Category: Things to Do

Puerto Rico’s Archaeological Sites

September 12, 2014

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Learn more about indigenous and colonial history in Puerto Rico.

It may come as a surprise to many visitors to Puerto Rico who arrive in search of sun, sand, and surf, but this Caribbean island is also home to some interesting archaeological sites. The scale of these sites can’t compare to Peru’s Machu Picchu, Guatemala’s Tikal, or Mexico’s Chichen Itza, but the structures found there help us learn more about the island’s indigenous and colonial histories.

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Three Ways to Experience Authentic San Juan

September 9, 2014

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San Juan's For Felipe

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island unlike any other. Technically a US territory, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at it. Yes, there are areas that have become westernized, but by-and-large, any trip into San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city, will tell you that you needn’t look far to experience some of the “real” flavor of Puerto Rico.

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Exploring Calle Fortaleza

July 18, 2014

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Fortaleza Street

If every city in the world has a “Main Street” – a street where commerce and culture congregate, Calle Fortaleza is San Juan’s contribution. Here’s where you’ll find a list of boutique shops, fabulous restaurants, and street buskers clanging out their favorite tunes for willing ears and maybe a little dinero. Frotaleza is an integral part of the culture of San Juan, and just like the Castillo San Felipe or Condado Beach – visiting Calle Fortaleza is one of the best things to do in San Juan.

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Exploring the Wildlife Museum of San Juan

May 23, 2014

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San Juan Fountain

The Museo de Vida Silvestre (aka the Wildlife Museum) is one of the top things to do in San Juan with children. If you’ve got kids in tow, then consider making vacation a bit easier on all of you and do something that everyone will enjoy, like checking out the local flora and fauna of not just Puerto Rico, but of the entire world.

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On the Trail of Hunter S Thompson

April 25, 2014

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Old San Juan Bakery

In Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diaries (also now a film starring Johnny Depp), there’s a scene – one of the opening ones – where the protagonist is on a plane and says something about the feeling of excitement blended with hope and power – it’s a feeling that “only a young man on the start of a journey whose ending is unwritten can feel.” That’s not an exact quote, but it should probably be, because it’s one of the best lines in the book, and it’s with just this feeling in mind that you too should venture into San Juan.

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Exploring the El Yunque Forest on a Guided Tour

March 28, 2014

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Caimitillo Trail

From the top of Yokahu Tower, I could see acres of green hills, the light blue shimmer of surrounding water, and, far off in the distance, a sliver of St. Thomas, less than 100 nautical miles from Puerto Rico. The tower was the third stop of our guided tour of El Yunque National Forest, and my favorite by far.

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Cavernas del Rio Camuy (Camuy River Cave Park)

March 14, 2014

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River Camuy

One of the coolest things to do in Puerto Rico has to by a visit to the Cavernas del Rio Camuy (aka the Camuy River Caves). This amazing spectacle of mother nature’s might can only be described as wonderous and awe-inspiring.

Camuy River Cave Park is a series of more than 200 caves, caverns, and sinkholes, some of them large enough to swallow up a skyscraper. Running underneath and through them all is the third-largest underground river in the world – the River Camuy.

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Kayaking in a Bioluminescent Bay in Puerto Rico

March 5, 2014

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Kayaking in a bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Let Annemarie Dooling tell you why, in her own words.

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The Beautiful Beaches of Culebra Island

January 17, 2014

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Culebra Island

Looking for the best beaches in Puerto Rico? You’ve found them. Culebra Island is something of a hidden gem, but those that know, know that your tropical Caribbean escape truly begins and ends on Culebra Island.

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Rincon, the Surfing Capital of the Caribbean

December 20, 2013

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Rincon Beach

Rincon’s name itself seems synonymous with surf. There are at least three iconic surfing destinations in the world that call themselves Rincon. Translated from the Spanish it means “spot” or “corner,” the anglican-ized version of the word has come to mean a meandering point in a waterway. A fitting name then for some great surf, and in Puerto Rico, if you’re looking for surf, you head to Rincon.

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