Puerto Rico Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 58%, Puerto Rico represents the unique segue between modern American life and the Colonial days of Christopher Columbus and the Conquistadors. The cultural stamp of America is something that any PlanetHopper! coming here will immediately recognize, but it isn't something to be put off by. In fact, the influence of Uncle Sam has in many ways benefited the island as nothing else could have in that much of the island's Colonial legacy has been preserved by the influx of the mighty greenback. There are few places where this is more evident than in the capital of San Juan, which dates back to the early 1500s and has a historic district that feels more like an open air museum than a cosmopolitan metropolis. But it's the beauty of the surrounding countryside that will probably make the most impact, especially if you visit the incredible Phosphorescent Bay, where you can dive amongst millions of microscopic organisms that give off an eerie glow when disturbed. It's one of the most amazing natural phenomenon you will ever witness and is guaranteed to be an instant hit with the kids. No doubt you have to throw in a list of beaches that include the tropical Eden of Playa Flamenco, the seaside haven of Rincon, and the stunning white sands of Flamenco Beach - combined these are the equal of anything that you'll find across the entire Caribbean. Do not miss the remarkable Arecibo Observatory, with its gigantic single-dish radio telescope. At 305 m (1,000 ft), its size will leave you speechless. Oh, and I suppose we should also mention the world famous Bacardi Rum factory, which also calls the island its home. Overall, Puerto Rico is an absolute gem with a range of things to see and do that will make any "greenbacks" that have you spent getting here seem like a bargain.
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Hike into the clouds as you trek through Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the United States. Drenched in rainfall throughout the year (over 200 inches), the cool, mountainous, sub tropica....
Float in a dream world in the waters of Phosphorescent Bay (Bahía Fosforescente) in Vieques, Puerto Rico, where microscopic organisms give off an eerie illumination when disturbed. This unique bay contains billions of single-ce....
|Coordinates:||18 15 N, 66 30 W|
|Main Languages:||English, Spanish|
|Calling Codes:||787, 939|
|Currency:||United States Dollar $ (USD)|
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- Location: Puerto Rico