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Don’t you just love the summer and going on vacation? Lord knows, I do, and I love just about any place, especially the beach. And, one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to is Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. Not only are their beaches gorgeous, but this little slice of the U.S. has so much rich history, and so many historic sites to see, as well. We only got to stay there for a week, but after visiting, I know I want to return again soon. I still have the rainforest, caves, and waterfalls to explore! Anyway, this is more like a photo journal of our trip, since there are soooooo many photos, but I really want you to see how much life and beauty is there. So, basically, this is going to be about our vacation to Puerto Rico, with some fun facts thrown-in along the way, so sit back and enjoy!

Our Trip to Beautiful Puerto Rico

We decided to go visit family in Puerto Rico for our vacation. For the area we were staying in, Dorado Beach, PR, folks usually rent houses by the week or the month there, rather than staying at a hotel. Here are a few pics of the awesome house we rented.  The house came with a golf cart for the week, which was so convenient for getting around to the different parks and back and forth to the beach.  Inside the house, I noticed that they used bold and bright colors in their artwork and decor.

 This water park was inside the gated community and was about a two-minute golf cart ride from our house. The kids LOVED this place!

Another great water park and entertainment area for the kids was The Watermill at Dorado Beach. The watermill was fashioned after a traditional Puerto Rican sugar mill. This place has two, 30-foot water slides, a gigantic lazy river channel with a wave machine, multiple pools for adults, kids, and toddler, a grill that delivers refreshments and snacks right to your lounge chair, and night-time events with live music and shows. I mean, this place had it going on! Again, it was a win with the kiddos and the adults.

One day we spent time at Dorado Beach – A Ritz-Carlton Preserve, which had phenomenal views, amazing pools, perfect beach and ocean access, restaurants, a spa, and everything in-between. They have a 9.7 rating on Booking.com, for “exceptional, luxury resort.” Um, yes please!

And then, we spent a day touring Old San Juan, PR. Here are a few fun facts about this beautiful city:

  • When Christopher Columbus landed in Puerto Rico in 1493, he named the island San Juan Bautista in honor of John the Baptist.
  • Puerto Rico is approximately 30 miles wide from north to south and about 90 miles from west to east.
  • Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States (U.S. territory). Puerto Ricans are US Citizens and US travelers do not need a passport to visit.
  • The average temperature year round is 82 degrees.
  • The name Puerto Rico (rich port) is derived from the abundant gold that the initial Spanish settlers found on the island.
  • The Bacardi rum factory (est. 1862) in San Juan, is the largest rum distillery in the world (producing more 100,000 liters of rum every 24 hours). 
  • Puerto Rico does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • Puerto Ricans pay no income tax.
  • Puerto Rico is a coffee lovers’ paradise. Here, you can taste some of the best coffee in the world. With more than 10,000 coffee farms, there is no doubt Puerto Rico’s coffee is worth your attention!
  • Puerto Ricans imported mongoose from India for controlling the population of reptiles in cane fields.
  • Puerto Rico is also home to the largest living reptile in the world – the leatherback sea turtle. 
  • (credit:  http://www.thefactfile.org)

Nothing captures the history of Puerto Rico more than Old San Juan’s massive fortresses. El Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal are among the most visited attractions on the island. Their cannons, ramparts, and layered defenses have guarded the walled city for centuries. Even the governor’s mansion, La Fortaleza, is called “The Fortress” because it was one of the settlement’s early defensive structures.(www.tripsavvy.com/topthingstodoinoldsanjuan).

And, then there were all these beautiful flowers and interesting animals dotting the landscape.  I felt like everywhere I turned was a photo-op!

Puerto Rico is definitely a beautiful and fun place to visit. There is so much to do for any age, and for any sized group. Whether it’s relaxing on the sand, snorkeling in the clear waters, or hiking through the streets of Old San Juan, there are lots to keep you busy and plenty of places there for downtime, so I am totally going back!

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