Planning Puerto Rico Holidays: Caribbean or Spain?
By Anna Allison
Hundreds of people around the globe search for Puerto Rico holidays online every week, but the term can often cause people a certain amount of confusion. The truth is that Puerto Rico is a name that has been used around the world in a variety of different locations. The one thing that unites these destinations is that they are all port towns or cities.
Puerto Rico means quite literally 'rich port' in Spanish. The two most popular examples of this town are in the Caribbean and in the Atlantic. But when someone in the UK, for example, types in 'Puerto Rico holidays' they may not be seeing the results they actually searched for. The name in the Caribbean relates to the island state of Puerto Rico, while the destination in the Atlantic is on Gran Canaria.
Gran Canaria is the main island in the Canaries, a series of very popular islands currently under the control of Spain. The most common tourist arriving on these sunny shores is the Brit. Most British who have visited the island will be very familiar with the name Puerto Rico, since it is one of the most famous beaches on the island. Besides British tourists, people from Germany, Holland and Scandinavian nations all like Gran Canaria and the surrounding islands. The usual cocktail of sunshine, Spanish food and a vibrant night-life keep them all coming back year after year.
Very similar things ensure that Americans return to Puerto Rico in the Caribbean time after time too. Idyllic looking beaches, wonderful Spanish-oriented food and an exciting night-life all ensure that Puerto Rico is likely to remain a very popular tourist destination.
It is of course likely that if you are arriving from the UK, then you will have to pay more to visit the Caribbean version of this name. The island of Puerto Rico is bigger than Gran canaria, and so if you have a mind to do spoke exploring, it might be a better option than the Spanish island. But you should bear in mind that if you have a young family, they are more likely to be abel to deal with the flight to Gran Canaria than the flight to the Caribbean.
If you find it hard to climb up hills, too, then you should be aware that Puerto Rico holidays in Gran Canaria are likely to involve a fair amount of strenuous exercise. Flatter parts of these Spanish islands might be a better option.
Anna Allison is well versed in tourist related issues, having written for various publications around the world over the years.
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