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Puerto Rico’s Hidden West Coast Gem

Leave the Polar Vortex behind in favor of a tropical getaway to Puerto Rico, named the Best Caribbean Island to visit by USA Today readers last year. The western region (also known as Porta del Sol, or “Getaway to the Sun”) is now on sale with deals into spring up to 60% off.

Swap the traditional San Juan getaway and head off-the-beaten path to the west coast. The west coast offers pristine beaches, some of the Caribbean's best surfing spots and fewer crowds than the island's well-known resort areas. This is where the locals vacation, a hidden-gem locale that is easily navigated by a rental car.

New Yorkers and Floridians can take advantage of nonstop flights on JetBlue starting at $228 roundtrip including tax into Aguadilla and Ponce. These two cities are the gateway to the western region; spend your days catching rays at the beaches in Aguadilla or stroll through the local shops in downtown Ponce.

For surfers, score a beachfront $144-per-night hotel deal at Rincon Beach Resort just minutes from the world-famous waves conquered by many professional surfers.

The high-end traveler can relax in a two-story suite with a private plunge pool and ocean views. At the Horned Dorset Primavera guests also get the fourth night free.

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Friday, February 7, 2014
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