Take a Puerto Rico Nearcation

Take a Puerto Rico Nearcation: How does a Caribbean vacation in the US sound? Well, the northern Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is closer than you think and it's a US territory!

As the 4th largest island in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is a destination rich in culture, nature and history, along with beautiful white sand beaches, mountains, parks and natural wonders. Add to this an average year-round temperature of 80°F, and what more could you want?!

Flying into Puerto Rico, most visitors will be landing in San Juan, which features a spectacular combination of old and new. Many stay in the Condado area which offers beach front hotels, restaurants and casinos, while others choose the Spanish colonial architecture, cafes, museums and galleries of charming Old San Juan. 

How close is Puerto Rico to the US? It's only:
  • 2.5 hours from Miami
  • 3.5 hours from New York
  • 4.5 hours from Chicago and Dallas

I've been lucky enough to have visited Puerto Rico many times. Strolling through the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, viewing the Colonial-era Sant Maria Magdalena de Passiz Cemetery, and peering through the 16th-century El Morro fort (officially Fort San Felipe del Morro) embrasures to see the crashing Atlantic seas below - are all Puerto Rican experiences not-to-be-missed! 

And, of course, a visit to Puerto Rico wouldn't be complete without seeing El Yunque National Forest with it's amazing array of tropical foliage and birds, as well as:

  • Camuy Caves - one of the largest cave systems in the world!
  • Ponce - including it's Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe 
  • Arecibo Observatory - the world's largest radio telescope!
  • San German - it's Porta Coeli church is one of the Western Hemisphere's oldest churches!
  • the islands of Vieques and Culebra with their picture-perfect beaches and laid back atmospheres

And remember, there's no passport required for US citizens to visit Puerto Rico, making this an epic nearcation that can't be beat!


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