Puerto Rico has been growing in popularity among travelers in recent years as the ultimate destination for a tropical island getaway.
This Caribbean island, which is a territory of the United States, saw a record-breaking 5.1 million tourists in 2022 — a massive increase from the 3.7 million tourists it received in 2019.
Why is Puerto Rico so hot right now?
Here are some of the reasons to consider this island destination for your next vacation:
1. Easily Accessible From The U.S.
Getting to Puerto Rico could not be easier. As a territory of the United States, American travelers to Puerto Rico do not need a passport.
There are nonstop flights from more than 25 cities across the U.S. to Puerto Rico, with frequent service on budget airlines like Spirit and Frontier. This makes Puerto Rico an affordable destination if you’re looking for a Caribbean getaway.
It’s also a short flight from many destinations in the United States. For example, Miami to San Juan is only 2.5 hours, while New York to San Juan takes 4 hours.
2. Beautiful Beaches
One of the biggest draws to Puerto Rico is the island’s beautiful beaches. Many of Puerto Rico’s beaches are regularly named among the best in the Caribbean.
Flamenco Beach, on the small island of Culebra, was recently rated as one of the best in the world.
If you’re looking for powdery white sand, gently swaying palm trees, and crystal-clear blue waters, you’ll find it in Puerto Rico’s many stunning beaches.
On the western side of the island, beaches like Rincón are popular spots for catching a gorgeous sunset.
3. Lots Of Hotels And Resorts
Visitors to Puerto Rico will be pleased to discover that there is a great variety of hotels and resorts on the island, perfect for any type of traveler.
From sprawling resorts to intimate boutique hotels, there are options for every traveler. You will also find hotels and resorts at every price point.
Room rates are lower during the off-season in Puerto Rico, which lasts from June through November. Although it may be a little rainier and more humid on the island during these months, it’s a great time to travel to save money on accommodation costs.
The hotel options in Puerto Rico are only continuing to grow. Hilton has announced they plan to open 10 new hotels in San Juan, Ponce, and Dorado by 2025.
4. History And Culture
If you’re more interested in exploring a destination’s history and culture than just lying on the beach all day, Puerto Rico is the perfect place for you.
Along with its natural beauty and beaches, Puerto Rico is also a great cultural destination.
San Juan is a popular place to stay in Puerto Rico because it offers a great mix of history, culture, art, and cuisine, while still being close to good beaches.
From historic Spanish forts to colorful streets to art galleries and museums, San Juan is a must-visit destination to explore while in Puerto Rico.
5. Adventurous Activities
Finally, Puerto Rico is a great adventure travel destination. There’s so much more to the island than just beaches — you’ll find tropical rainforests and lush mountains too.
Exploring El Yunque National Forest is one of the top activities to do in Puerto Rico. You can walk on elevated pathways among the treetops, discover beautiful waterfalls, and even try ziplining through the canopy if you want to get your adrenaline pumping.
Another unique spot to visit in Puerto Rico is Mosquito Bay, known for its bioluminescence, which has been recognized as the brightest and most vivid in the world.
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