Puerto Rico is a wealth of untapped trails and off-roading pathways for the adventurous soul. Next time you’re on the island, trade a day of sunning yourself on a lounge chair for getting dirty and exploring uncharted terrain. The best paths are ones you discover yourself, but below are three launch points to help you get started.
Fun fact: El Yunque is the only rainforest part of the United States. The expansive rainforest has many hidden paths to discover, and you can find your way up 3,000 feet into the cloud forest for breathtaking views of the island. Be on the lookout for the indigenous coqui frogs, a locally beloved animal. If you want to camp overnight, you must apply for a camping permit at least two weeks in advance.
Start at the town of Jayuya to load up on car snacks and supplies and then make your way to Lake Matrullas in the mountain reserve in the south-central part of Puerto Rico. This is a less-crowded version of El Yunque, and the natural pools and walking paths are mostly free of other visitors. It has a camping area with gazebos, BBQs and restrooms.
Entering the Carite Forest mean you are on a quest for the Charco Azul, a natural pool located in the border zone between Cayey and Patillas. To get there, take your car through Las Lechoneras Guavate and continue about 20 minutes down road #184. Bring your tennis shoes, you’ll hike another 20 minutes or so to reach the pool.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Quietly on the rise is the cousin of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, known as cannabidiol, or CBD. THC is the more well-known component of cannabis; however, it is illegal in many states, so CBD has risen in popularity as a legal option. Stores selling CBD continue to pop up in major cities and towns.
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone. With increased attention comes an ever-exploding culinary scene and, despite its size, Alexandria already overflows with excellent options. These five will give you the best representation of the city’s diverse scene.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Picking a destination is perhaps the most important part of planning a trip with your family. If your group includes small children, there are some destinations better suited to your needs than others. Consider these spots for your next trip with the little ones.