Photos to Make You Want to Go to 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.

 

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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