Puerto Rico, la isla del encanto

view from the top

Where I come from

I was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and I lived in Carolina, Puerto Rico for almost eleven years. I was fortunate to have lived long enough in Puerto Rico for me to consider myself first and foremost as a Puerto Rican. My family moved to the United States in the early nineties and they have been here since then. Not because they are happier here, but because they are better off in the United States.

Puerto Rico is a very small island...I believe it is 100 miles long by 36 miles wide or so. You can rent a car and drive around the whole island in less than a day. It is a beautiful island that has a lot of culture, good food, good people, and the best rum in the world.

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Here are some recommendations from a former native, and constant visitor: go to Old San Juan as the sun begins to set; go to "El Yunque," Puerto Rico's rainforest; make your way to the beaches on the West Coast, especially if you feel like surfing (Rincon is one of the best spots to surf); go see the caverns of Camuy; make your way to the island of Vieques or Culebra (I recommend Culebra, you can camp right on the beach, but please pick up after yourself); check out the city of Ponce; check out the phosphorescent lagoons either in Fajardo, Vieques, or La Parguerra; check out all the restaurants in Condado (Via Appia pizzeria is one of the best places to go, but you must have patience, it is usually slammed with locals); finally enjoy the nightlife (Puerto Ricans love to have fun). Fore more information check out the Lonely Planet's guide to Puerto Rico.

Watch this short video on Puerto Rico....maybe it will convince you to take a trip there.