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Good Beaches and Spirits
The island has almost four million visitors per year, and many of them book flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the brilliant beaches and all they have to offer. There are almost 300 beaches along Puerto Rico's 272 miles of coastline, each with its own charm and activities. Young singles who are seeking a South Beach vibe should head to Ocean Park, and those looking for something more secluded should visit La Jungla.
For some, no trip to the beach is complete without rum, making Casa Bacardi the highlight of many trips to Puerto Rico. Visitors take a guided tour to learn about the history of rum making and the Bacardi factory, complete with tickets to sample their signature cocktails at the end. Even if you don't make it to the tour, you're sure to find the iconic bat throughout the island.
Natural Wonders on Land and Sea
Ocean lovers will find themselves booking Puerto Rico flights after they get a taste of what the islands coasts have under the water. Grab your fins, snorkel, or tank and head out to Candyland, a dive site where tropical fish dart around colorful corals that remind divers of the board game world it's named after. Beginners can build their experience in Las Cuevas, with almost 20 different canyons and arches to swim through including one that looks like Darth Vader's mask.
Back on land, vacationers can grab their hiking boots to visit El Yunque National Forest. Almost 600,000 visitors take in the beauty of El Yunque each year, and the area is home to hundreds of different plant and animal species including 150 different fern species alone. Spend a day trekking through this tropical rainforest, spotting wildlife, and taking in beautiful waterfalls.
Old Town History
If lazy beach vacations are your thing, you don't have to lift a finger in San Juan, but it may be worth getting up for a stroll around some of its historic forts and buildings. Many Puerto Rico flights soar over Castillo San Felipe del Morro when they land, making it the first impression people have of the island. The castle, known as the Gibraltar of the Caribbean, has been standing proud for more than 400 years. It can be a bit of a walk, but what you learn about the town's history makes up for it.
Visitors will also find ways to get out of the sun as they stroll through Old San Juan. The buildings often provide shade and paint an idyllic portrait of historic Puerto Rican life. While you're on walking around town, stop in to see the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, originally built in 1521. The cathedral has been rebuilt over the years due to storm damage, with the most recent repairs made in 1917.
When to Visit
Island temperatures are consistently in the 80s year round, making any season a good time to find cheap tickets to Puerto Rico. The months of January through March are particularly dry for the island, making it a great winter getaway. Crowds flock to the island from winter through summer, so if you're looking to get away, the fall months of September through December should give you some much needed R&R.
Whenever you plan to visit, you're sure to find cheap flights to Puerto Rico through Travelocity.
- Luis Munoz Marin Intl. (SJU)