Puerto Rico

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The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a United States territory, located east of the Dominican Republic in the northeastern Caribbean sea. Puerto Rico is the smallest of the Greater Antilles, and includes smaller islands and keys.

The main island of Puerto Rico is mostly mountainous, with large coastal areas for beachgoers in the north and south regions. Some beautiful sandy beaches are Jobos Beach, Maria’s Beach, Domes Beach, and Sandy Beach. The highest elevation point is called Cerro de Punta, located in the main mountain range of “La Cordillera Central”. Another breathtaking peak is El Yunque, nestled in the Caribbean National Forest. The island is home to a great many species of indigenous plants, birds, amphibians and reptiles. A most popular animal, and symbol of Puerto Rican pride, is the Coqui, a small frog recognized for the sound it makes (for which it is named). The Caribbean National Forest is a tropical rainforest, home to one of the top ten endangered birds in the world, the Puerto Rican Parrot.

The seasons remain much the same year round, as the island is located in the tropics. Puerto Rico has wonderfully pleasant average temperature of 82.4F (28C). Hurricane season spans June through November.

Water Sports
Boasting hundreds of beaches and beautiful weather year-round, Puerto Rico is renowned for its wealth of water sports activities. Windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, kayaking on the Tanama River or the Caribbean sea and body surfing down an incredible, rushing mountain stream are just a few of the nearly-endless possibilities awaiting the water enthusiast.

World class surfing can be found at nearly every turn in Puerto Rico. Waves, in fact, can reach as high as twenty five feet! Rincon is especially famous for its world surfing championships and numerous other competitions.

Island Diversity
Puerto Rico boasts a rich and unique cultural diversity with both Spanish and English being official languages of the island. While Spanish is still the predominant language, visitors may feel free to express themselves in English. It is recommended, however, for a complete Puerto Rican vacation, travelers should make an effort to speak Spanish as well.

Many famous and important athletes have called Puerto Rico home and Puerto Rican teams have participated in international competitions such as the Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics, Pan-American Games, the Central American Games, the World Cup, and the Caribbean World Series. Boxing, basketball, volleyball, and baseball are all very popular games in Puerto Rico and the island has its own professional baseball leagues.

Activities
Visitors to Puerto Rico may commonly come as cruise ship passengers or arrive via airplane and enjoy the many beautiful hotels and resorts on the island. The Puerto Rico Convention Center is the most recent addition to the constructions for tourists.

One can enjoy the arts and culture of the island, participate in the Casals Festival, and also tour the architecture of the island, including El Morro and La Fortaleza. The island offers delicious cuisine at inviting restaurants as well.

Culebra The Best Kept Secret of the Spanish Virgin Islands

Culebra The Best Kept Secret of the Spanish Virgin Islands

Culebra is considered to be the best kept secret of the Spanish Virgin Islands. Located about nineteen miles east of Puerto Rico and eight miles north of Vieques, Culebra is the smallest of the inhabited Spanish Virgin Islands. She is seven miles long and 3 miles wide. The island is totally arid, with no rivers or streams. All of its water is obtained from nearby Puerto Rico. Because of the lack of run-off from rivers or streams, Culebra boasts of water clarity of more than 60 ft!!
Culebra has about three thousand residents. The quiet, unspoiled island has little to offer [...]

The Historical Side of Vieques

The Historical Side of Vieques

Vieques is known as “La Isla Nena” (little girl island) and “Isabel Segunda” (Isabel II). Vieques was founded in 1843 by Francisco Saínz. It’s 21 miles (34 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide, and it is 52 square miles (135 square km) in area. It was annexed to Puerto Rico in 1854. Vieques derives its name from the Taino Indian word for Small Island (bieques). There is a balance of beauty and history on this island. The now extinct Arawak Indians once lived here and it was used as a “haven” for many of the infamous pirates of [...]

Vieques

Vieques

The still somewhat undiscovered Vieques is located about 7 Miles east of the island of Puerto Rico. Not very big in size, only 21miles long by 5miles at its widest point, the island is very large in beauty and atmosphere. Vieques is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. With white sand, crystal water and an average temperature that rarely falls below 78° F, this is truly an island paradise and a vacationers dream destination. Vieques is fast becoming a very popular wedding spot, due to its romantic atmosphere and secluded beaches.
Water Sports
Like many of its [...]

Culebra

Culebra

Approximately seventeen miles East of Puerto Rico and twelve miles west of St.Thomas you’ll find the island paradise of Culebra. A small and intimate island, Culebra has a population only of about 1800 people. The incredible landscape is comprised of an intricate pattern of amazing shorelines, rugged cliffs, mystical mangrove forests, and white and dark sandy beaches. In fact the beaches are arguably some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Culebra is home to many unique and rare species of indigenous plant life. It is also the refuge of several species of waterfowl, including the endangered Brown Pelican. Two [...]

Don’t Miss These Things in Puerto Rico

For many years the beautiful island of Puerto Rico has been a favorite with travelers from around the world, and this vacation hot spot continues to be a favorite with visitors from the U.S. Americans visiting the island of Puerto Rico will find a culture that is both delightfully foreign and reassuringly familiar. The culture of Puerto Rico is unique, and uniquely wonderful, and the island offers many advantages for American visitors.
One of the most significant benefits of Puerto Rico is its accessibility. The island is served by many major airlines, making it fast and easy to reach from [...]

The Historical Side of Vieques

The Historical Side of Vieques

Vieques is known as “La Isla Nena” (little girl island) and “Isabel Segunda” (Isabel II). Vieques was founded in 1843 by Francisco Saínz. It’s 21 miles (34 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide, and it is 52 square miles (135 square km) in area. It was annexed to Puerto Rico in 1854. Vieques derives its name from the Taino Indian word for Small Island (bieques). There is a balance of beauty and history on this island. The now extinct Arawak Indians once lived here and it was used as a “haven” for many of the infamous pirates of [...]