No Man is an Island

When travelling the Caribbean there are dozens of islands to choose from, each with its own uniqueness, which sets them apart from each other. It is for that reason many people prefer cruises rather than flying to individual islands. The thought of unpacking only once is appealing, not to mention standard cuisine without fear of illness.

No matter which island destination you choose you will most always be assured of sunshine, warmth and blue skies. It is no small wonder why many of us choose the Caribbean as a holiday destination, especially with our cold, Canadian winter fast approaching.

One of my favourite islands is the US protectorate of Puerto Rico. I had the pleasure of visiting recently and, although I did not cruise I did stay in the beautiful Westin Rio Dell Mar. Puerto Rico has many advantages, but for Canadians the best is that we can clear customs in Toronto and use the all familiar US dollar as currency.

Similar in tourist lifestyle to Miami, Puerto Rico and its capital city of San Juan are a bustle of nightlife, shopping and fantastic eateries. If you choose Puerto Rico as a destination (as compared to cruising) there are a few things you need to be aware of: you cannot fly direct from Canada, so a two hour layover in a U.S. city lengthens the otherwise 4 hour flight. When I arrived at San Juan airport I had no idea that the drive to my hotel was nearly 90 minutes. Needless to say, I was beat by the time I checked in, however the warm temperatures, sunny skies and friendly people soon made me forget my tiredness.

The property was amazing and the room was incredible. I overlooked the ocean as well as the pool complex and decided to go for a drink at a bar by the beach. The massive size of the beach area gave me a sense of seclusion, even thou