Puerto Rico | The Perfect Destination for Romance

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Puerto Rico | The Perfect Destination for Romance


Ever since I lived in Washington and one of my best friends there is a Puerto Rican native, I have had a strong urge to visit.  She used to tell me about all the wonderful things there are to do there and how it was a great romantic destination for couples.  I can not tell you how many times she told me ‘when you go to Puerto Rico, let me know and I will give you a list of things to do.’

Well, of course, I still have not been – shame on me – but it has forever been in the back of my mind since she told me.  Like any other place I dream about, I have researched Puerto Rico quite a bit for a future trip for Kaleb and I.  It is a perfect destination that is close to home but still feels like you are getting far away and I love that Southwest now flies there.

So, what would Kaleb and I do on a romantic trip to Puerto Rico?

Go Night Kayaking in the Bio Bay

Puerto Rico is home to three of only a few bio bays on earth – which is pretty amazing if I do say so myself. A  bioluminescent bay is the result of tiny single-celled organisms, dinoflagellates, releasing energy in the form of light.  Basically, they glow – and so does anything that touches them – kayak oars, fish and more.

Out of the three, Mosquito bay is claimed to be the best bio bay in Puerto Rico, and the world.

Visit Vieques Island

Why not visit an island off of an island?

Vieques Island is home to one of a few black-sand beaches in the world and one of the three bio bays in Puerto Rico.  Those two reasons alone are good enough for me to go but then add in…

…free-roaming horses, chickens and roosters.  Sign me up!


(via : Mark Donoher)

Explore El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest system and a great place to go exploring for a day in Puerto Rico.  We would love to go hiking in the beautiful, dense forest stopping along at different waterfalls along the way.

Be Beach Bums

Kaleb and I are not always the beach bum types – we crave movement and adventure when traveling – but sometimes you just need to claim a relaxation day.  Puerto Rico has over 270 miles of coastline despite being a tiny island – which means plenty of space to relax and be a beach bum for  day.

Flamenco Beach is the one that really catches my eye.


Ride a Horse in the Ocean

One of the things my friend from Washington always mentioned was riding horses not just on the beach, but IN THE OCEAN.  This is one thing that has always stuck in my mind as I’m a big horse person.  I’ve desperately wanted to do this for a long time.


(via : christopher_brown)

Eat Everything + Drink all the Rum

A good trip is not complete without trying local food.  I’m not a big expert on Puerto Rican food but I do know that 70% of the rum sold in the US comes from Puerto Rico.  I also know there would be lots of plantains consumed and that’s enough for me.

puerto rican food

Besides all of the aforementioned reasons, Puerto Rico is a great destination for US residents.  Flights are usually very reasonable, you do NOT need a passport, you do not need to convert money and most Puerto Ricans are very good English speakers.

I was already excited about visiting Puerto Rico one day with Kaleb but after doing even more research I think a trip there may be in our future sooner than expected.  Riding horses in the ocean, black sand beaches, bio bays and rainforests are all reasons we want to go to Puerto Rico.

So, tell me…why do YOU want to go to Puerto Rico?  

Come to Puerto Rico and live your own 5-star vacation story.

Brought to you by Puerto Rico Tourism.


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  1. Tanja/the Red Phone Box travels

    February 26, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    It looks wonderful! #weekend wanderlust

  2. Amanda

    February 26, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    This looks like a great destination for my upcoming wedding anniversary! I’ve always wanted to see wild horses and the food and rum all sound delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 26, 2016 at 9:27 AM

      I don’t know why I keep overlooking PR when making plans but I’m thinking I need to get there soon! Hope you have a wonderful anniversary! 🙂

  3. Kyle B.

    February 26, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Old San Juan is beautiful for spending an evening, with cobblestone streets and colonial-era buildings. I went a while ago, but wasn’t able to visit Vieques or Culebra, the other tiny island with pristine beaches. We went to the surf town of Rincon instea. The other place that might be worth a trip is the Arecibo Observatory, which was in Goldeneye, if you’re a James Bond fan.

    The only downside is that PR is nearly impossible to get around without renting a car.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 26, 2016 at 3:04 PM

      Thank you for all the tips! I’m making note of them for a future trip to PR!

  4. Corinne

    February 28, 2016 at 6:38 AM

    Ashley, As always your photos are stunning. As it happens, we’re planning a trip to PR in the not so distant future. I can’t wait!

  5. Ruth - Tanama Tales

    February 28, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Looks more like an adventure trip to me! I am from Puerto Rico and I can say you will have a fantastic trip no matter if you choose adventure, romance, beaches or food. Well, I think a bit of everything mentioned will make the trip more memorable ;0)

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 29, 2016 at 2:50 PM

      We are adventurers so adventure is romantic to us haha! 🙂

  6. Bernard Tan

    April 23, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    I would love to head to Puerto Rico! It looks awesome and beautiful especially the horse riding!

  7. Tonya

    April 23, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    I have lots of friends from Puerto Rico and they all say the same, that you have to see this amazing island. How fortunate for me it’s only about an hour flight away (why haven’t I gone there yet??)

  8. Justin

    April 23, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    I visited Puerto Rico a few times as a child and was always blown away by how beautiful and different it was from the scenery I was used to, and it wasn’t that far from home! The old city fort in San Juan is really amazing to visit!

  9. Monika

    April 23, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    A little bit too far away for me right now, but I hope to visit out one day. I’d love to ride a horse in the ocean!

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