Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Good Time to Visit Puerto Rico?

Perspective view of the sea floor of the Atlan...Image via WikipediaWith the economic crisis that is going on in the United States many people are hesitant about traveling. This makes perfect sense because whenever the economy takes a turn for the worse people hold off on things that they consider a luxury. However, if you are going to travel, then picking Puerto Rico as a vacation spot could be a wise choice financially.

Unfortunately, for Puerto Rico the country is going through an economic crisis even worse than what the United States is experiencing. What this means to any traveler is that the dollar will be stronger and will buy more than it did in the past. Consequently, if you are going to travel at all then Puerto Rico is a smart destination financially. Puerto Rico is also a smart destination just for the fact it is beautiful place to visit.

There is quite a lot to do there as well as the island being beautiful and relaxing. It will be even more relaxing when you're on vacation, and you know that you're getting the best quality for your money. So, start packing your bags and get ready for your tropical Puerto Rico vacation.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Things to do in Puerto Rico

Scuba divers observing fish and coralImage via WikipediaJust about anyone knows that Puerto Rico is a beautiful country. When you think of Puerto Rico it evokes images of exotic drinks, warm balmy breezes, and clear blue water. Who wouldn't want to visit? In addition, who wouldn't be able to figure out what to do there? Most people think of going to Puert Rico on vacation, and only imagine laying on the beach taking in the sun, or doing some swimming.

However, that is not the case. There are a lot of fun things that are available for people that like action during their vacation. One thing a lot of people don't consider is bicycling. This is a great way to discover even more of beautiful Puerto Rico. Renting a bike is easy and there are plenty of places to get a bike in Puerto Rico. Of course dining goes without saying. Most people have already considered that they are going to eat at the various romantic restaurants and sample the exotic cuisine. How about driving around the island? If you don't have the ambition to bicycle around the island then you can rent a car and drive around, and see the beautiful local landscape.

Fishing is another good activity, that doesn't take that much effort, and can be good for less ambitious people. For the more athletic and adventurous travelers, there is hiking. Hiking can take you even deeper into the beauty of Puerto Rico. You can get an even closer look at nature. Many people don't consider horseback riding. Nevertheless, this is another consideration for something a little different. Scuba diving is wonderful in Puerto Rico. The water is beautiful and so is the underwater scenery.

So, aside from being a beautiful island, and a favorite vacation spot, Puert Rico can also offer a variety of activities. It's great that there is such a variety because there is sure to be something to fit the personal taste of everyone.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Breaking Travel News

San Juan, Puerto RicoImage via WikipediaGood News for all of the Regent Hotels and Resorts fans. The company has just broken ground for the building of its newest hotel and resort, The Regent Palmas del Mar Puerto Rico. The resort will be located 30 minutes southeast of San Juan.

The resort promises to be a wonderful luxurious addition to an already lush area. The Regent Palmas del Mar Puerto Rico will have 150 rooms and will offer beachfront accommodations. It is scheduled to open in December of 2011. So for any travelers to Puerto Rico, this will be a future bright spot to look forward to visiting.

Of course with everything that is already available in Puerto Rico there is no reason to wait until this resort is done. Travelers that are looking for a great vacation experience should definitely put Puerto Rico on their itinerary.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

What Exactly are Puerto Rican Passports?

Tides Out!Image by stuart.mundy via FlickrIf you ever came across the phrase 'Puerto Rico passports', you would have definitely wondered whether Puerto Rico is an independent country. Well, it is not. Puerto Rico is an integral part of the United States of America and its residents are US citizens. If this is so, how and why has this phrase been used?

Many people are not aware that the USA has two major commonwealths: (1) Puerto Rico, which was always considered a highly advantageous military location in the Caribbean for America, and (2) Northern Marianas. Besides these, there are 12 unincorporated territories or possessions out of which only four are inhabited: US Virgin Islands, Guam, Midway Islands, and American Samoa. The residents of these US Commonwealths and possessions, except for those of American Samoa, are all US citizens. The latter are only US nationals, but not US citizens.

Puerto Rico has always been one of the most wanted destinations for tourists from all over the world. During the 1930s however, this amazing island was far from popular. The reason was that a large group of terrorists was caught during that period, where the majority was found in possession of ids and travel documents issued in Puerto Rico.

The false documents, particularly the Puerto Rico passports and Puerto Rico birth certificates, which permitted these terrorists to travel as US citizens throughout the world, caused immense embarrassment and pain to the citizens of Puerto Rico as they unexpectedly became synonymous with nefarious activities. The phrase 'Puerto Rico passports' had been coined at that time. Many people, even travel agencies, still harbor the misconception that such documents, which are supposedly issued in Puerto Rico, were and are outside the jurisdiction of the United States.

The truth was that in the past, no American required a passport for traveling back and forth to the Caribbean. There are no such documents known as Puerto Rico passports. However, with effect from 23 January 2007, US citizens were required to present a valid US passport or any equivalent travel document such as Air Nexus Card, passport card or US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document when they re-entered the United States by air.

Under the directives of WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) from 1 June 2009 onwards, these rules would be extended to all US citizens who travel to Bermuda, Caribbean, Mexico, Central, and South America regardless of whether they travel by air, land, or sea. Such travel would require that all US citizens carry a valid passport, WHTI approved document or passport card when they return to the USA.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Cold Weather Means Heading to Tropical Paradise-Puerto Rico

Vieques (off mainland Puerto Rico)Image by Michael Buck via Flickr
If you are thinking about the upcoming winter months and dreading the awful weather that you know is heading your way, you may be considering traveling to a warmer climate. Many people are thinking just along those lines this time of year. Puerto Rico has long been a prime vacation location, and it is becoming increasingly more popular. But how long before your actual trip should you decide to make your travel plans and reservations? Many individuals do not think about this until after it is too late to make and finalize their plans.

If you are an individual that is looking to Puerto Rico as your winter vacation destination, it is imperative that you do not wait till the last minute to make your travel plans. You won't be the only individual that is thinking of sandy beaches and warm glistening waters for this winter season; don't fool yourself into thinking you will be. Hotel reservations and flights for the warmer areas are going to be filling up fast for the this time of year, especially the holiday season.

Another reason that you do not want to wait to the last minute is that you want to be able to get the best hotel rates and prices for flights as possible. In order to make sure that you get the best rates and that you are able to take your trip at all, it is best to book your vacation reservations about three months in advance. This is just smart traveling sense and will ensure that you are able to spend your vacation the way you want and not wishing you had done things differently.

If you are looking to spend the winter months lying on the beach and enjoying the gorgeous Puerto Rican weather, be sure that you make your reservations in a timely manner. While many let procrastination get the best of them, it should not be the case where winter travel is concerned. You don't want to find yourself surrounded by snow and 10 degree weather, wishing you were somewhere much warmer, such as Puerto Rico.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Forget The Bailout Plan, Explore The Shore In Puerto Rico!

080517 - 269 Caribbean - Puerto Rico - San Jua...Image by Andries3 via FlickrLet’s face it. You have a million things on your plate every single day. All that you really want is to be able to take a vacation and help relieve some of the stresses of everyday life. However, it may be hard to think about treating yourself to a vacation when there is constant talk about a billion-dollar bailout plan and a possible recession. The news keeps telling you that things could get worse before they get any better. What you should know is that you can make yourself feel better and ready for whatever comes your way in the near future with the help of a wonderful escape in the form of a Puerto Rican vacation.

Puerto Rico vacation rentals and gorgeous Puerto Rico villas are just waiting for you amidst gorgeous sun and sand to help wash all of your cares and worries away. Before you know it, with the simple and easy planning of a Puerto Rico vacation, you can be well on the way to de-stressing and relaxing in the sun. This way, when you get back from your vacation, you can head back into your daily routine with a fresh outlook and an upbeat attitude.

With hundreds of miles of some of the most stunning beaches that you have ever laid your eyes on, you will be glad that you took the time to book your Puerto Rican vacation. While you are in Puerto Rico, you can step out of your Puerto Rico vacation rental or Puerto Rico villa and take part in some of the incredible adventures that await you. Whether it is sightseeing, shopping or thrilling excursions that you are after, this gorgeous portion of the globe seems to have something memorable for everyone to enjoy! All you have to do is bailout of your humdrum routine and take the time to see just what a Puerto Rican vacation has to offer.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Puerto Rico is Fast Becoming a Travel Hot Spot

Photo of a garita in el Morro Castle in Puerto...Image via WikipediaThe country of Puerto Rico is approximately 100 miles long by 35 miles wide and is considered one of the most beautiful Islands in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico used to be thought of as just a stop on the way to one of the many other islands in the Caribbean but times are changing for this country.

Puerto Rico is promoting itself to travelers as an exciting adventure hot spot. For the more adventurous and excitement loving wanderer this might be just the spot for them to visit. For anyone up to it they can sign up for a backpacking adventure trip. These are serious excursions though and are really only for the experienced. They come with guides as well to make sure that no one gets lost or hurt, or at least to try and alleviate that prospect as much as is possible.

However, for the traveler that is NOT looking for an adventure this strenuous or exciting there is still the social challenges of the beautiful city of San Juan. They can go and drink and dance to their hearts content and get their excitement groove on that way.

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