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Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Visit This Record-Breaking Caribbean Destination

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Some destinations capture your imagination and make you want to return again and again and that is true of this destination which is one of the hottest destinations in the Caribbean right now for American travelers.

Woman walking along the beach in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico boasts beautiful beaches and a vibrant culture, and it is among the most developed destinations in the Caribbean too.

Here’s why now is the perfect time to visit this record-breaking Caribbean destination:

A Popular Destination

Tourism in Puerto Rico is thriving.

While other countries have struggled to recover after the pandemic, new statistics have revealed that the three best years for Puerto Rico tourism have been 2021, 2022, and 2023.

The top origin destinations for travelers planning trips to Puerto Rico for the first quarter of 2024 are travelers from Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Toronto.

Puerto Rico Beach - Mar Chiquita

And it’s easy to see why the destination is so popular. Puerto Rico offers stunning beaches, buzzing nightlife, and a multitude of cultural and outdoor activities.

It is the very best of the Caribbean but without the hassle of leaving the U.S.

No Passport Required

One of the most appealing aspects of visiting Puerto Rico for many travelers is that U.S. citizens don’t need a passport to vacation on the island.

This is because Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States.

Given that there are widespread delays in obtaining U.S. passports right now due to processing issues, this is particularly appealing to tourists who don’t have a passport or whose passports have expired.

Sunset aerial view over the Caribbean Beach in Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Because Puerto Rico is such an accessible island there are few restrictions on who can visit. You can just book your airline ticket and go!

The tourist board in Puerto Rico has just launched a ‘no passport, no problem!’ campaign to promote this, which is proving incredibly successful and the message is clear. You can visit the Caribbean without a passport as long as you choose to visit Puerto Rico!

Something For Everyone

No matter what you’re looking for from your vacation Puerto Rico offers something for everyone.

Small cascade in El Yunque national forest, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has the largest shopping center in the Caribbean, Plaza Las Américas which is ideal for shopaholics and bargain hunters.

Foodies can enjoy the hearty locally sourced ingredients and locally produced dishes as well as taking a tour of the most extensive rum factory globally, Casa Bacardí. Follow your tour with a rum cocktail or two.

And of course for fans of the great outdoors the biggest attraction of the island is its breathtaking beaches.  The island boasts more than 270 miles of coastline.

View-of-Playa-Condado-in-San-Juan-Puerto-RIco.

Some of the most famous beaches include Flamenco Beach, Isla Verde, and Luquillo Beach, which are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports such as surfing and snorkeling.

Away from the coastline Puerto Rico is also a great spot for hiking, cycling, and other adventurous outdoor pursuits.

The Time Is Now

High season and the period considered the best time to visit Puerto Rico runs from mid-December to Mid-April.

These months are so popular because they are the months with the mildest temperatures and the least rainfall.

If you visit now, which is just outside of this window, then you can take advantage of those same benefits but with the lower crowd levels and more affordable pricing of low season.

Skyline of San Juan, Puerto Rico

In November Puerto Rico offers temperatures of between 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 C) and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 C). The month is also generally dry though there are sporadic downpours.

These are the best temperatures for exploring the island and enjoying outdoor activities. It’s warm without being too warm. Hot without being humid.

Although November is officially a part of the Atlantic hurricane season historically very few hurricanes hit the island during this month.

This is the time for budget travelers to visit the island. Between August and November, hotel prices in Puerto Rico are at their lowest, even in the more expensive capital of San Juan.

colorful-beach-town-puerto-rico

November is also the best time for surfers to visit Puerto Rico. You can enjoy the Rincon International Surfing Festival on the island this month.

Avoid the crowds, enjoy the sunshine, and experience the best of San Juan’s tourist attractions to yourself. Now is the best time to visit Puerto Rico.

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PR

Tuesday 14th of November 2023

Stop telling people to visit Puerto Rico. Still a colony. Our people are being pushed off the island. We don't want any more gringos coming to our island. It's disgusting to treat our homeland like it's just a fun place to visit with tourists. Who treat my people badly and treat our land even worse

Francis

Sunday 19th of November 2023

@Thomas, I meant Thomas and Bill, Thank You.

Francis

Sunday 19th of November 2023

@Richard, thank you!!

Thomas

Thursday 16th of November 2023

@Bill, I am a gringo visiting this mountainous undeveloped Treasure , with countless waterfalls and pristine beaches that you can beachcomb forever…

I hope you don’t take this personal , but you Puerto Rican people are the kindest and happiest and mellowest people on Gods green earth …

Puerto Rico is like discovering a fabulous new planet …

However we don’t have to travel past the Van Allen belt to find it …

We gringos ( most of us ) are greatful guests in this Caribbean paradise …

Some of us gringos are knuckleheads , and therefore…Thankyou for your patience…

We promise not to destroy the innocence of this amazingly unspoiled Island …

We shall bring our kinder angels in our backpacks and luggage…

Thankyou for opening your beautiful hearts to us …

We promise to take only photos and we shall leave only footprints in the warm tropical sands …

we want only hugs and your legendary - eternal friendship …😎

Bill

Thursday 16th of November 2023

@PR, Get over it

Richard

Wednesday 15th of November 2023

@PR, Puerto Rico its a great place to visit and have fun. I have lived there for more than 40 years and I still enjoy it. No one is pushing anyone don’t mix politics with tourism. Don’t get mad get smart and take advantage of what Puerto Rico had to offer. Ask someone there to take you to a” chinchorreo” a unique experience.