What People Are Saying About Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's vibrant culture, friendly people and diverse scenery make it a top destination in the Caribbean, but you don't have to take our word for it. Here are a few highlights of what visiting journalists have said about Puerto Rico recently. 

Forte Caprón in Guánica

Condé Nast Traveler

“2019 Readers’ Choice Awards: Best Island in The Caribbean & Atlantic”

“There are surf towns, museums, and natural wonders just a day trip away”

CNTraveler’s editors said it, and the readers agreed!  A record 600,000 registered voters weighed in and bestowed Puerto Rico as the prime spot in the Caribbean and Atlantic. The famed publication – which celebrated its 32nd annual Reader’s Choice Awards, highlighted the island’s easy travel perks as well as the vibrant spots and lively culture.

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A sculpture of the Puerto Rican flag stands on a beach

The New York Times

"52 Places to Go in 2019"

“Puerto Rico is on the rebound.”

The New York Times crowned Puerto Rico as the top spot to visit on their prestigious annual list of global destinations. The newspaper highlights the importance of visiting the island to support economic recovery following Hurricane Maria while showcasing the diverse offerings of the island—from new developments in San Juan to the historic charm of Ponce. 

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An expansive view of a verdant valley with mountains rising in the distance

Fodor's Travel

"Fodor's Go List 2019"

“On the enchanted isle of Puerto Rico, the 2019 forecast is sunny and inviting”

A list that focuses on wanderlust and satisfying curiosity, Fodor’s Travel listed Puerto Rico as their top 2 destination for 2019. With recommendations for where to stay, what to eat, and read – Fodor’s suggestions capture the essence of a Puerto Rican adventure, including visiting the Bacardi rum distillery, sampling farm-to-table Puerto Rican dishes, and checking out some of the island's amazing art museums.

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A couple walks the cobblestone streets of old san juan


"Here's Where to Travel in 2019"

"There’s a newfound vibrancy in the streets of old San Juan and along the island’s sparkling shores..."

The prestigious fashion magazine dubbed Puerto Rico one of the most accessible and affordable Caribbean getaways. With newfound vibrancy not only in San Juan but across the island, Vogue proclaimed Puerto Rico the best option for palm trees and pina coladas this year (we couldn't agree more).

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A surfer cruising a wave in Rincón.

A surfer cruising a wave in Rincón.


"19 Best Places for a Big Trip in 2019"

Go beyond San Juan to fall in love with the island’s coolest surf town."

The west coast town of Rincón is near the top of Thrillist's destination list for the year. Highlighting the area's stunning sunsets, flawless beaches and budget-friendly offerings (especially compared to a lot of other beach destinations) among its reason's for the pick, Thrillist is always welcome on the island's "flawless beaches." 

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A person relaxes in a hammock as the sun sets in the background

Town & Country

"The Best Places to Travel in 2019"

“Because going is helping (and it's a great place to go)”

The iconic luxury magazine boasts about the newly refurbished Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, which re-opened at the end of 2018, among the many reasons why it names Puerto Rico among its top Caribbean destinations for the year. The publication's long-running institutional memory even recalled that the beachside villa, Su Casa, was one of the final holiday destinations of Amelia Earhart. 

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The hike to árbol solitario takes more than 90 minutes

The name of the mountain itself is Cerro de los Cielos but the trail gets its name from the solitary mango tree at the top which is visible from the highway

Travel + Leisure

"The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019"

"San Juan is more dynamic than ever, with a vibrant food scene anchored by stalwarts like José Enrique and newcomers such as Vianda."

From fresh, new hotels to the island's bustling food scene, there's plenty to love when you choose to visit Puerto Rico, according to one of the preeminent travel publications in the world. It's a great time to come and discover the island's charms for yourself to get a taste of San Juan and the many magnificent experiences you'll find around the island. 

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A woman looks out over an expansive view of forested mountains


"The 27 Best Places to Travel in 2019"

"Puerto Rico is open for business." 

Being on one of the shorter lists of top global destinations puts Puerto Rico among good company. Mic selected the island among its top picks in North America, praising the island's recovery since Hurricane Maria and a shout-out for Lin-Manuel Miranda's efforts to catalyze recovery with his on-island production of Hamilton

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Black Sand Beach in Vieques

Smarter Travel

"The 12 Best Places to Travel in 2019"

"Escape the widespread wintry cold in most of the U.S. and head to Puerto Rico."

The independent traveler resource named Puerto Rico it's best place to travel in the month of January. Among the reasons they cited were contributing to Hurricane Maria relief efforts and the limited engagement of Hamilton: The Musical, but that's just the beginning. When you come to visit in January, you can discover some of the island's extended holiday celebrations, which include street festivals and more during the first half of January. 

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A dramatic sunset over the ocean with a beach surrounded by rock formations in the foreground

Harper's Bazaar

"The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019"

"Must-visit properties have taken the opportunity to rebuild as a way to revamp..."

Among the reason's why Puerto Rico deserves your attention are its culture, diversity, history, natural beauty, and the success of the island's recovery. No wonder it topped the list of destinations among the celebrated women's magazine's must-visit places for the year.

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