Take a quick getaway to the white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of Puerto Rico, an island that serves up a lot of rich history, culture, and fun.

Relax and Retreat

Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

With villas, private beaches and an option of snorkeling or horseback riding you can’t go wrong with this establishment. Get yourself back in balance at the spa with many treatments that will refresh your mind, body, and soul. Dance the night away and enjoy cuisine from 20 different restaurants. If you want to stay in for an evening, no worries, there is a 24-hour butler service. Rooms start at $199. www.lascasitasvillage.com

El San Juan Hotel and Casino

Overlook the beach in this 15-acre oasis. Everything from private cabanas, a secluded hammock garden, and pools that look endless. Satisfy your taste buds and choose your culinary goodness from an option of nine restaurants. The hotel has live music and a casino for a full entertainment experience. Rooms start at $229. elsanjuanhotel.com

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

Release your adventurous side and enjoy the nature and beauty of the island while you are at this resort. Whether you like hiking, zip lining, or biking there is something for everyone. After a long day in nature, pamper your muscles at the spa with a relaxing massage. There are also options for sports such as golf and tennis. Enjoy the food and beverages that the resort has to offer as you look at the breathtaking view of Puerto Rico. Rooms start at $753 www.stregisbahiabeach.com

A Lesson in History

San Juan National Historic Site

Comprised of the forts of San Felipe del Morro, San Juan de la Cruz, and San Cristóbal this is one of the top historical attractions to visit in Puerto Rico. You can visit a piece of history and see a view of the island. This 400 year-old fortress sits on the northern tip of the San Juan and a site to be seen.

Old San Juan

A popular area with tourists and many sights see. Old San Juan is an area not to miss. Touring this area you can see San Juan’s city hall, Casa Blanca which is presently a museum, it was previously the ancestral home of the Ponce de Leon family, and La Casa del Libro just to name a few. This area also has many shops, restaurants, bars, and lounges.

Cultural Cuisine

1919 Restaurant

Nosh on organic food and enjoy the beauty of the island. This upscale restaurant with a new American flair has a versatile menu and a rotating wine list that is specifically chosen to pair perfectly with the meal of your choice. 1919restaurant.com

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, 1055 Ashford Ave., San Juan, PR 00907 787.724.1919

Oceano

An unforgettable dining experience with a view of the ocean in a relaxed environment, diners can come eat, have cocktails and enjoy the lounge experience. With three stories of spacious indoor, outdoor, and roof top areas you can spend hours at this establishment. The menu includes a variety of delicious options that will satisfy your taste for Caribbean or American cuisine. oceanopr.com

2 Cll Vendig, San Juan, PR 00907 787.724.6300

Yvelette Stines

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