Cruising in the Caribbean – Puerto Rico Style
Puerto Rico is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean. The port of San Juan received 1.5 million passengers during 2015-2016 cruise season, breaking industry records in Puerto Rico.
Many of the largest and most luxurious top cruise lines ships are arriving in Puerto Rico this year. When Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas – the largest cruise ship ever built – completes its voyage in Europe and repositions itself in the Caribbean, travelers and cruise enthusiasts will have the chance to try something new in port or walk off those sea legs straight to a beach lounge chair.
Plan an exciting land excursion at some of our favorite Puerto Rican locations:
- With close to 20 golf courses on the island, there is no shortage or limitations for leisure golfers and pros. One of the more popular courses in San Juan is Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (the man behind 500 other golf courses around the world), Dorado Beach is home to four championship golf courses and also offers activities and amenities for the non-golfers in your family.
- For the true golfers, Coco Beach Golf & Country Club is a 36-hole championship course that hosts the Puerto Rico Open, an official PGA Tour event.
- The capital of Puerto Rico has something for everyone. Travelers can dance salsa in the plazas of Old San Juan, visit the over 400-year-old San Felipe del Morro fort, and take Instagram-worthy photos of architecture dating back to the sixteenth century.
- Dine at La Placita located in the Santurce district. With a wide varieties of restaurants featuring food prepared by some of the top chefs on the island. During the day, walk around the local market complete with local dishes.
- Condado Beach is unique because travelers can seamlessly transition from daytime to nighttime activities. It’s a popular area for local water sports and is located next to some of the best nightlife in Puerto Rico.
- Lounge the day away on one of Puerto Rico’s numerous blue flag beaches. These beaches are recognized for their water quality standards, safety, environmental education and sustainable boating tourism by the Foundation for Environmental Education. In short, it’s safe and clean!
- Escambrón in San Juan
- Carolina Beach in San Juan
- Seven Seas in Fajardo
- Luquillo Beach (a.k.a. La Monserrate) in Luquillo
- Don’t forget the sunscreen, and be sure to apply bug spray after sun screen dries to keep critters away.
El Yunque National Forest
- This national forest is home to the tiny yet vocal coqui frogs and the endangered Puerto Rican parrot. Guided hikes are available for travelers who want to create Facebook envy with photos of themselves in front of Puerto Rico’s beautiful waterfalls.
- Puerto Rico is home to three magical bioluminescent bays. This guided night trip will have travelers kayaking and floating on waters filled with microscopic plankton that produce light at the touch of a hand…or kayak paddle.
Travel Tip: Cruise passengers who are U.S.citizens can enter Puerto Rico without a U.S. passport, but it’s still important to pack it as many routes include stops in other countries. Other things to consider packing: Dramamine for any sea induced wooziness and bug spray to help protect from those tropical bugs!