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Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of 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 United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") is an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona. The main island of Puerto Rico is, by land area the smallest of the Greater Antilles.

It ranks third in population among that group of four islands, which include Cuba, Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), and Jamaica. Due to its location, Puerto Rico enjoys a tropical climate and is subject to hot weather all-year-round. The national language is Spanish but English is recognized as an official language as well. Originally populated for centuries by the aboriginal people known as Taíno, the island was claimed by Christopher Columbus for Spain during his second voyage to the Americas on November 19, 1493.

The bountiful island of Puerto Rico is a multi-faceted destination brimming with culture, character, entertainment and outdoors options. From the most sophisticated of hotels and restaurants to the “bare basics” of nature—the only rainforest in North America and miles of beaches, for starters—you’ll find that world-class travel experiences are plentiful and unforgettable in Puerto Rico. Always evoking a sense of wide-eyed wonder and a wish to go back to those who visit, Puerto Rico offers visitors the best of North America and the Caribbean.

 

Places of Interest in Puerto Rico

La Marquesa Forest Park – A beautiful forest reserve near San Juan with zip lining, butterfly and parrot sanctuaries

http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/la-marquesa-forest-park/

http://canopytourpr.com

 

Luquillo Beach –Puerto Rico’s most famous beach

http://www.puertorico.com/beaches/luquillo/

 

El Yunque – A unique rainforest with gorgeous views and primeval vegetation

http://www.elyunque.com

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147324-d148049-Reviews-Luquillo_Beach-El_Yunque_National_Forest_Puerto_Rico.html

 

El Morro/Old San Juan – colonial treasures not to be missed

http://gopuertorico.about.com/od/top5attractions/gr/El_Morro.htm

http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/el-morro/

http://www.destination360.com/caribbean/puerto-rico/old-san-juan

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147320-i72-k5000945-Best_Old_San_Juan_walking_tour-San_Juan_Puerto_Rico.html

http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/old-san-juan-walking-tour-1/

http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/old-san-juan-walking-tour-2/

 

Zip lining – exciting tropical and mountainous zip lining

https://ziplinetourspr.com/#!/pageHome

http://www.ziplinerider.com/Puerto_Rico_Ziplines.html

http://everything-everywhere.com/2011/02/15/riding-the-worlds-highest-zipline-in-puerto-rico/

 

Parque de las Cavernas, Camuy – The third largest cave system in the world

http://islandsofpuertorico.com/parques-de-las-cavernas-del-rio-camuy/

http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/rio-camuy-caves-park/

 

Bioluminescent Bays – Luminescent organisms sparkle like underwater fairies

http://biobaypuertorico.com

 

Vieques and Culebra – These two small islands off Puerto Rico, unspoiled gems, are additional possibilities for destination weddings.

http://www.vieques-island.com/viequesinfo.shtmlculebra

http://culebratourism.com

 

Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré – Check for musical concerts, ballet, and theatrical events

www.cba.gobierno.pr

 

Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico’s premier orchestra, under the baton of renowned conducter Maximiano Valdés, offers a full season of classical music.

http://www2.pr.gov/agencias/cospr/index.html