Puerto Rico Travel Guide

The Spanish speaking island of Puerto Rico is only slightly bigger  than Delaware, the 3rd smallest state in the US. The Island is less than  100 miles long with only 30 miles between the north and south coast,  but has a population nearing 4 million.

Whether you’re visiting Puerto Rico for the sand or scenery you will  not be disappointed. With breathtaking mountains views, lush rainforest  and cascading waterfalls all surrounded by miles and miles of white  sandy beaches, Puerto Rico has it all!  For the explorers in the family,  Puerto Rico’s mountainous interior, underground caves, and coral reefs  will be sure to delight.

Shoppers will not be disappointed either. The Capital city of San  Juan as well as the other cities of Puerto Rico provides shoppers with  duty free shopping, and money saving deals to be found, especially on  jewelry, gemstones,  gold and watches.  The main shopping districts  included the Waterfront, Cristo, Fortaleza and San Francisco. Prices are  lower than in the United States and most of the Caribbean islands.

Sightseers visiting Puerto Rico will love strolling down the narrow  cobbled streets with blocks of impressive colonial architecture.   History abounds in Puerto Rico with its ancient buildings and has more  monuments here than anywhere else in the Caribbean. While touring Old  San Juan you can visit historic landmarks such as the San Jose Church,  the Governor’s Mansion, and Fort San Cristobal. Even though Old San Juan  is a historian’s paradise, New San Juan is a bustling metropolitan with  modern bistros, restaurants, nightclubs with spectacular resorts and  glitzy casinos.

With placid turquoise waters Puerto Rico is ideal for snorkeling and  scuba diving or just soaking up the sun and cooling off in the ocean.   Palm trees offer plenty of shade for those just wanting to curl up with a  book while soaking up the scenery.

Although there are plenty of calms waters to be found, in the winter  Puerto Rico has some of the best surf in the region. Rincon is often  touted as one of the best surf spots to be found on the globe.  In the  winter months surfers from around the world gather to conquer waves  approaching 20 feet tall, rivaling the surf on Oahu’s north shore.  However, when summer approaches the waves diminish on the Puerto Rico  northwest beaches and once again become the perfect spots for swimming,  windsurfing and snorkeling.

Bahamas Travel Guide – Part 1

The Bahamas are more about the beaches, gambling, restaurants & nightclubs, and typically draw crowds that are into beach-party scenes. Nassau is the Bahamian capital. The main attraction to Nassau for most is its colonial charm. Because it is the capital it is rich in Bahamian culture and history alike, and it is the place to shop, Bay Street is a shopping paradise with the row to row shops with a huge straw market. Some of the attractions of New Providence include Botanical Gardens, And Astra Gardens, Cruises, Deep-Sea Fishing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Dolphin Encounter, golfing, tours, horseback riding and beautiful beaches.

Paradise Island & Cable Beach

These two islands right off the coast of Nassau both contain high-rise hotels and glitzy casinos as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas.You will enjoy some of the best food & entertainment that the Bahamas can provide. at Paradise Island is a major attraction destination for many Bahamian travelers with its colorful history and amazing architecture, and home of Atlantis. If you are not into crowds you might look elsewhere to spend your days. A major drawback is that Paradise Island remains one of the most intensely marketed pieces of real estate in the world and can be a bit on the expensive side for the budget conscience travelers.

Grand Bahama’s Freeport/Lucay

Although Freeport has its share of casinos, fine dining and entertainment, Freeport does not seem to be as over the top as Paradise Island or Cable Beach.  The lower price tags make it a much more reasonable family destination. If it is nature that is calling you to the Bahamas, you may enjoy yourself much more in Freeport as it offers the best hiking in The Bahamas and some of the most beautiful beaches and some of the world’s best diving can be found nearby as well.  For the golfer in the family, its golf courses attract players from all over the world and host major tournaments several times a year. Other family friendly things to do include the Botanical Gardens at Garden of the Groves, horseback riding and the Rand Nature Center as well as the Lucayan National Park.