Puerto Rico is one of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean. This island offers something for everyone; city life, beach, fishing, culture, good cuisine, rainforests and more. It is a relatively large, very mountainous, with three smaller and a lot of coral islands. Despite the small size of the islands, the diversity of terrain, climate and ecosystem is incredible. Great mountain range runs through the center from west to east.
The highest parts of the mountains are covered with lush forests, which are home to various species of birds and animals. Puerto Rico has a large number of beaches, which differ in size, shape and color of sand. From pure white sand in the municipality of Isabela to the black volcanic sand in the municipality of Maunabo. You can choose whether to walk along the shallows in Luquillo or enjoy surfing at the beach town of Rincon. It is highly developed country and very modern compared to the rest of the Caribbean.
Majority speaks Spanish, but English is understood everywhere. Visiting the towns and villages will allow you to get to know the people, culture and experience all that it has to offer. It is made out of lively Latin culture, visible history, salsa music and local art. The best time to visit is from mid-December until the end of April. In this time weather is sunny (but not too hot) and hurricane free, but the price are highest and the place is most visited at that time.
What to visit?
Rincon – Rincon is a natural and authentic marine paradise. Better known as the “Pueblo del Surfing” (city for surfers). Its beaches have become a mecca for experienced surfers in the winter. During the winter you can see the endangered species humpback whales.
Boqueron – The town Boqueron is a charming and lively, with beach characterized by white sand and crystalline turquoise waters. Although this beach is very quiet, weekends can be crowded, especially during the summer holidays. This beach has picnic tables, bike rentals, basketball courts, and offers the possibility of diving and many other exciting water sports. Near is an interesting place Los Morillos. It is a series of massive reddish limestone cliffs that descend more than 200 feet into the sea. To reach it, you can walk through Cabo Rojo, national wildlife reserve also known as paradise for bird lovers.
El Yunque national forests – The rain forest that occupies an area of about 11,300 hectares and is one of the oldest reserves. It has over 240 species of trees and plants and 26 species can be found nowhere else. The forest has a rare wild animals, including Puerto Rican parrots, which are one of the ten most endangered bird species in the world.
Playa Flamenco (Flamenco Beach) – It is ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. White sand, turquoise water and lush green hills that rise up on all sides, create the feeling that you are miles away from civilization. It is located at Culebra Island 27 km east of the main island.
El Morro – San Felipe del Morro Fuerte or El Morro is the largest fort in the Caribbean. It was built in 1539, located 43m above sea level and is surrounded by a thick 5.5 m wall. The fortress consists of a network of underground tunnels, barracks, prison. El Moro is punctuated by small outposts watchtowers, known here as “garitas”. They are unique and became a national symbol.
Luquillo (Lucius) – It is known as “La Capital del Sol” (the capital of the sun). It was named after Loquillo, the Indian chief who died a few years after the last Indian rebellion in 1513. Here you can visit the famous Lucius beach. It is made out of great number of magnificent coconut palms and fine sand. It has the length of about 1.5km. It is one of the most popular and most beautiful public beaches in San Juan.