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. I was born and live in Puerto Rico all my life, I am also a travel agent who’s traveled to many countries and still amazed with your pictures. We get so used to see this views frequently you forget to appreciate the colors. Thanks for such amazing review of our island and people. We love to welcome everyone.!

      I definitely know what it’s like to take for granted things that are right in your backyard. Glad you enjoyed the photos!

    Wow! What a Beautiful Pictures they are have you taken all the pictures? just amazing 🙂 Thanks

      Yes, all these photos were taken by me!

    The central of puerto rico is beautiful.take picture please

      There are a couple photos in here from the center (like the ones from Toro Verde). Unfortunately these are all I have from this trip!

    I love how you captured the beauty of Puerto Rico! It makes me feel proud to see how beautifully visitors see our island and how much they enjoy the island life!

      I definitely did enjoy it, Cristina – I’m already dreaming about a second trip!

    This looks amazing! I look forward to reading more about it 🙂

      If you have any specific questions, let me know!

    These photos are gorgeous! A close friend of mine chose to have his heading in PR later this summer and I was a bit perplexed as to why. Well, I’ve never been and didn’t anticipate the feel of this destination. Not I’m that much more excited to experience it in person!

      That´s great to hear, Alex! I think PR should make a great wedding destination!

    Omg I love the colors of the houses k like this country it has a lot of life

      It does! And even though it´s actually part of the US, it often does feel like a completely different country!

    ‘Love it! ‘Love it! I’ve never been to Puerto Rico and I love the photographs of features of the island.
    Count me in!

      This was my first trip there, too, and I was very pleasantly surprised – I LOVED it!

    You gotta love a country that’s full of color! Haha.. Puerto Rico looks so beautiful and stunning, definitely a very attractive place 🙂

    I found out I liked the Caribbean when I visited Bonaire and Curacao a month ago. The pictures of Puerto Rico look insanely gorgeous too! I can’t wait for the posts about what there is to do and see in Puerto Rico.

      I will definitely be writing more about it soon! There´s actually a ton to do, for it being a relatively small island.

    I’m leaving for Puerto Rico tomorrow, and I’m *so* excited! These pictures have pumped me up even more. What was your favorite thing you did in San Juan?

      Awesome! I hope you loved it! My favorite thing in San Juan was probably wandering around the colorful Old Town!

    Seeing these photos reminds me that I am long overdue for a tropical getaway! I’ve had a few long layovers in Puerto Rico (en route to Virgin Islands) and had a chance to walk around Old San Juan. Definitely a convenient place to vacation due to the factors you mentioned!

      It makes for a great Caribbean getaway for sure!

    Wow Puerto Rico looks amazing! It’s never really crossed my never ending bucket list before but it might just now. Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to jump on a plane right now!

      Then my job is done, Madi! 😉

    Your photos are super gorgeous, Amanda! A friend of mine is going to Puerto Rico soon so I’ll send her a link to this post. It looks epic!

      Thanks, Miriam! I loved this trip – I hope your friend enjoys Puerto Rico, too!

    Hey Amanda, stellar photos. Wow, the blues! Pow! And that street art is incredible. I’ll someday make my way down south, but Puerto Rico will definitely be on the list now. By the way, off topic, how do you post such large and clear photos and have them load so fast? It was like zip-bang color explosion instantly!

      I went on a little impromptu street art tour my last day in San Juan, and was SO glad I did – there’s some incredible stuff to be found!

      As for the photos, I upload them full-size to either Flickr or SmugMug (SmugMug in the case of this post), and then embed them in my posts via html. That helps the photos load a lot faster since they’re not hosted on the same server as my site, AND means I don’t have to compress them at all. 🙂

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