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Puerto Rico: Easy Tropical Getaway

Puerto Rico is a mountainous tropical fishing paradise with the convenience of a US Territory. The best time of year for yacht chartering in Puerto Rico is from November to April. Well known as a vacation destination, particularly for American citizens who like the convenience of its U.S. Territory status and international airport, Puerto Rico is often overlooked by yachtsmen. In fact, this magical, mountainous island offers everything found elsewhere in the Caribbean, along with a hearty helping of Spanish culture and cuisine.

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Puerto Rico Overview

The shoreline of Puerto Rico combines beach and lush vegetation.

Puerto Rico is a mountainous tropical fishing paradise with the convenience of a US Territory. The best time of year for yacht chartering in Puerto Rico is from November to April.

Fishermen, in particular, love Puerto Rico, which is home to some of the finest billfishing waters in the region. Several international tournaments are held here each year, and a large fleet of local sportfishing yachts is available for charter.

Yachts coming to San Juan, the island’s principal port, are greeted by the 16th century citadel Fort San Felipe del Morro, known as “El Morro”, at the entrance to the harbor. Several of the local marinas put yachtsmen within walking distance of the many historic attractions of Old San Juan.

Further west lies Fajardo, gateway to Puerto Rico’s natural splendors, including El Yunque Rainforest, home to exotic wildlife and waterfalls. Fajardo’s many marinas, including the huge Puerto Del Rey, serve as jumping-off spots for cruises to the beautiful beaches, spectacular snorkeling spots and abundant anchorages of Vieques and Culebra, the Spanish Virgin Islands, less than 15 nautical miles from the Puerto Rican coast.

For more information, read Cruising the Virgin Islands: Spanish, US, and British