Why this Caribbean island is hot among American travelers

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This Caribbean island is a short flight from the United States, does not require a passport and uses the US dollar.

Where is? Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico, a United States territory located in the Caribbean, has recently exploded in popularity.

According to the latest figures, Puerto Rico had 5.1 million tourist visits in 2022, the highest number ever.

Puerto Rico Beach

This even surpasses the previous record in 2019, when Puerto Rico saw 4.9 million tourists.

In addition, tourism revenue increased by 39% in 2022 compared to the previous year, and employment in the hospitality industry grew by 13%.

Puerto Rico has demonstrated strong growth as a tourist destination and is expected to grow only in 2023.

Here are the top reasons why Puerto Rico is popular with American travelers:

Fort San Juan PR

1. Affordable prices

One of the reasons Puerto Rico is so popular is that it is one of the most affordable islands in the Caribbean.

You can easily find direct round-trip flights from US cities for under $200 and nice hotels and resorts for under $150 a night.

If you’re looking for a budget Caribbean vacation, Puerto Rico is one of the best places to visit.

Whether you want to stay at an affordable all-inclusive beach resort or a boutique hotel in San Juan, you can enjoy lower prices than many other Caribbean islands.

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Penthouse in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

2. Easy to get to

Another reason to visit Puerto Rico is how easy it is to get there from many places in the United States.

As mentioned above, flights are frequent and affordable.

They are also very short flights. New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico is under 4 hours, while Miami to San Juan is only 2.5 hours.

For US travelers, you don’t even need a passport to visit Puerto Rico as it is a United States territory.

Depart Miami for flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico

3. Magnificent capital

San Juan, Puerto Rico is one of the most beautiful capitals of the Caribbean.

Old San Juan is the historic heart of the city and is full of colorful buildings, cobbled streets, colonial churches, museums, cafes and galleries.

For history buffs, you can check out Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a 16th-century fortress built by the Spanish.

You can easily spend a few days in Puerto Rico just exploring San Juan, but of course the island has more to offer…

San Juan Puerto Rico

4. Beautiful beaches

One of the highlights of Puerto Rico is its beaches. In Puerto Rico you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, with white sand, palm trees and crystal clear blue water.

Vieques, an island off Puerto Rico, is known for some of the most stunning beaches. Here is also the Bioluminescent Bay, where microorganisms give the water a blue-green glow at night.

Luquillo Beach is one of the best beaches near San Juan, which is less than an hour away.

Caribbean sea and white sand background of Playa Zoni beach on a sunny day in Culebra, Puerto Rico

5. Diverse landscapes

Puerto Rico is more than just beaches. The interior of the island is known for its lush rainforest, the El Yunque National Forest. Hiking, swimming and discovering waterfalls are popular activities in the rainforest.

You can also go ziplining, white water rafting and try other adventure activities in Puerto Rico.

El Yunque Rain Forest

6. Delicious food

Puerto Rico is a major foodie destination and there are tons of delicious foods to try here. One of the best ways to tour Old San Juan is actually to take a food tour.

Mofongo is a classic Puerto Rican dish made with deep fried plantains mashed with garlic and salt pork. Rice with pigeon peas, a popular rice and bean dish, is another to try. For special occasions, ham is a national favorite roast pork dish.

And if you have a sweet tooth, you can’t miss the most popular dessert in Puerto Rico: candy ricerice pudding made with cinnamon and raisins.

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