Puerto Rico is a U.S. Commonwealth, a type of organized but unincorporated dependent territory. In all there are five inhabited territories under the United States (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands form the others), each with varying statuses of being organized or unorganized. As a Commonwealth, a U.S. citizen does not require a passport to travel to Puerto Rico, which is convenient.
This oceanfront, tree-lined pedestrian friendly community is a popular vacation spot for people wanting nothing but beautiful sun, sand and sea.
Formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest, it is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System.
Named for Juan Ponce de León y Loayza, the great-grandson of Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León.
SAN JUAN (CASTILLO DE SAN CRISTOBAL)
A 16th-century citadel comprised of six levels forming a maze of tunnels, dungeons, barracks, outposts and ramps.
SAN JUAN (CASTILLO SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO)
Over two million visitors a year explore its windswept ramparts and passageways making it one of Puerto Rico’s main attractions.
SAN JUAN (OLD TOWN)
Located on a small and narrow island which lies in the north coast, it is united to the mainland of Puerto Rico by the three bridges.
SAN JUAN (SOFO)
Old colonial buildings and narrow cobblestone streets filled with trendy restaurants, boutique hotels and bars serving watermelon sangria.
SAN JUAN (SANTA MARIA MAGDALENA DE PAZZIS CEMETERY)
Located to overlook the Atlantic Ocean to symbolize the spirit’s journey to cross over to the afterlife.
Puerto Rico has an interesting history. Before being a U.S. colony, it was a Spanish colony and the Spanish influence can be found everywhere. It was home to the descendants of Ponce de Leon for 250 years. Christopher Columbus named the island San Juan Bautista, in honour of Saint John the Baptist, though eventually traders and other maritime visitors came to refer to the entire island as Puerto Rico (“Rich Port”), and San Juan became the name of the main trading/shipping port.
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To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
— Freya Stark