5 easy precautions to enjoy the outdoors

Puerto Rico, experienced a record number of travelers visiting the Island, and for good reason! The country’s beautiful white-sand beaches, laid back culture and its wide range of culinary experiences makes Puerto Rico the perfect getaway. And the best part is American citizens don’t need a passport to visit!

Recent news regarding the spread of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico may have people rethinking this Caribbean island as the mustsee destination for the coming season. However, with the proper preparation and planning, there is no need to veer away from this perfect tropical locale. Applying the proper mosquito repellent (containing one of the active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, or para-menthane-diol) after using sunscreen allows visitors to safely experience all outdoor activities.

Follow these five Puerto Rico travel recommendations and make your visit to this Caribbean paradise a safe and memorable experience! 

1. Savor the Unique Outdoor Experience – Utilizing the Proper Mosquito Repellent

Puerto Rico has one of the most exotic tropical landscapes, and people come from all over the world to experience the exceptional activities the island has to offer. From the wildlife in El Yunque, the only subtropical rainforest in the U.S. Forest Service, to hiking in the breathtaking Camuy River Cave Park and lounging on Puerto Rico’s iconic beaches, Puerto Rico has no shortage of breathtaking outdoor activities for adventure seekers and individuals looking to unplug. 

2. Experience the Matchless Puerto Rican Culture Outside of Your Hotel Room

One of the crucial aspects of vacationing is experiencing a new culture, and travelling to Puerto Rico is no exception! Puerto Rican culture is a wonderful fusion of Taíno, African and Spanish influences with a rich history for tourists to learn more about. Get away from the resort for a day to dine and talk with the locals, enjoy lively street music and experience the culture of Puerto Rico at landmarks like the Museo de Arte de Ponce and Castillo San Felipe del Morro. No trip to Puerto Rico would be complete without experiencing this island’s unparalleled culture and lifestyle. Both indoors and outdoors, this country has a culture that cannot be missed. Don’t forget to use proper mosquito repellent and other preventive measures before you do!

3. Escape the Hot Weather with a Tropical Cocktail

Staying refreshed while in Puerto Rico is easy with any of the island’s numerous signature cocktails. Escape the island’s heat with a refreshing Piña Colada or a cultural Coquito made with the one of famous rums of Puerto Rico. Visitors can also visit Casa Bacardi to learn about the island’s storied, generations-long history of producing rum.

4. “Sea” Puerto Rico from Underwater

Puerto Rico is known for its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, making it the perfect destination for underwater exploration. Enjoy seeing the tropical fish of the Puerto Rican waters in some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving locations. Rather be reeling them in than swimming with them? The Caribbean Sea has a plethora of exotic game fish to catch, and Puerto Rico has a number of fishing options to help you catch them all.

The sites of Puerto Rico are spectacular from land and sea, and experiencing the views in crystal clear waters is something no traveler should miss.

5. Can’t Leave Without Venturing into Old San Juan

Ask anyone about what they consider a “must-see” while visiting Puerto Rico and they will most likely say Old San Juan. A trip to the city offers the perfect activity for anyone, from its unparalleled architecture to the city’s restaurants, art, museums, shopping, history and nightlife. While walking around the city, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the country’s rich history and culture. This is one of the best cities in the Caribbean, and a must-see for all tourists. 

Puerto Rico is full of so many amazing sights, beautiful people, and once in a lifetime experiences that travelers can truly live their own five-star vacation.