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Article posted: 2/23/2013 6:00 AM

5 free things to do in Puerto Rico

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People enjoy a sunny day at the Isla Verde Beach in Carolina, Puerto Rico. A good tip for all Puerto Rican beaches is to go early in the morning when the water is calm and there are no crowds.

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People enjoy a sunny day at the Isla Verde Beach in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

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Vieques has spectacular beaches that are secluded even in the high season.

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People walk in a street of the historic colonial section of San Juan named Old San Juan in Puerto Rico.

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New stores, restaurants and coffee shops have opened and many of the old homes have been restored in Old San Juan.

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Tourists visit the 16th-century Spanish fort called El Morro in Old San Juan. There's an entrance fee to enter the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, but the best way to enjoy this U.S. National Historic Site requires no money at all.

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Tourists walk near the 16th-century Spanish fort called El Morro in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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There may have been a time when Puerto Rico was a cheap getaway but those days are long gone. Puerto Rico is heavily dependent on imported goods and fuel and that's reflected in prices from a taxi ride from the airport to the mojito at your hotel. There are, of course, cheaper options. There are also things to do, including the country's many beaches, that don't cost anything at all.
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    • People enjoy a sunny day at the Isla Verde Beach in Carolina, Puerto Rico. A good tip for all Puerto Rican beaches is to go early in the morning when the water is calm and there are no crowds.
    • People enjoy a sunny day at the Isla Verde Beach in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
    • Vieques has spectacular beaches that are secluded even in the high season.
    • People walk in a street of the historic colonial section of San Juan named Old San Juan in Puerto Rico.
    • New stores, restaurants and coffee shops have opened and many of the old homes have been restored in Old San Juan.
    • Tourists visit the 16th-century Spanish fort called El Morro in Old San Juan. There’s an entrance fee to enter the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, but the best way to enjoy this U.S. National Historic Site requires no money at all.
    • Tourists walk near the 16th-century Spanish fort called El Morro in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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