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At this time of year, number one on the ‘to do’ list is to book that vacation or break you so richly deserve. A touch of Caribbean sun wouldn’t go amiss, no doubt, and the prime candidate, partly because it doesn’t involve the hassle of leaving the United States, could be one of the all inclusive resorts in Puerto Rico.

Although it does not enjoy the official status of statehood within the US, the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is nevertheless effectively a territory of the United States and US citizens do not require a passport to travel there. This makes it ideal for a last minute beach getaway if your passport has expired and you don’t have time to renew it before your trip.

San Juan is the bustling capital of Puerto Rico and it has much to offer the tourist, for example its many historic buildings, museums, and exciting, pulsating night life. On the other hand, it might not fit the bill if peace and relaxation is high on your agenda. If you are a regular vacationer seeking a beach vacation, you would do far better to pick an old-style hotel or modern resort complex somewhere quiet on the coast.

Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa is one such tranquil spot near Guanica on Puerto Rico’s little-known south west coast. This beautiful seaside resort features an unspoiled half-mile-long sandy beach, along with a private luxury spa for the exclusive use of resort guests. Copamarina also offers swimming pools, tennis courts, and a golf course, not to mention comfortable accommodations and two authentic Caribbean style restaurants. Although not cheap, Copamarina operates some attractive all inclusive discount deals in which guests enjoy unlimited free food and drink for an “all-in” price that also covers their accommodation.

Another fine example of a Puerto Rico resort is the Gran Melia Golf Resort, which is located in the Coco Beach area of Rio Grande on the island’s north east coast. The resort is peaceful and secluded but has the benefit of being only a half hour drive away from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Gran Melia Golf Resort is so named because of its proximity to the stunning course at the Trump International Golf Club, but golf is far from being all Gran Melia has to offer the discerning visitor. Tip top luxury suite accommodations, extensive dining and bar choices, pools, and an array of sports facilities are just some of this resort’s impressive amenities. It even boasts a fully-equipped casino. Gran Melia offers seasonal discounts, making it the perfect spot for a welcome winter break.

There are many other such all inclusive resorts in Puerto Rico dotted up and down the island’s beautiful coast. Compared to some Caribbean islands, the Puerto Rico tourism infrastructure is flawless, and the facilities second to none, plus there is the added convenience that you do not need a passport to get there. You really should not discount Puerto Rico as your destination for a vacation or cheap getaway break this year.