Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory filled with oceanfront resorts, authentic native cuisine and plenty of outdoor excursions. As it moves into lifting curfew and easing some COVID-19 restrictions, travelers are making plans to safely venture there for remote work or even a getaway.

Keep in mind that because this is a U.S. territory, you will not need a U.S. passport to visit.

If Puerto Rico is on your 2021 travel list, this mini-guide can help you plan your trip.

Where To Stay

Most visitors to Puerto Rico look to stay in San Juan, and close to or on Isle Verde beach. For a high-end option, O:LV is an adult-only resort with 26 guest suites, a rooftop pool and modern floor to ceiling windows.

The most popular hotel on the island is San Juan Water & Beach Club. It’s an affordable boutique hotel, with a rooftop pool, restaurant and direct access to the beach.

Masks are to required in common areas throughout hotels. Many are also only booking at limited capacity. Be sure to check the website before booking your stay for all rules and COVID-19 guidelines.

Where To Grab A Meal

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Puerto Rican cuisine is centered around Sofrito. Sofrito is a blend of peppers, onion, garlic and tomatoes, which are then added to almost every meal as a seasoning.

Restaurants like La Estacion , Azucena and El Alambique Beach Lounge are all extremely popular for their authentic Puerto Rican flavor. Be sure to try mofongo while there, too. It’s a local staple.

Things To Do While Visiting

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Explore all the natural beauty Puerto Rico has to offer. Start off with a hike up El Yunque National Forest and dive in the fresh springs. Be sure to double-check the park’s website for any COVID-19 updates or closures.

Hiking not your thing? Try a massage on one of Puerto Rico’s famous beaches. You can even spend a night on a Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure Tour, where you’ll witness Laguna Grande glowing right before your eyes. It’s truly a sight to see.

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