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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  1. Beautiful pictures! We’re actually going to be there for our 2nd honeymoon this december so I’m really looking forward to it!

      Oh that’s so exciting! I hope you have an amazing time! (Do you know where you’re going to stay yet? I fell in LOVE with the El Conquistador when we visited – I totally want to stay there next time I go!)

    You actually do not have to convince me as I am already planning to go there this year but your post and your photos absolutely increased my wanderlust.

      Great to hear, Stef! I feel like Puerto Rico is becoming a bit of an “it” destination lately – which I totally support!

    Wow the colors are stunning..that alone makes me want to go!

      Do it! It’s colorful and warm, and not too difficult to get to from North America!

    So beautiful!!! I love them all. The blue water is amazing!!!

      And it’s not even Photoshopped! The water is legit that color!!

    There are so many beautifully colored houses! I also definitely wouldn’t mind if I could hang out by that pool right now – winter in Europe has been too long! 😉 Beautiful pictures, Amanda!

      The heat and sunshine was sooooo nice! (Though I ended up getting really sunburnt on a boat trip! Haha.)

    I have never traveled to Puerto Rico before, however the pictures posted here are fantastic. The wife and i will certainly plan a trip to Puerto Rico

      Great to hear! I know I’ll certainly go back.

    Love the door pic! I’m a sucker for those 😉 Puerto Rico sounds like an awesome place, and one that I never really considered because like you said, it’s part of the US. But I have several friends from Puerto Rico who talk it up well, so maybe a trip there is on the docket for sometime soon.

      Other than a few chain restaurants in San Juan, it definitely doesn’t *feel* like the US. You should definitely consider it!

      (And I’m a sucker for pretty doors, too!)

    Great photos Amanda! I almost made it to Puerto Rico last year but it didn’t pan out. Now I’m really regretting not getting there. I’ll definitely have to add it to my list again.

    Also I noticed that your post was full width (sans sidebar). Are you going full width for all of your new posts?

      Yes, definitely make sure to put it back on your list! It’s pretty awesome.

      And no, I won’t be going full-width on all my posts; just photo essays!

    Great photos!
    My parents and I went to San Juan on a Caribbean cruise years ago. Our ship docked in the evening, and we didn’t get to see much.

      Ah, that’s a bummer! I guess you’ll have to go back sometime!

    Wow, agreed! These photos are great! I literally can’t pick a favorite – ocean, resort, city? They’re all stunning. Hope to make it to Puerto Rico soon!

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      Thanks, Liz! I had fun putting this one together. Puerto Rico sure is photogenic!

    Stunning photos are definitely the most effective way to attract someone to a new destination! 🙂 These green and blue colors… we just can’t get enough of them. Ever. 😀

      Me neither! And Puerto Rico certainly had plenty of all those great colors!

    A friend of mine in Riga just got back from a week in Puerto Rico and absolutely raved about it. With winter here continuing to drag on strong, I am definitely tempted to book a trip of my own!

      Do it!! It’s a great (and easy) place to travel!

    Love your photos! I went to Puerto Rico a few years ago and LOVED it. We met tons of great people there, the food was amazing, and the views are beautiful.

      I concur with everything you said! Great people, food, and landscapes! Pretty much everything I could ask for.

    Wow! Great photos. I can’t wait to read more about it later in the month. I’m particularly interested in how you got along language-wise, so I’m hoping you touch on that!

      I had absolutely no issues language-wise! Spanish is the predominant language spoken, but just about everyone speaks great English, too!

    Wow, your photos are stunning! We were there 10 years ago and I don’t remember it looking that pretty. We even stayed at the Conquistador…what are the chances of that?! My fave pics are the San Juan street scenes. Now I want to go back… 🙂

      Well, the El Conquistador IS the biggest resort in Puerto Rico! I didn’t stay there this time, but I totally want to go back – both to stay there, and to explore more! Old San Juan was much bigger than I expected – a few hours of wandering simply wasn’t enough!

      Thank you so much for show the world how beautiful is my island. Puerto Rico is a little piece of a paradise. I’m from the center of the island, the mountain of Puerto Rico, but live in Ohio and I try to go there every three year. I remember every place that you took those picture. Thank you again and continue enjoy my island.

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