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Puerto Rico Travel – No Passport, No Problem!

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Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a fun trip with the kiddos, here is our list of Puerto Rico travel tips and why you should consider this amazing destination for your next vacation!

We’ve shared some tips about traveling to the Bahamas, Cancun, and The Cayman Islands, but today we want to share with you an amazing destination that does NOT require a passport for travel – Puerto Rico.

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

Puerto Rico Travel

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!

Old San Juan- A great vacation destination that does not require a passport
Old San Juan

Here are some of my favorite spots in Puerto Rico.

  • 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 – which came highly recommended by so many people!
  • Culebra Island– We 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.
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.

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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