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This is Paradise

Welcome to foodie paradise. Enjoy a melding of cultural influences on every plate you face. Puerto is home to everything you are looking for while on the search for the perfect vacation.

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Arts

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Whether your style is contemporary, classic, urban, or full of history, Puerto Rico has works of art that will inspire you with the island’s distinct interpretation of Caribbean culture.

For a mix of old and new, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan’s artsy Santurce neighborhood features sculptures, paintings, and articles that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The sculpture garden outside the museum rivals the beauty of the works inside, including a koi pond and peaceful, park-like green space in the middle of the city. This museum is as much an architectural masterpiece as it is a collection of art.

Puerto Rico has a blooming art scene that can be experienced even as you walk down to your new favorite cafe. Murals are bountiful.

Beaches

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What is a Caribbean vacation without some beach time? In Puerto Rico, there are over 270 miles of coastline that translate into nearly 300 beaches to choose from. Sandy trails lead to astonishing natural pools of crystalline waters that will leave you in awe, regardless of what you choose to do during your visit.

Culture

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The island of Puerto Rico is rich in festivals, traditions, art, and music — but it doesn’t end there. Come see how welcoming and enchanting the island’s culture really is.

Festivals and Traditions
From Three Kings’ Day parades in January to clapping the moment a plane touches down on the island, traditions are kept alive by Puerto Rico's locals year after year. With endless festivals, events, and holiday celebrations happening from East to West and North to South, it’s easy to find a tradition that speaks to you.

Join the “party in the street” vibe at Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián in the historic city of Old San Juan or experience traditions like Three Kings’ Day that date back to the island’s Spanish history. No matter what time of year, culture is present in every corner of this Caribbean paradise.

A favorite tradition is drinking the local coquito during the holidays. It looks like eggnog but is much sweeter and coconut-based. Make sure to try some while you’re there! Puerto Ricans have traditions that are their own and love to share the experience with visitors.

Music and Dancing in Puerto Rico
Speaking of enchanting, the island’s contagious musical rhythm is sure to delight you. The sounds of the island range from traditional salsa to bomba y plena, a contagious dance inspired by Puerto Rico’s African roots. Bring your dancing shoes, because the musical culture on the island is alive, vibrant, and too good to miss.

All year round, you can hear Puerto Rico’s energetic and vibrant culture through the music that blankets the island. Whether you’re looking for upbeat salsa or a softer beat like the trova, the tropical flavor of Puerto Rico makes its way into the songs, music, and artists of the island. You’ll have to go out on the town and dance the night away to really understand it!

Explore The Outdoors

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Whether you want to spend some time in nature to relax and clear your mind or get your adrenaline pumping, there are outdoor experiences in Puerto Rico suited for all types of travelers. Here are a few of the places you need to add to your bucket list, and some of the tour companies that can help you simplify the planning.

Top Nature Tours
- El Yunque Rainforest
- Bioluminescent Bay: Laguna Grande
- La Parguera
- Cueva Ventana and Cueva del Indio Tour
- Luquillo Beach Horse Ride

Talk to your travel advisor to incorporate these into your visit!

Family

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The entire family will find the perfect backdrop to bond and share new experiences. No matter what you and yours enjoy, we'll have no problem finding the best opportunities for you to relax, explore and everything in between.

Food

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With endless evolution and constant transformation, the Puerto Rican kitchen has evolved into a “foodie paradise” over the years, incorporating different influences and traditions.

Combining traditional and trendy flavors, merging international and local cuisine, and reinventing those abuelita recipes, the island’s chefs aim to take care of the people through food.

The island’s cocktail scene has evolved with equal care. Puerto Rico is the birthplace of the piña colada, and you’ll find that innovative approach to refreshing drinks continues to this day. Whether it’s one of the world’s top bars in Old San Juan, a brewery tour, a tasting of local rums, or just a poolside cocktail you’ll find plenty to enjoy there.

Museums

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One of the best ways to understand more about the island’s deeply rooted art, culture, and history is through the many museums in Puerto Rico.

You’ll find engaging exhibits, inspiring architecture, and insights that help you appreciate the island in new ways at institutions throughout the island.

National Parks

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Plan a soul-refreshing escape to an enchanted rainforest park.

This natural treasure is an excellent destination if you want to be immersed in nature. You can visit for a hike on one of its many trails, bathe in natural pools beneath waterfalls, or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Hikers’ Delight
One of the most popular things to do in El Yunque is hiking to one of the natural pools to cool off with a swim. Head over to La Coca trail and hike down to one of several ponds along the route for the perfect way to cool off.

For fun in the form of a rope swing, choose El Angelito trail, where a 4km hike can end with a dive into its lagoon. There are plenty of additional options for trail with varying levels of difficulty throughout the park.

Unique Plants and Wildlife
During your visit, learn about the 240 plant species endemic to the island. Enjoy the park’s pure air and some of the best birdwatching on the island. Hopefully, you’ll catch a view of woodpeckers, green mangos, and the Puerto Rican parrot.

Beautiful Scenery
Want more “wow” during your visit? Drive over to the Yokahú Observation Tower. With an elevation of 1,575 ft, the expansive view is worth the trip. The blue beauty of the ocean in the distance and the vast lush green mountains will have you reaching for your camera. These are some photos that will make your friends on social media jealous.

Shopping

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You’ll find a wide variety of shopping in Puerto Rico. Whether you’re searching for souvenirs, locally-made hand-crafted items, or major brands, you can peruse and purchase from malls, outlet stores, designer boutiques, and locally-owned shops.

Duty-free items such as spirits, perfume, and other items can also be found at the SJU airport. Puerto Rico has plenty of options for all tastes and budgets; just make sure you have enough room in your suitcase to take everything home with you!

Sports

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Come play in Puerto Rico!

If you’re looking for easy and affordable travel, an incredible year-round climate, and countless attractions and adventures, then Puerto Rico is the perfect location for a sporting event.

Of course there are also unparalleled sporting facilities, including pro-ready baseball fields, PGA-caliber golf courses, Olympic-style swimming facilities, and much more. The island also has a deeply rooted sports culture that goes back decades, and a passion for competitive sports and athletes of all kinds. And there’s an enthusiastic commitment to developing new sports programs, as well.

What kind of vacation would you like to take?