With the recent blizzard blanketing the east coast in over 20-inches of snow, I can't help but daydream about sunnier and warmer days. I'm longing for a weekend escape to the Caribbean - I'm looking at you, Puerto Rico.
A flight to San Juan is the perfect cure for those winter woes. Just a short hop away from New York is this beautiful island escape. The island is not large but I think its size is perfect for a long-weekend stay. If you ever get bored of the crystal clear waters and the fine sandy beaches, head into Old San Juan for a day-trip of culture and history. With colorful walls and quaint cobblestone streets, the old town has its charm. Not to mention an unmissable selection of local cafes. Winter is also great for whale-watching since these mystical creatures come right offshore. For those with time to spare, add a visit to El Yunque National Forest to your itinerary and make a day of it. There are plenty of waterfalls to swim in and trails to trek on.