It’s So Easy
Normally, I have no qualms about traveling internationally. That said, I appreciated how much less work I had to do in order to travel to Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. territory. If you’re an American, here’s why it’s easy:
- You don’t need your passport — a license or ID is all you need to fly.
- The currency is the U.S. dollar.
- While Spanish is the main language of the island, English is widely spoken and everyone in the tourism industry speaks English.
- Your U.S. phone plan will work normally without having to get a SIM card or paying roaming charges.
Additionally, there are direct flights to Puerto Rico from all over the U.S. (but especially on the East Coast).
The Perfect All-Around Island
Plenty of people fly to Puerto Rico and never go beyond the confines of their resort. Not my thing, but I get it. Sometimes you need a getaway where you do nothing.
But if you want more than just a beach, Puerto Rico has it all. If you’re visiting for just a few days, like I was, you can easily fit in beach time, adventure time, culture time, and yes, even hanging-out-at-the-pool time.
Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
Of course, if you’re going to the Caribbean, you want to see some beaches!
Culebra Island, east of the main island of Puerto Rico, is home to Flamenco Beach, which is frequently voted one of the best beaches in the world in travel magazines and on sites like TripAdvisor.