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PUERTO RICO HOLIDAYS   >   CARIBBEAN


Commonwealth of Puerto Rico   -   commonwealth associated with the US

Located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic.

Puerto Rico, the smallest of the Greater Antilles, includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands and keys, which include Mona, Vieques, and Culebra. Only Culebra and Vieques are inhabited.

National Capital City of Puerto Rico : San Juan


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Cruises

The following cruise lines run services to San Juan: NCL, Commodore, Royal Caribbean, Costa, Cunard, Chandris, Astor United Cruises, Sitmar, Home Lines, Norweigan Viking and Princess Cruises

Hotels in Puerto Rico

Most of the best-known hotel names are represented in Puerto Rico, including Best Western, Embassy Suites, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Radisson, Ritz-Carlton, and Wyndham. Puerto Rico also has a great variety of moderately priced hotels, usually located a few blocks from the beach and often catering to business travelers.

 

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

National Parks / Historic Sites

  San Juan National Historic Site
San Juan National Historic Site, includes forts, bastions, powder houses, wall and El Cañuelo Fort, also called San Juan de la Cruz–defensive fortifications that once surrounded the old, colonial portion of San Juan, Puerto Rico. El Cañuelo Fort is located at Isla de Cabras at the western end of the entrance to San Juan Bay. Sections of the massive sandstone walls, dating to the 1630s, remain; so, too, do the San Cristóbal and San Felipe del Morro forts.
  Buck Island Reef National Monument
  Caribbean National Forest
  Christiansted National Historic Site
  Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument
  Virgin Islands National Park   -   MPS - Attractions

Travel Agents / Tour Operator

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  Golden Heron Eco Tours
Golden Heron Ecotours invites you join us on a unique experience kayaking through the entire bioluminescent bay ecosystem. The brightest known biobay in the world is here in Vieques. The mangrove canals, the bioluminescent lagoon, the coral reefs and channel to the sea are all integral parts of this magical place, and we offer you a unique opportunity to see it all with our naturalist guides. Kayaking is the only way to enter the secret places, tunnels and channels of the mangroves.
The Bioluminescent Bay in Vieques, often referred to as the 'Biobay', is a magical place. Few natural phenomena in the world compare to the exquisite beauty of this biobay. Our biobay in Vieques may have the worlds most dense concentration of bioluminescent dinoflagellates, with up to 700,000 per gallon!
  Puerto Rico Language Academy   -   Academia Puertorriqueña de la Lengua Española [ San Juan ]
  Sail Puerto Rico Sailing Charters

Travel Guides Puerto Rico / Related books

The Rough Guide to Puerto Rico - ISBN 185828354X The Rough Guide to Puerto Rico   -   Stephen Keeling (Author)
Discover a land of lush jungles and dazzling white sand with The Rough Guide to Puerto Rico. The full-colour introduction will inspire you with stunning photography of the "things not to miss" from the cosmopolitan city of San Juan to the exotic flora and fauna of the Caribbean National Forest. Dozens of user -friendly maps will guide you to our recommended accommodation and there are hundreds of restaurant reviews for gourmet eateries and local food stalls across the island. Covering all must-sees such as the Río Camuy caves and the romantic colonial town of Ponce, the guide also features full-colour inserts on Festivals dedicated to fruits and flowers, and Food, including independent gourmet coffee producers and regional specialties. The guide features in -depth sections on Mayagüez, La Cordillera, Vieques and Culebra, as well as all the practical information you'd expect from a Rough Guide. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Puerto Rico.
Paperback: 400 pages; Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (3 Nov 2008); ISBN-10: 185828354X; ISBN-13: 978-1858283548.

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Puerto Rico
Christopher Baker (Author)
Paperback: 128 pages; Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (2 Nov 2009); ISBN-10: 1405343354; ISBN-13: 978-1405343350.
Puerto Rico (Lonely Planet ) - ISBN 1741047234
Puerto Rico (Lonely Planet)   -   Brendan Sainsbury (Author)
Paperback: 308 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 4th Revised edition edition (1 Sep 2008); ISBN-10: 1741047234; ISBN-13: 978-1741047233.

Puerto Rico (Insiders Guide: Off the Beaten Path)
Tina Cohen (Author), Ron Bernthal (Author)
 "Off the Beaten Path Puerto Rico" presents readers with the tools and information they need to discover the very best of this "just discovered" tropical paradise - visit the historic buildings and colourful market stalls of hidden mountain towns, learn to salsa dance at the open-air discos of Pinones, and discover the exotic flora and fauna of the Caribbean National Forest.
Paperback: 192 pages; Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 5th Revised edition edition (29 Mar 2007); ISBN-10: 0762742119; ISBN-13: 978-0762742110.

Transport / How do I travel to Puerto Rico

  San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International

  -   flights to Puerto Rico
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Flight tickets Puerto Rico / Price comparison possible

You can fly to many of the cities and towns within Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra, by chartering a small plane or taking one of the regularly scheduled commuter-type flights from the Ribas Dominicci Airport in Isla Grande, San Juan, or other local airports.

  Las Americas Expressway   -   Bus / Coach
  Metropolitan Bus Authority (or AMA, its Spanish acronym)
Operates in the San Juan Metropolitan area.

  Maps International   -   Maps of Puerto Rico   
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
  Maps Puerto Rico [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castañeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


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What is Puerto Rico? It is an island teeming with beauty and vitality. Some of it is Spanish, some Indian, some African and some… something else. But somehow it all blends together into a culture that you will find fascinating and one-of-kind.

A rugged mountain range runs across the center from east to west, which often prevents rain clouds from passing to the south. The north side of the island is covered by dense vegetation, karst formations, and rushing streams, while, the south side is sun-toasted terrain, home to tropical dry forests and many species of exotic birds. Puerto Rico is only about 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, so its most distant points are only a three-hour drive apart.

  Puerto Rico Tourism Company   -   Travel Guide to Puerto Rico

  Government of Puerto Rico   -   Gobierno de Puerto Rico

  Meet Puerto Rico   -   Puerto Rico Convention Bureau
What to do, Where to stay, Where to eat, Where to meet, And more

  San Juan  -  capital city of Puerto Rico  -  Ciudad Capital - Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico
Located in the northeastern part of the island of Puerto Rico. San Juan was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521 and is regarded as the oldest city in the United States of America.

  Fajardo   -   Municipio de Fajardo
  Isla Culebra 
Information on the people, history, economy and attractions of the island of Culebra

  Veja Baja
The town of vega Baja was founded in 1776. Its first name was Vega-Baxa del Naranjal de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Don Antonio Viera, Settler Captain, initiated the recognition of Vega Baja as a town.
  Vieques [ surfing mecca ]   -   Vieques Travel Guide
La Isla Nena is one of the few islands that remain like the Caribbean of the past; tranquil, lush, un-crowded, with natural beauty all around. Rincon has a thriving expat community and winter whale-watching
  Yabucoa

  Cavernas del Rio Camuy   -   third largest cave network in the world

  University of Puerto Rico   -   Universidad de Puerto Rico
  University of the Sacred Heart   -   Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

Cuisine  -  Puerto Rican Cooking recipes

Beans and rice are common, and a favorite is platanos fritos, or fried plantains, similar to a banana but much less sweet and firmer. When fried they have an almost nutty taste

Rum is the unofficial national drink the island.

  Welcome to Puerto Rico   -   Cocina Criolla 
Do you wish to fill your kitchen with the aroma of herbs and spices that give to the Puerto Rican cuisine a distinctive taste and color? Here you will find a wide variety of Puerto Rican dishes that will guarantee your family and friends mouth will be watering for days.
Puerto Rican Cookery  -  Carmen Aboy Valldejuli
As bewitching as an off-shore breeze, the recipes in this book plumb the mysteries of native dishes in accurate and easy-to-follow details that assure the success of every recipe. In her book, the author traces the development of traditional native cookery (cocina criolla) and reveals secrets of the essence of Puerto Rican cookery -- keymark to fabulous island delicacies. The book is divided into the following sections: Soups; Meats; Poultry; Fish and Shellfish; Eggs and Vegetables; Fritters and Croquettes; Pasta Dishes; Salads and Cold Dishes; Rice Dishes and Legumes; Cakes and Icings; Pies, Custards and Creams; Coconut Desserts; Preserves and Other Desserts; Ice Creams, Sherbets, Sandwiches and Beverages; Rum Drinks.
Hardcover 389 pages (November 10, 1998);  Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0882894110
  Puerto Rican Cuisine 
  Tables Puerto Rico   -   Puerto Rico's Guide to dining
Everything you need to know about the restaurant scene of Puerto Rico; articles, Island recipes, and restaurant reviews.
A Taste of Puerto Rico  -  Yvonne Ortiz
Introduces Puerto Rican cuisine and gathers recipes for appetizers, fritters, sauces, soups, salads, vegetables, plantains, fish, shellfish, poultry, meat, rice, beans, pasta, breads, and desserts.
Paperback 273 pages (April 1997);  Publisher: Plume;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0452275482

History of Puerto Rico

The first inhabitants of Puerto Rico were Archaic Indians who most likely arrived from Venezuela around 4500 BC. They were followed by the Igneri tribes, beginning about 200 AD, who were replaced in turn by the Taínos around 800 AD.
Christopher Columbus landed on the island, which the Indians called Boriquén or Borinquén, in 1493 and claimed the land for Spain. He named it after San Juan Bautista [ St John the Baptist ]. In 1508 Juan Ponce de León founded the first settlement, Caparra, and in 1521 moved it 4 miles away to a small peninsula along a beautiful bay. He called it Puerto Rico (Rich Port).

Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony from 1493 until 1898, when it became a part of the United States as a result of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Spanish-American War.

  African Heritage Museum   -   Museo Nuestra Raíz Africana in San Juan
  Puerto Rico's History   -   Wikipedia
Pre-Colonial Puerto Rico, Spanish Rule 1493-1898 [ Colonization Begins, European Threats, New Rights, Piracy, Culture Flourishes, Political Reforms, Invasion of 1898 ], Rule under the United States of America (1898 -Present) [ Military Government, Foraker Law of 1900, Jones Act of 1917 ], Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (1952-Present).
Remedios: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriquenas  -  Aurora Levins Morales
Rich with medical folklore and the healing tales of heroines whose work and words have sustained generations, Remedios presents the history of the many women - and cultures - who have met at the crossroads of the island of Puerto Rico. Beginning with the First Mother in sub-Saharan Africa more than 200 ,000 years ago, Aurora Levins Morales takes readers on a poetic journey through time and space. This historical memoir revives connections to legends and lore, and bears witness to oppression and resistance.
Paperback 244 pages (February 2002);  Publisher: South End Press,U.S.;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0896086445
Conquest of Eden, 1493-1515: Other Voyages of Columbus - Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Virgin Islands 
Michael Paiewonsky
A collection of letters and journal entries from Columbus and members of his exploration parties describe the new land, encounters with Indians and cannibals, and more.
Hardcover 176 pages (July 1991);  Publisher: Academy Chicago Publications;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0926330039
  Puerto Rico Indian Museum   -   Museo del Indio de Puerto Rico in San Juan
  Museum of Anthropology, History, and Art
The Museum's vision is to keep collecting, maintaning and prerserving the Puerto Rican historic, anthropological and artistic legacy.

Music, Arts & Culture, Events

  Puerto Rican Culture   -   Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
Archivo General de Puerto Rico, Arqueología y Etnohistoria, Artes Plastiqás, Artes Populares y Artesanías, Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico, Museos y Parcos, Musica, Teatro y Danza, And more

  Carnival in historic Ponce, in February
Among the Western Hemisphere's most outrageous

Puerto Rican Jam: Essays on Culture and Politics 
Frances Negron-Muntaner, Ramon Grosfoguel
Paperback 256 pages (October 31, 1997);  Publisher: University of Minnesota Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0816628491


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