Puerto Rico the Island of Enchantment

This Commonwealth and unincorporated territory of the United States is a place of charm that lives up to its name, located in the northeast of the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean is a tropical island in the middle of the Antilles Sea.

Many say that this destination has the best in the world. On the one hand, the North American pocket and on the other the Latin heart.

It has a display of colors and culture, natural resources that captivate you, colonial cities that combine with its beauty and the sympathy that overflows its inhabitants.

-The first official language declared in this multicultural destination was Spanish, followed by English. The first is due to its native influence of Tainos and African current, while the second is estimated that only a small percentage speak English.

- Puerto Rico, being an island, has a tropical, pleasant and warm climate where there is only the sun and short rains, although the rain could cover the whole day it does not last long, it is very common to see its inhabitants continue with their activities during the drizzles as they are already used to it.

-In the City of Mayagüez there is the most modern and technological baseball stadium in the Caribbean with a capacity of 13 spectators.

-As for transportation, the most effective method to get around in this destination is car rental since public buses or taxis are not usually abundant and they do not always pass frequently by its stations.

-Puerto Rico is also known as the world capital of rum. At Casa Bacardi in Cataño he produces around 80 types of rum.

-This destination was the home of the Arecibo Observatory and the second largest single dish radio telescope in the world. For a long time I helped in important scientific findings.

A little history of Puerto Rico

Throughout history it is recognized that the first Taino settlers constituted a peaceful and hospitable culture, which contrasted with the Spanish when they arrived in 1493.

After the death of Christopher Columbus, who had been named "Governor of the Indies" in this part of the world, Juan Ponce de León emerged as the first official governor of the Island of San Juan.

Due to the displacement of its inhabitants, a set of mixtures between ethnic groups began to be created, giving a mixture of Spaniards, Africans and Tainos.

It was in 1952 when Puerto Rico managed to obtain the status of the Commonwealth after so many political upheavals, undoubtedly a destination full of great courage.

 

Culture and traditions

-Salsa music is a large part of the vibrant Puerto Rican culture, so much so that it became one of its heritages, this popular genre is unique and its style, and there is no doubt that it reflects it in its best-known artists such as Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colon, Gilberto Santa Rosa and many more.

- One of the most popular places for its gastronomy is the Pig Route where along Guavate through the south of Puerto Rico. There are several restaurants where a variety of dishes with suckling pig are served, in all its presentations.

- Puerto Rico is one of the places where outstanding writers resided, many of the books have been recognized for the number of publications, international awards and numerous translated books. (La Pasión according to Antigona Pérez), (Maldito Amor), (Yo-Yo Boing ! and United States of Banana)

- An expression of Puerto Rican craftsmanship is the mundillo, a handmade lace used to adorn the collars of shirts, wedding dresses and baptisms.

- The island is known for having the longest Christmas in the world, a season that lasts 45 days which begins the day after Thanksgiving and ends in mid-January with the San Sebastián Street Festival.

- One of the most recognized festivities is the Night of San Juan, it is celebrated from June 23 to 24 and the greatest custom is to go to the beaches to bathe as a reflection of the baptisms that San Juan Bautista performed.

Tourist places

Castle of San Felipe del Morro.

It is impossible to go unnoticed this place on the island, from the skyline of the city you can appreciate the view of this fortress. El Morro as it is also known is a national monument dating from the XNUMXth century, it is the scene of various exhibitions of instruments and boats used by Spaniards years ago.

El Yunque National Forest

This 11.700 hectare tropical forest has several hiking trails and is also home to ancient petroglyphs. It is located on the north coast of the country. Do not miss the La Mina waterfall or the La Coca waterfall, on the road that goes from El Yunque to La Fortuna. In the darkness of its forests there are 240 different species of trees and hundreds of other vertebrates and insects distributed over more than a thousand meters of unevenness and four different biotopes.

Culebra Island and Flamenco Beach.

 

It is a small island located east of Puerto Rico that houses the most beautiful beach in the country and is also one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, on Flamenco beach. Which has a horseshoe shape, crystal clear waters and is surrounded by bushes.

It is the only public beach on the island. It has ideal conditions for swimming and snorkelling.

Camuy Caves

The Cavernas del Río Camuy National Park is one of the largest cave systems in the world with a length of 17 km and with 18 entrances These caves were created by the underground waters of the Camuy River more than a million years ago. It can be appreciated spectacular rock formations and flora.

The glittering bays of Puerto Rico

A wonderful spectacle that is appreciated in this beautiful destination, are the bioluminescent bays. Puerto Rico is home to three of the five found in the world. This phenomenon called "glow in the dark". It is produced due to the high production of plankton in these areas.

In the Bioluminescent Bay of Fajardo, La Pargueray Bahía Mosquito you can appreciate this beautiful natural demonstration.