Puerto Rico has long been high on my list of places I want to visit. It just hasn’t been in the cards yet. Recently, my cousin Cynthia attended Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza and sent back the most mouth-watering images.
Puerto Rico has so much to offer as a 5-star tourist destination. For sun-worshippers – 270 miles of coastline including Flamenco Beach in Culebra which has been called one of the best beaches in the world. The Travel Channel has featured Puerto Rico in it’s Top 10 Beaches. If you love adventure, you can learn to kiteboard or explore the 268 acre Río Camuy Cave Park by hiking, caving, even ziplining! The old world charm of San Juan, the second oldest city in the New World, will appeal to history buffs who can explore forts and museums. The capital city is also called the Metropolis of the Caribbean offering world class shopping, 5-star dining, and a spicy night-life.
Luxury + Adventure
Because I’m a single parent traveling with a five year old, I need a balance of comfort and adventure. We’re definitely traveling lighter than we used to when we had to bring a stroller, diapering accoutrements, and a clamp on highchair, but we aren’t backpackers quite yet. Ideally for us, a travel destination offers 5-star accommodation and food, while still providing the kind of fun we’re looking for. Puerto Rico is ideal. We can hang out at the beach all day, building sandcastles and splashing in the surf, and if we’re too tired after our baths to go out, we can call room service and know we’re going to get a stellar meal.
I’m excited about the easy hike up to the Mount Britton Lookout Tower in El Yunque National Forest. The park, in the Luquillo Mountains encompasses a 28,000-acre tropical rain forest, and is home to more than 200 species of trees. There is another hike in a different part of the park to a 35′ tall waterfall, La Mina Falls. I’m also looking forward to taking a catamaran day trip and teaching my daughter to snorkel in the waters off the uninhabited Caja de Muertos. I think we’ll skip the caving at this point, but the idea of an evening boat ride through a bioluminescent bay in Vieques is irresistible. If she’s brave enough, we can even get into the water and glow like angels as our movements disturb the tiny dinoflagellates and cause them to produce bursts of blue light.
Be sure to visit See Puerto Rico’s website so you can start planning to Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico.