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Wow, I am so impressed with how much this country (territory) has to offer! "Puerto Rico has it all" is very accurate. My fav things: reggateon, tropical beaches including white cool sand with clear warm calm turquoise water, fab snorkeling, sea turtles (nesting sea turtles which means cute little babies flopping through the sand), bioluminescense, manatees, butterflies, jellyfish, rain forest, Brugal rum, nice weather, pool/beach beds, swim-up bar, and partially submerged pool chaises complete with chair-side table for your drink!
A bit pricey but could be done on a moderate budget with some effort. Camping on the beach costs $20, street kiosks offer reasonable food, etc. Definitely tough on a backpacker's budget though. They use US dollars and was strange to me just how much they consider themselves a part of the US. You don't need a passport nor do you go through customs when visiting PR. Also, every time we'd try to speak Spanish to someone, they would just talk to us in English.
Since the military pulled out in 2003, all the land and beaches they used to occupy are now open and available. This means beaches that have not been developed or trashed!! Some of the towns such as Isabella 2 are going through changes since they used to be supported by all the military personnel.
So many interesting things to see here. The blue cobbled streets of Old San Juan, the fort, the islands with perfect pristine beaches, the rain forest, bioluminescent bays, fishing villages, etc. Definitely worth a trip back!