Photos to Make You Want to Go to Puerto Rico

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
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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?

Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island

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

Culebra Island, Puerto Rico

Snorkeling off Culebra Island in water that looks like it's been dyed with Kool-Aid (it definitely hasn't been).

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

The colorful buildings and wrought iron balconies of Old San Juan.

The Beast at Toro Verde Adventure Park in Puerto Rico

Me riding “The Beast,” a mile-long zip line at Toro Verde Adventure Park. What a rush!

Flamenco Beach, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico

Coming ashore on Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island.

Ponce, Puerto Rico

A colorful street in the city of Ponce, on Puerto Rico's southern coast.

Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico

Looking down towards the pool area of the Caribe Hilton in San Juan.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

A gun turret at the Castillo de San Cristóbal, an old Spanish fort in San Juan.

Tank on Flameco Beach in Puerto Rico

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.

Ponce, Puerto Rico

The beautiful cathedral in downtown Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Toro Verde Adventure Park in Puerto Rico

Looking out over Toro Verde Adventure Park, up in the mountains in central Puerto Rico.

Street art in San Juan

Sweet street art in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan.

Door in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Doorporn in Old San Juan.

Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico

Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island. This beach is consistently voted one of the most beautiful in the world!

Puerto Rican food

Modern Puerto Rican food – yum!

Street scene in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

A street scene in Old San Juan.

Sunrise at Caribe Hilton

Sunrise from my balcony at the Caribe Hilton.

Street art in San Juan

Santurce street art.

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Balconies in Old San Juan.

Caribbean waters in Puerto Rico

No, the color of this water off Culebra Island isn't edited at all!!

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

A cute kitty chilling in the entrance way to a hotel in Old San Juan.

Zip lining at Toro Verde in Puerto Rico

Zip lining at Toro Verde Adventure Park.

El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico

The pool area at the El Conquistador, the largest resort in Puerto Rico.

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Another street scene from Old San Juan. I could have walked these streets for hours!

Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico

A windy day at Flamenco Beach.

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Colors of Old San Juan. The city dates all the way back to the 1500s!

Street art in San Juan, Puerto Rico

More street art in the Santurce neighborhood.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

A nice place to sit in Old San Juan.

Sunset at Carbe Hilton

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.

 

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