Tourists who want to relax in the Caribbean should visit Puerto Rico. With its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, it is a perfect place to relax and unwind. The beauty of the island is not limited to the beaches, with an astonishing geographic diversity; it also offers deserts, mountains, forests and caves. Because of this, many fun activities await you on the island.
With the Atlantic on its north shore and the Caribbean on its south shore, beach lovers are sure to enjoy their stay on the island. There are also many inland tourist destinations for you to enjoy. The 28,000-acre El Yunque Rainforest has a great diversity of plant and animal species. With more than 240 different types of trees and around 50 species of birds, ten of which are on the endangered species list, the rainforest is sure to thrill nature lovers.
The activities on the island are varied and there is much in store for the tourist. Like all other colonies in Spain before it, the island has many festivals that are mostly religious in nature. Each town has its own festival and it is exciting to join one of them. Food, art, music, dancing are all that make these festivals great.
Tourists flock to this island throughout the year due to its pristine tourist destinations. In general, it is during the months of December to May that are the peak months for tourism. Even if you visit the island in the off-season, there is still a wide variety of activities and fun to do.
When you arrive in Puerto Rico, your entry will most likely be in San Juan, which is the capital city. Located on the northern coastal plains, it is a major port and tourist center of the West Indies. There are many interesting places to visit in San Juan. Many beautiful beaches are in this area.
Apart from the beaches, you should also visit Old San Juan. This neighborhood of San Juan is more than 400 years old and originally served as a military stronghold. It is an area of 7 blocks whose streets are paved with blue stone pavers. People visit this area to admire carefully restored Spanish buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries. There are also gambling casinos and beautiful beaches in this area.
Other structures of interest are the famous El Morro fort and its counterpart, the San Cristóbal fort. El Morro is a six-story fort with 18-foot-thick walls. The view of San Juan Bay from this fort is magnificent. It is the largest fort in the Caribbean spanning 74 acres and is now a National Historic Site. San Cristóbal, El Morro’s partner in the defense of the city, is considered the Gibraltar of the West Indies. Rising 150 feet above sea level with a total area of 27 acres, it is comprised of five independent units connected by a moat and tunnel. It is now a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Site.
This is only in the San Juan area. Once you explore places outside the city, you will discover many other beautiful tourist places to visit. So come visit Puerto Rico and experience what the place has to offer.