Planning our trip to Puerto Rico in February was an excellent decision. There is very little precipitation in Jan. & Feb. It’s not as hot and nor as humid around that part of the year. We enjoyed our vacation immensely!
This Caribbean island is only 35 mi. x 100 mi., population is less than 4 million. English and Spanish are both official language, US $ is the official currency. Getting around is easy. Locals are eager to assist tourists. Puerto Rico (means “rich port”), is a friendly place and relatively safe. 2 of us were touring the island without any problem or concern.
We started our adventure in the capital, San Juan. The charming 16th and 17th Century buildings of the “old town” were impressive. Start at La Casita and wear good hiking shoes for it can take 2-4 hrs. to cover it. Take advantage of the free, open-sided trolley. Look for the “Parada” sign. Take time to notice the beautiful Bougainvilleas and other subtropical plants as you’ll bump into many tourists on the way. Visit the San Juan Museum of Art and History which was built in 1855 as a market and restored in 1979 as a cultural center, showcases Puerto Rico art and music, including concerts and festivals. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am - 4pm.
You can hardly pass off El Morro, full name is Castillo San Felipe del Morro, which was named in honor of King Phillip II, it’s a 16th-century citadel. The construction of the Castillo San Felipe del Morro began in 1540, completed in 1589. Most of the walls in the fort today were added later, rising 140 ft. above sea level and its 18 ft. thick. It fell only once, in 1598, to a land assault by the Earl of Cumberland's forces. The fort is a maze of tunnels, dungeons, barracks, outposts and ramps. El Morro is the largest fortification in the Caribbean. In 1992, the fortress was restored to its historical form in honor of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Puerto Rico by Christopher Columbus. El Morro Fortress is a National Historic Sit. It is open to the public everyday from 9am to 6pm except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The San Cristóbal fort was very interesting as well. It is supported by a massive system of outworks which provided defense in depth and it is one of the largest defenses ever built in the Americas. It rose 150 feet, covering 27 acres of land. Allow an hour or so to visit this fort. The view from it is spectacular!
We hiked El Yunque Nat. Forest. It’s a serene, subtropical rainforest with more than 240 native species and lovely birds, wild life.
The 30 mi. pristine Luquillo Beach, also the Vieques, Mosquito Bay is a great place to soak in the sun. We took the boat to Culebra (one of the best small island beaches). It was fantastic! Did I mention rum in my right up? No? I just can not skip that important item of Puerto Rico’s tradition. San Juan is the largest home-based cruise port in the world. Twenty-eight vessels use San Juan as their home port, and each year new cruise ships either originate or call at the port. There is just so much to see and enjoy in Puerto Rico, we can hardly wait to go back before too long.
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