AFTER A LIFETIME OF WORK, IT IS TIME TO REWARD ALL YOUR SACRIFICES WITH A TRIP TO A DESTINATION THAT OFFERS BREATHTAKING NATURAL BEAUTY, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE, MOUNTAIN TOURS, A TOP-TIER GASTRONOMIC OFFER, AND THE KINDNESS OF ITS LOCAL PEOPLE. WHAT IS THAT PLACE, YOU ASK? PUERTO RICO, OF COURSE!

By Robert Colberg Orengo

For senior citizens, “More than a matter of age, it’s about addressing the need to fulfill one’s wish list and discover places that make you feel full of life and health,” said Maruja Roger, a consultant and expert on this particular population segment.

Many Places From Which to Choose

Puerto Rico fully complies with the abovementioned premise. Whether on a short trip or an extended stay, there are many possibilities available to Baby Boomers that will allow them to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. “They can do whatever they want on the island since the advantage is that everything is so close; you can devote a full day to Old San Juan or spend time in any of our casinos. Our beaches are ideal for family or solo outings,” our interviewee said.

Additional places that will appeal to Baby Boomers include:

  • Old San Juan – The Walled City contains centuries of tradition, culture, and history. Walking along its cobblestone streets is quite magical as it allows you to be in direct contact with our colonial architecture. It’s a great shopping destination and the best place for grabbing a bite! Palacio de Santa Catalina (La Fortaleza) and the San Juan Historical Archive were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, as were the forts and walls that characterize the city. La Fortaleza (the official residence of the island’s governor) offers guided indoor and garden tours free of charge. Call 787-721-7000 for more information.
  • El Yunque – Along its trails you can observe the exuberant flora, admire fabulous views, and watch the many birds that call the area home. It is recommended to have a certified tour guide accompany you when visiting this tropical rainforest. Begin your experience at El Portal Visitors Center. For more information go to our Destinations / East section.
  • Bioluminescent Bays – These marvels can be admired in Lajas (La Parguera), Fajardo (Laguna Grande), and Vieques (Mosquito Bay). On our Having Fun / Nature & Adventure section you will find a list of tour companies who can take you on a tour. This is an experience you simply cannot miss!
  • Río Camuy Cave Park – The world’s third-largest underground river awaits you to discover its incomparable beauty. You can also explore the Tres Pueblos Sinkhole, a natural depression located within the municipalities of Camuy, Hatillo, and Lares. There is also Cueva Clara de Empalme, which amazes visitors with its impressive formations. In our Destinations / North section you will find the number to call and learn more about schedules and tours.

For Action Lovers

Take advantage of the vast sea that surrounds the island and enjoy it from a different perspective. How about a trip on a catamaran? You will find many tour operators under the Having Fun / Nautical & Watersports section. You can also watch a sunset in Old San Juan from a boat or while strolling around the bay. For those who prefer to immerse themselves in the crystalline waters off the Puerto Rican coast, there are plenty of aquatic activities available: paddleboarding, diving, kiteboarding and fishing. You will have a terrific time! Several companies can help you plan a fun day. Go to our Having Fun / Nature & Adventure section to find certified operators.

Cultural Outings

  • Museum visits – On the Having Fun / Museums section you will find a list with more information.
  • Coffee plantations – Their privileged location will allow you to see a different side of Puerto Rico.
  • Gastronomic tours – If you want to take a different kind of tour, try those specializing in dining destinations. You will be fascinated by the gastronomic variety available on the island! Go to the Dining section for more information.

Affordable Entertainment

Hotel casinos are excellent daytime and nighttime entertainment alternatives for Baby Boomers. Try your luck at the Jackpot del Encanto (Jackpot of Enchantment) game that allows players to opt for a prize of $20,000 or more with a minimum bet of just 36 cents. A dinner at a restaurant—there are so many to choose from—is the beginning of an evening that can continue in the lobby of one our main hotels. On weekends, they feature live music, a perfect opportunity to show off your dancing skills. You can even learn to dance Salsa! On the Dining section you will find a list of restaurants and on the Having Fun / Casino section, a list of casinos.

Baby Boomers will definitely have a marvelous stay on the island thanks to our great attractions and abundant entertainment options for every taste and budget. And if you add the fact that you will receive excellent service and that airfare rates are affordable, it’s time to reward yourself with a dream vacation in Puerto Rico!

 

 

More Advantages!

  • An 85°F “winter”
  • No passport required for mainland USA residents
  • Local currency: U.S. Dollar
  • The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. offers a promotion called “Escape the Cold” that allows you to book and save up to 60% on hotels. Go to www.escapethecoldinPuertoRico.com for more details.

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