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Visit Puerto Rico

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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.

Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, making it the smallest island of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") consists of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and several islands: Vieques, Culebra, Mona and numerous islets.

The official languages are Spanish, which is predominant, and English.

Culture

The culture of Puerto Rico is nearly independent from the 50 states. The culture is identically carribean, but closely related to the culture of Spain with a few African and native influences. When travelling to Puerto Rico, one will get the feeling that they are in another country (most likely Spain). But of course you're not, due to the U.S. flag being flown everywhere reminding you that you are still on U.S. soil and other noticeable mainland influences including numerous strip malls, basketball, and the popular love affair with large cars.

Climate

Puerto Rico has a tropical marine climate, which is mild and has little seasonal temperature variation. Temperatures range from 21˚C to 32˚C (70˚F to 90˚F), and tend to be lower at night and up in the mountains. Year-round trade winds help ensure the sub tropical climate. The average annual temperature is 26°C (80°F). Rainfall is abundant along the north coast and in the highlands, but light along the south coast. Hurricane season spans between June and November, where rain showers occur once a day, almost every day. Periodic droughts sometimes affect the island.

Terrain

Puerto Rico is mostly mountainous, although there is a coastal plain belt in the north. The mountains drop precipitously to the sea on the west coast. There are sandy beaches along most of the coast. There are many small rivers about the island, and the high central mountains ensure the land is well watered, although the south coast is relatively dry. The coastal plain belt in the north is fertile. Puerto Rico's highest point is at Cerro de Punta, which is 1,338m (4,390 ft) above sea level.

Things to do

Puerto Rico offers an amazing variety of experiences. Tourist attractions to suit many tastes, from beautiful beaches to natural rain forests. But there is also a richness of history and culture to be found nowhere else. Puerto Rico is packed with enough unique attractions and fascinating sights to keep you occupied for weeks.

Ask yourself: "How much can I do today?", instead of: "What can I do today?", we assure you that with all the options Puerto Rico offers, you will be busy for weeks.

 

Success stories

Theresa Skulavik

Mar 04 at 17:43 pm
What a beautiful Island!

Lorna Sanders

Jan 11 at 01:23 am
Amazing bioluminescent bay!

Zainab Nevard

Jan 06 at 09:13 am
My parents took me on a cruise to the Caribbean and Puerto Rico is the first place we docked. It was in the early evening time. It was beautiful. I only have the memories as I no longer have any pictures from that trip.

Miranda Sappington

Nov 27 at 20:27 pm
2007

Xiomara Martinez

Dec 18 at 16:03 pm
I live here

Nico Gonzalez

Nov 25 at 20:41 pm
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