2015 Bucket List Destination: Puerto Rico

January 8, 2015 Katja Presnal

5 reasons to visit Puerto Rico in 2015

Puerto Rico – my 2015 bucket list destination

Happy New Year 2015! On this Instagram Travel Thursday I would like to think of some of the dream destinations for the new year. Did you travel somewhere for the Holidays or to celebrate the New Year’s Eve? I visited my old friend Anna and her family in Cleveland to celebrate the New Year, and it was so great to sit back and relax and share our travel stories from the past couple of years. Anna was telling me about Puerto Rico, and her family’s adventures there, and Puerto Rico immediately became one those destinations I would love to go in the future. I wanted to learn more about Puerto Rico, so I checked out the See Puerto Rico site, and thought it would be fun to do a picture trip to Puerto Rico via Instagram photos I found and check out the video on the end too – what an adventure awaits you in Puerto Rico!

Five reasons to go to Puerto Rico in photos & video

1. ADVENTURES

El Yunque is the only subtropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service, and I would love to have a rainforest adventure there. An adventure that scares me to death but sounds amazing is the longest Zip Lines on Earth: La Bestia in Toro Verde. It uses a specially designed harness to soar through the air across 4,745 feet of terrain. Watch this video, it looks intense!

A much less scarier but equally awesome experience would be kayaking in a biobay. Bioluminescence exists around the world, but there are only a few biobays in the world. Puerto Rico has three of them, and you can kayak or take a boat ride to see them. I would love to do night kayaking to see it!

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2. BEACHES

270 miles of coastline – do I need to say more? With so many beaches, there is a beach that is perfect for you.

3. ROMANTIC TROPICAL PARADISE

Walks on the beach, boat rides, scuba-diving, romantic dinners, and rum cocktails on the sunset. Sign me up! Puerto Rico sounds like an excellent romantic getaway and with easy direct flights from many US-cities, making it even a perfect long weekend destination for romantic relaxation. For example direct flights to San Juan from New York City take less than four hours.

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4. BUDGET & FAMILY FRIENDLY. AND NO PASSPORT NEEDED.

Puerto Rico in an inexpensive family friendly travel destination making it a great vacation spot even for larger families. It sounds like the perfect place to take kids for a tropical adventure trip, to swim on the gorgeous beaches, and eat the delicious Puerto Rican food and have a vacation of a lifetime on a budget. One added bonus for American families who might not travel abroad often. You don’t need a passport to go to Puerto Rico! Passports get expensive, especially if you are renewing them for a larger family. For those visiting from countries other than the USA, a visa is required to enter the island. If you are just visiting as a tourist, the standard 90-day non-immigrant visa will be your key to paradise.

5. SPECIAL EVENTS

Added reasons to visit in 2015 are the numerous special festivals and events hosted on the island. Some of the programming for 2015 include music festivals like Festival Casals of Puerto Rico, bringing yearly the world’s most important musical talent to San Juan. Sports events include Ironman and Puerto Rico Open golf tournament. Or better yet: organize your own special event in Puerto Rico, it is for example an excellent destination wedding destination.

If you are traveling to Puerto Rico this year, use the #seepuertorico hashtag for your travel photos on Instagram. And as always, use #skimbaco for moments of living life to the fullest and #IGtravelThursday for your travel photos!

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live globally inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (7)

  1. Oh Puerto Rico! One of my favorite places :) I worked there for a year and completely fell in love with it. The charming old San Juan, the white beaches (Culebra island!!), the bioluminescent bays, the green and lush center, the friendly people and the music playing everywhere. I definitely recommend a visit!

  2. Puerto Rico looks amazing and I’m sure you’ll make it happen this year! I’d love to see you doing the ziplining, maybe that would give me courage to try it one day too…

  3. I have no doubt that you’re going to get here in 2015! #MakeItHappen ;) A college friend of mine was from PR and he had some amazing stories and pictures to share with us back then. Sri Lanka and Dubai are on my bucket list for this year ( to reconnect with family) so I know how badly you may want to go here!

  4. We spent a day in San Juan on a cruise a few years ago and I have wanted to go back ever since. Puerto Rico is a good choice for your bucket list!

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