Puerto Rico – Must Sees

There are so many great things to do and see in Puerto Rico.  I was so fortunate to see a lot of it over the year and a half I was there.  Here are my favorites:

  • Old San Juan – You can’t not visit Old San Juan when you go to Puerto Rico.  The history and architecture are amazing.  I loved Fort San Felipe del Morro.  It’s a fort that dates back to the 1500s.  It is so beautiful and the grounds are great.  It is windy so many people fly kites on the grounds.  There are many great museums and shopping in Old San Juan.  I loved just walking around Old San Juan and admiring the architecture.
  • El Yunque – This is a mountain rain forest.  There are many hiking trails, including one that goes down to a beautiful waterfall.  It is very common to see people swimming in water along the way.
  • Bio-luminescent Bays – What is a bio-luminescent bay?  The best way I can describe it is it’s like fireflies in the water that light up when touched.  It’s actually micro-organisms that glow when moved.  There are 3 bio-luminescent bays in Puerto Rico – one in Fajardo, one in Vieques, and one in Lajas on the southwest area of the main island.  I went to both the one on Vieques and in Lajas.  You must, must, must visit one of them.  It is best to go on a dark night.

There is so much more to do.  Those are just my absolute favorites.  Puerto Rico is so family friendly.  You don’t need a passport to visit, since it’s a U.S. territory.  If you stay in well-traveled areas, you should not have an issue if you can’t speak Spanish.  English is a little less common in the more remote areas and the western side of the main island.  But I will say that the people are so nice and welcoming.  Even if they don’t speak English, they will find a way to communicate with you.

Here are a couple of pictures.  I wish I had some from the bio-luminescent bays, but the flash made it so the pictures didn’t turn out.

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