Puerto Rico, often referred to as “the island of a thousand blessings”, is the most diverse destination in the Caribbean. Surrounded by more than 270 miles of beautiful coastline, the enchanting island was blessed with great natural treasures and unique attractions.
Puerto Rico is the smallest island in the Greater Antilles. You could drive around the entire island in a day. Many of its wonderful attractions are free, allowing you to have a wonderful vacation without breaking the budget.
There are few bays is Puerto Rico where water glows in the dark - for example Mosquito Bay (Vieques), Laguna Grande (Fajardo) and La Parguera (Lajas). The first Bio Bay, located on the southern shore Isla de Vieques, is the one that shines with the most intensity. Mosquito Bay was even declared the brightest in the world by Guinness World Records in 2006. Visit this magical place when moonlight is minimal, and view the millions of glowing creatures.
The mysterious blue-green light is created by dinoflagellates living in warm coastal waters. These micro-organisms thrive in an environment uniquely suited to their needs. A kayak trip into one of the bioluminescent bays at night is a magical experience.
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How to get there:
With so many flights available from the USA and major cities around the globe, getting here is hassle free. Take a look at the flight deals to Puerto Rico:
- Last minute flights from Boston for $160 >>
- Flights from New York to San Juan for $183 >>
- Flights from New York to Aguadilla for $195 >>
- Flights from New York to Ponce for $201 >>
- Flights from Austin to Florida and Puerto Rico for $267 >>
- Flights from Albany for $238 >>
- Flights from Hartford for $187 >>
- Flights from Boston for $178 >>
- Flights from Florida for $143 >>
- Flights from Portland for $335 >>
- Flights from Stockholm for €237 >>
- Flights from London for £250 >>
Flamenco Beach in Culebra island offers a great camping site with amazing views and beach access.
What to do:
Puerto Rico offers activities for just about every type of traveler, from nature lovers, adventure seekers, eco tourists and history lovers to golf enthusiasts. This destination has something for everyone, from relaxing on a secluded beach, exploring a five century old town, night kayaking on bioluminescent waters, to flying over the longest zip line in the world.
In the lush mountains, you’ll have unforgettable outdoor adventures, such as rappelling deep into a cave, horseback riding, trekking and swimming in the waterfalls. Hike the tropical rainforest of El Yunque, visit the impressive Rio Camuy Caves and the world-famous Arecibo Observatory.
If you like water sports, the island delivers excellent experiences, from riding waves on world class surfing beaches to paddle boarding on calm waters. Snorkel and scuba dive in coral reefs, go jet skiing, swim on the crystal clear waters or go whale-watching.
Take part in the 159th Ponce Carnaval, that will take place on February 22-28, 2017. You can also attend the Kite Festival in Aguadilla, held in April. Visit the Aguadilla Ice Skating Arena, the only ice skating facility in the Caribbean region!
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