Puerto Rico Vacations
The territorial island of Puerto Rico continually remains one of the crowning points of the Caribbean cruise vacation for over five million Americans every year. The influx of around two billion dollars a year in tourism income has allowed Puerto Rico to develop a very strong tourism industry. By virtue of being a territory of the United States, visitors from the mainland are not required to go through the passport process as the residents of Puerto Rico are themselves United States citizens.
As well as providing many miles of tropic beachfront for the ocean loving tourist, Puerto Rico contains many unique and historical sites to visit. Culebra and Vieques islands both offer huge expanses of beach as well as Spanish castles and mansions and forested mountains to round out the scenic beauty of the land. San Juan is the location of the Puerto Rican Museum of Art as well as the El Morro Castle. The El Yunque National Rain Forest is a special attraction of Rio Grande and Bayamon offers the inquisitive their ultramodern Science Park of Puerto Rico.
Possibly one of the biggest scientific attractions on this huge island paradise is the Arecibo Radio Observatory which played such a huge role in the S.E.T.I. (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Project that it is still a focal point for Hollywood movies and television shows.
For those who seek more earthly pleasures, Catano is the home of the world's biggest rum distillery. From here originates Bacardi's select premium liqueur, distilled from the local sugar cane which continues to be Puerto Rico's greatest agricultural cash crop.
Whatever you find in Puerto Rico to entertain you, it prides itself in being one of the best tropical paradise vacations to be found. While close to home it still offers that world away flavor of the exotic.