Tourists who want to relax in the Caribbean should visit Puerto Rico. With its white sandy beaches and clear blue waters it is a perfect place to relax and unwind. The beauty of the island doesn’t end with beaches alone, with an amazing geographic diversity; it also offers deserts, mountains, forests and caves. Because of this, a lot of fun activities are in store for you in the island.
With the Atlantic on its north coast and the Caribbean on its south coast, beach lovers are sure to enjoy staying in the island. There are also a lot of tourist destinations inland for you to enjoy. The El Yunque rainforest, which is 28,000 acres, has a vast diversity of plant and animal species. With over 240 different types of trees and around 50 bird species, ten of which are on the endangered list, rainforest would surely thrill the nature lovers.
Activities on the island are varied and a lot is in store for the tourist. Like all other colonies of Spain before, the island has a lot of festivals that are mostly religious in nature. Every town has its own festival and it is exciting to join in one of them. Food, arts, music, dances are all what makes these festivals great.
Tourists flock to this island all year round because of its pristine tourist destinations. Usually it is during the months of December to May that are the peak months for tourism. Even if you visit the island on off seasons, there are still a wide variety of fun and activities to do.
Upon arrival at Puerto Rico, your entry would most probably be in San Juan which is the capital city. Located in the Northern Coastal plains it is a major port and tourist resort of the West Indies. There are a lot of exciting places to visit in San Juan. A lot of beautiful beaches are located in this area.
Aside from the beaches, you should also visit the Old San Juan. This neighborhood in San Juan is more than 400 years old that originally served as a military stronghold. It is a 7 square block area whose streets are paved with cobbles of blue stone. People visit this area to admire the carefully restored 16th and 17th century Spanish buildings. There are also gambling casinos and fine beaches in this area.
Other structures of interest are the famous El Morro fort and its counterpart San Cristobal fort. El Morro is a six level fort with 18-foot thick walls. The view of San Juan Bay from this fort is magnificent. It is the largest fort in the Caribbean encompassing 74 acres and is now a National Historic site. San Cristobal, El Morro’s partner in the city’s defense, is considered the Gibraltar of the West Indies. Rising 150 feet above sea level with a total area of 27 acres, it is made of five independent units connected by moat and tunnel. It is now a World Heritage and National Historic site.
This is just in the San Juan area. Once you explore places out of the city you would discover a lot of other beautiful tourist spots to visit. So come and visit Puerto Rico and experience what the place has to offer.