Puerto Rico is an island of diversity. It is a vibrant, modern, and multicultural society, one that has been shaped by Spanish, Indian, African, and U.S. influences. Although it is part of the United States, Puerto Ricans have kept their Hispanic heritage, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Old San Juan. This historic section of the capital, San Juan, is Puerto Rico’s cultural center. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets and explore this island’s history, from 16th-century churches, old forts to a string of museums, cafes, and shops.
Old San Juan is home to a few charming boutique hotels and historic inns that will plant you in the middle of the island’s cultural center. The larger resorts are located away from the capital, under 45 minutes from the airport. Most Puerto Rico hotels are located on expansive grounds with incredible oceanfront views, swoon-worthy swimming pools, and world-class golf courses.
The fourth-largest island in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has a wide variety of terrain, including the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system. For the active traveler, the island offers endless options such as hiking, golf, tennis, horseback riding, and every possible watersport. As for the nightlife, there is just as much to do. From fine dining and bar hopping to salsa dancing to a live band with a grandfatherly cigar roller stationed in the corner, there is always something intriguing to do, after dark, in Puerto Rico. So much more to discover in Puerto Rico on the Tourist Board‘s website.