Love is in the air, at last. You’ve dreamt of your wedding day for as long as you can remember and alas the magical day is finally becoming a reality! You’ve found the person to make it all worthwhile, but now it’s time to consider the details. While we may not be able to help you pick out the ideal white dress or perfectly-tailored tuxedo, we can certainly recommend a destination venue that you and your guests will surely never forget – Puerto Rico. From white sand beaches to historic cobblestone roads, there are plenty of options to ensure your wedding is not only tailored to match you and your partner’s every desire, but accommodating for your guests as well. Read on for 5 reasons Puerto Rico is the ideal travel spot for your destination wedding.
1. Puerto Rico is conveniently a US territory
This fact is important to factor in, as it means extreme added convenience in the wedding planning and guest arrival process. For one, your guests will not need a passport to travel to your wedding. While it may seem like a minor detail, it makes a huge difference in your loved ones’ ability to attend at all. Passports can take months to renew and arrive, meaning it may not be possible for every guest to complete in time for the big day.
Besides this, the U.S. Dollar is the primary currency used throughout the island, so there’s no need to concern yourself with currency conversions in every purchase. Your guests will be happy to avoid the stress of added conversion fees for day-to-day purchases as well. Finally, most people in Puerto Rico speak English, so translation mix-ups while trying to communicate about your special day are easily avoided. This ensures clarity and certainty that everything is under control and in your hands. It also means you don’t need a third party translator if you don’t speak Spanish, which can often get confusing and leave things lost in translation.
2. Sunny weather year round
While most are enduring frigid winters, Puerto Rican locals are getting a tan. That’s just one of the perks of a permanently tropical climate. If you plan on getting married anytime between December and April, you’re in luck! While the weather stays around 80 degrees year round, it’s important to ensure you’re avoiding hurricane season (June through November) just to be extra cautious. Conveniently enough, Puerto Rico’s peak climate months overlap with the rugged winter months in continental U.S. So yes, you can have a wedding in the middle of January and still be able to pull off that strapless wedding gown you’ve been dreaming of.
3. You can choose from an endless variety of venues
Talk about diversity! From gorgeous beaches to high-end resorts, tropical rainforests and vibrant city views, you have the power to create your own magic, exactly the way you would like it. If a beach wedding isn’t for you, there are still plenty of options to choose from and still reap the island’s endless benefits. Nothing about your love is cookie-cutter, so nothing about your wedding should be either. For the ultimate elegant beach resort wedding, look no further than the iconic El San Juan Hilton Hotel. Exchange your vows with awe-inspiring oceanfront views from the grand ballroom or beneath the branches of a majestic 300-year-old banyan tree. When you’re special night comes to a close, you and your guests can sleep among El San Juan Hotel’s comfortable rooms and spacious suites. We guarantee it’ll be a night to remember!
4. Short travel distance
Destination weddings can often prove pricey and inconvenient for you and your guests alike. If the venue is too far, some may find it’s not worth a full day of travel each way, or that they can’t take off that many work days. You can’t realistically expect every guest to be able to take a week off from work for a 9 hour flight across the world to be worth the trip. Not to mention, flights can get very expensive, very fast. Luckily, Puerto Rico rarely encounters any of these problems! Thanks to its close proximity and United States territory status, you can travel from Miami to San Juan in under 3 hours.
5. Romantic atmosphere with plenty of activities
Beautiful scenery can be encountered in every corner of the island of Puerto Rico. You and your partner will delight in sightseeing and exploring together as you take on the next big step for your love. From the romantic sound of the Spanish language filling the air to the world class cuisine, you will find yourself falling in love with your soulmate all over again as you fall in love with Puerto Rico. Traverse the exotic lawns and gardens of Hilton’s El Caribe Resort. Watch the sun melt into the Caribbean with your bride or groom by your side, or even take a couples’ salsa lesson to shake things up a bit! If dancing isn’t your thing, walk hand-in-hand through El Yunque National Rainforest and maybe even work up the nerve to cliff dive off of a waterfall. You can even test your luck at Embassy Suites by Hilton San Juan Hotel and Casino , if you’re feeling a little lucky!
The possibilities are endless in Puerto Rico. Bring out your inner adventurer, history aficionado or beach lover and watch your wedding dreams come true before your eyes. You’ve likely been awaiting this day your entire life, so you deserve to have it customized exactly as you and your fiance wish. All you have to do is say “I do.”