There’s no reason for any American who can afford to travel to not give Puerto Rico a try. The territory, located southeast of Florida, is referred to by many jet setters as the most exciting in the Caribbean. After all, the U.S. wouldn’t have to go through all the trouble with waging the 1898 war with Spain if La Isla del Encato, or the Island of Enchantment in English, is not worth keeping.
At present, Puerto Rico remains as a U.S. territory with a strong industrial economy. Annually, it receives as much as 5 million tourists, mostly Americans via cruise ships. To fully experience the atmosphere of the islands, staying at an inn in Fajardo, the easternmost city in the island of Puerto Rico and a 45 minute drive away from the capital city of San Juan, is ideal.
Although the entire territory is blessed with biodiversity, the mangrove forest in Fajardo’s Bio-Luminescent Bay tops the list of most interesting and unique experiences in the entire Carribean. Nightly tours can be arranged through the preferred Fajardo inn where one is staying at.
The tour is an hour and a half kayak ride through the forest by the bay, where planktons glow brightly when the water is disturbed. An additional day trip to nearby El Yunque Rainforest can be arranged for as well. El Yunque is a 28,000 acre tropical rain forest that is 3,500 feet high. Be prepared for rains as the area receives more than 100 billion gallons of water per year.
Of course, no trip to Puerto Rico would be complete without enjoying a whole day spent on the beach. Fajardo’s Seven Seas Beach is a Blue Flag beach that hosts water sports facilities for snorkeling, sailing and scuba diving. For those who prefer secluded beaches, Fajardo serves as a port to Culebra archipelago, which hosts world-renowned beaches like Playa Flamenco.
Many U.S. cities offer direct flights to San Juan’s Luis Muoz Marn and travel time can be as short as 2.5 hours from Miami to 7.5 hours from Los Angeles. For more information on Puerto Rico tourism, visit seepuertorico.com.