Puerto Rico is a short flight from the southern part of the United States—no passport necessary when flying from a domestic destination. From the Spanish-speaking island’s colorful buildings in Old San Juan—the historical section of the island’s capital—to the smaller-sized but architecturally-significant town of Ponce, Puerto Rico oozes vibrant culture at every corner. Its most storied tradition? Among many others, we will have to go with its hallmark rum production.
Here, mountains cascade with jungle-like terrain, eventually meeting ethereal white-sand beaches and transparent sea waters. Those looking to escape the cold of winter can find refuge here: Puerto Rico’s tropical climate permits warm temperatures and sunny skies, especially from December to April.