Peering through the 500 year old parapets across the green lawn, we quickly decided we need to come back to Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico was one of the ports of call during our recent Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the MSC Divina. One of the reasons we enjoy cruising is to get a taste of various locations, and decide where to come back for a future in depth experience. Puerto Rico is one of those places we want to visit again, soon. During our all too brief stop in Puerto Rico, we quickly realized there is so much to see and do on this island that makes it a great destination for families. Continue reading for more of what makes Puerto Rico a great family vacation destination, as well as some special deals for your end of summer travel.
From swimming with sea turtles in sparkling blue waters to experiencing the world’s longest zip line, Puerto Rico is without a doubt a family’s paradise. With daily direct flights from more than 20 U.S cities and no passport required for U.S citizens, traveling to Puerto Rico has never been easier. Also, English is widely spoken across the island, and the U.S. dollar is the national currency, making this tropical island a convenient playground for the entire family.
Since traveling with your loved ones can be pricey, Puerto Rico is offering special deals and travel promotions at ThisSummerinPuertoRico.com. Families can book these budget-friendly deals through September 15, 2017, for travel between now and September 30, 2017.
Bioluminescent Bays are a magnificent phenomenon for families to experience. At night in the shallow-water lagoon, endless amounts of microscopic, single-celled organisms, known as dinoflagellates, light up a swirl of blue light whenever they are activated by movement. Of the three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico, Laguna Grande in Fajardo is the most accessible to families. Yokahu Kayak Trips offers a magical excursion in “Laguna Grande” where families will have the opportunity to explore Puerto Rico’s natural treasures. Two hour kayak tours start at $48.
Located in the nearby Island of Culebra, Culebra Island Adventures offers the very best in aquatic adventures. Excursions include snorkeling and kayaking off some of the top beaches in the world. This tour promises the chance to observe sea turtles, stingrays, starfish, lobster and dozens of species of colorful fish up close in pristine waters. Families can also swim with the majestic green sea turtles in their native sea grass beds in Tamarindo Beach. Pricing for a three hour tour starts at $75.
El Yunque National Forest
A hiker’s paradise, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Forest Service, El Yunque National Forest, has plenty to offer including natural pools, waterfalls, tropical vegetation, exotic birds and wildlife. Tours are available and families can also arrange in advance to camp overnight. Admission to the El Yunque National Forest is free, and $4 per adult for access to the visitor center (free for children under 15).
Toro Verde Ecological Adventure
Toro Verde is an Ecological Adventure Park where travelers can spend the day enjoying some of the most breathtaking views in Puerto Rico while experiencing adventure with family. Perfect for families who love the thrill of an adrenaline rush, Toro Verde provides more miles of zip line cables than any other park in the world. Toro Verde recently opened “The Monster,” the world’s longest zip line, measuring in at 1.6 miles or the size of 28 football fields. It was certified by Guinness World Records. Prices range from $85 – $200 depending on activities.
The Arecibo Observatory is the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope and one of the most important research centers for Radio Astronomy, Terrestrial Aeronomy and Planetary Radar in the Western Hemisphere. Families can take a tour and learn how scientists use the observatory to monitor radio emissions from distant galaxies and search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Admission to the observatory costs $6 for children and $10 for adults.
And don’t forget, the walled city of old San Juan, Puerto Rico is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its historic fortresses of El Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal have stood for over 500 years. Plus, both forts are part of the San Juan National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service. Admission is only $5, and there’s a free National Park shuttle that takes visitors around old San Juan. Making a visit to old San Juan an extremely affordable family outing.
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