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Puerto Rico is quickly becoming the place for the adventurous vacationer. Filled with world class attractions that will turn any trip into a 5-star vacation story, and there’s no need for passport or foreign money since Puerto Rico is a U.S. Commonwealth. Just hop on a plane and go!
With 270 miles of coastline there are many opportunities to have adventures involving the ocean. Flamenco Beach in Culebra (which is 17 miles East of mainland Puerto Rico) was voted the 2nd best beach in the world by the Discovery Channel, and it’s easy to see why; with its picture perfect white sand beaches and gorgeous green hills, not to mention the multi hued water and long coastline it is the perfect place to lounge in the sun or snorkel in the surf. One of the more impressive places to snorkel is the Cayo Luis Peña Natural Reserve which are right off of Carlos Rosario and Tamarindo. The reserve includes beaches, reefs and keys where you will find the healthiest coral reefs teeming with fish and a ton of diverse marine life.
For your next adventure you’ll have to wait for the sun to set. It is well worth the wait to see what is considered one of the most spectacular natural phenomenon: bio bays. A bioluminescent bay is the result of a delicate ecosystem, bio bays flourish when tiny single-cell organism called dinoflagellates (pyrodinium bahamense) thrive in a protected environment. When they are agitated, they release energy in the form of light. In other words, they glow, emitting an almost angelic neon green aura. So does anything the touch: human hands, the oars of a paddle, fish and even raindrops. There are only a few bays on Earth, and Puerto Rico has three of them! They are best enjoyed when there is no other light to minimize their ethereal glow. So when you go, avoid a full moon to get the best of this unforgettable experience.
Next adventure, hiking in El Yunque. El Yunque is unique in that it is the only subtropical rainforest in the United States Forest System. Under its trees, you’ll find a unique ecosystem that has enchanted its visitors for centuries. Its 28,000 acres are crisscrossed with hiking trails that will take on a mind-blowing journey. Hike to the El Yunque’s most beloved sanctuary: La Mina waterfall. Located off route 191, it is a relatively easy hike and the payoff is a relaxing dip with a gorgeous waterfall in the background.
Among other popular paths, there’s Juan Diego Falls, which lies farther along Route 191. Mt. Britton Tower leads to a stone tower built in the 1930’s and offers stunning panoramic views. If you’re up for it, there’s El Toro Peak that will take you to the highest point of the forest at 3,532 feet you will be up in the clouds!
The Camuy Caves present one of the most dramatic natural settings that Puerto Rico has to offer. Set deep within a valley of lush tropical foliage, the extensive cave system runs along a mighty subterranean river. The national park extends beyond the caves and includes ample picnic and camping areas. Facilities include showers, bathrooms, and a well-stocked gift shop.
For the adventurous foodie there are many options to thrill your palette. Mofongo. Asopao. Lechón. You might not know these words now but, once you come here and taste what they mean, you will remember them forever. If you’re one of those who believe that a culture is best understood through its food, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime.
If you’ve never eaten Peurto Rican food, here’s a quick guide to help you navigate almost any Puerto Rican menu:
First, there are plantains, possibly the most ubiquitous ingredient in Puerto Rican cooking. They can be cut, smashed into flat patties and fried to create tostones. They can be ripened until sweet and they become maduros. Or they can become the mightiest Puerto Rican delicacy of all: the mofongo. A mound of mashed fried green plantains, the mofongo is often stuffed with seafood, pork, or vegetables.
Then, there’s asopao, a hearty soup made with sofrito (a zesty blend of seasonings popular in Latin American cuisines), chicken, vegetables, and rice.
Finally, there’s lechón. You take an entire pig, put it through a spit, and roast it to perfection it over charcoal. More than a dish, it’s an event. Where there’s lechón, there’s a party. Speaking of parties, we can’t forget the rum! If there were a bestseller list for rums, Puerto Rico would be right at the top. 70% of the rum consumed around the world comes from the island. With four distilleries and a strictly preserved tradition that dates back to the 1600s, they have perfected the craft of their favorite spirit over the centuries.
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