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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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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Arecibo Puerto Rico

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One of the most visited destinations in Puerto Rico is the city of Arecibo on the northern part of the island. The city is the largest by size on the island and is one of the oldest municipalities in the commonwealth. The area was originally settled in 1556 and the town was officially founded in 1616, with Captain Felipe de Beaumont y Navarra chosen to govern the land. There are many interesting things to do here. The area encompasses a wide variety of environments, from sand-swept beaches to wooded hills…

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Ponce – La Perla del Sur

La Guancha

The city of Ponce in Puerto Rico is one of the most breathtaking destinations in the Caribbean. Also known as “La Perla del Sur” or “The Pearl of the South”, the city is full of lovely neoclassical buildings, decorative colonial homes, and beautiful fountains. The city was founded in 1692 and was Spain’s southern region capital until 1898. As Puerto Rico’s second largest city, it has long been an important trading and distribution center for the Caribbean. Its port, one of the busiest in the Caribbean, has shipped agricultural products,…

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Mayaguez Puerto Rico

Plaza Colon Mayaguez Puerto Rico

The history and culture of Mayaguez Puerto Rico make the city a very interesting place to visit. As the third largest city on the island, behind San Juan and Ponce, this West Coast gem offers plenty of activities to enhance any vacation. Here you can find elegant tree-lined plazas, fascinating cultural events, excellent lodgings, and a wide variety of dining options. Founded September 18, 1760 by Juan de Silva, Juan de Aponte, and brothers Faustino and Lorenzo Martinez de Matos, the new town was named for the Yaguez River that…

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Rincon Puerto Rico

Jobos Beach RIncon Puerto Rico

There is a surfer’s paradise on the northwest corner of Puerto Rico where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean collide. There lies the city of Rincon, famous for its stunning beaches, surfable waves, and laid-back ambiance. While the area is a great spot to live and a popular vacation destination throughout the year, the city really comes to life during the November – April surfing season when surfers from all over the world converge on its beaches. Rincon Puerto Rico, named after 16th century landowner Don Gonzalo Rincon, gained…

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Vieques Island Puerto Rico

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Vieques Island is part of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It is part of an island group often referred to as the Spanish Virgin Islands. While the island was once used by the U.S. Armed Forces as a military target range, protests against it led to the departure of the Navy in 2003. The military land was reclaimed as a national wildlife refuge, some of which is now open to the public and Puerto Rico tourism. This wildlife refuge offers much needed sanctuary to many species of sea turtles, including…

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Culebra Island Puerto Rico

Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico

  Located 18 miles east of mainland Puerto Rico, Culebra Island is the epitome of a tropical paradise. Unlike many other Caribbean destinations, the island has no high rise hotels, casinos, or chain restaurants. Instead, the greatest attractions of the island are ones that nature created. With an area of roughly 25 square miles, Culebra has numerous natural areas and pristine locations to explore. A large portion of the island is a natural refuge, originally protected by Theodore Roosevelt in 1909 a nd now administered by the U.S. Fish and…

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