Puerto Rico: Quiet paradise with amazing adventure activities

March 08, 2010
PGA TOUR staff

Puerto Rico's Eastern area offers breathtaking scenery and invigorating attractions. Among them is El Yunque National Forest, one of the new Wonders of Nature Official Nominee for the New 7 Wonders of Nature worldwide competition. El Yunque is one of the most accessible rainforests in the world and the only rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. It is also, the only tropical rainforest system from North and Central America and the Caribbean officially selected for the competition. This natural wonder is home to 240 species of exotic flora and wildlife. Visitors can learn about its history at El Portal Tropical Forest Center and then hike amongst the flora and fauna on its many trails. To support El Yunque nomination for the New 7 Wonders of Nature visit: www.votaporelyunque.com and cast your vote.

Travelers can also journey to Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico's most popular and beautiful coastline comprised of white, powdery sand. Swimmers can snorkel and swim amongst colorful fish and amazing coral reefs, while beachgoers bask in the sun and relax underneath coconut palms. Luquillo Beach features ample facilities, including wheelchair-accessible services, picnic areas and authentic local refreshments.

With its crystal-clear water and prolific sea life, Fajardo is one of the best places in the region for sailing, snorkeling and diving. A longtime fishing town, Fajardo boasts some of the best seafood restaurants in Puerto Rico.

The Islands of Vieques and Culebra are quickly becoming hotspots among international travel gurus and celebrities. Most travel to Vieques for its fabulous pristine beaches, including Sun Bay and Half Moon. One of the island's most fascinating attractions is Mosquito Bay, gorgeous by day and positively radiant by night due to bioluminescent organisms that cause the water to literally glow at night. Another bioluminescent bay can be found at Las Croabas in Fajardo.

Culebra offers beaches and incredible wildlife to travelers looking for an escape from the real world The Culebra Wildlife Refuge offers virtually untouched nature and its unexplored reefs are a diver's paradise. Flamenco Beach has the prestige of being listed as one of The Travel Channel's best beaches in the world.