How to plan the perfect weekend getaway to Puerto Rico

When on the hunt for the perfect weekend getaway, many vacationers ultimately decide on Puerto Rico. Because of its proximity to the US mainland and because of the fact that it does not require residents of the United States to bring a passport along, this makes sense. Additionally, once you have visited Puerto Rico and have been able to experience the beauty and culture that this island holds, it truly is no surprise that Puerto Rico is the perfect weekend getaway.

 

Best things to do in Puerto Rico

 

Depending on where your Royal Holiday Puerto Rican vacation takes you, here is how to plan the perfect weekend getaway in Puerto Rico: 

 

Guánica

 

If your travels take you to Guánica, the Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect place to begin your weekend vacation. While spending the whole weekend relaxing on the beach is a perfectly acceptable way to spend your time, if you are looking to immerse yourself in Puerto Rico’s culture, Guánica has an array of options for you to choose from, including museums and various outdoor activities. Spend a few hours exploring Porta Coeli, a historic Catholic church that dates back to the 17th century, or the Ponce Museum of Art Collection which holds over 4,500 objects from around the world, including Baroque art and 19th-century English paintings.  If adventure sports are more your style, The Wall at Playa Santa is a popular scuba-diving attraction with a diverse ecosystem featuring dolphins, sea turtles, and eels. Perhaps the top destination for those staying in Guánica (and for those around the world), however, is a tour of the Bioluminescent Bay, a glowing bay that is the result of a chemical reaction set off by tiny micro-organisms that emit a blue, glowing hue. 

 

San Juan

 

Located a half of a mile from the airport, San Juan’s Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort sets anyone up to have a good, relaxing stay. In fact, your weekend can be full of activities without having to leave the resort. With pool and oceanfront amenities, as well as a full-service casino, it is easy to fill your weekend without venturing out into San Juan. With that being said, a visit to San Juan would not be complete without exploring all that the city has to offer. A sightseeing tour of the Old San Juan Historical District or a walk through the El Yunque National Rainforest, followed by lunch in town, is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Wrap up the day with a night of dancing at any of San Juan’s local clubs. 

 

Palmas Del Mar

 

A stay at the Park Royal Club Cala in Palmas Del Mar is truly a home-away-from-home experience. With more than six miles of shoreline, two 18-hole golf courses, a 162-slip marina, an equestrian center, and the Caribbean’s largest tennis facility, boasting 20 courts, Palmas Del Mar has activities for anyone and everyone. Spend your weekend in the lap of luxury with full spa treatments, partake in an array of water sports including scuba diving, fishing, and kayaking, or enjoy a horseback ride along the water at sunset. If you are up for additional exploration, consider one of Palmas Del Mar’s offshore destinations or venture into the heart of Palmas Del Mar for a meal at one of its 20 restaurants or to empty your wallet at one of its many shopping destinations. When you visit Palmas Del Mar, your weekend getaway is sure to be one that you remember. 

 

Wherever your Puerto Rican weekend getaway takes you, a stay at one of Royal Holiday’s resorts ensures that your weekend will be filled to the brim with as much fun and relaxation as you desire. 

 

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About Nia McKenna

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Nia is an Associate Editor at The Fairytale Traveler and self diagnosed travel junkie. Having traveled to 5 of the 7 continents, her love of good food and culture is a force to be reckoned with. When she isn't off adventuring with her husband, which she writes about on her blog CircaWanderlust, she can be found with a good cup of tea cuddling her pups and taking pictures of her food. She loves black and white movies and could listen to Elvis on repeat.

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