Puerto Rico Vacation Destinations - Where To Stay

Where to stay in Puerto Rico vacation destinations that are located east of the Dominican Republic and west of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea. The capital of Puerto Rico is San Juan. Besides the main island, the location of Puerto Rico vacation destinations include 143 additional islands, cays and atolls. The majority are uninhabited with the exception of Vieques and Clebra. Caja de Muertos is an island that has a nature reserve located within its boundaries. Descheo Island contains a National Wildlife Refuge that is very popular for Puerto Rico vacations. Both Descheo and Caja de Muertos are uninhabited. There are over 15 protected reserves and forests in Puerto Rico. The largest national park in Puerto Rico is the El Yunque National Forest which is located in the eastern section of the island and covers 28,000 acres of the last remaining rainforest on the island. There are 3 bioluminescent bays that are popular destinations; Laguna Grande in Fajardo, Mosquito Bay on Vieques, and La Parguera on the main island. La Parguera is a village located on the southwestern coast and has a very extensive coral reef ecosystem.

Puerto Rico Vacation Destinations - Where To Stay

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Puerto Rico Vacation Destinations - Where To Stay

The wonderful island of Puerto Rico vacation destinations truly a place that you need to experience at least once in your life. As an American, you can enjoy a tropical island paradise without even having a passport, as Puerto Rico is a protectorate of the United States. This truly amazing island is home to some of the best food, sports, culture and naturally some amazing history that spans centuries making vacations in Puerto Rico very popular. Now is the time to head down to the island, and enjoy its laid-back culture, and amazing beaches. Make sure to bring the sunscreen, as we take you through the history, its culture, its geography and lastly some great spots you need to check out while under the Puerto Rican sun.


The almost rectangular island, Puerto Rico vacation ideas are locate on one of the smallest islands in the Greater Antilles. Stretching 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, the island is the most eastern island in the Greater Antilles as well. The main island of Puerto Rico is surrounded by a few other smaller islands which include Vieques, Culebra, Culebrita, Palomino (otherwise known as the Spanish Virgin Islands) as well as Mona and Monito. The coasts of the island measure almost 360 miles, and although small, the island is the third largest in the United States.

Puerto Rico destinations are found on an very mountainous island and in fact, the interior mountains account for over 60% of its landmass. The regional coastal area is home to rain forest, deserts, beaches, caves and vast rivers. The island has three regions, the mountainous, the coastal lowlands and the karst. The mountainous interior which is dominated by the Cordillera Central mountain chain, the two largest peaks are Cerro La Punta 1338 m and Rosas 1267 m. The coastal lowlands extend between 2-12 miles inland and are home to smaller mountains, and a number of gorgeous valleys. Finally, the Karst region is home to limestone and a lot of it. There are extensive mogotes, sinkholes, caves and limestone features that have captivated photographers for years!


The island has been inhabited since the early times of humanity in the America’s. First settled by nomadic Arawak peoples in 300 AD, the island has been a luxurious home to a number of first nation groups. The Tainos called Puerto Rico and Hispaniola home, and the group had 250,000 people on Peutro Rico alone. However, in 1493, the island would truly be changed forever, when the first Spanish explorers discovered this tropical paradise.

The Spanish quickly colonized the island and enslaved the local population. By 1508, Puerto Rico was under Spanish control, and Ponce De Leon was named the first governor of the island. The Tainos population was eradicated under the Spanish partly due to the harsh treatment by the newly established colony, and partly due to European diseases killing off large numbers of their population. As the Tainos were dying off, West African slaves replaced them in the mines and forest camps that dotted the island. The island quickly became a stronghold for the Spanish and would remain so until the Spanish-American War in 1898, where Puerto Rico would find itself under United States control.


The island then would start to become more autonomous, with the election of their own House of Representatives, their own Governor, and then given full U.S. citizenship. Today, the island is on the verge of becoming the 51st state, or full independence, but only time will tell the political future of this truly amazing island.

Puerto Rico has a rich cultural history from its predecessors making Puerto Rico very entertaining. The island has its West African roots to thank for the great music that you can hear from the various beaches and clubs that dot the island. From the Spanish, the amazing cuisine and the islands love of dance. Finally, from the Americans, the great governance structure, and love of baseball. The island is truly a mecca for those who love to experience a melting pot like no other. No matter if you are one to enjoy dance, food or even music, the Puerto Rican atmosphere will eat you up. Now make sure to enjoy some amazing jazz or even some latin beats, and enjoy the sun, surf and most of all the culture in the gem of the Caribbean!


San Juan
Home to dozens of hotels and resorts, the capital city is the center for entertainment and sights to see. El Morro is a national historic site and is otherwise known as Fort de San Felipe del Morro. This fortress was home to the Spanish for many years and fended off more than a dozen attacks over its life time. Plus, it offers one of the best views of the city and ocean below. Palacio de Santa Catalina was originally designed as a military fortress upon its construction in 1520, but would soon become the Governors residence. It still is today, and functions as both a tourist attraction and active home for the Governor of the island.

The second largest city on the island is sometimes referred to as the Pearl of the South due to its stunning neoclassical architecture that dots the landscape. You will need to make sure you visit the tree lined Plaza de Las Delicias as well as the Ponce Firehouse for some amazing views. If you are one to love the water, the La Guancha Paseo Tablado is a lovely board walk down by the water filled with various vendors and great food. For those divers in your group, it is a few steps away from the start of the underwater marked path to Caja de Muertos a favorite among divers internationally.

If you are looking for a unique experience to add to Puerto Rican family vacations then be sure and indulge in the coffee experience, you will need to head north of Ponce to Hacienda Bueno Vista. This working coffee plantation will allow you to dive back into history as well as experience a fresh cup of Puerto Rican coffee right off the tree. Plus, the dive back into 19th-century life will let you experience the island like a true visitor.

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