El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico (PRNewsFoto/Puerto Rico Tourism Company)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico has been voted the number one US Island in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Award Contest. Puerto Rico tops the list, beating such destinations as Kauai, Hawaii, and Amelia Island, Florida.
"We are delighted that the readers of USA Today ranked Puerto Rico as the premier island in the United States," said Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. "With daily flights from a range of US cities, no passport needed, and no customs lines to navigate, Puerto Rico offers US citizens an accessible and affordable five star vacation."
Just one visit to Puerto Rico reveals why the island came out on top in the 10Best Contest. The ALL-STAR island delivers a unique mix of cultural influences, with a tropical atmosphere of beaches, rainforests and mountains. Whether you're exploring the historic, colonial beauty of Old San Juan, hiking in the stunning El Yunque National Forest – the only tropical rainforest in the US Forest Service – snorkeling in the submarine kingdom of coral reefs, or shopping in the designer boutiques of Condado, Puerto Rico has something for everyone. And getting to Puerto Rico is now easier than ever with no customs inspections, no passport required for US citizens, and direct flights available from more than 15 major continental US airports.
"USA TODAY is thrilled to have this method of sharing what 10Best and USA TODAY readers and users love most," said John Peters, president of USA TODAY Travel Media Group. "Our readers are well-informed, well-travelled and opinionated. At the end of the day, content on our platforms is a reflection of them. A destination, organization or business which finds itself the recipient of a 10Best Readers' Choice Award has really accomplished something."
Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.