How Puerto Rico Lives Up to Its “Island of Enchantment” Nickname

Puerto Rico has long been known for its gorgeous beaches, tropical breezes, and vibrant culture. It’s no wonder that the region has been nicknamed the Island of Enchantment. This moniker is more than a catchy slogan – it reflects the island’s rich history, natural beauty, and diverse communities.

Puerto Rico offers a wealth of unique experiences, whether you wander the colorful streets of Old San Juan, explore the lush rainforests of El Yunque, or relax on one of the island’s stunning beaches. 

Of course, the island is not without its challenges. Puerto Rico has made headlines for its devastating hurricanes and struggling economy. Despite these difficulties, Puerto Ricans continue celebrating their unique heritage and sharing their hospitality with the world. 

Relax on Some of the World’s Most Stunning Beaches

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Puerto Rico is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches on the planet. Each comes with its own unique character and charm. Popular resort beaches on Condado and Isla Verde offer easy accessibility, sparkling water, and waiter service – is there anything more luxurious than having a cocktail delivered to your beach chair? We think not! 

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Of course, if you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path, head to the secluded coves of Vieques and Culebra. Flamenco Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world.

The crescent-shaped paradise features soft white sand and crystal clear waters. Luquillo Beach offers gentle waves and picturesque palm trees. Surfers will delight in the waves found along the shores of Rincon and Aguadilla.

With an average temperature of 80°F year-round, Puerto Rico’s beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports.

Experience the Island’s Rich Culinary Heritage Through Its Delectable Cuisine

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If you’re traveling to Puerto Rico, bring your appetite. The local cuisine blends Spanish, African, and indigenous Taino influences, resulting in a unique blend of ingredients and flavors.

Savor many traditional dishes like mofongo, a mashed plantain dish filled with meat or seafood. Pastelillos are also worth sampling – these savory turnovers are filled with meat, cheese, and vegetables. 

Of course, you can’t visit Puerto Rico without trying the region’s famous rum. The piña colada is said to have been invented here. Visit the Bacardi Rum distillery for a tour and a tasting.

Street vendors, markets, and restaurants offer plenty of opportunities to sample regional specialties and learn about the island’s rich gastronomic history.

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Deaverdura is one of Old San Juan’s most beloved eateries. The no-frills restaurant offers quintessential Puerto Rican food cooked to perfection. Douse your meal in their signature cilantro sauce, which is garlicky, herbaceous, and incredibly addictive.

The sampler platter is our recommendation. Featuring tostones, sweet plantains, pork, two kinds of sausages, pasteles, rice/beans, and corn fingers, the platter is sure to satisfy.

Discover Your Adventurous Side in the Paradise of Puerto Rico

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Snorkeling in Icacos is a popular activity for those visiting Puerto Rico. You may recognize it as a shooting location for movies like Pirates of the Caribbean. This small, uninhabited island off the eastern coast of the mainland is surrounded by crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life. Explore the coral reefs and swim alongside schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, and even rays. 

The calm and shallow waters make Icacos an ideal destination for beginners, but there are also plenty of deeper areas for more experienced snorkelers to explore. East Island Excursions offers a fantastic guided tour with lunch and cocktails included. With its stunning natural beauty and abundant marine life, Icacos is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an unforgettable snorkeling experience in Puerto Rico.

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Adrenaline junkies will enjoy the many opportunities to jet ski around the island. With the sparkling blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, jet skiers can enjoy breathtaking views of the island’s coastline and soak up the warm tropical sun.

Adventurous riders can also venture further out to explore nearby cays and secluded beaches. Archie Jet Ski, based in Isla Verde, offers guided tours for first-time riders eager to experience the island’s natural beauty and satisfy their thirst for adventure.

Fall in Love with Puerto Rico

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A sunset cruise around Old San Juan Harbor is the perfect way to end your trip. The Amazing Grace schooner offers stunning views of the historic city from the water and breathtaking sunsets over the ocean.

The tour includes cocktails, music, and hors d’oeuvres. The tranquil setting creates a perfect romantic atmosphere. As the city lights up in the distance, couples can enjoy a magical moment together, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself booking another trip back to the Island of Enchantment soon after you arrive home!

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Chelsea DeAngio
Chelsea DeAngio

Chelsea DeAngio is a freelance writer based in Greensboro, NC. Inspired by a rootless childhood as a Navy brat, she enjoys traveling every chance she gets. Pop culture often drives her trips. Whether channeling her inner Lady Mary at Highclere Castle in the UK or noshing on nachos at Showgirls filming locations in Vegas, Chelsea is always in search of a little silver screen glitz.