Cultural Gems in Puerto Rico with Elegant Resorts
Take a mix of tropical beaches, salsa dancing and piña coladas, and then stir in shopping malls, multi-lane freeways, casinos and fancy Colonial architecture dating back to Spanish rule. Welcome to Puerto Rico, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island with a big American heart.
Make no mistake, this island likes to party and wherever you go, music pumps out loud – African bomba, Jamaican reggae, American rock, Latin jazz and lots of Cuban salsa! There are fiestas galore – such as the San Sebastián Festival, a four-day extravaganza not to be missed – with twirling locals in flamboyant costumes, crowd-filled streets and food stalls selling delicious snacks.
Explore fine old towns replete with churches, plazas, museums and trendy places to eat and drink, such as Ponce, San Germán and, in particular, San Juan Old Town. This exquisite walled city overflows with classic Colonial buildings proudly lining cobbled streets. The best shops, restaurants, museums and nightlife are all here. As is Plaza de Colon, featuring a marble statue of Christopher Columbus, who landed here in 1493. Another iconic landmark is El Morro, an imposing Spanish citadel looking out across the Atlantic Ocean, built to safeguard the city from naval attack. Climb the ramparts, bring a picnic, fly a kite and soak up the history and the views.
What else to do on this culturally rich island? Well, how about a private tour of a gourmet coffee hacienda or a mixology class at the Bacardi Visitor Centre. And back at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Cartlton Reserve, there’s the Rockefeller Nature Trail; eleven miles of meandering paths taking in coast and countryside, as well as exotic flora and fauna. Walk, jog or cycle and enjoy magical moments once cherished by Rockefeller when he established this private oasis some fifty years ago.
Jet off to this sun-soaked Caribbean island and experience first-hand its diverse medley of cultures.