Welcome to Puerto Rico!
Puerto Rico is an island of contrasts. At once, it is modern yet it embraces its historic past. I was fortunate to live in the picturesque capital of San Juan in Puerto Rico number of years ago. Though my work as a developer of live casino games and online slot machines like Greedy Goblins has taken me to Malta, I often dream of one day returning to the city that I have come to love. This sights and flavors of San Juan and Puerto Rico are things that I would like to share broadly with anyone wanting to experience the magic that is Puerto Rico.
The rich heritage of Puerto Rico is visible everywhere but most notably in the capital city of San Juan. Though modern, the walled city of San Juan has undertaken many restoration projects to preserve and restore houses and public buildings that were built during the Spanish colonial period. This part of Puerto Rico’s cultural heritage was recognized in 1986 when the United Nations designated the old city as a World Heritage Site.
As visitors walk the steep, narrow streets of San Juan, they are greeted with reminders from the past. Overhanging balconies, cobblestone streets and ancient while stone churches transport to visitor to another time. ‘El Viejo San Juan’, or the old city, is a must see stop for any visitor.
Traveling around the island, you’ll find many warm, friendly people. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a US territory so you can pay for your journey in US currency. Also, most people speak English in addition to the native Spanish so visitors should encounter few difficulties communicating with those as they travel around.
From miles of while sand beaches to the beauty of the rainforest and the mountains, Puerto Rico has a wide variety to locations to suit any traveler’s desire. The beaches have the 20-foot waves that surfers crave and areas where the waters are calm for children to splash and play.
Wintertime in the Caribbean is peak travel time with rates increasing to meet the influx of bedraggled travelers from snowbound cities seeking the warmth of the water and the sunny beaches. Puerto Rico is different in this regard. Affordable travel packages are available throughout the year. San Juan nightlife also keeps visitors coming back. Dance clubs in the Santurce neighborhood pulsate with the rhythms of the island. Perhaps you’d rather listen to live music in a Ponce lounge or at a bar in San Sebastian. Whatever you are looking for, you will find a vivid culture with a backdrop of amazing views.
Step back in time at El Morro, a massive six story fortress built between 1539 and 1589.
The Calle del Cristo area is a modern area boasting numerous restaurants and shops. You will find unique items to remember your journey, many of which are made by local artists and craftsmen. El Yunque delivers the mysteries and wonders of the rainforest. Get up close and personal with crabs, tarantulas and bats in the Parque de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy. This 268-acre park has more than 200 underground caves. Visitors are treated to a myriad of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as, one of the largest subterranean rivers. While you might prefer to see this sight on your own, for safety reasons, all visitors are taken on guided tours. Be prepared to get damp as you walk through the caves. If visitors just want to get away from it all, they can visit the nearby islands of Viegues and Culebra by ferry.
This is my Puerto Rico and I want to share it with you. I will share with you all that the island has to offer including must see sights and foods that you shouldn’t miss. I know the best beaches, where to shop for unique souvenirs and where to dine in style. It doesn’t replace a visit to enjoy to beautiful sights and charms of Puerto Rico but it will help show you why this stunning island needs to be on your travel list. I also hope that it will help you plan that vacation you’ve been longing to take.
Enjoy the journey!