ViaHero · November 30, 2018
Don’t feel like taking the same clichéd vacation as everyone else on your Instagram? Want to do something awesome and different? Then you need to travel somewhere extraordinary and do something incredible—and there’s nowhere better for it than Puerto Rico. Check out these 5 amazing ways to travel to Puerto Rico in 2018, and let us know if you have any questions!
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#1: Do some amazing volunteer work
There’s no better gift to give than your time—and what better way to spend your time than volunteering in Puerto Rico’s must-go spots? Not only is Puerto Rico home to some of the Caribbean’s best beaches and stunning views; it’s also the perfect place to lend a helping hand. From rebuilding homes after Hurricane Maria to tagging sea turtles for wildlife conservation, these opportunities are ideal for adventuring and helping out at the same time!
- All Hands and Hearts: Home repair in rural areas after Hurricanes Irma and Maria
- Amigos de
losAnimales: Rescue and rehab for abandoned dogs in Piñones
- Para la Naturaleza: Nature conservation in Puerto Rico’s natural parks
Pro tip: You can have your local travel planner find you all sorts of volunteer opportunities that you’re passionate about for part or all of your trip.
#2: Hop the Caribbean islands by ferry
Ready to unlock Puerto Rico’s secrets and island-hop in style? Puerto Rico insiders will tell you that taking a ferry is the name of the game. It’s a short ferry ride from the main island to Isla Culebra—one of the best spots to visit in Puerto Rico for its insane beaches—nd don’t forget to boat down to Vieques, home to the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay!
Pro tip: If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can take the Ferries del Caribe, a 13-hour ferry ride from San Juan to Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic—just have your Hero plan it out for you! Despite the stereotypes, Puerto Rico is actually really safe.
#3: Teach English to kids
Have teaching skills, will travel! Teaching English to kids (also known as TESOL) is super rewarding whether you do it for 2 days or a year. While many people in Puerto Rico speak English, there are still many who don’t (or only speak it a bit)—so this is a really cool way to immerse yourself in the island’s vibrant culture and meet locals. Just another awesome reason to visit Puerto Rico!
#4: Do some learning at PR’s top universities
Whether you want to knock out a few college credits or just spend a day learning some local history, why not do it island-style? Far from your typical college experience, on-site learning is an amazing way to authentically experience Puerto Rico. Here are some of the amazing schools that offer classes and 1-day seminars in English:
- San Juan Polytechnic
- San Juan’s Universidad del Sagrado Corazon
- SUNY Oswego Rio Piedras
- Alliance Theological Seminary—Puerto Rico
Pro tip: You can always ask your Hero to book you any type of class or tour! They’ll do everything but pack your bag.
#5: Adventure during off-peak seasons
If you travel during Puerto Rico’s off-peak season (September to November), you’ll not only skip the crowds and big travel fees, but you’ll get the essentially unlimited beach access and the same gorgeous weather. Our Heroes say that Puerto Rico’s top attractions are substantially less crowded during off-peak, so it pays off to plan accordingly. This is the way to travel if you want to have a unique experience all your own!
When it comes to getting the true Puerto Rican experience, your options are limitless! For more ways to travel to PR like a seasoned pro, just ask a Hero about customizing your one-of-a-kind Puerto Rico itinerary. And if you have any questions at all, feel free to message us. Plus, don’t forget to check out: