Rico - A Caribbean Gem
Elaine M Sklom
Puerto Rico is considered by some as the best island in the Caribbean and
others as the best destination for weddings. The island offers a large
variety of recreational options that range from coastal spots and ocean
activities to the inland adventures found beyond their shores. Explore
Puerto Rico's beautiful landscapes, hundreds of years of history, four
distinct cultures and - above all- friendly and good-spirited people who
leave their mark on the hearts of everyone who visits.
78 distinctive municipalities, virtually any type of special interest can be
found in Puerto Rico. From hiking in a forest or exploring a cave, to superb
cuisine, sizzling nightlife and exciting casinos, to romantic walks on a
moonlit beach. Renting a car lets you discover small towns, fishing villages
and an amazing variety of cultural activities; to an island escape with a
stay in a Parador - Puerto Rico also has it all, including the perfect
settings for weddings and honeymoons, and spectacular venues for meetings.
The Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest facility of its kind in the
island is divided into six regions, each with its own unique characteristics
Greater San Juan is one of the top-25 metropolitan areas in North America
bustling with big-city business, culture and entertainment. However, the
cobblestone streets have visitors traveling 500 years back in time. The
massive fortifications of San Juan have been named a UNESCO World Heritage
Site. It is a seven-block museum, but also contains living neighborhoods,
with plenty of places in which to party, dine, shop and stay.
with historic sites, beaches, lagoons, lakes, caves and forests. In the
heart of the island's fourth-oldest city, Arecibo, settled in 1616. This
region is home to the famous Rio Camuy Cave Park, Arecibo Observatory and
Visitors can explore 17 small towns; discover some of the world's greatest
surfing areas and beaches, excellent seafood, outstanding coastal forests
and unique coffee and sugar farms, numerous regional festivities, and
several golf courses and marinas. The important secondary airport in
Aquadilla (BQN) is located here with stateside direct air service, serving
major eastern cities such as New York, Newark, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale
towns with beautiful beaches and enchanted forests, freshwater lakes for
fishing, golf courses, fishing villages, carnival-style festivities and
stately Victorian homes in the area's major city of Ponce. Flights from
Orlando and New York are available all year to Ponce Airport (PSE).
Central "Porta Cordillera"
is an important agricultural area with unique mountainous terrain world
famous for its coffee and noted for its outdoor adventure opportunities and
numerous natural attractions, including its beautiful waterfalls. The area
is also rich in archaeological sites, annual festivals and shopping
opportunities for unusual items from noted local artists.
are fantastic beaches, golf courses, nature reserves, impressive underwater
reefs and small cays. This area boasts the quaint off-shore islands of
Vieques and Culebra. Vieques was named among the Top 10 Islands in the
Caribbean and Flamenco Beach in Culebra was voted among the Best Beaches in
the World in 2014 by Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice Awards.
are several spectacular resorts on the beach to a great variety of
value-packed hotels on or hear the beach, in the mountains, towns and
villages, near historical sites and nature preserves, as well as at or near
hotels, inns and guest houses (many offering bed-and-breakfast arrangements)
along with a number of eco-lodges can be found in the metropolitan area as
well as throughout the island. These are family-oriented inns with ocean
views, a Mediterranean-style boutique hotel in a restored Spanish villa,
small European-style bed-and-breakfast hotels a short walk from the beach, a
hillside villa with a panoramic forest view, full-service facilities with
pools and direct beach access, a restored 16th-century former convent in the
hear of Old San Juan, a former Spanish sugar plantation great house, one and
two-bedroom villas set in 40-acres of nature preserves - the choices are
Paradores de Puerto Rico
now forget these little gems. Best known for their affordable rates and
picturesque, out-of-the-way locations, each of their 15 country inns offer a
comfortable starting point for nearby exploration outside of metropolitan
Paradores range from centuries-old haciendas to small properties in local
fishing villages. Quite often, the Parador's restaurant is also part of the
Mesones Gastronomicos program which designates restaurants featuring genuine
Puerto Rico cuisine with the highest level of quality, high standards, and
the best local dishes at reasonable prices.
drive around the island you often see the Parador symbol. The word Parador
in the name of the property is reserved for properties meeting and
maintaining the required standards for this program.
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