Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States. It is located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, making it the smallest island of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico (Spanish for “rich port”) consists of an archipelago that includes several striking islands, such as the main island, Vieques, Culebra, Mona, and numerous islets.
It is said to be the best of the Caribbean with over 270 miles of white-sand beaches, consistent warm temperatures throughout the year, tropical flavors and rhythms and, of course, plenty of rum! The island stands out even amongst its fellow Caribbean island inhabitants.
Puerto Rico’s culture is a colorful, festive fusion of Taíno, African, and Spanish influences. Every day is a celebration of the diversity of cultures that have shaped the island for over 1,000 years through rich cuisine, distinctive arts and crafts, vibrant music, and traditional festivals and parades. There is always a spot to hear the beating of the drums to salsa, bomba and plenas. These percussion-driven musical traditions keep the people of Puerto Rico ready to congregate, dance and celebrate! Puerto Rico is inhabited by extremely proud people and they love to show their island off to visitors. Great pride, humility and passion run through the veins of Puerto Ricans. Puerto Rico is a paradise retreat 24/7, 365 days a year. Visit historic El Morro Fort on the northwestern tip of the island and learn how it defended the city of Old San Juan from seaborne enemies. Explore lush foliage, waterfalls and rivers at El Yunque Rainforest and national park. The rainforest has a number of trails to walk, hike, and climb. Take an eco-tour of the fascinating and beautiful bioluminescent Vieques Bay where water microorganisms emit a flash of bluish light when agitated at night. Adventure seekers may even dare to experience the intense water sports offered right off the shore. These are all excursions that should be placed on your to-do list while visiting Puerto Rico.
Isla Verde is one of the many sensational areas to visit while in Puerto Rico. This area is a district of Carolina which borders the Atlantic Ocean, south of Gurabo, east of San Juan, and west of Canovanas. Isla Verde is a destination unto itself. Over a mile-long strip of some the most beautiful white sand beaches and generally calm water make it a perfect playground for water sports, swimming, and of course sunbathing. This strip plays host to some of the largest luxury resorts and casinos, filled with plenty of boutique shops and divine restaurants. Isla Verde is perfect for leisure and extremely welcoming for business.
With some of the largest resorts and casinos taking up much of the real estate along the beachfront on Isla Verde Beach, one might miss the hidden gem of the area. Located directly across from one Puerto Rico’s most pristine beaches, the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel is truly a David amongst several large Goliaths. This chic property brings the transparent waters of the Caribbean Sea flowing through the hotel. A cool mix of blues that swirl, ripple, and cascade throughout the sleek, modern building play point with brilliant shades of white, to a soundtrack all its own. With its new renovation complete, this hotel is perfect for a leisure fantasy escape or company retreat. Trip Advisor awarded the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel the 2012 Certificate of Excellence as well as the 2012 Travelers’ Choice Award.
The San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel offers executive services with an intimate Caribbean flare. The hotel has an oceanfront business center and indoor and outdoor function venues for board meetings, corporate training, or special corporate functions. At your disposal, the hotel offers an executive boardroom, state-of-the-art audio/visual and telecommunications equipment, and other technology you may need upon request.
Whether you are here for leisure or business, your stay will be first class. With the hotel located only five minutes from the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, it is extremely easy to bring larger groups or plan a stay for two on a romantic getaway. From the moment you disembark your transportation, you are greeted and pampered by the Beach Club staff. Every thought to make your stay more pleasurable is taken into consideration and executed by all staff members. Give them one day, and not only will they know your name, they will also personalize their service based on your desires. No detail is missed—and a few might be added, based on your individual needs. No matter what you set your heart on while visiting Puerto Rico—a day at the beach, a couples massage on the beach, a tour of old San Juan, zip-lining on one of the longest lines in the United Sates, water sports, fishing, salsa dancing, trying your luck at one of the many outstanding casinos, exploring the rain forest, viewing a waterfall (and these are just the tip of things to do)—the Beach Club staff will make it their mission to fulfill your every request.
The hotel has 80 rooms and suites that feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the tropical Atlantic and San Juan’s finest beach. When you decide to finally sleep, you will rest on a pillow-top mattress and snuggle up in fine linens. Your room comes with complimentary high-speed internet access, LCD flat screen TVs, an iHOME docking station, in-room safe, telescope, nightly turn-down service, plush towels, calming bath amenities, and of course coffee service with Puerto Rican Yaucono coffee for when you arise. Once you work up an appetite, you have two first-class dining options from which to choose.
The San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel has two spectacular restaurants under the helm of local celebrity executive Raul Correa. Located on the rooftop of the hotel, Mist is the renowned hot spot for locals and tourists. Mist offers comfortable white plush couch- and bed-style seating areas, as well as dining tables facing the pristine water and scenic view of the Puerto Rican Mountain range. Words cannot describe the ambiance in this setting. The menu boasts an Island-Italian-Spanish fusion flare, featuring “socializers”—or small plates—that you can share, all prepared with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Once you’re done dining, grab one of their signature cocktails and take a dip in the rooftop pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. When you feel satisfied and have made every attempt to overindulge yourself at the rooftop oasis, you might check out the second restaurant on the main level. Zest is an avant-garde culinary experience that takes you beneath the waves, with special visual effects including dancing ripples on the walls, an ocean surface simulation on the ceiling, illuminated floors, and a cascading waterfall adjacent the bar. Zest is an amazing sub-aquatic atmosphere with a mouthwatering modern-Latino cuisine, prepared using only sustainable local ingredients. Executive Chef Raul Correa’s unique style of cooking embraces both the sensory and scientific qualities of food, as he infuses each dish with a distinct panache designed to stimulate every sense. This executive chef is hands-on, and it is very likely that when your taste buds explode with one of his dynamite dishes, he will soon be table-side making sure your experience is like no other.
After a long day taking in all that the Beach Club has to offer, it’s time to relax in your luxury room. No need to go to sleep, because the party on Isla Verde’s trendiest favorite night spot is just above you on the roof top lounge. Mist offers nightly DJs who spin a variety of music to get you out of your seat and onto the dance floor. Dance the night away, and get ready to do it all again tomorrow.
There is so much to do and see while staying in the Isla Verde area of Puerto Rico, not to mention on Puerto Rico as a whole. The only way to really experience, enjoy, and absorb it all is to stop reading this article and book your trip to Puerto Rico! Isla Verde should be a definite stop while exploring the island, and the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel should be your destination of choice.