San Juan, Puerto Rico, probably isn’t at the top of lists for travelers looking for a beach destination. But ever since some friends honeymooned in Puerto Rico several years ago, the island has been in the back of my mind as a place I wanted to visit. This summer, when trying to decide on a family beach destination, it seemed like the right time to give Puerto Rico a try. These five reasons to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico might have you considering it, too.
Puerto Rico is a little bit of the Caribbean, a dash of old Spain, a little bit of America and lots of salsa goodness. Yes, Puerto Rico is technically part of the United States, but it’s also a world away. On one hand walking the streets of Old San Juan you feel like you’re in a different country, a place where the Caribbean rules in all its color. But on the other hand, it felt so close to home. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a world that is alive with color and fun.
Visiting Puerto Rico is more than just the beaches, food, culture and San Juan nightlife. There is plenty of Puerto Rico outdoors fun, especially with El Yunque hiking adventures. El Yunque National Rainforest is the only tropical rainforest in the United States, and its location about an hour from San Juan makes it a good day trip to enjoy some Puerto Rico outdoors adventures.
Sometimes, the unexpected decisions turn out to be the best ones. As summer began, our family travel plans were looking like a visit to New York City and a few days at a beach along the U.S. Gulf Coast. But funny what can happen when I sit down with a map and start exploring possibilities. Puerto Rico is what can happen, and out of that unexpected decision came a beach vacation gem: the San Juan Marriott Resort.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Puerto Rico is a part of the United States. This island on the northeastern edge of the Caribbean Sea has the soul of the islands with a tropical vibe that seems so opposite of much of the U.S. When we decided to go for an El Yunque rainforest day trip, it really did feel like we were in a far-off land. But entering what’s labeled as the only tropical rainforest in the U.S., one that is part of the U.S. National Park Service, I was reminded that we were, in fact, in a U.S. territory.