Puerto Rico is one of my favorite places in the world, which is why I spend so many of my vacations there. I’m always recommending it to my friends, but it seems as though a lot of them are hesitant because they don’t know very much about the island.
That’s why I decided to write this article, so that I could share my love for Puerto Rico along with a few of the secrets that most travelers don’t know. Here’s what you need to know.
Four Best Kept Secrets About Vacationing in Puerto Rico
1. It’s a wildlife photographer’s heaven
One of the interesting things about Puerto Rico is that bats are the only native terrestrial mammals, with all other species being introduced by colonists. With that said, there’s a whole bunch of marine mammals including whales, manatees and dolphins, as well as a ton of rare bird breeds. That means that if you’re into photography and you have the patience to seek out different animals, you will take some of the best shots you’ll ever capture.
2. It’s easy to get to by sea
These days, when we think about vacationing, we usually think about hopping on to a plane. That’s still an option for Puerto Rico, but it’s also super easy to get there by sea. Because San Juan is easy to get to by cruise ship, it can be a good idea to take a cruise vacation so that you can have just as much fun on your way to Puerto Rico as you’ll have when you get there.
3. It’s great for religious tourism
Not many people know that the oldest churches in the whole of America can be found in San Juan, the Puerto Rican capital. In fact, the Iglesia de San Jose is the oldest active church in the western hemisphere, and it’s due to celebrate its 500th birthday in 2022. Of course, this is only one of the many churches in the area, so feel free to visit a whole bunch of them if that’s something you’re interested in.
4. It has the only tropical rainforest in the US
El Yunque is a tropical rainforest on an island, with over 28,000 acres of fertile flora and fauna for you to discover. As the United States’ only tropical rainforest, it’s definitely worth going out of your way for, although you might also want to consider hiring a guide. It’s safe enough if you know what you’re doing, but it can be dangerous if you wander off alone and get lost out there.
Now that you know our tips for taking a vacation in Puerto Rico, it’s time for you to choose a place to stay, book your flights or a cruise and create an itinerary for your visit. The good news is that with so much on offer, there’s something in Puerto Rico for everyone. Have a great vacation!