Puerto Rico is located in the heart of the Caribbean. It is a small island, just 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, and an unincorporated US territory.
The capital San Juan has colourful and impressive colonial architecture, with plenty of vibrant resort towns and fringing spectacular coasts and bays, as well as lush tropical rainforests. It is quickly becoming an increasingly top spot in the Caribbean with many international cruise liners stopping there before heading to Miami.
With year round sunshine, clear blue seas and white sandy bays, the beaches of Puerto Rico are the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Here are our top 3 suggestions to check out:
1) El Convento Beach
From Seven Seas beach in Fajardo, hike for 2 miles along the coast and you will reach El Convento. While it is certainly not the easiest beach to access, it is worth the added effort. It is a nesting ground for endangered sea turtles and there are plenty of snorkeling opportunities with thriving coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. Make sure you pack your own snorkel, food and drinks for your day out here, as other than the governor’s beach hut, this expansive stretch of white sand is totally undeveloped and very much isolated.
If you are an adventure seeker and an action packed surfing holiday sounds more appealing than remote tranquility, head to the North West coast to Rincon, the hub of the islands surf scene, which played host to the 1968 surfing world championships. There are numerous surfing beaches here including Puntas, Domes and, the most impressive, Tres Palmas, where surf is strong and waves can meet 20 feet high.
3) Luquillo Beach
This beach is the ideal family friendly paradise, located just 30 miles east of San Juan, it is the perfect base for a fun beach holiday and to explore the island. With its easy access and plentiful services, it is one of the most popular beaches on the island. There’s a huge variety of bars and restaurants that line this palm-fringed stretch of sands, with plenty of parking. Bring a picnic, hire a sunbed and spend the day enjoying the warm and sheltered waters here.
Health in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is generally a very safe place for tourists to visit, however all visitors should ensure that their Hepatitis A vaccination is up to date. It is better to get it at least 2 weeks before your trip to ensure adequate protection. You can contract Hepatitis A from contaminated food and water, and even after vaccination you should take plenty of precautions. Make sure any food you eat is cooked thoroughly and any water consumed is fully filtered and sterilised. It is common to contract stomach bugs in the Caribbean so if you are prone to such things, you can purchase one of our Tummy Kits in any of our 8 London clinics; they will treat a variety of stomach bugs swiftly, so you can continue to make the most of your trip.
If you are travelling for long periods or working there, you might need additional vaccinations such as Rabies and Hepatitis B which are courses of vaccines. These can take a month to complete so ensure you plan at least 6 weeks in advance if possible. But remember better late than never!