In St. John's, NL we rented a lovely one-bedroom ground floor suite in a bed and breakfast, walking distance to all the bars, restaurants, hiking paths and other attractions. In Jamaica we stayed in a cliff-side hut at a small rustic eco-resort in a remote location with beautiful beaches right outside its gates. For our next vacation of this sort, I think we've found the best of both worlds: Puerto Rico. For starters, Puerto Rico is one of the cheapest places to fly to in all of the Caribbean. Round trip air fare can be as low as $228 per person from Washington, DC to San Juan. Because the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, they use U.S. currency and Americans don't need a passport to enter. Puerto Rico's water quality is held to the same standards we enjoy here in the States, so you don't have to worry about drinking the water while there.
|Old San Juan|
Sure there are other attractions and destinations worth considering: bioluminescent bays, caves, the surf town Rincón, the charms of Cabo Rojo and Boquerón and the Museum of Puerto Rican Music in Ponce come to mind. But studies show that relaxing, stress-free vacations are the most happiness-boosting so I don't want to go through the hassle and frustrations of renting a car and managing all the logistics that come with that. Not when we can experience pretty much everything we want through a combination of Old San Juan and Culebra!