The island of Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory that draws travelers from around the globe with its scenic and cultural richness. Spanish conquistadors, swashbuckling pirates and the rum trade add to its historical appeal. If you’re looking for a Caribbean vacation that is filled with postcard-worthy beaches, lush rainforests, colonial towns and a few piña coladas (a proud local concoction), don’t overlook this island gem. Here are 12 sights to see in Puerto Rico, just to get you dreaming.
1. El Morro
The cliff-top fortress of El Morro is a must-visit historical site when in Puerto Rico. Construction on this military fort began in 1539, just a few decades after Columbus “discovered” the island and claimed it for Spain. Many tourists flock to El Morro to enjoy panoramic views and stunning photo-ops of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can stroll through the stone corridors, barracks, and tunnels and step back into another time. Don’t miss the doodles on the dungeon walls.