My bestie and I chose to go to Puerto Rico for our annual trip (circa June 2014). What I liked about going to Puerto Rico is that you get a taste of the Caribbean without having to deal with renewing your passport or going through custom.
I stayed at Caribe Hilton where you have access to the beach from your hotel. I wish I knew about Airbnb before coming here because I could’ve saved a lot of money on stay but they I did enjoy the service and location. Not only that, their pina colada was the bomb.
As for the food, it was affordable, and the portion was huge! Best to share family style. Here are some of my recommendations:
Flavors of San Juan-: I recommend going on a food tour the first day you go; you can go during the night or daytime. You will walk around old San Juan, and you will be able to learn the history of the country and also will find out other places to eat at in the area. It’s a walking tour, but everywhere you walk picturesque
Ropa Vieja: YOU GOTTA GOOOO – maybe every day!
Café Cuatro Sombras: Coffee, you can buy fresh coffee beans from the country
Cafe Puerto Rico: A must try!!! The wait is out the door but worth the wait.
Aside from the delicious food, I also went to various places like Flamenco Beach, Rain Forest, San Felipe del Morro Fortress, El Yunque National Forest, Cueva del Indio, and a short trip to Aguadilla. I mostly booked my trip through Viator which was similar prices if you booked through the company itself.
You must go to Flamenco Beach since it is the top 10 beaches in the world! The trip to Flamenco Beach takes about an hour to get there and it could be a little rough if you have motion sickness.
Also, do not forget to buy sunscreen/buy spray, I burned my first day. 🙁
Bring cash; most taxi rides are 15-20 one way or take Uber.
If you’re renting a car, parking is pricey, and also gas is by the liter, not gallon. Most signs are in KM not MPH. Depending on where you’re going, there may not be any lights or lines so just go with the flow but be alert.