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Puerto Rico might be a small island, but it is surrounded by more than 270 miles of beautiful coastline. And it’s not just the quantity of beaches that’s impressive. There’s an endless number of activities you can do under the sun. Some offer you world-class surfing. Others feature miles of reefs with plenty of marine life to admire. Puerto Rico is filled with world-class attractions that will turn any trip into a 5-star vacation story. Traveling there is easy too! No need for Passports or foreign money required. Just hop on a plane and go!
Key facts about Puerto Rico:
1. In Puerto Rico, Spanish and English are the official languages; most Puerto Ricans speak English.
2. Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth and the U.S. dollar is the official currency; U.S. citizens don’t need a passport or a currency converter!
3. El Yunque is the only subtropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service, a place so indescribable that it must be seen, heard and felt. It’s one of our must-visit destinations.
4. More than 70% of the rum sold in the U.S. comes from Puerto Rico; sample our favorite local brands and enjoy a tour of our rum distilleries.
5. Puerto Rico houses the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, spanning almost 20 acres. It’s the only radio telescope that can accurately predict when and where an asteroid might collide with Earth, and was responsible for the first asteroid images in history.
6. Toro Verde features the longest Zip Line on Earth: La Bestia. It uses a specially designed harness to soar through the air across 4,745 feet of terrain.
Even if you just want to spend the day relaxing just taking in the beauty of white sand and turquoise water, there’s a beach just for you. It’s no wonder why a few of them have been recognized as the best in the world.
Some of their popular beaches
Carolina Beach Park / Carolina
A beautiful beach (actually, a string of three long beaches) just east of San Juan along Route 187 in the neighboring city of Carolina, this balneario has lovely views of Isla Verde, red-roofed picnic pavilions, and plenty of sand to play in.
Punta Salinas Beach Park / Toa Baja
This calm water beach, located near San Juan, has lifeguards, security and many other facilities, making it ideal for families and or many water activities.
El Escambrón Beach Park / San Juan
Located just minutes from Old San Juan on Avenida Muñoz Rivera in the neighborhood of Puerta de Tierra, El Escambrón is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. This large beach faces the Atlantic Ocean, offers diversity of beach activities and views of the El Morro fort in the distance.
Boquerón Beach Park / Cabo Rojo
A perennial favorite with Puerto Rican families, you’ll find this mile-long stretch of beach in Cabo Rojo buzzing on summer weekends. The beach is easily accessible off Route 101, and its loyal fans love its smooth-as-glass water and excellent facilities, which include lifeguards, picnic tables, gazebos, handicap facilities, restrooms and a playground for the kids.
Caja de Muertos Island / Ponce
A relaxing and beautiful ‘white sand’ beach with full facilities in Caja de Muertos, or Coffin Island, a pristine natural environment just eight miles off the coast of Ponce. It’s easily reachable by ferry.
Seven Seas Beach Park / Fajardo
Named for its enchanting shades of blue waters, Seven Seas Beach is considered Fajardo’s best. Located at the northeast tip of the island, it offers gazebos, lifeguards, security guards, wheelchair access and camping (with permits, which can be purchased for a nominal fee).
La Monserrate Beach Park / Luquillo
Better known as Luquillo Beach, Balneario La Monserrate is one of the most popular beaches in all of Puerto Rico. Partly this is because of the size of the beach; partly it’s the lovely setting, with palm trees and the rain forest serving as the background; and partly it’s the calm, crystal-clear waters.
Just to name a few, see a full list here: http://www.seepuertorico.com/en/experiences/beaches/. Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico.