Boasting balmy Caribbean temperatures with irresistible beaches, Puerto Rico is the perfect destination for sun-seekers looking to escape the cold this Easter. With temperatures reaching a delightful 22° C degrees, the Spring half-term provides the conditions to see this mesmerising Island at its tropical best. With a stunning range of active and experiential offerings from kayaking on the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay to a watersports paradise on the Island’s west coast, Puerto Rico has all the ingredients for a family adventure of a lifetime.
Soaking in the happy colours of San Juan
The Island’s capital, San Juan, is famed for its vibrant atmosphere and bold colours that can have a strong and immediate impact on people’s mood as they soak in the old-world Spanish architecture and cobblestone streets. For the ultimate walking tour of San Juan, where the family can soak in the colourful streets and lip-smacking local cuisine, Spoon’s walk and taste food tours gives visitors a comprehensive and exciting introduction to Puerto Rico’s rich history and vibrant culture.
Night-kayaking on the glowing lagoons in Vieques
Located on the east coast of Vieques, Puerto Rico’s lesser-known archipelago, a sensational natural wonder is found. Featured in The Guinness Book of World Records as the “brightest bioluminescent bay in the world”, Mosquito Bay is filled with dinoflagellates, single-celled organisms which grow in quantities big enough to produce a “glow-in-the-dark” effect when stimulated by movement, which will mesmerise children and adult alike. With every splash, not only do these organisms themselves light up in a neon blue-green colour but so does everything they come into contact with, creating a star-like reflection in the water. For a simply glowing experience, explore the bay in a clear bottom kayak for the best view in the house.
Water sports in Rincon
Known for its striking sunsets and diverse watersport offerings, Rincón has immortalised its surfing culture, symbolised by the surfing statue in the middle of the town. Located on the westernmost point of the Island, Rincón is home to beaches that offer a wide variety of surf breaks and wave sizes suitable for all levels of surfers. The top beaches in Rincón include María’s Beach, Tres Palmas and Domes Beach – which is one of the most famous surfing spots in the Caribbean. For those without a board, there are several shops offering rentals, including Mar Azul Surf Shop and Surf Town Rincón. Whether travellers are new to the sport or looking to learn new skills and tricks, Rincón Surf School is the ideal spot for those looking to learn. On top of the unrivalled watersport offerings, Puerto Rico’s idyllic west coast provides entertainment for the whole family, with scenic routes for hiking, mountain biking and even horse riding trails along the tropical shoreline. Rincón is also home to several fascinating sites of culture and education such as the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve and the Punta Higüera Lighthouse as well as the Galeria Exodo and the Rincón Art Walk, where you can soak in local art in a fun and vibrant atmosphere.
Take a dip in the tranquil blue lagoon at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
Situated on a former coconut farm and nestled between the El Yunque National Forest and Espíritu Santo River State Preserve, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is aptly set on 483 pristine acres and two miles of secluded beach. The luxury retreat blends elegance and tropical splendour with first-class amenities to create an atmosphere of refined excellence. Curving like a sparkling blue lagoon and surrounded by lush green foliage, the hotel’s seaside pool invites days of relaxation and curative swims under the Caribbean sun, while the Tortuga Kids Club offers a stunning range of creative activities to entertain children between the ages of 4-12. For golf-loving guests, the resort’s renowned Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Course provides an idyllic setting for 18 holes that are suitable for beginners and seasoned players alike. Following a busy day of exploring the Island, guests can sit back and relax to the sound of lapping waves and sea breeze of the Atlantic Ocean and indulge in the resort’s culinary delights such as the eclectic Seagrapes Restaurant.