No Passport, No Problem: Travel to Puerto Rico!

Hey all!  It’s Jessica from Fantabulosity!

I want to fill you in on a travel destination “hidden gem.”  Back in 2008, when my husband, {Cough}, “proposed,” to me, {I’ll fill you in on the hesitation at the end}, we knew we wanted a destination wedding.

I began scouring the internet for destination beach weddings, and although exotic locations kept catching my eye, I kept running in to one problem.  “A Passport is required to travel to this location.”  A passport wasn’t a problem for my husband and I, but I wanted family members to attend, and about 90% of them did not have one, nor the desire to apply for one.

Then one evening something MAGICAL happened.  A commercial came across the TV: “Visit Puerto Rico!  Beautiful beaches, friendly people, historical attractions.  NO PASSPORT REQUIRED for US Citizens!”  Hallelujah!

San Juan Puerto Rico, A great vacation destination that does not require a passport

San Juan Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a great destination, whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, trip with the kiddos, or an adults only trip. So what is so great about it?  Well, we only visited 3 different cities in PR, and I’ll tell you my “favorites.”

  • San Juan- This is where we stayed, and although BEAUTIFUL, the town had more of a “resorty,” “franchisey,” feel to it.  It has your typical shopping/dining and gorgeous scenery.
  • Old San Juan-Oh how I loved it here.  Cobblestone roads, fantastic dining, historical sites, quaint shops, and more.  Not far from here, is the El Yunque Rain Forest, and comes HIGHLY recommended.
Old San Juan- A great vacation destination that does not require a passport

Old San Juan

 

  • Culebra Island- Oh my.  My hubby and I booked a small 4-seater plane, and flew to a nearby private island called, “Culebra Island.”  We rented a jeep to tour the island, and were in “Awe.”  Once voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world, it also has authentic dining, no luxury resorts which results in low population, wild horses, and my FAVORITE part, the unbelievable aqua ocean.   We covered every inch of  “paradise.”
Culebra Island in Puerto Rico- Once voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world

Culebra Island in Puerto Rico

My pictures DO NOT do Puerto Rico justice.  At the time, I had a cheapo camera, and a wedding photographer that was great… but sometimes pictures just do not grasp what the eye does.

So next time you’re planning a vacation, give PR a chance.  I’m so glad we did!

{Now to tell you why I hesitated using the word “Proposed.”  Well, my husband came home one day, looked at me and said, “So my dad and brother just gave me a hard time about not being married yet.  So do you want to?  If so, go to the jewelry store and pick out a ring, and I’ll pay for it.”  OH NO HE DIDN’T!  BUT, I immedieatly shouted “yes,” and drove myself to that ring store!}  :)  Romantic ‘eh?

Puerto Rico-Destination Wedding Location

San Juan Puerto Rico Destination Wedding

San Juan Puerto Rico is a GREAT destination wedding location!

San Juan Puerto Rico is a GREAT destination wedding location!

 

Have you been to Puerto Rico?  I’d love to hear about it!

 

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Comments

  1. 1

    Ha Ha..I LOVE your post! Especially as PR is so dear to my heart; I lived there for 7 years and know all the places you mentioned! I have been to Culebra, too, but by a ferry! And oh, El Yunque and Old San Juan….woooohoooo!!!!!!!!
    So glad you had a chance to go. Your wedding looks beautiful:)

    BTW: I love your “proposal” story..lol

    • 2

      Oh you’re kidding!!? How awesome to have lived there for 7 years! I’d love to sit and have a conversation with you about it one day to find out more! Oh I know it… isn’t he a true romantic!? Haha! Good thing I love him! ;) Thanks so much for the comment!

  2. 4

    Looks beautiful. Wish I could have been there. My husband said that one day we need to visit Puerto Rico. He was able to attend the wedding. Beautiful. Thanks for the insight. Maybe for our 20th my husband and I can renew our bows on the beach!! ;) love the proposal! That’s our Matt.. To funny.

  3. 6

    I have always dreamed of a beach wedding, why have I not heard of PR and no passports before? Thanks for the fabulous information. Love reading your blogs!!

    • 7

      Thank you Brandy! I know, right!? We were so shocked to find out that PR didn’t require passports, and how we could get the same exotic experience, like we do when traveling elsewhere! Thanks for reading and the beautiful comment! XO!

  4. 8

    Beautiful wedding pics and I’m sure it was a day to remember.

  5. 10

    My husband got to go there for work several years ago. Let’s just say, I was totally jealous! Maybe I can get him to take me there someday!

  6. 12

    I have always wanted to go there. A friend’s sister has a bed and breakfast there. Maybe one day I will :) Very cool you don’t need a passport and what a beautiful wedding!

    • 13

      Wow… going here and staying at a bed and breakfast, sounds amazing! Don’t get me wrong, I loved our resort… but a quaint little bed and breakfast would add that much more character, and be so fun!

  7. 14

    Thanks for sharing! My husband has a passport, but I don’t–so maybe one day! Your pictures are beautiful!

  8. 16

    You’ve made me want to go back to PR! And this time for longer than 42 hrs and with my hubs!

  9. 18
    Missy Homemaker says:

    It looks gorgeous! I’ve never traveled to PR but I’d sure love to.

    • 19

      It is even more gorgeous in person! I think every traveler should add PR to their wish list! Amazing destination!

  10. 20

    Oh how I’d love to go back to PR now!! You’ve painted a perfect picture of a gorgeous place. I’d love to make plans for a family vacation there one day!!

    • 21

      I’m ready to go back too! Especially since it’s so cold here in Missouri now! Eewww… bur remember how cold it was when we got off of the plane when we arrived back in Missouri from Puerto Rico? Talk about a “back to reality” slap in the face! Haha!

  11. 22

    This is my ALL TIME, I want to go to destination. I have dreamed of this since I was in Spanish class in high school. I have wanted it for my five year anniversary. Well, we are going to a different location for that. I couldn’t get the hubby to like it as much as I did. I need to show him this article!

  12. 24

    You have made we want to got to PR, it sounds lovely.

  13. 26

    Looks beautiful and amazing! I never knew you didn’t need a passport for Puerto Rico! You learn something new everyday! Pinned!

    • 27

      Thank you Carli! I know, it opens up a whole new possibility for people that don’t have one! Hopefully I was able to help someone add this to their bucket list! :)

  14. 28
    Pat Colyer says:

    Glad to see ya doing something that is fun—kiddies/travel/Matt–happy for U!!!

  15. 30

    Your wedding pictures are beautiful. And the proposal story so funny. I live in Puerto Rico and I am very proud to born here. There is a lot of beautiful places and a lot of things to do here: From historical cities, paradise beaches, rainforest, explore caverns, kayaking, bioluminicent bays tours, diving and snorkling, zipline, museums,etc. There is also a plce to stay for every budget. From five star hotels to small and cozy (and cheap) places with great food called “paradores” . They are like small inns, but with the ambience and facilities typicals from an island. They are also sponsored and supervised by the goverment to ensure the quality. You can search for them as “Paradores of Puerto Rico” or just write me and I will be glad to help you if you want. I am not a travel agent, I am a nurse who has some time and love to help other people in any way.

    • 31

      Amazing comment Ruthy! Thank you so much for posting these great travel tips for PR! You are a beautiful person for offering your help to others! I know when we plan to go back, I’ll be getting in touch with you for things I’ve never even heard of there! XO!

  16. 32

    Thanks Jessica. It would be a pleasure to help you or any other person. I want to take this oportunity to let you know something. “Culebra island” as well as “Vieques island” (even nearest than Culebra) are municipalities of “The big Island” (that’s the way the small islands’ locals call Puerto Rico) like San Juan (the capital of Puerto Rico). Vieques is beautiful too and has small spots where you can just open the trunk uf your car to get your beach things and walk a few steps to the beach! Love it! Any thing, email me. Take care girl! XO

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