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Chase and I have been fortunate to escape on a few baby-free vacations together. While Mom generously volunteered to stay with our little redhead, we’ve escaped to run the Princess Half Marathon, long weekends at a beach house, and even a Caribbean cruise with stops dotting the tropical islands, like Puerto Rico.
San Juan, Puerto Rico is one of my favorite cities to visit in the whole world. The simple ease of traveling there (Being a U.S. Territory means no passports, no exchanging currency, etc.) from Atlanta by plane, or even cruise ship is so easy and worry-free. Being huge history buffs as well as amateur city-scape explorers, Chase and I love being in San Juan. The culture of the people is everywhere, from the delectable, locally grown foods, to the wares and goods that you actually want to buy and bring home to your family. The architecture is distinct, and nestled amongst the more familiar locales are superb eateries and (most importantly 🙂 ) fabulous rum distilleries that I absolutely recommend visiting. Seeing the famous bat-caves of Bacardi was one of the highlights of my travel career!
The last time my husband and I went to Puerto Rico, we were on a stop from a Royal Caribbean ship, which already meant it was too short of a stop for me! I was incredibly happy to be there, because it was not on our original itinerary. We were avoiding a hurricane in the area, which was pummeling our original destination. The morning of our San Juan stop, it rained a ton, but that did NOT dampen our spirits or our fun. We had local snacks at a beautiful, gardened restaurant, and filled our bags with treasures to take home. If we had a few more hours, I would have visited the historic fort Castillo San Cristóbal and beach lines. While we may have never ventured much beyond the historic city and San Juan, I already can’t wait to go back to experience more five star attractions, like the El Yunque Tropical Rainforest (the only rainforest under protection of the US National Park service)!
There are so many things I still have to see in Puerto Rico, despite having been twice already! As you can see, I can guarantee that you’ll want to return and experience more of the world-class attractions on the island. What would you want to see in Puerto Rico? Leave a comment below about how you would Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico. Be sure to Follow @PRTourismCo on Twitter and Like SeePuertoRico.com on Facebook for more awesome vacation ideas.