FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
United

For the Family in Puerto Rico

by Holly Riddle

Apr 22, 2018

Thomas Lozinski | Dreamstime.com

Caribbean

Ravaged by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico suffered a downtick in tourism, but officials assure travelers the island is ready to welcome them.

 

According to Carla Campos, acting executive director, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, “We will never forget what happened 6 months ago, but we certainly don’t need to be reminded of it with old imagery that impedes someone to want to vacation here now. Instead, we look to the future, to our fast pace recovery and to our amazing progress to remind travelers that the best way to support Puerto Rico is by actually visiting. Tourism is a vital contributor to our economy — so visit and see for yourself.”

 

If you’re deciding on a Caribbean island to visit this year, what can Puerto Rico offer your family?

 

History

One of the earliest Spanish settlements in the Western Hemisphere, Puerto Rico boasts ancient structures, fascinating museums and significant sites straight from the history books. Start with some of the earliest finds on the island at Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center. The archaeological site traces indigenous island tribes back to 25 A.D., with excavations uncovering ball courts, burial grounds and ceremonial plazas. Fast-forward in time to San Jose Church, built in 1532 and one of the few remaining examples of Spanish Gothic architecture on this side of the globe. Similarly, San Juan Bautista Cathedral is the second-oldest cathedral in the Americas.

 

Beaches of Palomino

Photo: Raulrosa | Dreamstime.com

 

Beaches

With more than 270 miles of coast, the top beaches in Puerto Rico include La Monserrate, Flamenco Beach, Carolina Beach and Seven Seas Beach. Whichever you choose, though, you can do so much more than simply lie in the sand (though that’s entirely acceptable, too). Surfing, kiteboarding, scuba diving, paddleboarding, sailing, snorkeling, surfing — it’s all an option.

 

Cuisine

Restaurants in Puerto Rico are particularly feeling the hit from the lack of tourism; while many hotel rooms are taken by aid and government workers, those same travelers are often not hitting the streets looking for great cuisine while they’re on the job. What are they missing out on? A blend of Spanish-, African- and American-influenced cuisine that produces an array of delicious dishes, from the simple mofongo to extravagant desserts. Try some of the local standbys, like Cafe Manolin and El Jibarito, as well as the fine-dining experiences like those at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel’s 1919, where you’ll find a top-tier menu featuring organic, local ingredients sustainably sourced.

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Destinations / North America
Jul 10, 2024

New Air Routes Make Nova Scotia Vacations Easier

Families living in the Northeast will find travel to Nova Scotia a lot easier this summer with the inauguration of daily service from New York (LGA) to Halifax (YHZ) on American Airlines. The Nova Scotia capital is one of six new cities along the Northeast coast American added in June; other daily flights from La Guardia go to Hyannis (HYA) on Cape Cod, Nantucket (ACK), Martha’s Vineyard (MVY), and to Bangor (BGR) and Portland (PDX) in Maine.

United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

Destinations / North America
Jul 10, 2024

Enjoy a Taste of North Myrtle Beach’s Dining Scene and Fall Food Festivals

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, offers foodie family travelers an exciting dining scene, as well as culinary events and festivals to look forward to this fall.

Destinations / North America
Jul 10, 2024

Chinese Lantern Festival to Visit New Locations for 2024/2025 Season

Tianyu, North America’s largest lantern festival producer, recently announced additional locations for its renowned Chinese Lantern Festival for the 2024/2025 season. Family travelers can now enjoy first-time events in Queens, New York, at Citi Field, and Dallas, Texas, at Texas Trust CU Theatre.

Sunflower Accessibility Program Featured at O’Hare and Midway Airports

Travelers with invisible disabilities passing through O’Hare and Midway International Airports can now discreetly signal they need assistance thanks to a new Chicago Department of Aviation partnership that helps create more accessible and inclusive spaces.

Destinations / North America
Jul 9, 2024

Beat the Heat in Galveston at Moody Gardens

This summer is turning out to be a real scorcher no matter where you are spending it, but if you happen to be planning to visit Galveston, one of the best places to beat the heat is Moody Gardens. Whether staying in the hotel or just visiting for a day of fun, there is plenty for family travelers to see and do to help take the sting of the summer heat out of your vacation.