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Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. It is lush, tropical and domestic to the United States. English is spoken widely (although not universally) and the US dollar is used across the island, making travel easy and convenient. Depending on the time of year, it can be a very economical travel destination. Although during the holidays, prices spike during peak season.

Visitors can enjoy the only tropical rain forest in the United States while also relaxing on broad, sandy beaches. The capital, old San Juan, has a fortress that is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t forget to enjoy a pina colada (they were invented here in 1963) and the local rum (Bacardi is based here). Puerto Rico makes a great long weekend getaway from the mainland United States. Puerto Rico is also a popular port of call for a number of popular cruise lines (including Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Holland America). Here are some of our thoughts on Puerto Rico.