Puerto Rico vacations

Time to start living your Caribbean dreams

The typical beach encountered on Puerto Rico vacationsHave you ever daydreamed of swimming in crystal clear waters among tropical fish and afterwards dozing on beaches of pure white sand ?
Or what about sampling the locally produced rum while the rhythm of salsa plays in the background?

What you may not have realised yet is this – if you stop daydreaming and start planning a vacation in Puerto Rico you can live out your dreams. And if you’re someone who wants to experience Puerto Rico first hand, mix with the locals and enjoy genuine Caribbean hospitality then our advice is simple – get away from the resort hotels, grab a map and a guide book and rent a car.

By taking your vacation in your own hands you’re still able to swim, lie on beaches and drink rum. But they’ll be beaches and places that you’ve discovered for yourself and your vacation will be much richer as a result. The sad fact is that so many visitors to Puerto Rico are just not interested in setting foot outside the resorts and miss so much by doing so.

Old San JuanA Ponce house

The culture & history of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has a culture and traditions of its own, shaped by a history that saw it colonised for centuries by Spain before finally being seized by the United States in 1898.

That whole 500 year period has had a profound effect on the island and its people, shaped by a rich and sometimes bloody history. The result is a very distinct cultural mix with a dialect of Spanish that has been strongly shaped by its ties to the US, although the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States is often uneasy.

And being a tropical island means a tropical cuisine with much use made of plantains, rice and beans, while a collision of musical influences resulted in the salsa rhythms that reverberate across the streets and fill the airwaves, and much more recently reggaeton. The food can take a little getting used to if you’re visiting from America or Europe, but American-style food can be found everywhere too, not just the resorts, so you’re unlikely to go hungry.

How to use this web site

What do you want to learn about Puerto Rico? Whatever it is, Simply Puerto Rico Vacations can help you. We have information on:

  • how to find the cheapest airfare
  • which area is right for you
  • hotel recommendations

We also have information on food and drink, renting a car and what to see and do on your Puerto Rico vacations.

By exploring the information we have assembled here you will gain insight into what Puerto Rico vacations have to offer you – insight gleaned by driving all over the island, staying in the hotels, sampling the cuisine and mixing with the locals.

To start looking for information simply select a topic from the menu.

But before you do, why don’t you add this site to your bookmarks so you can find it again and again, each time learning something more about “La Isla del Encanto”, the Enchanted Isle.

Flights to Puerto Rico
Whether you are flying to Puerto Rico from the United States or from Europe, we show you how to find the best bargains.

Puerto Rico accommodation
If you think that Puerto Rico accommodation just means hotels, then think again. Here we look at all your options
from guesthouses to resorts and everything in between, including Puerto Rico all-inclusive resorts.

Car rental in Puerto Rico
Not sure about if you need car rental in Puerto Rico? We explain why, who and how.

San Juan
With one of the biggest and best natural harbours in the Caribbean, San Juan Puerto Rico is a must for anyone visiting Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rican food
Much Puerto Rican food is quite unlike anything you may be used to. Here we assist you with some of the dishes you may see on the menu.

Puerto Rico beaches
Where to find the best Puerto Rico beaches.

Puerto Rico diving
Crystal clear Caribbean waters are warm and abundant with marine life. We show you the best of Puerto Rico diving.

Facts on Puerto Rico
Facts on Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico real estate
Iif you find you fall in love with Puerto Rico then you may consider owning a vacation home in Puerto Rico. We show you how. golden nugget casino game