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Tropical Holidays: A Puerto Rican Getaway

Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 4:30PM

Surrounded on all sides by warm Caribbean waters, Puerto Rico’s a tropical destination fit for any winter getaway. It’s also got prime boating water all year round. Read on to see if the world-loved island has something in store for you and your family this winter.

With around 360 miles of coastline, there’s a nook of Caribbean water waiting to be explored, wherever you are in Puerto Rico. A natural place to start is the capital; San Juan is home to three sizeable marinas—Club Nautico de San Juan, San Juan Bay Marina and the Cangrejos Yacht Club. Venture off from any one to start your diving, fishing or powerboat trip… and, of course, cap off the day with sightseeing and relaxing in the city itself. San Juan—or “Rich Port”—has striking colonial architecture and a wealth of cultural and recreational options for the everyday adventurer.

Another key part of this boater’s paradise is located in the northeast corner of the island. The city of Fajardo also boasts several marinas, including Puerto del Rey Marina, the largest in the Caribbean.

For the adventurous spirit, Vieques is home to a kayaking excursion like no other—known as the Bioluminescent Bay, or Bio Bay for short, kayakers can take a trip through glowing blue-green waters. This creepy effect owes itself to microorganisms in the water. A trip here on a warm night is an unforgettable experience that the whole family can appreciate.

If you’re staying for the holidays, be sure to check in on Puerto Rico’s Hatillo Masks Festival. The annual event dates back to the founding of the town of Hatillo in 1823, and has its basis in the traditional Christmas story. The Festival—which takes place December 28th—sees participants dressed up in costumes, dancing to traditional music and taking part in parades and other activities. It’s a one-of-a-kind holiday.

Make plans to tour the island by boat—it’s best seen from your very own Monterey! Check back as we explore some more warm-weather destinations throughout winter.

 

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