Ah, Puerto Rico! This Caribbean island, which is a part of the United States, is filled with exciting activities to keep you having fun during your entire stay. There are loads of reasons to travel to Puerto Rico.
From beautiful beaches and delicious food, to interesting history and vibrant local culture, this island of enchantment has everything for everyone.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend your much-awaited vacation time, Puerto Rico is a fabulous option! Here’s 10 amazing reasons to travel to Puerto Rico.
Why Lawyers Should Definitely Travel to Puerto Rico
Did you know lawyers can take a vacation while still advancing their legal career? And no, we don’t mean working with a laptop on the beach!
When you book the Eduvacation℠ of a Destination CLE in Puerto Rico, it’s truly a win-win!
Not sure if Puerto Rico is the best destination for you?
Here’s 10 reasons why it just might be, after all.
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10 More Amazing Reasons to Travel to Puerto Rico
Everyone needs to go on vacation, especially those who have a high-stress job. Traveling can help you relieve stress, and it can help improve both your physical and psychological well-being.
Aside from disconnecting you from your routines, going on vacation also allows you to try different food, discover new cultures, and meet other people. But why visit Puerto Rico, you ask? Here’s 10 incredible reasons why:
1. Exquisite Food and Rum
In Puerto Rico, you get to immerse your taste buds in glorious traditional cuisine with mixed influences. It would be a shame not to try gandules (pigeon peas) in all its different forms like arroz con gandules with lechón (rice meal with roasted pork), gandules guisado (stewed pigeon peas), and risotto del gandules with chicharrones (crispy pork rinds). Besides, holidays in PR aren’t complete without pasteles de masa which is a dish made from a tropical root veggie called taro that’s filled with meat stew. Other popular dishes you can try in Puerto Rico are ensalada de pulpo (octopus salad) and mofongo, a meal made from fried plantains. Plus, don’t forget to sample the fresh seafood courses, too! Of course, you can also get fresh fruit from treats like mango, papaya, guava, coconut, and passion fruit.
If you’re a rum fan, you can even get a taste of Casa Bacardí Special Reserve, which is an exclusively crafted rum offered only at Casa Bacardí in Puerto Rico. You can’t try this rum anywhere else in the world! Also, if you’re a big enough fan, Casa Bacardí also offers tours.
2. Catchy Music
Enjoy the salsa, guaracha, Danza, bomba, and many more genre infusions like never before! You don’t even need to go to a bar to listen to these vibrant sounds. In Puerto Rico, the music scene is in the streets! The urban areas normally have reggaetón or Latin American and Caribbean music styles. However, if you prefer salsa dancing, El Boricua, Shing A’Ling, Piso Viejo, and Taberna Los Vásquez are the places to be!
3. Beaches and Bays
Where do we even start when it comes to listing beaches? Here’s a few of the best places to enjoy the sea in Puerto Rico:
Flamenco Beach on the island of Culebra is one of the best white sand beaches in the world according to multiple reviews and travel magazines. Aside from the clear waters and perfect scenery, you also get to see two graffitied U.S. military tanks that were left behind when the U.S. Navy left the beach in 1975.
Isla Verde Beach
Located atthe heart of the city, Isla Verde Beach is divided into three great beaches: Pine Grove which is best for surfing; Alambique which is great for water sports like diving and snorkeling; and Balneario de Carolina which is wonderful for kids. This beach is also very close to Puerto Rico’s main airport, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport or San Juan (SJU) Airport. Plus, located within the premises of the beach is Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort Hotel, where Destination CLEs attendees can enjoy the scenery while completing their CLE requirements!
Luquillo Beach is just about a half-hour’s drive from SJU Airport and has more than 12 miles of coastline. Plus, since it borders El Yunque, you can easily visit El Yunque National Rainforest on a whim! But before you go to the only tropical rainforest in the U.S., don’t forget to dig your feet into the gold and white sands or lounge under the shade of the palm trees of the multiple beaches offered by Luquillo!
Puerto Rico has three of the world’s only five bioluminescent bays, or “bio bays.” A bio bay glows because of the dinoflagellates which is a type of plankton that causes the blue-green pigment—much like what fireflies do.
Laguna Grande which is in Fajardo Natural Reserve not only boasts of exotic plants and animals, but also of that beautiful bioluminescence. Of course, the best time to see this is during moonless nights.
Don’t let the name Mosquito Bay put you off. This popular destination is located on Vieques Island and it’s the brightest bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico. The bay is named after the ship “El Mosquito,” which was pirated by Roberto Cofresí in 1825.
La Parguera might not have white sand beaches, but it’s filled with magnificent cays. Rent a small boat to visit cays like Cayo Enrique and Cayo Caracoles during the morning and end your day with a trip to La Parguera’s bio bay.
4. Culture and History
If you walk on the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, you can see how the culture is diverse because of the sights, sounds, and people. From the colorful architecture to the vibrant holidays, you can feel the history and culture of this great place.
For instance, you can visit La Fortaleza or Palacio de Santa Catalina, the oldest executive mansion that’s still currently in use. Or, why not join the Astronomical Nights held at Arecibo Observatory for discussions on space endeavors? Another option is to visit Santurce and navigate through Puerto Rico’s street art, galleries, and museums.
Located on the northwesternmost point of Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a sight to behold! After defending the port of San Juan, the citadel became a part of the National Park Service so it could be preserved. Declared in 1983 by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site, this old Spanish fort has about 18’ thick walls with a colonial architecture finish, and it still houses cannons and artillery today.
But, don’t forget to wear shoes, specifically closed-toes shoes in Toro Verde Adventure Park. Here, you can get a thrilling adventure with the second-longest zip line in the world—El Monstro! Or, get those veins pumping when you cross the longest cable bike circuit of about 323 meters!
6. National Rainforest
Being the only tropical rainforest in the U.S., El Yunque National Forest delights tourists with natural pools, hiking trails, extensive flora and fauna, and beautiful scenery. This rainforest is a popular destination and a bucket list item for many.
7. Local Scene
Join the local people and you’re sure to get the best experience in Puerto Rico! Since getting around the island is easy, you can simply rent a car or join the local tour operators. Plus, you won’t feel like an outsider because of the warmth and hospitality of Puerto Ricans. In PR, you can join parties, street parades, and holiday festivities like you belong!
Puerto Rico is one of the safest Caribbean islands for international travel. However, just like any tourist destination, you should still keep your important documents at your hotel. The only common crimes here are pickpocketing and robbery, which are common in almost every other tourist destination, too.
Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, locals can speak both English and Spanish. This makes it easy to communicate with locals, but you can still practice your Spanish in this tropical paradise!
Last but not least, U.S. citizens don’t need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico. Plus, being a US territory, there’s also no need to exchange your U.S. dollars. And, since you don’t need to exchange your money, you don’t have to worry about transaction fees!
These are just some of the reasons Puerto Rico is a truly amazing place to visit!
As previously mentioned, it’s also a no-brainer destination for lawyers! With Destination CLEs, you can get the most of your December holidays when you book the Eduvacation℠ of a Destination CLE in Puerto Rico. This allows lawyers to take a well-deserved vacation in an exotic location while making sure their CLE requirements are taken care of, too.
Plus, December is one of the best times to travel to the territory. Why not avoid winter and bask under the sun instead?
So, if you’re ready to book your trip, Puerto Rico is waiting for you!
With crystal-clear water, stunning beaches, and plenty of activities to keep you busy, it’s no wonder this Caribbean island is a popular destination.
So, what are you waiting for? Click here to start planning your vacation today!
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