Love's a Trip

Puerto Rico: Go-Slow Mode

Dec 3, 2004
Outside Magazine
Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel

Uncommonly Beautiful: The oceanic expanse of Puerto Rico    Photo: Corel

Puerto Rico may be a U.S. commonwealth, but it's far from the madding pace of American life. The 3,435-square-mile island has all the tropical accoutrements, from rugged mountains to banana and sugar plantations and palm-lined beaches prettier than postcards. THE LOVE NEST: Erase the hectic States from your mind in one of the Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel's 22 new suites. The two-story Spanish Colonial–style townhouses in Rincón, on the secluded western end of the island, have mahogany and teak furniture and private terraces with pools overlooking the Straits of Mona. (Seven-night honeymoon package, including all meals and transportation, sea-kayaking and snorkeling trips, two massages, and a bottle of Dom Perignon, from $9,370; 800-633-1857, DOUBLES PLAY: Some of the best surf breaks in the world can be found a seashell's throw from the hotel. West Coast Surf Shop (787-823-3935, offers surf lessons for $30 an hour and rents surfboards for $25 a day. Or rent a Hobie Cat from Taino Divers, in Rincón ($80 a day; 787-823-6429, and sail beyond the breaks.