Puerto Rico, known as ‘La Isla del Encanto’, is a small island situated in the Caribbean, at the east of Dominican Republic, and between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Puerto Rico is a United States’ territory; therefore, Americans travelling to the island do not need a passport. Puerto Rico’s sunny and tropical weather is perfect for tourists who want to escape the cold during their vacations and wish to spend a fabulous time.
San Juan is the capital city of Puerto Rico and is particularly popular among tourists because of its Spanish colonial architecture. San Juan, also known as ‘El Viejo San Juan’, the old city, is a walled city where tourists will encounter many historical monuments and sites. San Juan’s pristine Spanish colonial structures are of utter significance. The United Nations declared the city’s Historic Old San Juan district a World Heritage Site in 1986. Ponce, Fajardo, Aguadilla, Cabo Rojo and Arecibo are other Puerto Rico’s leading touristic cities. Tourists will enjoy Puerto Rico’s world renowned beaches, tropical weather, colonial historical sites, museums, and culture.
San Juan’s National Historical Site
San Juan’s National Historical Site will amaze tourists with its pristine Spanish colonial buildings, monuments and sites. Castillo San Cristóbal, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, La Fortaleza and the San Juan Gate are among the principal touristic attractions located in San Juan. Castillo San Cristóbal is one of the hugest Spanish fortresses in America. Castillo San Felipe del Morro was a Spanish fort used to protect San Juan’s entrance from enemies’ attacks and pirates. The vast esplanade between the town and ‘El Morro’ is famous for kite flying. Children will love this area. Meanwhile, La Fortaleza is the oldest government building inhabited in America.
Beaches: Boquerón, Isla Verde, Luquillo, Rincon Bay and Seven Seas
Puerto Rico’s beaches are famous in Latin America and around the world. Tourists will find some of these beaches located in Boquerón, Isla Verde, Luquillo, Rincon Bay and Seven Seas. Boquerón’s beach is usually calm and relaxed, but it becomes crowded during weekends and holidays. This beach has clear turquoise water. Isla Verde’s beaches are perfect for tourists who would like to arrange a picnic on the beach and for those who want to practice water sports. Waterskiing, body boarding, surfing, and parasailing are several water sports practiced in Isla Verde. Many hotels and local merchants provide instructions on how to practice these water sports. Luquillo’s beach is one of the most popular and most visited tourist attractions in Puerto Rico. This beach has stunning scenery. Ricon Bay, known as ‘The Surfing Capital of the Caribbean’, is prominent among international surfers. For its part, Seven Seas beach is ideal for tourists who like to snorkel, sail or windsurf.
Museums: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and Museo Pablo Cassals
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico, located in Avenida Ponce de Leon, in Santurce, main goal is to contribute to the education of Puerto Rico. For that reason, this museum collects, preserves and documents Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art from the 1940s to the present-day. Concerts, expositions, recitals and conferences form part of the museum’s activities. In addition, this museum homes the Centro de Documentación, a documentation center, which organizes impressed, digital and filmed documents concerning contemporary art.
Pablo Casals Museum, situated in Old San Juan, concerns the life of the celebrated Spanish cellist Pablo Casals. The museum emphasizes on musical instruments and is replete with Pablo Casals’ memorabilia. The museum’s primary purpose is to maintain alive Casals’ live and fantastic music career. Casals managed the Children’s Special String program of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and was president of the Conservatory of Music.
El Yunque Rainforest
The Yunque Rainforest, located in the eastern side of the Luquillo Mountains, is one of the most exciting and entertaining touristic attractions in Puerto Rico. El Yunque is a National Forest Reserve. A variety of plants, trees, birds and exotic animals await adventurous tourists. Also, tourists can dip in the beautiful waterfalls, in El Yunque. Picnics and camping are also typical in the area. Tourists do not need a guided tour of the rainforest, but they can sign up for the Forest Service guide tour.