If you've decided on Puerto Rico as your honeymoon destination, let me be the first to commend your good taste. The charm, romance, and history of the island will compete for your romantic attention with its lush natural setting. Where you go will depend entirely on what kind of honeymoon you'd like to have.
Luckily, Puerto Rico has enough variety to accommodate any type of vacation. So whether you want to idle your days by the beach, cram in as much culture as time allows or escape into the depths of a rainforest, or sink into the luxury of a world-class resort, this island will give you the perfect honeymoon.
Old San Juan
If I had to pick my favorite honeymoon destination in Puerto Rico, it would be Old San Juan, but that's because I'd take 500 years of history over any beach. There is an undeniable nostalgic charm about walking the cobblestone streets of the old city, visiting its ancient forts, and taking in its vibrant, splendid tropical architecture.
What to do: Long walks in the old city, with a stroll down Paseo de la Princesa at night, are musts, especially in the evening, when the old city is bathed in a soft yellow light.
If sunset walks on the water are your thing, head straight to Puerto Rico's west coast. The sunsets (and the beaches) here are spectacular. Rincón has a laid back vibe. People come here to get away, to surf, to whale watch in February. You can rent a car and beach-hop up and down the coast until you find your perfect spot, eat freshly shucked osyters and clams in Boquerón, and generally pass your days in blissful indolence.
Where to stay: It's a pricey address, but there's simply no place more romantic in Puerto Rico than the Horned Dorset Primavera ... at least, that's my opinion. And the sunset walks here ... just breathtaking.
What to do: Beach-hop, and have at least one meal at Aaron's at the Horned Dorset.
If mainland Puerto Rico is not remote enough a destination for your honeymoon, consider Vieques. But that's not the only reason I'd recommend this island. The glow-in-the-dark biobay, choice of beaches (with a healthy chance of claiming your own for a day), and tranquil island vibe of Vieques make for a wonderful escape.
Where to stay: For those who can swing it, the W Retreat & Spa is the most exclusive luxury property on the island. And for those who love the unique and the different, make Hix Island House your home.
What to do: Take your loved one on a nighttime kayak trip out to Mosquito Bay, and glow in the dark together. Snorkeling trips and scuba diving excursions can also be a fun way to pass the day.
Culebra should be reserved for those couples who want nothing more than to get as far as possible from their hometown. Even Vieques cannot approach the rustic, remote, and removed magic of Culebra. Those seeking a swank resort experience have no business here, but those who want to enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and spend time on an island that takes about two hours to cover by car will love it.
Where to stay: For my honeymoon, I'd want to be at one hotel above all others in Culebra: Club Seabourne.
Speaking of seclusion, there's something to be said for a rainforest hideout. You get to hike the tropical trails during the day, and if you're lucky, discover a natural whirlpool bath or cascading waterfall to call your own for a few hours. At night, the song of the coqui tree frogs will serenade you, and the lights of the city will be a distant shimmer on the horizon. Nature-lovers, you will fall in love all over again under El Yunque's benevolent canopy.
What to do:One reason both those hotels are listed: from their grounds, you can hike to a wonderful private pool.
If you love a quaint, historic and colonial city but don't want the bustle of San Juan, Ponce is perfect for you. Puerto Rico's picturesque Second City is called the Pearl of the South for a reason: the architecture, quiet dignity and aristocratic culture of Ponce has charmed visitors for centuries. And for a honeymoon, it offers a combination of historic sights and easy access to the beach.
Where to stay: The Ponce Hilton is the city's most complete hotel.
What to do: Visit the lovely Castillo Serrallés, stroll on the boardwalk by the water, and enjoy the main plaza, with its cathedral and fountains.
And finally, there are resorts scattered around the island that are destinations unto themselves. In each case, they combine pristine beachfront, plenty of amenities, dining, and fine accommodations. Among your choices are: