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Looking for an easy island escape? Try Puerto Rico.
A lot of families like to hit the beach over the holiday season, escaping the cold weather and typical holiday routine. If you are looking to head south for a tropical holiday this season, then you should consider Puerto Rico. The island has something to please every type of traveler: waterfalls, historic sites, deep caves, star gazing, amazing beaches, water sports and wildlife.
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Here are the top things to do while you’re in Puerto Rico:
The Beach at Culebra
Culebra is one of the best beaches in the world! Located about 17 miles east of Puerto Rico, it’s perfect for a day of relaxation and outdoor fun. There is nothing to do but sit back and enjoy the perfect blue water and untouched, rustic beauty of the island. Bring your camera, lunch and a good book.
Historic San Juan
Make sure you save a day or two for exploring the San Juan National Historic Site and Old San Juan. The San Juan National Historic site is a don’t miss destination if you like dungeons, towers and tunnels. Located on the coast and rising 140 feet high above the water on a rocky perch, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in Puerto Rico. The Spanish fort is home to the twin fortresses, Castillo El Morro and Castillo San Crisobal. Park rangers guide you through incredibly detailed tours of all the tunnels, barracks and cannon batteries. Plan your day so you can enjoy Old San Juan, where the lovely architecture and tiny shops offer a charming experience to explore on foot.
If you or your kids love science and a good adventure, then put this on your itinerary. The Observatory is a great learning destination and the telescope itself is pretty amazing. The journey to get there is part of the adventure. You’ll drive through the mountains so leave plenty of time and follow the signs. When you arrive there is a steep hike to the visitor center, so don’t wear your beach flip-flops and bring plenty of water.
If you’re in the mood for some outdoor pursuits, head over to El Yunque for a hike through tropical ferns, palm trees and hidden waterfalls. Puerto Rico’s forest is a favorite destination for trail lovers, wildlife seekers and those looking to cool off in a waterfall. The forest covers about 28,000 acres and is maintained by the US Forest Service, so you’ll find the trails in good condition and several picnic facilities along the way.
Have you visited Puerto Rico? Name you top 3 in the comments!