5 Reasons Why Puerto Rico is the Hottest Caribbean Island for Golf Travelers

Move over, Dominican Republic.

Lately, no Caribbean island has been making bigger waves in golf travel circles than Puerto Rico, and the stunning Royal Isabela (pictured) is just the tip of the palm tree.

Here are the five main reasons you may want to consider putting Puerto Rico back on your golf vacation radar screen:

1. Robert Trent Jones, Sr.'s East Course at the Dorado Beach Resort has been brought back to respectability thanks to a restoration/renovation by his son, Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

2. Also at Dorado Beach is a luxurious, oceanfront Ritz-Carlton Reserve, only the second of the brand's ultra-luxury properties to open and the first to open in the Americas.

3. Speaking of luxury hotels, a swanky St. Regis opened at the Bahia Beach resort to accompany its scenic and enjoyable Robert Trent Jones II golf course.

4. The PGA Tour has continued its tweaking of (and theoretically improving) Trump International Golf Club, site of the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.

5. The aforementioned Royal Isabela. This is the biggest, best, and most recent golf resort news to come out of Puerto Rico.

The former professional tennis playing brothers Stanley and Charlie Pasarell teamed with Pete Dye-disciple David Pfaff to create a clifftop golf course that is visually stunning and strategically captivating.

The accompanying, ocean-facing casitas, which opened in late 2012, are among the finest suite-style club accommodations you will find anywhere. The bathrooms are larger than many suites I've stayed in.

And here's what may be the most exciting news of all:

The Pasarells want to build two more 18-hole golf courses -- one in the highlands like Royal Isabela and one amid the ocean dunes -- once membership sales reach a certain level.

Have you played in Puerto Rico lately? Do the above developments make you want to go?

Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below.

Craig Better is one of the founding editors of Golf Vacation Insider. In addition to traveling to 15 foreign countries, he has twice traveled across America to play golf courses in all 50 United States. Prior to joining Golf Vacation Insider, Craig was a freelance writer who contributed to GOLF Magazine, Travel + Leisure Golf, Maxim Magazine, USAToday.com, and co-authored Zagat Survey’s book, America’s Top Golf Courses.
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