Planning a trip to Puerto Rico?

Christina Lola By Christina Lola, 25th Jan 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Travel>North America>Puerto Rico>San Juan & Around

The first thing to do, contact a good travel agent who is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). If you do not want to pay the expense of an agent; contact the Puerto Rico Tourism Company for the most accurate and current information about; for example, import restrictions, heath concerns and other travel matters.

Puerto Rico Means “Rich Port” or “Rich Harbor”,

U.S. citizens do not need to clear Puerto Rican Customs upon arrival, by plane or ship from the U.S. mainland. However, all non-U.S. citizens must clear customs, and are permitted to bring items intended for person use. The U.S. dollar is the currency used, as well as, traveler’s checks and credit cards. Puerto Rico has one of the most unvarying climate in the world. Temperatures year round range from 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30. The island is the size of state of Connecticut. It is filled with towering mountains, rainforests and white sandy beaches along it’s Caribbean shores. There is a vibrant culture from a mix of Hispanic, African, and U.S. influences. Tourists are safe and are shown good service.

Activities

The second thing to do--enjoy this beautiful island. History buffs will receive a view of more ancient buildings and monuments here, than anywhere else in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico, is also known as the “Golf Capital” of the Caribbean. Thereupon, golf enthusiasts have the choice of nearly 30 golf courses including, several championship links. In addition, Puerto Rico has the most unrivaled high-class beach resorts in the Caribbean; including, tranquil and offbeat country inns, guesthouses and plenty of Las Vegas type gambling--with extravagant shows. Visualize, staying at one these hotels while swimming in one of the multi-level pool areas. Or dining outdoors feeling an oasis of cool air blowing gently from the beach. Furthermore, San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, has the finest restaurants and nightclubs. In addition, there are activities for thrill seekers; for example, parasailing or a catamaran trip to an array of waters sports. Families will enjoy Luquillo Beach, which is 30 miles east of San Juan. This beach opens onto a crescent shape, edged by a coconut grove, the coral reefs protect the crystal-clear lagoon from the rough Atlantic waters, making Luquillo a good place for young children to swim.

Exploring The Island

El Yunque is Puerto Rico’s greatest attraction, and the only tropical rainforest in the United States. Tourist can walk one of the many trails that wind past waterfalls, dwarf vegetation, and miniature flowers; while the island’s colorful parrots fly overhead. You will also hear the song of Puerto Ricos’ coquí, a small tree frog, in many places. Old San Juan, which was designated a U.S. National Historic Zone, in 1950, is home to the El Morro Fort. This Fort was originally built in 1540 and is amazingly still standing. This historic district also displays Creole and Art Deco building styles, dating back to the 1890s and the 1930s. Edward Durell Stone, the architect of the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City, designed the Museo de Arte de Ponce. If you love museums, you will witness the finest collection of European and Latin American Art in the Caribbean. Lastly, on departure, no U.S. bound travelers are permitted to bringing fruits and plants to the mainland.

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