Let’s face it: there’s nothing romantic about hauling your fiance to the post office as you both wait in a seemingly endless line to renew your passport. So, if you’re still craving a tropical destination wedding experience without the stacks of paperwork, Puerto Rico should be on your radar.
Besides the obvious perks of its easy access to the US East Coast and no need for a passport for US citizens, Puerto Rico is unbeatable for the variety of adventures waiting to be served up on this beautiful island. In San Juan, you and your gang can tour the rich history of the palm-lined boulevards where colonial mansions, wind-battered fortresses and Spanish churches make for unbeatable photo ops. This savory capital is also a foodie’s dream, with a signature mexcla of Spanish, Indian and African dishes that provide ample inspiration for a destination wedding dinner menu.
Outside the glow of the city, you can experience nature’s own lighting system in the Vieques Bioluminescent Bay, which lights up like a flashlight at night thanks to harmless microorganisms in the water. Try a kayaking excursion or a yacht ride through the neon bay at night to see its full glory.
Puerto Rico also has untold swaths of rain forest, which are home to colorful (and loud) creatures, ranging from mojito-green parrots to curious lizards and coquis. If you’re traveling with an adventurous wedding party, head to El Yunque to try ziplining, waterfall rappelling and hiking.
Sometimes, couples have to choose whether they want dreamy beaches, unforgettable excursions or a rich history as their top priority for their destination wedding. Thankfully, the only decision you’ll be deciding on in Puerto Rico is where to start your adventure first!
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