Island Hopping & Rainforests, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a great jumping off point to visit a variety of neighboring islands. If time permits flights can be chartered for a hop over to the Virgin Islands, day trips by boat to one of the closer islands of Vieques or Culebra can be arranged. I visited Culebra years before and visions of its white sand beaches and jeweled toned waters led me to book a ticket to indulge in some fun in the Caribbean sun. I was pleased to see that the island had not changed much and still had its tropical charm. The island has a serene beauty with its skies that mimic fake backdrops and pristine beaches maybe witnessed in a dream. It was all ten times more vibrant than I had remembered and I'm so thrilled to have re-visited this tiny tropical paradise.

A visit to Puerto Rico isn't complete without taking advantage of the only tropical rainforest within the United States National Forest System. El Yunque is a sub-tropical rainforest laying on the eastern end of the island. Welcome to this jungle that offers over 200 species of trees and is home to the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot. Marching through this jungle its not hard to be in awe of the many trees and plants that quickly surround you in a canopy of flamboyant green. The icing on the lightly rigorous hikes are the beautiful waterfalls perfect for cool dips.

p.s. there are gorgeous leaves that are bigger than your head.

 Puerto Rico, Culebra, El Yunque, Rainforest, Island hopping, Travel, Carribean, Tropical
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