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Mark Abeytia

Beverly Hills, California Travel Agent

The Many Faces of Puerto Rico

My love for Puerto Rico springs from a deep knowledge of the island’s world-class resorts and appreciation for the depth and diversity of its cultural, environmental and touristic experiences. Every year, I attend an annual tourism trade show to stay current. Plus, I have family there, so I have a personal connection.  

Many Americans like that they do not need a visa or passport, and U.S. dollars are the currency. Most people are bilingual, so there is no language barrier, and Puerto Ricans are by nature, very welcoming and friendly. It is a place you can have an exotic five-star getaway, often for less than a half the cost of a comparable trip to Hawaii.  

In addition to crystal-clear waters for snorkeling, diving and kayaking and luxurious resorts with service to match, Puerto Rico surprises adventurous visitors with an amazing zip-line course in the center of the island, coffee and banana plantations, and large caves with carvings from the indigenous Taino Indians to explore. At its two bioluminescent bays, the sight of water coming alive with light is unforgettable. I always check the lunar calendar and try to have my clients visit on a moonless night because the darker it is, the more vibrant the bioluminescence will appear.  

Puerto Rico also has true African villages such as Loiza, first settled by enslaved people escaping from other Caribbean islands. While today’s residents speak Spanish, the feeling is still very African, and the art, music, and food reflect their African roots.  

A whole different feeling permeates Old San Juan. From the moment you step into the walled city, you feel you are an ancient city in Spain. Packed with museums, restaurants, and boutiques, it also is a wonderful district for a fun evening. Street vendors sell traditional food and locals dance to salsa music. 

Puerto Rico is also home to the largest rain forest in North America, El Yunque National Forest. On my latest trip, I joined a guided walk where we had the chance to see, smell and taste plants most people have never heard of. At one point, our guide stuck a bark stick into a huge termite mound and pulled out a bunch of them. And yes, I tasted them. No, they did not taste like chicken. The flavor was akin to walnuts. We also went to an area called Angelitos with a popular swimming hole, so we got a local’s view of the rain forest. I discover something new with every visit.  

Puerto Rico offers far more than most people realize. My partner and I had visited Hawaii a number of times and loved it. When I suggested we vacation in Puerto Rico, he was not very excited because he wasn’t sure what to expect. By the time we left, he was saying he could not wait to return. Not surprisingly, that is how everyone I send to Puerto Rico reacts!

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Most amazing trip, xmas 2018

Reviewed By MLK - Los Angeles, CA | Traveled to Hong Kong ~ East and Southeast Asia
Mark is a true professional! He is willing to explore ideas, cost options and always ready to add his valuable insights when planning a trip. We don't go anywhere without his input.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Reviewed By Go now - Los Angeles l | Traveled to South Africa ~ Africa
The BEST Travel agent I have ever had!!
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Best trip with my family!

Reviewed By Amazing travel agent - CA | Traveled to Asia
Seamless planning and always available to chat through ideas, price comparisons, etc! Truly the best trip with my family
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A Great Person to have on your team

Reviewed By Ira S - Bainbridge Island, WA | Traveled to USA
When you're responsible for the business travel arrangements for a group, it's important to know that you can depend on someone having your back when there's an emergency - a cancelled flight, a passenger missing a connection, etc. Mark has proven time and again that he's that guy. He has interrupted his other plans - business and personal - to deal with a late-breaking emergency. Plus he's a stickler for details, which is very much appreciated by all the people in my traveling parties.
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Vietnam by Mark was phenomenal!

Reviewed By Steve - Los Angeles | Traveled to Vietnam ~ East and Southeast Asia
Great travel agent. Always there for us with great service! Planned our perfect family holiday trip
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Mark Abeytia responded:
Thank you Steve, its always a pleasure! I'm looking forward to working with you on your corporate and leisure travel needs in this new year!.
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Amazing Asian adventure!

Reviewed By Scott - San Francisco, CA | Traveled to Hong Kong ~ East and Southeast Asia
Mark provided amazing and thorough support in planning a family trip to Southeast Asia. It was perfect.
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Dream trip to Japan.

Reviewed By Ellen N. - Los Angeles, California | Traveled to Japan ~ East and Southeast Asia
Mark listened to our comprehensive list for our tour of Japan and created a an adventure we will never forget.
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Trip of a Lifetime!

Reviewed By Happy Traveller - Los Angeles, CA | Traveled to Japan ~ East and Southeast Asia
Mark was incredibly professional and helpful and was a pleasure to work with. He arranged my "trip of a lifetime" in a way that surpassed all of my expectations.
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Around the world business trip!

Reviewed By John - Beverly Hills | Traveled to Beijing ~ China ~ East and Southeast Asia
Mark is a fantastic travel agent! My business travel is very complicated and usually involves a number of flights, flying both domestic and international. I have to make last minute changes and Mark is always patient with me and my complications. I highly recommend him.
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