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.
Places of Interest in Puerto Rico
La Marquesa Forest Park – A beautiful forest reserve near San Juan with zip lining, butterfly and parrot sanctuaries
Luquillo Beach –Puerto Rico’s most famous beach
El Yunque – A unique rainforest with gorgeous views and primeval vegetation
El Morro/Old San Juan – colonial treasures not to be missed
Zip lining – exciting tropical and mountainous zip lining
Parque de las Cavernas, Camuy – The third largest cave system in the world
Bioluminescent Bays – Luminescent organisms sparkle like underwater fairies
Vieques and Culebra – These two small islands off Puerto Rico, unspoiled gems, are additional possibilities for destination weddings.
Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré – Check for musical concerts, ballet, and theatrical events
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.