Puerto Rico Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. PHOTO:  Ian D. Keating via VisualHunt /  CC BY

Published on July 30th, 2017 | by admin

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. PHOTO: Ian D. Keating via VisualHunt / CC BY

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Puerto Rico This Year

Puerto Rico is home to some of the most stunning and exotic natural wonders in the world. Its name suits the island perfectly as it is a place rich in culture, nature and beauty. This summer, tourists can find everything they’re looking for in one place. Here, people can dive into the island’s diverse landscape and explore its historic streets while experiencing the lifestyle of the Boricua spirit.

In case you need convincing, folks at AC Hotel San Juan Condado, one of the newest Puerto Rico hotels (a complete redo of the former Radisson Ambassador), have put together a list of the top 5 reasons to visit Puerto Rico this year. (And they’re offering a special incentive just for LatinFlyer readers — scroll to the bottom to get the deal!)

1. Experience island life without leaving the United States
One of Puerto Rico’s greatest perks is that visitors get to experience a completely different lifestyle while still being within American borders. In today’s political climate, financial crises, and political protests, war and fears of traveling abroad have plagued some of the globe’s most beautiful and sought-after vacation spots. This has caused many tourists to stay within the confines of their own country and has limited their desire to explore the rest of the world and all its wonders. Puerto Rico follows many U.S. policies, which gives tourists an added safety feature. Also, the convenience of flying without a passport or worrying about the currency exchange is an added bonus.

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2. Spanish culture is still strong, despite its close ties to America
Most people travel to places outside of their home country to experience a different lifestyle and culture. American pop culture is recognized all over the world and sometimes it’s better to escape the mainstream and learn about the customs and beliefs of a culture that doesn’t dominate worldwide. Without leaving American soil, visitors can step into a Spanish colonial era. The streets of Old San Juan are paved with blue cobblestone as far as the eye can see and the colorful architecture makes you feel as if you were living in the 19th century. Also, while you’re there don’t forget to taste their legendary mofongo, a savory and addicting plantain dish served with buttery garlic.

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3. Puerto Rico’s diverse landscape is perfect for the Laid-back Lucy or Overzealous Oscar
For those who just want to lie out on the beach all day catching some rays Puerto Rico is the place for you. Their mystical beaches stay lit all day even after the sun goes down, literally. At night, the Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay, located on the southern shore of the island of Vieques off Puerto Rico’s eastern coast, glows in the dark as a result of the microorganisms that live there. If you’re the type who loves exploration, discovery and adventure, Puerto Rico is still the place for you. The island is home to the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System, El Yunque, and La Ruta Panorámica offers 167 miles of rolling mountains and greenery that goes on forever.

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4. There’s always a reason to celebrate
Puerto Rico hosts many events so tourists will always have a chance to sample a part of its culture. Events range from food festivals, concerts with performance by local bands, dance exhibitions and workshops and parades—a lot of parades. This summer tourists can visit any of their many historic forts (some with free admission), attend any of the music festivals featuring live music or sample authentic Puerto Rican cuisine.

5. It’s affordable and easy to visit
The island is filled with exciting activities that are really cheap, or even better, free! Also, many U.S. cities, especially along the east coast, offer affordable direct flights. Imagine going from the concrete jungle of New York to the actual jungles of Puerto Rico within 3.5 hours.

Here’s a Deal! Puerto Rico’s newest lifestyle hotel, the AC Hotel in San Juan Condado, makes a Puerto Rico vacation even easier on the wallet with this hot deal just in time for the end of the summer. The modern European hotel invites guests to “Experience Puerto Rico Your Way” with a special promotion offering two free drinks at the AC Lounge, two free tickets for the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, late checkout, and more. Even better, LatinFlyer readers who use the exclusive code ZJL when booking at this link, www.marriott.com/sjuac, receive a free bottle of bubbly upon check in.

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