Puerto Rico is nice because it has all the Caribbean flavor without actually having to leave the United States! It’s one of the larger Caribbean islands so it has more to offer over all, from more remote areas, “larger” cities, and small islands off the coast. With tourism on the rise here flights are becoming really cheap! I’ve seen flights for as low as $250.
Old San Juan is a beautiful area that offers a more historic view of Puerto Rico. There are 2 main forts in the area within walking distance of each other here and the streets themselves are beautiful & colorful. Don’t forget to make friends with the local gatos while you are there as well.Old San Juan is known for their population of strays cats. Don’t worry, most of them are nice and many people seem to come by to feed them. There are a few quaint places to stay in Old San Juan but you will find most of the resorts just outside of town by 10-15 minutes. Trying the local cuisine is also a must in Puerto Rico and San Juan will be the best place to do this, definitely try the seafood mofongo!
Vieques is the 134 square mile island located just east of the island. Because Vieques was closed off by the U.S. Navy for 60 years it remains less developed than the rest of Puerto Rico which is part of the appeal. It is a beautiful island with crystal clear blue water. This is one of the best places to do if you’re looking for beautiful beaches in Puerto Rico. The only downfall is having to purchase a ferry ticket in advance to cross the water or take a very short trip on a pedal jumper from San Juan. The pedal jumper seems to be the easiest option.
Can’t forget to give credit to the rest of the island. While Vieques and Old San Juan are the most popular spots for weddings there is still a lot to be discovered. Cabo Rojo is a cute beach town known for some beautiful beaches that are a little off the beaten path, Playa Buyé and Playa Sucia. One last area that must be mentioned is Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rain Forest – which is technically the only rainforest in the U.S. forest system. With over a dozen trails, tons of waterfalls and enormous trees, it’s worth adding to the extensive list of activities Puerto Rico has to offer.
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BEST Puerto Rico WEDDING VENUES :
- Hotel El Convento – One of the most popular reception locations located right in old San Juan. A historic and classic looking hotel with vaulted ceilings and gorgeous chandeliers. Can accommodate up to 125~ people.
- La Concha – A modern hotel located on the beach and as the name slightly suggests the restaurant looks like a clam.
- Hilton Caribe – A little outside of San Juan it has everything you would need in one place, beach, historic fort, restaurants, and a few different ballrooms.
- San Cristobal Fort – A beautiful historic site great for the wedding ceremony. The only downfalls are that you have to start after the park closes and the fort can sometimes have a 2 year wait list to get married there but there is a reason people are willing to wait for it!
- Centro de Estudios Avanzados – A ceremony site perfect for a garden wedding.
- Ritz Carlton – Like any Ritz it upholds its’ reputation by being classy, elegant, and high end. There are 2 ceremony options and 7 reception options.
- The W Retreat (Vieques island) – Can accommodate up to 156 guests, this hotel is clean modern and luxurious.
- St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort – Luxury hotel with beautiful views from every angle.
Things to do in Puerto Rico :
- Flamenco Beach – The highest rated beach in Puerto Rico on the island of Culebra.
- Jungle Qui Park – Zip-lining through the jungle.
- Barefoot Travelers – Kayaking to monkey island, hang-gliding, & para-gliding!
- Historic Sites – If you don’t get married at the Fort San Cristobal, it’s still definitely worth seeing. Near by the Cristobal is also the San Felipe del Morro and El Cañuelo.
- Hacienda Campo Rico – Horseback riding, ATV tours, zip-lining, golfing, & kayaking all in one company.
- Bioluminescent Bay – Kayak through the ocean waters at sunset or sunrise to see the bioluminescent, glowing jellyfish. There are 3 different locations to see the glowing spectacles.