Puerto Rico vs. Hawaii

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Should I Visit Puerto Rico or Hawaii?

Should i visit Hawaii or Puerto Rico (PR)? That\’s a question that i have asked myself? Well, in this blog post we will explore and enjoy of their magnificent in each aspect, because the two of them are  extremely beautifuly gorgeous and both gives you those summer vibes that  you are looking for. Let\’s start first with…

Hawaii– Hawaii is a U.S. state in the Western United States, in the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the U.S. mainland. It is the only state outside North America, the only state composed entirely of islands, and the only state in the tropics. Honolulu is the capital. Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches—some of them with unusual colors. Hawaii Island, the Big Island, has the stark beauty of its volcanic landscapes, its amazing waterfalls, and the Waipio Valley, where you can descend 2000 feet to ride horseback through taro fields and tropical rainforest to a black sand beach.

Many beaches are filled with white sand, but other Hawaiian shores are covered with green, red, pink, and even black sand. Whether you like hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, swimming, or just sitting on the beach, Hawaii is the state for you. The gorgeous scenery, aloha spirit, stunning beaches, and exciting activities are just a few of the reasons Hawaii is continually rated as a top vacation destination. Plus, it\’s also the perfect place to relax, unwind and disconnect from your daily routine. 

3 Top Sight in Hawaii:

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park: 

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is an American national park located in the U.S. state of Hawaii on the island of Hawaii. The park encompasses two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world\’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world\’s most massive shield volcano. The park provides scientists with insight into the development of the Hawaiian Islands and access for studies of volcanism. For visitors, the park offers dramatic volcanic landscapes, glimpses of rare flora and fauna, and a view into the traditional Hawaiian culture connected to these landscapes. The park was originally established on August 1, 1916 as Hawaii National Park, which was then split into this park and Haleakalā National Park. In recognition of its outstanding natural values, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park was designated as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980 and a World Heritage Site in 1987. In 2012, the park was depicted on the 14th quarter of the America the Beautiful Quarters series. 

Hana Highway:

The Hana Highway is a 64.4-mile-long stretch of Hawaii Routes 36 and 360 which connects Kahului to the town of Hana in east Maui. To the east of Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kipahulu as Hawaii Route 31. Although Hana is only about 52 miles from Kahului, an uninterrupted car-trip takes about 2.5 hours to drive, since the highway is very windy, narrow, and passes over 59 bridges, of which 46 are only one lane wide. There are approximately 620 curves along Route 360 from just east of Kahului to Hana, almost all of it through lush, tropical rainforest. Many of the concrete and steel bridges date back to 1910 and all but one are still in use. That one bridge, badly damaged by erosion, has been replaced by a portable steel ACROW bridge erected by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. In August 2000, the highway was designated as the Hana Millennium Legacy Trail by President Bill Clinton, with the trail start designated in Pāʻia. The Hana Highway was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 15, 2001. 

Hanauma Bay:

Hanauma is a marine embayment formed within a tuff ring and located along the southeast coast of the Island of Oʻahu in the Hawaii Kai neighborhood of East Honolulu, in the Hawaiian Islands. Hanauma is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Island and has suffered somewhat from overuse. At one time, this popular tourist destination accommodated over three million visitors per year. In 1956, dynamite was used to clear portions of the reef to make room for telephone cables linking Hawaii to the west coast of the US.


Puerto Rico– Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla Verde area is known for its hotel strip, beach bars and casinos. Its Old San Juan neighborhood features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and El Morro and La Fortaleza, massive, centuries-old fortresses.The island is known for its beautiful beaches and Spanish Caribbean culture with an American twist. Bright, colorful homes line the coast, while American fast food chains can be found in larger cities like San Juan. Puerto Rico is an interesting blend of cultures with a rich history.

What is Puerto Rico Most Famous For? A trip to Puerto Rico opens the doors to a world of colorful colonial charisma, where fearless fortresses and castles jumble into jungle vines and rugged mountain landscapes. It\’s a place where American and Spanish influences come together to offer a cultural Caribbean paradise.

3 Top Sights in Puerto Rico:

Castillo San Felipe Del Morro:
Castillo San Felipe del Morro, also known as El Morro, is a citadel built between 16th and 18th centuries in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Castillo San Felipe del Morro became the gateway to the Spanish empire. In 1598, George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland, launched a second attack against San Juan. However, after 21 days of siege and battle, the invaders were unable to force The Spanish to surrender El Morro to them. Castillo San Felipe del Morro, commonly known as El Morro, is a fortification built in SanJuan, dating back to the 16th century, when Puerto Rico was under Spanish rule. Now a Word Heritage site it is one of Puerto Rico\’s most iconic structures.

Flamenco Beach:

Flamenco Beach is a public beach on the Caribbean island of Culebra. It is known for its shallow turquoise waters, white sand, swimming areas, and diving sites. It stretches for a mile around a sheltered, horseshoe-shaped bay. Playa Flamenco is a popular beach destination for both Culebra and Puerto Rico. In March 2014, Flamenco beach was ranked 3rd best beach in the world with a TripAdvisor Travelers\’ Choice Award. In August 2016, it was announced that Flamenco Beach had regained its Blue Flag Beach international distinction. 

Flamenco Beach is a public beach on the Caribbean island of Culebra (Spanish pronunciation: [kuˈleβɾa]). It is known for its shallow turquoise waters, white sand, swimming areas, and diving sites. It stretches for a mile around a sheltered, horseshoe-shaped bay.

El Yunque National Forest:

El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest, is a forest located in northeastern Puerto Rico. It is the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System and the United States Forest Service. This forest is commonly known as El Yunque, which may be attributed to either a Spanish approximation of the aboriginal Taíno word yu-ke which means \”white lands\”, or the word \”anvil,\” which is yunque in Spanish. The second-tallest mountain within El Yunque is also named El Yunque. El Yunque National Rainforest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains, encompassing 28,000 acres of land, making it the largest block of public land in Puerto Rico. The highest mountain peak in the forest rises 3,494 feet above sea level. Ample rainfall creates a jungle-like setting—lush foliage, crags, waterfalls, and rivers are a prevalent sight. The forest has a number of trails from which the jungle-like territory\’s flora and fauna can be appreciated. El Yunque is also renowned for its unique Taíno petroglyphs.


Hawaii is better for vacation if you enjoy hiking, outdoor adventures in comfortably warm weather, and vibrant local culture. Puerto Rico is better if you are a beach lover who likes exploring historical sites such as forts, swimming in fish-rich waters, and spending nights on the dance floor.
Credits to: Getawayanswers.com

Stacey M,
(Travel & Tourism Specialist)