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Puerto Rico has been growing in popularity among travelers in recent years as the ultimate destination for a tropical island getaway.
This Caribbean island, which is a territory of the United States, saw a record 5.1 million tourists in 2022, a massive increase from the 3.7 million tourists it received in 2019.
Why is Puerto Rico so hot right now?
Here are some of the reasons to consider this island destination for your next vacation:
1. Easily accessible from the US
Getting to Puerto Rico couldn’t be easier. As a territory of the United States, American travelers to Puerto Rico do not need a passport.
There are non-stop flights from more than 25 US cities to Puerto Rico, with frequent service on budget carriers like Spirit and Frontier. This makes Puerto Rico an affordable destination if you’re looking for a Caribbean getaway.
It’s also a short flight from many destinations in the United States. For example, from Miami to San Juan it is only 2.5 hours, while from New York to San Juan it is 4 hours.
2. Beautiful Beaches
One of the biggest attractions of Puerto Rico are the beautiful beaches of the island. Many of Puerto Rico’s beaches are regularly named among the best in the Caribbean.
Playa Flamenco, on the small island of Culebra, was recently rated as one of the best in the world.
If you’re looking for powdery white sand, gently swaying palm trees, and crystal clear waters, you’ll find it at Puerto Rico’s many stunning beaches.
On the western side of the island, beaches like Rincón are popular places to watch a beautiful sunset.
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3. Many hotels and resorts
Visitors to Puerto Rico will be delighted to discover that there is a wide variety of hotels and resorts on the island, perfect for any type of traveler.
From sprawling resorts to intimate boutique hotels, there are options for every traveler. You will also find hotels and resorts of all prices.
Room rates are lowest during the low season in Puerto Rico, which lasts from June to November. Although it can be a bit rainier and more humid on the island during these months, it is a great time to travel and save money on accommodation costs.
Hotel options in Puerto Rico continue to grow. Hilton has announced that it plans open 10 new hotels in San Juan, Ponce and Dorado by 2025.
4. History and culture
If you’re more interested in exploring the history and culture of a destination than just lying on the beach all day, Puerto Rico is the place for you.
Along with its natural beauty and its beaches, Puerto Rico is also a great cultural destination.
San Juan is a popular place to stay in Puerto Rico because it offers a great mix of history, culture, art, and cuisine, while still being close to good beaches.
From historic Spanish forts to colorful streets, art galleries, and museums, San Juan is a must-visit destination to explore while in Puerto Rico.
5. Adventure activities
Finally, Puerto Rico is a great adventure travel destination. There’s much more to the island than just beaches—you’ll also find lush rainforests and mountains.
Exploring the El Yunque National Forest is one of the best things to do in Puerto Rico. You can hike elevated trails among the treetops, discover beautiful waterfalls, and even try ziplining through the canopy if you want to get your adrenaline pumping.
Another unique place to visit in Puerto Rico is Mosquito Bay, known for its bioluminescence, which has been recognized as the brightest and most vivid in the world.
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