Tee Off Oceanside
If you're looking for a quick getaway to the Caribbean, Puerto Rico beckons- flights from the U.S. are frequent and usually direct. With its cobalt-blue seas and lush rain forests, this U.S. territory has plenty to keep you active.
Get out there
Known as the golf capital of the Caribbean, the island boasts 23 courses; 17 of them are championship- level. The hardest choice is deciding where to tee off first. The Ocean and River courses at the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa are favorites due to the resort's setting between El Yunque National Forest and the Atlantic. On the demanding 6,782-yard Ocean Course you'll be challenged by wind, water hazards, bunkers, and at hole four, hundreds of sunbathing iguanas (don't worry, they won't bother you!). The 18-hole River Course, suitable for all skill levels, winds around the Mameyes River, with terrain inspired by the native foliage (18 holes start at $130 for guests, $160 for nonguests; wyndhamriomar.com/golf).
In between rounds, make it a point to check out Puerto Rico's beaches-from the white dunes of Isabela on the northeast coast to the black sands near Punta Santiago on the western side. The sandy swaths of Isla Verde in San Juan can serve as a tranquil setting for lounging or as a base for body surfing, parasailing, and Jet Skiing.
Where to stay
After a multimilliondollar refurbishment, Wyndham Rio Mar is newly sparkling: Enjoy 11 restaurants and lounges, two pools, and a mile-long secluded beach (doubles from $179; wyndhamriomar.com). Located between Old San Juan and Isla Verde Beach, Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino has access to both the Atlantic and Condado Lagoon-plus tennis courts, saltwater and freshwater pools, as well as Puerto Rico's largest casino (doubles from $199; condadoplaza.com).