Puerto Rico is a very special place with an incredible mix of culture and nature ready for exploration. Join us as we explore this unique island this week for a Puerto Rican Adventure:
Day One: You arrive at San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and quickly make your way to the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, which is located right on Condado Beach. From here, you’ll have easy access to attractions in the city and beyond, but before you get started exploring, you sink your feet in the sand and catch some afternoon rays of sunshine. Back in your room, you get dressed and make a short walk to Budatai, one of San Juan’s top eateries, and home to delicious Nuevo Latino and Asian Fusion cuisine prepared by iron chef, Roberto Trevino. It’s a great way to kick off your visit, and on the way back to the resort you decide to check out the Stellaris Casino, where you can sip a cool drink and enjoy a few games before bedtime.
Day Two: You’ve heard a lot about Mosquito Bay, and today’s your chance to explore this bioluminescent lagoon off the southern shore of nearby Vieques Island. This afternoon, you take a power catamaran to the town of Isabel Segunda, and enjoy a casual dinner. Next, you board an electric-powered pontoon boat and experience the incredible natural phenomenon of the fragile microorganisms that inhabit the bay and produce bright bursts of blue light when they come into contact with another organism. You watch as tiny organisms light up and sparkle all over your arms and legs, and dip your hands and feet in the water from the boat ladder. “Puerto Mosquito” is unforgettable!
Day Three: This morning you decide to explore Old San Juan. Begin with a walk through the blue cobblestone streets of this historic neighborhood, while admiring breathtaking Spanish and French architecture dating back to the 1500s. Make a stop to create your own mofongo, a fried plantain-based dish served with rice and beans. Try local Arabica coffee and taste Sofrioto, the base of many local Puerto Rican dishes. Then complete the meal with a guava-topped coconut flan. Take some time to check out the city’s historic sites: Fort El Morro, Fort San Cristobal and Museum Casa Blanca, and finish the day with a little shopping on Calle San Francisco and Calle Fortaleza.
Day Four: El Yunque rainforest is a place held sacred by the Puerto Rican people. According to legend, the good spirit Yuquiyu reigned at El Yunque from his mighty mountain-top throne, protecting Puerto Rico and its residents. Upon arrival, you discover an amazing world with more than 240 species of plants and wildlife, nature trails, waterfalls, streams, hiking trails and scenic views at every turn. The orchids, giant ferns, wild flowers and tropical hardwoods briefly make you forget you are indeed on an island, and as you snap photos you’ll later share with family and friends, you’re reminded of the diversity of this beautiful destination, with so much to see and do!