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World’s Greatest Places 2023 – Rio Grande, PR – A more accessible rainforest

Prepare to be captivated as we unveil the extraordinary recognition of Río Grande, Puerto Rico as one of Time’s 2023 World’s Greatest Places, celebrating its exceptional experiences and commitment to sustainable tourism.

“We’re excited to share the news that Río Grande, Puerto Rico has been selected as one of Time’s 2023 World’s Greatest Places! As an investment firm with properties such as Bahía Beach Resort, St. Regis Bahía Beach, and St. Regis Residences in Río Grande, we’ve long seen the potential in this destination as a place full of unique and authentic experiences for travelers. This recognition by Time is a testament to the hard work and investments that are made in promoting sustainable tourism practices in Río Grande. The selection process for Time’s list is rigorous and highlights destinations that are reshaping the travel landscape. Río Grande, with its stunning natural beauty and rich culture, is a prime example of this shift. We’re proud to be part of this and look forward to welcoming more visitors to our properties in Río Grande, and keep working on the future of Puerto Rico.

Fahad Ghaffar

Americans don’t have to leave the country to visit the rainforest. Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, is home to the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service, and it’s getting more accessible this year. El Yunque Rainforest recently unveiled a revamped visitor’s center, called El Portal, following an $18M renovation that features installations by local artists, a new introductory video narrated by Benicio del Toro, and ranger demonstrations to learn about 240-plus plant species and 18 bird species endemic to Puerto Rico.

For panoramic views of the rainforest and beaches, Casa Alternavida’s rooftop can’t be beat. Puerto Rico’s first all-inclusive wellness retreat includes guided daily walks and three organic meals a day; services like coaching, teambuilding, and massage are available upon request.

While in Rio Grande, explore the Pintalto macromural project, an initiative that spans across six neighborhoods on the island. Started by Samuel González Rodríguez in 2017 to encourage visitors to venture beyond San Juan, the murals aim to revitalize residential neighborhoods through art that uses the bold “colors of hope.”

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