Catano Puerto Rico

Catano Puerto Rico

Catano Puerto Rico is unique for many reasons. It is the smallest city on the island, at only five square miles of territory (12.5 km2), but has a big influence on the local culture. Located across the bay from San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico, and bordered on the north and east by the Atlantic Ocean, the city has long been an important port and access point for the island. The city of Catano was originally founded in the late 1920s and named after its founder, Hernando de…

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Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico

LOS MORRILLOS LIGHTHOUSE CABO ROJO

Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico is one of the most scenic areas on the island with its quaint towns and remote beaches. The city’s name, which means “Red Cape” in English, is derived from the reddish salt flats and pink-tinged seaside cliffs the area is known for. Located on the coastline of the southwest corner of the island, the area holds a variety of natural wonders that are perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities. Founded in 1771, the city has a simple yet rich culture. The heart of the city is…

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Isabela Puerto Rico

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The beach town of Isabela Puerto Rico has become a premiere tourist destination on the island for the wide variety of attractions available for many different types of travelers. The area encompasses a wide variety of terrains, including coastal flats, forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, cliffs, and caves, making it an ideal place for any type of adventure. Also known as the “Garden of the Northwest” for the kaleidoscope of wild tropical flowers that grow in the region, the area is considered one of the most beautiful places on the island.…

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Aguada Puerto Rico

The western coastal valley region of Puerto Rico is home to the charming seaside city of Aguada. Officially founded in 1526, it has great historical significance as port for ships traveling from South America to Spain. Many rivers, including the Río Cañas, Río Culebra, Río Culebrinas, Río Grande, Río Guayabo, and Río Ingenio flow through its territory into the Mona Passage to the Atlantic Ocean. The city has seen nearly continuous population increases since its founding. Some of this has been attributed to the desertions of crew members and soldiers…

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Hatillo Puerto Rico

Festivals of the Masks

Located on the northern coastal plains of Puerto Rico, the seaside town of Hatillo is a tranquil community of undulating hills and rambling ranches. The village was founded in 1823 by Canarian immigrant Agustín Ruiz Miranda with the stipulation that part of the land be used for public buildings and wide streets with the rest sold or used for homes. These conditions were met and the resulting town is unlike any other in the world. Today, the town is a hub of Puerto Rico’s dairy industry, making the region the…

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Loiza Puerto Rico

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Located 20 minutes east of the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan on the northeastern coast, the town of Loiza is unlike any other part of the country. Known as “The Capital of Traditions,” the town is one of the most culturally rich areas of Puerto Rico. Here, you can see how African-influenced traditions have shaped the music, food, and art of the region over the years. Loiza’s rich African heritage can be traced to the Nigerian slaves of the Yoruba tribe that were brought to the region in the…

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Utuado Puerto Rico

Utuado Puerto Rico Nickname: Otoao, Ciudad del Viví”, “Los Montañeses” Gentilic: “Utuadeños” Utuado is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the central/western mountainous region of the island known as La Cordillera Central. It is located north of Adjuntas and Ponce; south of Hatillo and Arecibo; east of Lares; and west of Ciales and Jayuya. In land area it is the third largest municipality in Puerto Rico (after Arecibo and Ponce). According to the 2000 US Census the city has a population of 35,336 spread over 24 wards and Utuado…

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Luquillo Puerto Rico

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The city of Luquillo, also called the Sun Capital of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Riviera, is a popular vacation travel spot due to its location between the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the only official tropical rainforest in the Caribbean. This seaside destination is perfect for watersports and beach hopping with more than 12 miles (19 kilometers) of coastline featuring soft golden sand, gentle waves, and serene bays. There are also many interesting activities available throughout the area. Located roughly 33 miles (53 kilometers) from San…

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Caguas Puerto Rico

In the Central Mountain Range 20 miles south of San Juan lies Caguas Puerto Rico. Known as the “Center and Heart of Puerto Rico,” it is one of the most modern cities on the island and is a major hub of commerce, arts, and entertainment. The city, founded in 1775, is strategically located at the crossroads of the main highways connecting the different regions of the island and is approximately 30 minutes by car from both the east and north coastlines. Caguas offers an amazing variety of modern activities while…

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Aguadilla Puerto Rico

Aguadilla Puerto Rico

On Puerto Rico’s northwestern tip is the town of Aguadilla, nicknamed El Nuevo Jardín del Atlántico (the new garden of the Atlantic). The city was founded by Luis de Córdova in 1775 and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, making it an excellent port and strategic location. The U.S. Air Force’s Ramey Base was located here for nearly fifty years and a still-active part of the base is the home of the Coast Guard’s Borinquen Air Station. The base’s aerial facilities have become part of…

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