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Known as the Spanish Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico is a prime yachting destination for yachtsmen and women with a taste for tranquillity in beautiful surroundings. Puerto Rico offers pristine sailing waters and excellent weather year round. Visitors can experience the exceptional luminescence of Vieques, Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bay where oceanic plankton called dinoflagellates generate ultramarine illumination when the water is moved. They can also explore the diverse fauna and flora of El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the US national park system. When spending time on land, visitors can enjoy delicious Taino cuisine and drinks. Puerto Rican rum cocktails are known for being some of the best in the world.
Comfort and convenience
Puerto Rico sports no less than four well appointed marinas with yachting maintenance and repair facilities. Sailing folk can enjoy luxurious attractions while the practical side of yachting is taken care of. Some of the world’s largest yachts visit the island every year to avail of the reasonably priced berthing costs and port fees. Yachtsmen and women from the US enjoy the added convenience of not having to produce passports because of the island’s unique jurisdiction.
High-end or rugged – your choice
The recent financial injection into the island has resulted in Puerto Rico being even more of a prime yachting destination for the wealthy, especially along the east coast. The Encanto Group has announced the development of The Yacht Club at Palmas del Mar, a top of the range marina community with a budget of around US$200 million. It is to be located within short boating distance of Vieques and is going to offer close to 200 boat slips, including areas designed for super yachts. For yachting enthusiasts who prefer their destinations off the beaten path there are some incredible options at Puerto del Rey marina – offering all the necessary amenities without being the foremost tourist destination.