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San Juan, PR

Beautiful beaches, great food, rich history, secluded places to escape to, an actual café society and amazing SCUBA diving—San Juan is the perfect getaway. The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico enjoys a steady rise in popularity, as people cotton on to the fact that the capital of San Juan is an excellent spot to anchor a week away.

And while there are some really great hotels, including La Concha Resort on Condado Beach and La Terraza in Old San Juan, renting a condo is also an excellent option. Carve out a few hours to explore Old San Juan; Fort El Morro and Fort San Crisóbal will yield a small peek at the town’s history. This is a town where visiting cruise ships aren’t really an annoyance: While you’re on the beach, those people lare wandering the town, and once everyone is back on board at 6 p.m., the restaurants that line the squares of Old San Juan are all yours. Try the infamous mofongo: fried green plantains mashed with garlic and olive oil, and served with a combo of crab, shrimp, chicken, beef, vegetables and broth.