We sent Travel Curator Alison Dunn off to Puerto Rico to explore the Caribbean paradise island and report back ...
Rich history and culture, exceptional food, pristine beaches, majestic mountains, relaxation, adventure — all packed into the sun-kissed Caribbean paradise island of Puerto Rico.
With its Spanish colonial heritage and status as a ‘US Unincorporated Organised Territory’, Puerto Rico offers its guests a unique destination to explore old world towns, lush rainforest and sublime beaches, play championship standard golf, discover extraordinary cuisine and spend quality family time together.
And with flights to Puerto Rico via New York, why not make your holiday extra special with a few days in the Big Apple!
The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort offers everything you could possibly want from a beach and golf resort, where golden beachfront and sapphire seas meet the natural beauty of El Yunque rainforest. Fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation, the resort has three sparkling beachfront pools, incredible dining with nine restaurants and lounges, a lively casino and the relaxing Mandara Spa.
Located minutes from Old San Juan, on the award-winning Isla Verde Beach in Puerto Rico sits the Fairmont El San Juan Hotel, where lively vibes and peaceful ocean views meet. Each suite and villa celebrates San Juan’s elegant past and present seamlessly, with warm textures and subtle ocean hues.
The only headache for golfers in Puerto Rico is deciding which of the many championship standard courses to play!
The Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is home to two Tom Kite designed 18-hole championship golf courses, while the El Conquistador Resort features feature an award-winning, 18-hole golf course designed by legendary architect Arthur Hills.
Tennis players need not be left out at the historic and iconic Caribe Hilton, situated on a private 17-acre lushly landscaped peninsula with its Olympian-sponsored Monica Puig tennis courts.
Alison Dunn has been in the travel industry for nearly three decades. In fact Alison is that much of an expert that she’s shared travel advice (why you should always book through a travel agent) with Ruth & Eamonn on ITV’s This Morning!
Ranked as one of the top beaches in the world, Flamenco Beach is a postcard-perfect stretch of white sand and turquoise waters. Practically wave-less, it’s ideal for snorkelling, swimming, unwinding and playing in the sand.
Relax in ultimate luxury at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, restored to its original grandeur. Experience richly appointed surroundings to the unsurpassed cuisine and highly personalised service.
Explore the flavours of Puerto Rico. The Mixology Experience at Casa Bacardi will teach you to create the perfect Mojito and Shaken Piña Colada while learning about the history of these cocktails as well as some cool bar tricks and skills.
Dine at Santaella in La Placita de Santurce, for authentic local cuisine or taste your way through Puerto Rico on an off the beaten path food tour, including hands-on cooking and a visit to a local farm.
Experience at El Yunque National Forest, the only Tropical Rainforest in the US Forest System. The Forest contains rare wildlife such as the Puerto Rican Parrot, one of the ten most endangered species of birds in the world. Walk the Angelito Trailhead to Las Damas Pool to swim in crystal-clear waters or just sit back and enjoy the natural beauty and tranquil sounds of the rainforest.
Snorkel in the enchanted cays of the east coast of Puerto Rico and enjoy the views from the sea of the El Yunque National Forest and the quiet beauty of the east coast of this amazing island.
Stay at the Palacio Provincial or Hotel El Convento in the heart of 500-year-old Colonial Old San Juan town. Walk the charming streets of the old town, discover street art, vibrant festivals and a history of Caribbean art and culture.
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