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Here's the thing about Puerto Rico: it's kiiiinda awesome.
I mean, it's a U.S. territory (meaning no passports for Americans, no changing money, no language barrier), a short flight from the lower 48, AND an affordable place to escape to for a few days.
Oh, and did I mention that it has a tropical Caribbean climate year-round?
Yeah, Puerto Rico really impressed me. Not only is it easy to travel to, but it's also got just about everything you could want in a destination – pretty beaches, rainforest, cute cities, culture and history, delicious food, and plenty of adventure beyond the big resorts.
And I think Puerto Rico might just impress/surprise you, too.
I could go on and on about why Puerto Rico makes a great travel destination. But, for now, I'm going to let these photos do the convincing.
(But stay tuned for a more in-depth post on what to do/see in Puerto Rico later this month!)
Photos to make you want to go to Puerto Rico
Snorkeling off Culebra Island in water that looks like it's been dyed with Kool-Aid (it definitely hasn't been).
The colorful buildings and wrought iron balconies of Old San Juan.
Me riding “The Beast,” a mile-long zip line at Toro Verde Adventure Park. What a rush!
Coming ashore on Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island.
A colorful street in the city of Ponce, on Puerto Rico's southern coast.
Looking down towards the pool area of the Caribe Hilton in San Juan.
A gun turret at the Castillo de San Cristóbal, an old Spanish fort in San Juan.
During and after WWII, the U.S. military used Flamenco Beach for a variety of training exercises. This tank was one of a few things left behind.
The beautiful cathedral in downtown Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Looking out over Toro Verde Adventure Park, up in the mountains in central Puerto Rico.
Sweet street art in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan.
Doorporn in Old San Juan.
Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island. This beach is consistently voted one of the most beautiful in the world!
Modern Puerto Rican food – yum!
A street scene in Old San Juan.
Sunrise from my balcony at the Caribe Hilton.
Santurce street art.
Balconies in Old San Juan.
No, the color of this water off Culebra Island isn't edited at all!!
A cute kitty chilling in the entrance way to a hotel in Old San Juan.
Zip lining at Toro Verde Adventure Park.
The pool area at the El Conquistador, the largest resort in Puerto Rico.
Another street scene from Old San Juan. I could have walked these streets for hours!
A windy day at Flamenco Beach.
Colors of Old San Juan. The city dates all the way back to the 1500s!
More street art in the Santurce neighborhood.
A nice place to sit in Old San Juan.
A Puerto Rican sunset.
So what do you think? Are you going to add Puerto Rico to your must-visit list? Which photo is your favorite?
*Note: Thanks to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company for hosting me on this trip. As always, all opinions (and photos) are 100% my own.