When the winters are long and dreary, sometimes the best medicine for beating the blues is booking a trip to a tropical location. Travel therapy is a great way to reset, unwind and soak up some sunny D which can be depleted in the colder months. Here are 5 reasons you should check out Puerto Rico for your next getaway destination!
1) No Passport, No Problem
Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and therefore does not require a passport for U.S. citizens so it’s an easy way to get to paradise with no fuss. Also if you happen to live on the east coast, flights are quick and generally very affordable. Perfect for last minute trips and vacations!
2) Surf’s Up
Rincon has some of the best surf breaks in the world. After the 1968 World Surfing Championships, Rincon has become a hotspot for water enthusiasts worldwide. With clear warm water (no bodysuits) and reef breaks, Puerto Rico's beaches are known for some of the best surfing that attracts professional surfers, locals, and expats alike. There are numerous schools that offer private and group instruction. Surf 787 is a great surf school that also offers lodging, a yoga room, and free breakfast in addition to highly specialized surf instruction.
The yoga community in Rincon has grown significantly in the past couple of years. While largely geared to help surfers improve their skills, there are yoga experiences for everyone here. There are many yoga studios to help improve your practice on the go, and many surf schools include yoga as part of their package. Rincon Surf School offers yoga programs in addition to their surf lessons.
4) Culture and Art
There is an art walk in the town’s center that features local art and handmade goods. This vibrant and very active community sell their work on the weekends and it’s a great opportunity to support local artists and pick up a unique souvenir to take back home.
5) The People
Rincon's population is a combination of expats from the U.S., tourists, and native Puerto Ricans. If your Spanish is not very strong chances are that you won’t have to speak that much of it. Many expats have either moved permanently to Rincon, have vacation homes or come back to Rincon year after year for the laid back island culture. They all have great stories to tell and are very welcoming to tourists.
Angelica Olstad is a writer, teacher, musician, speaker, and the founder of Pop Up Yoga NYC, a yoga company that takes yoga out of the studio and into urban spaces. Follow her on twitter at @PopUpYogaNYC and @yogipianist.