Puerto Rico Regional Info (App Version)
Puerto Rico is a fascinating island in the Caribbean offering a spectacularly diverse geography consisting of almost 300 beaches, tropical rainforests, lush mountains, extensive caves, cool rivers and amazing deserts. All of this wonder on an island that is approximately 100 miles long by 35 miles wide. Puerto Rico is located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Repbublic and west of the United States and British Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico known as the "Island of Enchantment" is actually an archipelago that includes Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, Mona and several other smaller islands and cays.
El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the Uniteds States National Forest System.
Flamenco Beach located on Culebra Island is consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world.
There are only 5 bioluminescent bays in the world and Puerto Rico has 3 of them.
No Passport required for citizens of the United States of America
Some of the best surfing beaches in the Caribean can be found in and around Rincón, Puerto Rico.
San Juan Metro
San Juan Metro (including Old San Juan) is the heart of Puerto Rico and the center of a vibrant metropolitan area. If you love good food, San Juan offers a vast array of restaurants from local eateries serving traditional Puerto Rican Cuisine to sophisticated establishments offering creations from internationally recognized chefs. Nightlife in San Juan is unparalleled in the region, salsa clubs, bars, discotheques, casinos and music venues abound. Art and music lovers can enjoy the many museums, galleries, music arenas and the largest performing arts center in the Caribbean. Shoppers will find some of the most up-scales stores in the world along Ashford Avenue in the Condado area and the largest indoor shopping mall in the Caribbean Plaza Las Americas. With the addition of the recently opened Mall of San Juan featuring anchor stores like Nordstroms and Lord & Taylor's, Puerto Rico has truly become the shopping mecca of the Caribbean.
And of course the beaches, many of the beachfront hotels in the San Juan Metro area are located in Condado and Isla Verde right in the restaurant, shopping nightlife mix. If your looking for a local beach that is great for sunning, people watching and kitesurfing visit the beach at Ocean Park, a hip neighborhood with many vacation rentals and restaurants.
Porta del Sol
Seventeen towns make up Porta del Sol , the West Region of Puerto Rico. From Isabela's great resorts in the north through the picturesque beach town of Cabo Rojo, the spectacular dry forest of Guánica and historic San Germán in the south this is the area to lay back and enjoy true Caribbean living. Porta del Sol is also the home to Rincón the surfing capital of the Caribbean, this sleepy little town has a vibe all its own, life there revolves around the many world-class surfing beaches, funky bars and quaint eating establishments.
Porta Caribe in the South Region of Puerto Rico is anchored by the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico's second largest city and cultural center for the area. Many attractions warrant a visit to this the Gateway to the Caribbean including the ancient Taino ceremonial center, coffee haciendas, colonial mansions and a world-class art museum. Along the tranquil coast many towns provide opportunities to spend your day on nearly deserted beaches and to dine on some the the freshest seafood in Puerto Rico.
Vieques is just of the east coast of Puerto Rico and along with Culebra makes up what is sometimes called the Spanish Virgin Islands. There are two main towns on Vieques the rest is a beach-lovers paradise with many pristine beaches ideal for swimming, snorkeling or just doing nothing. The atmosphere in Vieques is simply laid back. Watch out for the wild horses...
Culebra together with the island of Vieques are known as the 'Spanish Virgin Islands'. You won't find any nightclubs or malls in Culebra; just a friendly laid back island vibe, with lots and lots of beaches. The most popular beach on the island is Flamenco Beach, covered with soft white sand and surrounded by arid tree covered hills, it is truly what the Caribbean is all about... unparalleled beauty!