Puerto Rico is one of those vacation destinations that can address different types of travelers. Whether you’re a beach-goer, adventure-seeker, golfer or a foodie, the Caribbean island’s attractions do not disappoint.
The best part about visiting Puerto Rico for U.S. citizens is that there is no need for a passport or foreign currency as your driver’s license and U.S. dollars are accepted.
We’ve already covered Puerto Rico’s best attractions, but if you’re anything like me, you probably want to Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico.by seeking out the five local foods below. Puerto Rican cuisine is similar to that of Mexico, Cuba and Spain, though locals call is cocina criolla (Creole cuisine).
1. Arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas):
This is the national dish of Puerto Rico and usually a combination of rice, pork and pigeon peas cooked in the same pot with some kind of sofrito (aromatic sauce) typically with garlic, onion, paprika, peppers, and tomatoes.
2. Asopao (rice soup)
This hearty gumbo-like dish is made with either chicken, shellfish or even pigeon peas with spices such as oregano, garlic, and paprika. Every chef has a slightly different way of making it so take note.
3. Lechon asado (barbecued pig)
This is a whole, young pig roasted on a barbecue. Though it’s a delicacy served at Puerto Rican holidays, lechon can be found any time of year on the island. Foodies seek it out for the tender, flavorful meat. La Ruta de Lechon in Guavate is a famous street for lechon, lovingly referred to as roast pig highway.
4. Fried Snacks
Hungry in between sightseeing? Stop for bunelos, fried turnovers, fritters and other hearty delights. Stalls all over the island sell these delights.
Mofongo is mashed plantain with seasonings and a filling that can please all palates (chicken, seafood, vegetarian… you name it). You can find this beloved dish basically everywhere on the island.
And, don’t forget that rum is the national drink with 80% of the world’s supply hailing from Puerto Rico.
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