Puerto Rico Tourism is full of surprises for the tourist. When visiting the Island of Enchantment, you’ll notice first of all, that the Island is not so small like the other Caribbean sisters like St Thomas USVI or Anguilla.
Puerto Rico, called "La Isla del Encanto" is the fourth largest island in the Caribbean offering many beaches and inland places to visit for a well spent vacation for couples or families with kids.
Picturesque streets of Old San Juan
Old San Juan Puerto Rico
This is the number one attraction of Puerto Rico. Old San Juan remains as it was built almost 500 years ago by the Spanish Conquistadores. Walk though the narrow cobblestone streets, reach El Morro Castle or visit La Fortaleza, which is the Governor’s official residence.
Have something to eat in the many cafes and restaurants and of course, by all the souvenirs you need to bring back home. San Juan is an important Cruise Terminal for cruise to the rest of the Caribbean, used by all the important Cruise Lines.
Flamenco Beach on the Island of Culebra Puerto Rico
Spectacular Puerto Rico Beaches
Besides the spectacular beaches, surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling, Puerto Rico is a cosmopolitan island with very active cities and towns.
The largest towns like San Juan, Ponce and Mayaguez feature important nightlife activities with restaurants, bars and all kind of entertainment.
Parque de Bombas in Ponce Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico main attractions
Here I will mention some of the most important Puerto Rico Tourism attractions that have made Puerto Rico one of the most visited islands in the Caribbean, attracting millions of tourists annually.
The first and greatest of Puerto Rico attraction is that while on the island, you are in the United States. When you flew to San Juan or Aguadilla you didn’t need a passport or visa if you are an American Citizens.
For an American tourist is like flying from Miami to New York. The currency is the US Dollar, the US Postal Service delivers to the island and the American Flag flies together with the proud Puerto Rican Flag all over the island.
There are two sites on the island where you can see this phenomenon. Phosphorescence is actually bio-luminescence generated by bio-luminescence generated by microscopic organisms in the water.
It is believed to be part of a natural defense system triggered by the movement of predators. Many scientists believe the tiny organisms light up so their predators can see more desirable prey and thus leave them alone.
Imagine the blackness of the sea on a moonless night. Now watch it sparkle with the darting lights of a million fireflies. Nature lovers will not want to miss the phenomenal experience of visiting a tropical phosphorescent bay.
La Parguera in the southern coast of the Island
In Puerto Rico you may see this event every single evening in two places. They are: La Parguera, located between Mayaguez and Ponce in the southwest of the island.
The village makes a living of the visitors that constantly come to see this. The other place and even more spectacular is in Mosquito Bay in the little island of Vieques Puerto Rico, off the northeast shore of the main island.
Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador Resort Puerto Rico
Lose yourself in the vibrant beauty and captivating allure of Puerto Rico. Perched high above the ocean on a 300-foot cliff El Conquistador Resort Puerto Rico - Golden Door Spa is a peaceful retreat on the Island of Enchantment.
Our luxurious Puerto Rico resort is divided into five villages providing a soothing getaway from the stress of the world. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic ocean views at The Grand Hotel including the villages of Las Brisas and La Vista.
Pure indulgence awaits you in Las Casitas Village, the distinctive four diamond resort that shares our grounds where a resort butler is at your service 24 hours a day in your private villa.
Built into the side of a cliff and wrapped around its own swimming pool let sea breezes caress you in Las Olas Village. Or just relax on your private balcony in La Marina Village which overlooks the sea and is home to the new water park and private marina.
Experience this vibrant Puerto Rico resort for yourself complete with beautifully appointed accommodations attentive service and a magnificent setting.
The resort is located on the northeastern tip of Puerto Rico near El Yunque Rain Forest, four miles from the stores and attractions of downtown Fajardo and Las Croabas, 31 miles from San Juan and Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.
Camuy River Cave Park
The Camuy Caves as they are best known, is a massive and dramatic cave system seen only in a few other places in the world. What makes this one exclusive is the tropical underground river thundering through it.
The Arecibo Telescope
This Ionospheric Observatory known as the Arecibo Telescope, is located in the area of the northwest mountains, among the karsts country hills. This is the largest of its kind and one of the most important research facilities on the face of the earth.
The huge dish that more than a dozen football fields could fit inside, sits in a sinkhole and is forever aimed at the sky, tuned to detect the slightest sounds emitted by the farthest stars.
It is the impressive size and magnitude of the tiled dish that leaves visitors breathless when they hike to the viewing platform and see it glimmering in the sun. Indeed, it is one of the only landmarks in Puerto Rico that can easily be seen from a jetliner passing by at 33,000 feet.
American and Puerto Rico Flags fly together on the sky of the Island
images credits for puerto rico tourism
old san juan n/a
ponce by jpatokal
biolumisscent by edgar torres
la parguera n/a
conquistador by the same resort
yunque by anthony video
camuy by per aspera
arecibo by david broad
all courtesy of wikimedia commons
Map of Puerto Rico Tourism