Playa Esperanza, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
Cheap direct flights from USA, especially New York, though hotels are not quite such a bargain. The old town in San Juan is lovely and local culture is rich while there are many cheap Caribbean Islands resorts along the coast as well as public beaches. Many think the best beach is Playa Flamenco on Culebra Island but Puerto Rico’s main island has many superb beaches with full facilities including restrooms, showers, lifeguards, camping and security.
Rincon, on the west coast is the place for surfing where committed surfers rent local houses or apartments.
PR is perfect for North Americans as it’s an ‘unincorporated territory‘ meaning passports or visas are not required for US citizens, though some kind of ID is necessary. PR is a Spanish-speaking island with English as the second tongue.
Visitors from other countries need to get a visa as if for the USA except for those travelers planning to stay less than 90 days, holding a return ticket and citizens of: much of Europe including UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia; Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
Best weather from December to April.