People tend to sleep on the depth and beauty of Puerto Rico. Though the island is considered a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is far from American, and if you ever forget, the country’s proud people are quick to remind you. Don’t get it twisted!
The vibrant island has a distinct vibe, which is the result of a mashup of cultures–African, Spanish, French, Dutch and British blood pumps through the veins of the islands’ diverse population. The moment you land in Puerto Rico, the spirit of the island will move you and fill you with a feeling you won’t find anywhere else. From the swaying of the trees and the sound of the ocean, to the smell of fresh mofongo and the resilient voices of the people, all of this and more will make you feel right at home.
Visual storyteller Shade Bakare (@fola.shade) got to bask in the country’s wonders firsthand and judging by her photos, it was a mood and a moment. Check out her snapshots and get into the beauty of Puerto Rico.
Welcome to Puerto Rico
Full of rich culture, flavorful food, sandy beaches, relaxation, adventure and more, Puerto Rico is a small Caribbean island that feels larger than life. Visiting between mid-April to June (just before rainy season) will help you experience all that the country has to offer. Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, Americans don't need a passport to go, which makes planning a trip super simple.
Photo Credit: @fola.shade
The best part about being on an island? The views! With so many great accommodation options boasting breathtaking views, it can be difficult to choose where to stay. Resorts like Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, are a great place to start if you want a beachside, worry-free vacation. You can also check out one of the many affordable home rentals located throughout the island.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Heaven on a Plate
If you thought Puerto Rican cuisine was just rice and beans...think again! National dishes like mofongo, pernil, and pastelón are musts when you visit, and you definitely can't leave without trying PR's award-winning rums like Bacardí, Don Q, or Ron del Barrilito.
Soak Up the Vibes
From jungles to beaches and mountains, Puerto Rico has so much to offer, but the one thing to do when you visit is dance in the sun and soak up the vibes. The vibrant people fill the streets for music and laughter, and it won't be long before you find yourself moving to the beat of the same drum.