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America’s Own Caribbean Territory

A convenient island getaway for many Americans, Puerto Rico lives up to its nickname, the Island of Enchantment. With lush rain forests, dazzling beaches and shimmering city, Puerto Rico has something for everyone. Dive through coral reefs, trek through jungles to spy rare birds and plants, surf Caribbean waves, or simply sprawl on the sand and sunbathe.

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Fort San Cristobal
Fort San Cristobal

Fort San Cristobal

One of the must-see tourist attractions in San, Puerto Rico, is the Fort San Cristobal. The fort, the largest Spanish fort in the Western hemisphere, was built in 1783 to protect the city against land attacks. 960 1280

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San Juan Beaches

San Juan Beaches

Visit one of San Juan’s white sandy beaches. Ocean Park Beach attracts more single adults than families. Pine Grove Beach, Playa Santa, Caña Gorda and Carolina Public Beach are perfect for the best swimming. On the main island, the best spot for snorkeling is El Convento Beach. And for surfers, Rincón is the center of the island surf scene. 960 1280

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San Juan Skyline

San Juan Skyline

Take a look at San Juan’s amazing skyline. We’re sure this isn’t what Spanish colonists imagined the city would turn into after they founded the city in 1521. Today, San Juan is one of Puerto Rico’s most important seaports. 960 1280

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Devil's Guerite

Devil's Guerite

Most of San Juan’s walls have guerites or sentry boxes at various points. One of Fort San Cristobal’s sentry boxes, Devil’s Guerite (pictured), is one of the oldest parts of the fort, built in 1634. Local legend claims that a soldier disappeared randomly from the guerite. 960 1280

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Old San Juan

Old San Juan

Old San Juan is the oldest settlement within Puerto Rico, and it is the historic colonial section of San Juan, PR. The small, narrow island lies in the north coast of Puerto Rico, and 3 bridges connect the island to the mainland. 960 1280

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El Convento Hotel

El Convento Hotel

El Convento, an old convent constructed in 1650, was transformed into one of the best luxury hotels in Old San Juan. The hotel is located within walking distance of world-class museums, historic landmarks and the city’s vibrant nightlife. 960 1280

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Cobblestone Streets

Cobblestone Streets

Take a stroll through the streets of San Juan. The city is characterized by its narrow cobblestone streets and flat-roofed brick and stone building dating back to the 16th and 17th century when Puerto Rico was under Spanish rule. 960 1280

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Colorful Architecture

Colorful Architecture

Although Old San Juan is steeped in Spanish architecture, there are splashes on modern flair. From a high vantage point in the city, tourists can get a nice view of the colorful rooftops that give the old city distinct character. 960 1280

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El Morro

El Morro

El Morro aka Fuerte San Felipe del Morro is another popular tourist attraction in San Juan. It is one of two forts inside the San Juan National Historic Site. This trail allows tourist to walk around the 6-story fortress built between 1539 and 1589. Travelers who enjoy a good history tour can also walk into the fortress’ depths, which include a maze of tunnels, barracks and prison cells. 960 1280

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El Gallito

El Gallito

Possibly the cutest beach on Vieques, El Gallito is just off Route 200 near the Vieques airport — not exactly where you’d expect to find a beach. The quiet curve of sand is a local favorite. 960 1280

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Playa Negra

Playa Negra

The path to Playa Negra, or Black Sand Beach, is marked by a spray-painted arrow on a guardrail along Route 996, which leads into Route 201. A 10-minute forest hike leads to this desolate yet mesmerizing beach, which is covered in magnetite mineral deposits. 960 1280

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The Grand Old Ceiba Tree

The Grand Old Ceiba Tree

The limbs and wide roots of this arboreal wonder stretch across a clearing off Route 200. Vieques historians estimate this tree to be at least 300 years old. 960 1280

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Free-Range Horses

Free-Range Horses

The descendants of the horses of Spanish conquistadors, the horses on Vieques still roam this island as if they are royalty. Drive carefully; you never know when one may be nonchalantly crossing the road. 960 1280

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Playa Grande

Playa Grande

On the southwestern end of Vieques, this rocky stretch of beach lies within the wildlife reserve, a wooded hike away from the remains of an old sugar mill that dates back to the 1800s. 960 1280

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Secret Beach

Secret Beach

Also known as Pata Prieta, this beautiful half-moon-shaped beach is not much of a secret. Families looking for a kid-friendly spot have discovered its shallow waters. 960 1280

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Red Beach

Red Beach

Red Beach, or Caracas, is perfect for wave jumping. But bring an umbrella; there is little shade. 960 1280

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Gallery Galleon

Gallery Galleon

Often the marker to find hidden Playa Negra, Gallery Galleon is a destination itself. Find an open villa that’s filled with colorful local and global art and holds shows the last Friday of each month. 960 1280

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Esperanza

Esperanza

When the sun starts to descend, visitors and locals head to one of the watering holes facing the Malecon in Esperanza. A popular spot is Bananas, known for its frosty piña coladas and tasty finger foods. 960 1280

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Roadside Eats in Vieques

Roadside Eats in Vieques

The best way to eat local in Vieques is to stop at a roadside stand, such as this one on Route 997 that dishes out pernil (succulent roasted pork), along with red beans and rice. Food trucks such as Sol Food serve pinchos and pastillos. 960 1280

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Isabel Segunda

Isabel Segunda

The largest town in Vieques, Isabel Segunda, is named for Spain’s queen at the time the country occupied the island. There are shops, restaurants, guesthouses and grocery stores, and the ferry from mainland Puerto Rico docks here. 960 1280

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