If you’re dreaming of a sunny, tropical getaway this winter, there’s one affordable and beautiful Caribbean destination that is perfect for a weekend (or longer!) trip.
Puerto Rico is one of the hottest destinations in the world right now, seeing a record increase in tourism numbers in recent years. And it’s only set to grow further in popularity in 2024.
Aside from the fact that it’s sunny and 80° F all winter long, here’s why you should book a trip to this trending island destination ASAP:
Convenient And Affordable Flights
One of the top reasons you should choose Puerto Rico for a quick Caribbean getaway?
There are tons of convenient and affordable flights from cities in the United States! In fact, you can often find round-trip flights to San Juan for less than $250 per ticket.
Unlike some of the more far-flung islands in the Caribbean that require multiple flights and long layovers to get to, San Juan has nonstop flights from more than 20 cities across the United States.
From cities like New York, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, and Atlanta, the total flight time to San Juan is under 4 hours, making it a quick journey that is viable for a weekend trip.
You Don’t Even Need A Passport
Another great reason to head to Puerto Rico this winter? American travelers don’t even need a passport to visit.
Although it’s geographically located in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, which means American travelers don’t need a passport to enter.
Even if you do have a passport, it’s nice to travel to a Caribbean island that is technically considered a domestic destination so you don’t have to worry about passing through immigration and customs.
San Juan Is An Incredible Cultural Destination
Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, is one of the best cultural destinations in the Caribbean. This vibrant and historic city is a great place to base yourself on a quick getaway to Puerto Rico.
In Viejo San Juan, you can explore colorful cobblestoned streets and pop into boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. You also can’t miss the San Juan National Historic Site, which is made up of two historic fortresses. There are also colonial churches and great museums to check out.
Even better? The Viejo San Juan district is also close to some awesome beaches! Not only can you enjoy history and culture, but you can relax under palm trees listening to the sounds of the sea.
Great Beaches Are Also Accessible
You don’t even have to leave the city to discover beautiful beaches in Puerto Rico, which is another reason it’s a great destination for a short weekend break.
You’ll find most hotels and resorts in San Juan around Condado Beach. This is a super lively beach with clear blue waters and golden sand.
Escambrón Beach is another great spot, located between Viejo San Juan and Condado Beach. It’s a certified Blue Flag beach thanks to its sustainable environmental practices, and it’s the most laidback of the city beaches.
If you have more time in Puerto Rico, you can head to the nearby islands of Vieques or Culebra, or the gorgeous Dorado del Mar, for an even beachier getaway.
Hotels That Won’t Blow Your Budget
Finally, Puerto Rico is a prime candidate for a winter getaway because, unlike some pricier Caribbean destinations, you can find great deals on hotels that won’t blow your budget.
Puerto Rico is one of the cheapest islands in the Caribbean when it comes to airfare, hotels, and other on-the-ground expenses like food and activities.
You can often find hotels for under $125 per night, and even some of the more luxurious resorts in Puerto Rico are frequently available for less than $300 per night.
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