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PUERTO RICO

The Heart & Soul of the Caribbean

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Puerto Rico, officially known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico), is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

THE AREA

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla Verde area is known for its hotel strip, beach bars and casinos. Its Old San Juan neighborhood features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and El Morro and La Fortaleza, massive, centuries-old fortresses.Whether you’re looking for a chinchorro (roadside kiosk), food trucks, local hot spots, or fine-dining venues, the island’s kitchens won’t disappoint.Puerto Rico’s culinary delights range from classic comida criolla (the island’s unique style of creole cooking) to tropical fusions created by award-winning chefs. Diners of every type will find something to love — even if you’re just craving a pizza or a steak.As they say down in Puerto Rico, a full belly makes for a happy heart.

RESTAURANTS

Regardless of where you travel in Puerto Rico, you'll find a variety of dining options to satisfy you.Whether you’re looking for a chinchorro (roadside kiosk), food trucks, local hot spots, or fine-dining venues, the island’s kitchens won’t disappoint.Puerto Rico’s culinary delights range from classic comida criolla (the island’s unique style of creole cooking) to tropical fusions created by award-winning chefs. Diners of every type will find something to love — even if you’re just craving a pizza or a steak.As they say down in Puerto Rico, a full belly makes for a happy heart.

NIGHTCLUBS AND BARS

No matter what side of the island you’re on, there’s always a place to go dancing, enjoy a drink, and experience the legendary nightlife of Puerto Rico.If you like to celebrate in the street, visit La Placita de Santurce near Old San Juan and dance the night away. A traditional Farmers’ Market by day, La Placita transforms into a hot outdoor club by night, complete with booming live music, great restaurants, and late-night bars.Condado’s upscale neighborhood boasts a vibrant nightlife, with most of its bars, lounges, and rooftops open late. Many also have incredible views of the city, such as O:live Boutique Hotel’s rooftop bar and Condal Tapas. With a speakeasy vibe, you can find Chico Cabaret at El San Juan Hotel in Isla Verde, as well as upbeat BRAVA nightclub.

Puerto Rico in 360°

Culebra & Vieques

• Just a short boat ride from the Puerto Rico mainland, these enchanting islands are home to world-renowned beaches and the world's brightest bioluminescent bay.

• If Puerto Rico has a best-kept secret, it is the islands of Culebra and Vieques. Puerto Rico is an archipelago, so it has dozens of cays and islets. Two of its most popular nearby islands are Culebra and Vieques. Whether you're coming for a day trip or making it an extended stay, these two islands are worth the trip, and both are world-class destinations in their own right..

• From the municipalities of Ceiba and Fajardo on the east side of Puerto Rico, you can hop on a boat to reach the islands of Culebra and Vieques, two of the most pristine, secluded places in Puerto Rico. With their breathtaking beaches, Culebra and Vieques are excellent destinations for water activities such as swimming, diving, kayaking, or snorkeling.

•Mosquito Bay in Vieques is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Culebra has Flamenco Beach, which the Discovery Channel named the second-best beach on the planet. There is also the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, which has hiking trails and other amenities for nature lovers. At the Cayo Luis Peña Natural Reserve in Culebra, you’ll find impressive spots for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Metro - San Juan

• Discover amazing food, drinks, and shops while exploring the urban side of Puerto Rico, where history and culture intersect with bustling city life.

• The metropolitan area refers to seven towns that make up the urban “downtown” of Puerto Rico, including the capital, San Juan, a city with over 500 years of history.

• Old San Juan is like a museum of living history, where you can explore the impressive San Felipe del Morro and San Cristóbal castles or just wander through the cobblestone streets and soak up the unique architecture of the city.

• In this region you'll also find attractions such as the Casa Bacardí distillery, in Cataño, where you can learn about the history of rum and enjoy tasting different varieties. You could also visit Plaza Las Américas, which is the largest shopping center in the Caribbean. The metro area also has museums for adults and children, picture-perfect beaches, and large hotels with casinos, such as the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino.

East - Paradise

• Puerto Rico's east region offers secluded beaches, a legendary rainforest, and island excursions. This region of the island — comprised of 15 towns, two small islands, and a legendary rainforest — offers scenic views, leisurely beaches, rivers, and quaint food stands to enjoy after a day at the beach.

• The east is home to El Yunque, the only subtropical rainforest in the United States. Its waterfalls, hiking trails, and panoramic vistas are a nature lover’s wonderland. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, ranging from a leisurely hike to extreme canyoneering. The waters off the east coast of Puerto Rico are teeming with marine life, making them ideal for snorkeling and diving adventures, fishing, and boat charters of all kinds.

• However, if you are looking for a quiet beach where you can enjoy a relaxing day, plan to visit the Balneario La Monserrate, one of the best beaches on the island. La Monserrate has calm waters where you will find a variety of activities, or, if you prefer to simply relax and enjoy the view, there are rental chairs and umbrellas on-site. When hunger strikes, you will find kiosks walking distance from the beach, where you can get local fritters, savory seafood, and ice-cold drinks.In the east region, you can also explore Carabalí Rainforest Park, where activities include running go-karts and ATVs, horseback riding on the beach or in the forest, and more.

Travel to Puerto Rico

AIRPORTS

Puerto Rico airports handle domestic, US and international flights to and from the Island on a daily basis. There is a total of 29 airports (23 usable) in Puerto Rico, 10 of them with scheduled flights, including Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), which ranks 37th among passenger airports in the U.S., and 26th,out of 250 American airports, in cargo movement. The airport receives over 10 million passengers per year making it the busiest airport in the Caribbean in terms of movement of passengers.

TAXI

The Tourism Taxi Program, recently instituted by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, has simplified and established a flat-rate structure between the airport and several major tourism zones in the San Juan area. Fixed rates range between $10 and $20 for one-way trips.

SELF-DRIVING

Getting around Puerto Rico is easy, you can get around any way you like. There are taxis, car rentals, buses, public transportation and private limousines available throughout the island.Driving is on the right-hand side of the road. All the same rules as any part of the United States, except that the signs are in Spanish, the distance markers in kilometers and the gas sold in liters.

CRUISE

The main passenger port is San Juan. The San Juan Harbor is the fourth busiest in the Western Hemisphere, and is ranked among the top 17 of the world's ports in terms of container movement. There is no regular passenger service to Puerto Rico by sea, but more than a million passengers visit the island on cruise ships every year.All maritime facilities in Puerto Rico are owned and administered by the Puerto Rico Ports Authority. Facilities include all the ports in San Juan, Guánica, Guayanilla, Guayama, Yabucoa, Mayaguez, Ponce, Arecibo, Fajardo, Vieques and Culebra.

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