In May, I decided to spend Memorial Day (long weekend) in Puerto Rico.
I picked Puerto Rico because I made a goal to travel as much as I can within the U.S. this year that I’m here. That also means that, as a J1 visa holder, you technically don’t need a travel approval from your sponsor.
I would like to to share some of the things that I did on this great island.
I spent four days in Puerto Rico and had plenty of time to eat, sightsee and enjoy nature and history.
The place is packed with amazing things to do. Since the island is tiny, there’s a ton you can do in a ridiculously short time. From hiking in a rainforest to swimming in a bioluminescent bays.
I booked my accomodation in Old San Juan. It’s the colorful, colonial section of the city, that was originally settled by the Spanish. The charming cobblestone streets and pastel buildings are meant to be explored on foot. You can walk to El Morro fortress to relax at the park, or take a tour around the fort. Watching the sunset from the fortress accompanied by the sound of crickets and tropical birds was the highlight of my trip.
The next day I visited the rainforest. El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the US and it’s less than an hour drive from the capital. I booked an one day excursion through Airbnb and had a chance to hike through the lush nature and swim by the waterfalls.
I spent the rest of my time there visiting different beaches around San Juan, relaxing and swimming in the ocean.
I’ll definitely be back again.