Puerto Rico is an archipelago made up of about 143 islands, cays and islets. The main island of Puerto Rico, Vieques & Culebra are the only inhabited islands. The offshore islands, cays and islets, are all very unique offering visitors the more natural side of Puerto Rico.
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico / Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico, a US territory, is 35 miles wide and 100 miles long, about the size of Connecticut. This island was blessed with so much natural diversity, it feels more like a country. Although you will find modern architecture, cities and small towns with all the state side conveniences and services on the mainland (United States), visitors can experience a tropical Caribbean escape with exciting opportunities to immerse themselves in the vibrant Puerto Rican culture. Puerto Ricans proudly preserve, maintain and celebrate their history, made up Native Tainos, Spanish and African, evident in their food, language, dance, cultural traditions and music. US Citizens may also feel right at home, traveling to Puerto Rico is just like flying to another state, English is widely spoken and just about everywhere you’ll see the American influences in everyday life around the island.
Puerto Rico was recently voted Best US Island 2016 by readers of USA Today. Visitors that venture out of the resort property, can testify of the island’s magnificent natural treasures and exciting activities both on the water and terrain. Stay a little longer and explore the amazing beaches, a rainforest, bioluminescent bays, caverns, cays and much more. When you get here, you can immerse yourself in the happy and vibrant culture of a place adored by the sea and the sun, with Old World Elegance and sounds of salsa filling the breezy balmy air.
Old San Juan
Old San Juan, an islet, the walled city, is connected to the main island of Puerto Rico by a bridge. Old San Juan is the most popular tourist destination in Puerto Rico and the hottest cruise port in the Caribbean. Old San Juan is packed with world class historic attractions, excellent restaurants, and unique shops. This colorful town is the cultural center of Puerto Rico, the best place to immerse yourself in the warm and vibrant culture of the island. Old San Juan is one a destination in Puerto Rico you can’t miss. More about Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Spanish Virgin Islands
Following, we’ll introduce you to Vieques & Culebra, Caribbean’s last true virgin islands. These sleepy islands are commonly known by sailors as the Spanish Virgin Islands. While most destinations in the Caribbean are saturated with high rise hotels and tourist traps, these gems allow visitors to experience the Caribbean of the past.
Isla de Vieques
Vieques, the bigger of the two sister islands is a unique island with unmatched beauty, winning various prestigious awards as one of the best islands in the Caribbean. Spend all day beach hopping on pristine beaches without a single building onsite or crowds. After dinner, the magic begins under a starry sky on the bioluminescent bay, where you can kayak over waters that light up like a science fiction movie. More about Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Isla de Culebra
Culebra, an archipelago made up of smaller islands and cays is the sleepier of the two islands. Few get to make the trip to this gorgeous island, residents and Culebra lovers would love to keep it that way. This tiny island is home to Flamenco Beach, consistently included on “Best World Beaches” lists. Culebra’s coral reefs and superb underwater visibility make it a world class snorkeling and scuba diving destination. More about Isla de Culebra.
Isla Palomino (Palomino Island)
El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, one of the top 10 resorts in Puerto Rico, offers guests exclusive privileges to spend full days on this dreamy island. At Palomino Island you can enjoy swimming on calm crystal clear waters, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaking and other fun water sports. This may be a secluded island, but friendly El Conquistador Resort staff will serve you Piña Coladas and delicious healthy lunch options without having to get up from your lounge chair. Ohh…you can set up massages right on the beach too… More about Palomino Island, Puerto Rico.
Isla Caja de Muertos
With an hour drive from San Juan, and a scenic ferry ride, you could be at one of the most under rated places in Puerto Rico. Here you can spend the day suntanning and swimming at Pelican Beach, hike a trail leading to a lighthouse with heavenly views, go snorkeling and explore more unique beaches. More about Caja de Muertos.
Culebrita is part of the Culebra Archipelago. You may book a charter for a marvelous morning or afternoon enjoying the pleasures of total seclusion. At Culebrita you can go hiking to the lighthouse ruins where you can marvel to breathtaking and spend the morning hiking to the lighthouse ruins with awe-inspiring views. After the hike, refresh with a dip on the tidal pools and then head over to Tortuga Beach, a beach cove so pretty, that once more people start taking notice, it will certainly make it to the list of top beaches in the Caribbean.
Isla de Mona / Mona Island
Ever wanted to go to Galapagos Island?, you don’t have to go that far and there’s no passport required. Mona Island is often referred as”The Galapagos of the Caribbean”. If you’re one of the lucky ones to set foot on this secret treasure, you can enjoy secluded beaches, explore marvellous caves, and explore the surrounding coral reefs. If you love camping, you oughta place Mona on your bucket list. More about Mona Island, Puerto Rico.
Isla Desecheo / Desecheo Island
You can’t step on Desecheo Island, but you may book a charter to take you scuba diving deep around it’s walls. Desecheo is right off the coast of the town of Rincon. More about Isla Desecheo / Desecheo Island.