Puerto Rico

Flag of Puerto Rico
Capital: San Juan
Population: 2,933,408
Area: 8,870 km2

Puerto Rico is one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands. It is a relatively large island, very mountainous, with three smaller islands and many coral islands.

The diversity of terrain, climate and ecosystems is amazing. A beautiful mountain range runs through the center of the island from west to east, and the highest parts of the mountains are covered with lush forests, which are home to various species of birds and animals. Puerto Rico has a large number of different beaches - from pure white sand in the municipality of Isabela to black volcanic sand in the municipality of Maunabo. You can choose to walk in the shallows of Luquillo or enjoy surfing on the beach of Rincon.

It is a highly developed country and very modern compared to the rest of the Caribbean, and a tour of towns and villages will give you the opportunity to meet people, culture and experience all that Puerto Rico has to offer. It consists of vibrant Latin culture, visible history (especially Old San Juan), salsa music and local art.

The climate is tropical, and the best time to travel is from mid-December to April. The weather conditions are almost perfect, due to the fact that the island is far enough to the north, so there is no tropical heat, and cold winds blow, which creates a pleasant climate.

The combination of the original culinary traditions of European immigrants and the enslaved African population they brought with them has resulted in a unique and special cuisine that will delight you. Be sure to try tostones, chuletas, empanadilla, Pina Colada, rum – Bacardi and other local specialties.

In the old part of the capital of San Juan is the colonial heart of the city. Its cobbled streets are very clean, filled with numerous shops, workshops and cafes. There is also a villa that is claimed to be the oldest in the western hemisphere, as well as the Government building and many companies. Huge cruisers come to the port every day, and the whole city is full of tourists.

If you get a little out of town, Puerto Rico is home to the El Yunque rainforest, specific for endemic dwarfism, that is, many species are lower here than is the case in other states. Those who like to look at the stars will find the largest telescope in the world in Puerto Rico, and those who prefer to hide from the sun should visit Rio Camuy Park, which has over 200 caves.

This island offers something for everyone: city life, beaches, fishing, culture, varied cuisine and enjoying additional activities.

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