Puerto Rico doesn’t just have style – this Caribbean gem has heart and soul, and a rhythm that you won’t be able to resist. It’s a land steeped in Spanish heritage, finding its feet in its American present and still very much managing to maintain a distinctly Puerto Rican spirit.
With extraordinary experiences for everyone, this is a destination that offers visitors an unparalleled island getaway. Think rich history and culture, exceptional food, pristine coastlines, crystal clear waters, rainforest-clad mountains, a vibrant nightlife scene, piña coladas galore, heaps of thrilling activities, and countless opportunities for a spot of sun, sea, and sand relaxation – all packed into one tropical Caribbean paradise.
Around every corner and at all times, Puerto Ricans are celebrating in ways you haven’t seen before. Whether it be with delicious food, contagious rhythms, or cultural festivities, it won’t take you long to fall in love with the Island of Enchantment.
Located close to Wyndham Rio Mar Casino and Wyndham Rio Mar Golf Course, the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort has a 36 hole golf course a casino and a return airport shuttle. This resort is a great place to bask in the sun with a white sand beach, beach cabanas and 2 beach bars. Indulge in a deep-tissue massage, reflexology and a facial at Mandara Spa, the on-site spa. Enjoy a meal at the two on-site restaurants. In addition to 2 poolside bars and a swim-up bar, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi. The resort also has 3 outdoor pools plus children’s pool, with a waterslide, cabanas and sun loungers. All 400 rooms offer premium bedding and laptop-compatible safes and laptop-friendly workspaces.
Puerto Rico has 300 miles of coastline and is bordered by the beautiful Caribbean Sea. The island is split into 7 main regions detailed below.
The capital region of Puerto Rico features the bustling San Juan. Picture cobblestone streets, colourful colonial architecture mixed with urban life, contemporary dining and a vibrant nightlife. Luis Munoz Marin International Airport is located here, as well as the Island’s busiest cruise terminal. There are dozens of beautiful hotels in the Metro region, from all the big American brands to the more boutique and smaller properties. The Old City of San Juan is over 500 years old and has many historical landmarks including the stunning El Morro Fortress. Those who enjoy rum, will love exploring Casa Bacardi. The world’s largest rum distillery is located in San Juan. Lets not forget, the Carolina district is home to some of the island’s most popular beaches.
One hour west of San Juan is the northern strip of Puerto Rico, where you’ll find beautiful beaches and idyllic resorts dotted along the coastline. It is also home to Dorado, one of the most luxurious destinations on the island. The caves and caverns of Arecibo and Camuy are also located here; be sure to explore the 3rd largest cavern system in the world!
This is where you go to disconnect. Just one hour east of San Juan is the secluded eastern region. Home to the legendary El Yunque rainforest – the only tropical rainforest on US territory. The water off the east coast of the island is calm, perfect for snorkelling, fishing and diving. It is also home to a bioluminescent bay – one of only 5 in the world, as well as waterfalls, hiking trails and breathtaking views.
The southern region offers more secluded beaches, stunning natural beauty including Coamo Hot Springs for a thermal spa experience you won’t get enough of! Salinas is a quaint coastal town that has a widespread reputation as a foodie mecca, whereas Ponce, being the second city after San Juan, is home to Puerto Rico’s top museums, historical and cultural attractions.
The west of the Island provides a more laid-back, surfer vibe, with some incredible beaches such as Playuela covering 4000ft of coastline. Here you’ll find lots of laid-back beachfront eateries with all the pina coladas and mojitos you could wish for. Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Reserve is a must do for hikers and wildlife enthusiasts.
As the name suggests, this mountainous region provides plenty of opportunity to explore, explore for the adventure seekers! Toro Verde National Park is home to the longest zipline in the world (at almost a mile long) and there are opportunities to river raft, explore caves, caverns and also visit local haciendas – to taste exquisite locally produced coffee.
Culebra & Vieques
These islands are Puerto Rico’s best kept secret. Just a short, 40 minute boat ride from San Juan brings you to this world-renowned archipelago and wildlife refuge that is home to sea turtles and other marine life. Mosquito Bay, one of the few bioluminescent bays in the world is located here, as well as Playa Negra – a unique and mesmerising black sand beach on the island of Vieques.
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