repairs and renovations. The upscale resort has 110 guest rooms and suites, which have been redesigned and feature new colours and furnishings.
Carla Campos, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., has revealed that travel agencies are reporting strong growth for the Caribbean nation. Agencies are maintaining strong sales in travellers visiting Puerto Rico, via both air traffic and cruise lines. The island suffered significant damage following a series of hurricanes in 2017, and the island's residents and businesses are still recovering.
The St Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico has announced it will reopen to guests in October 2018, following an extensive refurbishment programme. The luxury hotel has renovated all of its guest rooms and suites, as well as its signature restaurant, bar and oceanfront pool. The hotel is also planning to spend $30 million expanding its accommodation with the addition of 60 new oceanfront rooms on a secluded stretch of beach.