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If you step off the plane in Puerto Rico’s main airport and head straight for San Juan, the bustling capital, then you’re missing out on the laid-back delight that is Carolina. Encompassing a tract of beach, forest, and sea on the north coast of Puerto Rico and tiny Isla Verde, this is a place to kick back and relax. Several idyllic Caribbean beaches will be on your daily itinerary here, while at night, Carolina offers a choice of lively bars.

Things to see

Arriving at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, you will already be in Carolina, so you don’t have to go far to discover its sights. Start in the city center, where a wander will lead you down neatly-paved streets lined with pastel-hued buildings. Whether you want to shop, dine, or party, this is the place to do so. Carolina has one of the largest shopping malls in the whole of Puerto Rico, providing entertainment venues and restaurants alongside the island’s best retail therapy. After this burst of activity, head to Carolina Beach for some serious relaxation. A ribbon of golden sand is sheltered by palm trees leaning towards the sun, and the sea seems impossibly blue. It just invites sunbathing, but if you prefer to be active, then you can choose from a whole range of watersports, as well as hiking and biking trails which lead off into the forest.

Hotels in Carolina

Carolina is all about the beach and glorious Caribbean Sea, and it’s along the seafront that you’ll find most Carolina hotels. They range from luxury all-inclusive beach resorts to more budget-friendly guesthouses, so whatever your holiday style, it’s catered for here. If there ever was a place to give into temptation, this is it. The resort hotels offer casinos, swim-up pool bars, and breakfasts cooked to order, so whatever your vice, you can indulge it here. For a more simple stay, opt for a self-catering beach apartment, which provides good value for money, as well as instant beach access.

Where to stay

Popular Isla Verde offers most of the resort hotels, providing all the entertainment, restaurants and bars you could want within a short, beachfront stretch. The party keeps swinging long into the night here, and you may find it hard to leave your luxurious suite in the morning. For a cheaper and more tranquil stay, and for quick access to Carolina’s forest hiking trails, choose one of the guesthouses in La Torre. You’ll still have sea views, but the bright lights of Isla Verde will just be a glow on the horizon. Party holiday or beach retreat; the choice is yours.

How to get to Carolina

Getting there couldn’t be easier, since Puerto Rico’s main international airport is within the Carolina district. You’ll be in and out of the airport taxi before you can blink, since La Torre is just a few minutes to the east, and Isla Verde to the west. If you’ve already arrived on the island, the drive to Carolina from the capital San Juan also takes just 10 minutes. You can also hop on a local bus. Once there, thanks to the beautiful beaches and forest trails in a compact area, going by foot or bike is the best form of travel.

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