In years past, travelers wrote of Puerto Rico as a paradise of deserted white sand beaches where the only sounds were the wind rustling through the palm fronds and the waves lapping gently at the shore.
Today, many tourists complain of the lost paradise on many Caribbean islands whose shores are overcrowded with loads of cruise ship passengers. The islands of Vieques and Culebra off the east coast of Puerto Rico maintain the atmosphere of that bygone era. With large open areas where packs of wild horses roam, miles of deserted beaches and small guesthouses and inns at reasonable prices.
The islands are home to some of Puerto Rico’s best snorkeling and scuba diving as well as unique tour opportunites like Moquito Bay, a small bay that glows at night with one the world’s highest concentration of bioluminescent creatures.
It’s A Jungle Out There!
El Yunque, also known as the Caribbean National Forest, is the only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest System. Visitors to Puerto Rico have the opportunity to hike through the forest on the park’s many trails which weave through towering trees and waterfalls and witness firsthand the beauty of the rainforest that has enchanted the island people for centuries.
For a peek at life below the jungle, Rio Camuy Cave Park is one the most extensive cave systems in the world. Its trolleys, trails, and bridges provide easy spelunking opportunities for all types of tourists. Take a trolley to Cueva Clara and stroll the pathways through the 170-foot high chamber viewing giant stalactites and stalagmites and even take a drink from Ponce de Leon’s alleged Fountain of Youth.
Puerto Rico Hotels
Puerto Rico offers a wide range of accommodation choices to suit all types of visitors. In Old San Juan, restored mansions offer a unique glimpse into Puerto Rico’s architectural history. Set in a restored 18th-century home, The Gallery Inn is a haven of art and history with comfortable accommodations and sweeping ocean views.
On Puerto Rico’s west coast, Rincon Beach Resort takes advantage of the laid back beach town atmosohere of Rincon and its nearby attractions. The Mediterranean style complex offers a beachfront pool area and loads of activities.
On the island of Vieques, first-class accommodations at the Wyndham Martineau Bay Resort & Spa provide the perfect beachside retreat. With a rambling plantation style, relaxing oceanfront pool with a swim-up bar, water activities, and modern spa facilities, the resort is an ideal Caribbean getaway.