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Whatever you want to do on a tropical vacation, whether it's playing on the beach with the kids, enjoying a romantic honeymoon or having a little fun, you'll find it in Puerto Rico. As tropical as any Caribbean destination, but with fun-loving Latin locals and a modern, U.S.-modeled highway infrastructure, this hopping vacation spot is exotic, yet familiar.
Before you pack the sunscreen and snorkeling gear, let Orbitz help you with the planning. We'll give you a leg up on the fun with tips from local experts, advice on the best time to go (think cheap hotel rates) and the top 10 attractions.
For an island-scene buzzing with tourists, lively beaches and restaurants, book your Puerto Rico vacation between Christmas and late February. Peak season continues through mid April -- and you can snag some great Puerto Rico deals if you plan ahead.
A laid-back vibe holds sway in May, just as rain season begins. Puerto Rico's north coast gets twice as much rain as the south coast, and cheap hotel rates are easy to find. Off-peak season coincides with hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 to November 30.
If you take on the La Ruta Panoramica, break for a meal along this tasty stretch of road in Guavate. Be sure to try lechon (a Puerto Rican staple), arroz con gandules (rice and peas) and a crispy piece of cuerito (marinated pigskin).
Learn about the history of sugar cane, the Bacardi family and that famous bat on a guided tour.
This resort has quite a celeb following. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker were guests while they shot Fast and Furious 5, and rock band Kiss, who recently energized the Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot, stayed here as well.
Check out the world's best Salsa dancers during July's Salsa Congress or the lively Puerto Rico Jazzfest in June. The annual gastronomy event Saborea Puerto Rico draws quite a scene, including Food Network stars Anne Burrell, Robert Irvine and Marc Forgione.
Mingle with the locals at this favorite hang-out. Enjoy excellent mojitos, natural juice drinks and fritters stuffed with meat or seafood.
Four diamond extravagance is offered to all guests at the Marriot San Juan Resort, keeping adults entertained with champagne-style pleasure, while wowing kids with games and waterslides. An oasis among Puerto Rico's party atmosphere, the hotel features grand architecture,... More
Both couples and those without children will appreciate the designated adults-only pool for some comfort and quiet.Keep your walking and dancing shoes handy whenever you leave the room, since it's easy to get carried away by the extensive San Juan nightlife. ... More
Looking to feel like a VIP for the duration of your stay? The Ritz-Carlton Suite offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.Poolside dwellers are well equipped with the hotel's pavilions, cabanas, lounge chairs and towels. Attentive servers will also bring out ice cold... More
Club level rooms are excellent for guests desiring a child-free vacation.Make sure to try a signature plate of grilled chicken and beans during your visit. GeneralInterContinental San Juan LocationA backdrop of wild, tropical surroundings and a two-mile stretch of beach... More
Gain an appreciation for the history and architecture of the city with a walking tour of San Juan, starting less than half a mile from the hotel.For longer trips around town, be sure to ask the front desk about the free trolley service. GeneralSheraton Old San Juan Hotel... More
Enjoy the local beauty and culture of San Juan nestled within a contemporary atmosphere at Verdanza Hotel, A Member of Summit Hotels and Resorts, perched just moments away from Puerto Rico's famous Alambique Beach. Relax with a clear conscience, as the hotel's commitment... More
Prepare to be pampered boutique-style at the Water and Beach Club Hotel, San Juan in Puerto Rico. Staff members work hard to make your stay memorable at this water-inspired resort. A favorite for special events, it offers rooftop relaxation with a swimming pool, couch... More
The beach hammocks provided by the Courtyard by Marriott staff are a unique favorite among guests. GeneralCourtyard by Marriott San Juan Isla Verde Beach Resort, Puerto Rico LocationBlue Flag award-winning Isla Verde Beach is found in Puerto Rico's San Juan, and home to... More
The Miramar Hotel San Juan extends a friendly hand to anyone visiting San Juan's shores, with its traditional bar and rooftop views of the lagoon and the Atlantic beyond. Even the most dedicated workers are treated to a warmly-lit, comfy business lounge, complete with... More
Enjoy the casual elegance of this art deco-inspired beachfront property. Rincon of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel is an excellent choice for couples and families looking for an authentic Caribbean experience. Located in western Puerto Rico, the hotel is within close... More
Welcome...to one of the most unique and interesting Resort Hotels in Puerto Rico. The Rincon Beach Resort is the closest of Puerto Rico hotels and tourism attractions to the towns of Mayaguez and Aguadilla. An intimate, four star ocean front, boutique resort hotel located... More
Villa Montana is the only 4 star resort with Puerto Rican Tourist Board Awards in the area of Aguadilla Puerto Rico. We are located beachfront on the breathtaking northwestern coast of Puerto Rico, just 90 miles west of San Juan, and just 15 minutes from Aguadilla... More
This family friendly hotel is located on gorgeous Rincon beach on the west coast of Puerto Rico. It has 69 rooms including standard rooms, standard rooms with kitchen, deluxe rooms with private balconies with ocean view and two bedroom apartments. Property amenities... More
Located on the beautiful west coast of Puerto Rico, the Courtyard Aguadilla makes business or leisure travel a dream come true. Our resort-like setting is just two minutes from the airport and 10 minutes to the beach, downtown, the business area and many attractions.... More
The Lemontree is directly oceanfront with sweeping vistas of the Caribbean Sea and tropical sky. You are so close to the water's edge that you have a direct sensual experience of the sound, scent, and colors of the tropical Caribbean Sea. The rhythm of the tropics gets... More
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Cruise the island from east to west on this stunning 120-mile network of highways. Hugging the Cordillera Central, you'll see dense forests (Mointe del Estado, Toro Negro, Carite), Salto de Dona Juana Waterfall, incredible overlooks (Villalba, Piedra Degetau) and more.
This sweet mountain-bike tour takes visitors on the muddy trails, beaches and back roads of Puerto Rico's former U.S. Navy territory. Bat colonies now dwell in huge bunkers that were once ammo storehouses. Part of the trail winds through the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, where cyclists can break for a dip in the Caribbean Sea.
Ever hear of bioluminescence? Some say Mosquito Bay offers the best on the planet. Disturb the locals -- millions of teeny water organisms -- and they'll glow, creating a blue light in the water. For an extra-magical encounter, jump in the bay and make "water angels" with your arms and legs. Kayak and boat tours depart at night.
Church-goers and history buffs will marvel at these religious grounds: The cathedral, the second oldest in the Western Hemisphere, contains the tomb of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and the relic of San Pio, a Roman martyr. Dating back to the mid-16th century, this church has survived hurricanes, looting and other assorted damage and has undergone several restorations. The cathedral as seen today is the result of work done in 1917.
This rugged 16th century fortress (formally named Castillo de San Felipe del Morrow) impresses with its sea vistas and labyrinth of tunnels, dungeons, barracks and lookout towers. Gear up for climbing lots of steps and steep slopes. Pack a picnic and bring kites for the kids -- the sea winds (and ocean views) at El Morro are perfect for sending kites aloft.
Get up-close-and-personal with nature at El Yunque Rain Forest. Located about an hour east of San Juan, this eco-tourism haven offers lush rewards. Enjoy a picnic beside a cool river pool as the calls of exotic birds echo through the forest. Walk trails suited to your skill level that lead to waterfalls, dramatic rock formations or sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Hard-core hikers: Put some muscle into El Yunque Peak Trail, a strenuous hike to the 3,496-foot summit.
Only have time for one day trip outside San Juan? Then the Rio Camuy Cave Park should be it. Descend to subterranean paradise aglitter with stalactites, stalagmites and one of the largest underground rivers in the world. A tour guide leads you through the Cueva Clara, Tres Pueblos sinkhole and tiny openings to the center of the earth. Advanced cavers can arrange rappelling trips to Cathedral Cave, home of mysterious petroglyphs etched by the ancient Tainos.
Bring your stargazers to check out one of the world's largest radar-radio telescopes. Hands-on exhibits explain astronomy, atmospheric science and the reason this mysterious telescope, large enough to fit 12 football fields, sits in an enormous sinkhole in Puerto Rico. And James Bond fans, you may experience deja vu -- this observatory starred in Goldeneye.
Discover this island gem's 17th century history with its cobblestone streets, churches and old city walls. But the modern era isn't lost here: Criso, Fortaleza and San Francisco Streets are dotted with trendy boutiques, cafes and restaurants. And don't miss authentic, delish street eats ("cornida criolla") such as alcapurrias.
Put on your shades and grab the cocoa butter. The locals prefer Luquillo Beach, near El Yunque, for its calm waters, eateries and palm-studded shoreline. Surfers dig Crashboat, an expert "hang-ten" spot on the island's northwestern tip. The serene Flamenco Beach in Culebra offers great snorkeling up the long horseshoe coastline.
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