Puerto Rico is a Must-Visit Golf Destination
Warm weather, a cornucopia of courses, alluring ocean views, delicious food, and glorious nature revive visitors.
Few things rejuvenate people more than warm, caressing breezes and sunny venues where shorts, sundresses, and flip flops are ideally suited for the weather year-round. For example, Puerto Rico is such a place where temperatures average in the mid-80s and rarely dip below the low 70s in December and January. The Island's weather is relaxing and refreshing, a welcome departure from cold, wintery conditions that many worldwide suffer during the winter doldrums.
The golf variety and options in Puerto Rico are perfect. One can play luxury golf at any of several options. These include The St. Regis Bahia Beach, which is situated between El Yunque National Forest and Espíritu Santo River State Preserve. Home to the award-winning Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed championship golf course, the exquisite property is set on 483 acres and is the only Gold-certified Audubon Signature Sanctuary in Puerto Rico. Then there is the Ocean Course at TPC Dorado Beach, an amenity of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, an easy drive from capital San Juan. Starting with check-in at the stunning golf shop in the palatial clubhouse, one moves to the pristine practice area where the sightlines include coconut trees and lush foliage. From there, one can choose to play the Sugarcane or Ocean Course, ably assisted by top-notch caddies. The first hole of the Ocean Course is bordered by the turquoise ocean surf and sandy beach, a mesmerizing start on an acclaimed course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and renovated by his son, Robert Trent Jones Jr.
For those seeking more variety in their playing experiences, Puerto Rico offers 18 courses, ranging from municipal venues and mid-tier daily fee courses to upscale golf resorts. There is a golf course to suit everyone's preference, with various price points, layout styles, and terrain.
Because Puerto Rico is an American territory, traveling here is easy. No passport is required for American citizens, it is a bilingual destination, U.S. currency is used, and there are many flight options as it is the Caribbean's air hub. Once here, the fascinating culture, the friendly people, and the broad spectrum of things to do ensure a rich experience not soon forgotten.
There are so many lodging and food options that it is difficult to narrow down to a few. There are thousands of restaurants on the Island, and accommodations range from iconic hospitality brands and individual boutique properties to private rentals with single-family homes, villas, or casitas to choose from.
You will be overcome with Puerto Rico's essence as a natural wonder as your flight or cruise ship approaches the Island. Ocean beaches, lush mountains, bio-luminescent bays, and a rain forest are some of the spectacular natural gifts that abound here. And as a result, with each passing day of your visit, you will breathe deeply and luxuriantly as the Island soothes your soul. You will not want to leave. And no one can make you.