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Puerto Rico Flag Puerto Rico is an island archipeligo located in the northeast Caribbean Sea. Although self-governing, and styled as a Commonwealth in free association with the United States, it is technically unincorporated organized territory of the United States.

The US acquired the islands from Spain in 1898 as a result of the Spanish-American War (when the islands were invaded and occupied) and the subsequent Treaty of Paris.

The capital and largest city of Puerto Rico is San Juan. Additionally, there are many other towns and cities in the islands including Aguadilla, Añasco, Arecibo, Bayamon, Caguas, Carolina, Fajardo, Guanica, Guayama, Guayanilla, Isabela, Mayagüez, Ponce and Vieques.

Around about 5 million tourists, most of whom are from the US visit Puerto Rico each year. This includes a large number, perhaps as many as a third, who are cruise ship passengers.

Visitors to Puerto Rico will of course want to enjoy the islands' beautiful beaches, but there is also much more to see besides. One particular attraction to look out for is Cruceta El Vigia in Ponce, which is a 100 feet (30 meter) tall cross, containing a 10-storey vertical tower and a horizontal "sky bridge". From this "sky bridge", you can some truly spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Puerto Rico Details


Country Name Puerto Rico
Political Status US Territory
Geographic Location The Caribbean Sea
Flag Puerto Rico Flag
Principal Language Spanish
Capital San Juan


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Lonely Planet Puerto Rico (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet & Luke Waterson

Lonely Planet
Paperback (288 pages)

Lonely Planet Puerto Rico (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Puerto Rico is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Dance till you drop in San Juan, ramble through El Yunque tropical rainforest and kick back on the pristine sands of Playa Flamenco; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Puerto Rico and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Puerto Rico Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, sports, literature, cinema, visual arts, dance, etiquette, history, surfing, outdoor activities.
  • Over 30 color maps
  • Covers San Juan, El Yunque & East Coast, Culebra & Vieques, Ponce & the South Coast, West Coast, North Coast, Central Mountains and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Puerto Rico, our most comprehensive guide to Puerto Rico, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for more coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Caribbean Islands guide for a comprehensive look at what the whole region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Ryan Ver Berkmoes and Luke Waterson.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Fodor's Puerto Rico (Full-color Travel Guide)
By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's
Released: 2014-10-14
Paperback (320 pages)

Fodor s Puerto Rico (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Puerto Rico is one of the Caribbean's most exciting destinations, and with many nonstop flights from major East Coast cities, it's one of the easiest islands to reach. From vibrant San Juan to laid-back Vieques, all the energy and color of Puerto Rico comes to life in this guide.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· In-depth breakout features on Old San Juan, salsa dancing, and surfing
· Coverage of San Juan, El Yunque and the Northeast, Vieques and Culebra, Ponce and the Porta Caribe, Rincon and the Porta del Sol, and Ruta Panaromica

Planning to visit more of the Caribbean? Check out Fodor's Caribbean travel guide.
Top 10 Puerto Rico (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
By Christopher Baker

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2015-09-01
Paperback (128 pages)

Top 10 Puerto Rico (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Puerto Rico is your pocket guide to the very best of Puerto Rico.

Year-round sun and fabulous beaches make Puerto Rico the perfect warm-weather getaway, but there's so much more to explore on this beautiful island. Wander off the beaten path to the misty rainforests of El Yunque, venture through the island's mountainous interior of Spanish hill towns and coffee plantations, and explore the gracious colonial towns. Delicious food, world-class rum, and an array of popular festivals make Puerto Rico a vibrant place. This beautiful island truly offers a little bit of everything.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Puerto Rico.

True to its name, this Top 10 guidebook covers all major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you:

   • "Don't miss" destination highlights .
   • Things to do and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Free, color pull-out map (print edition), plus maps and photographs throughout.
   • Walking tours and day-trip itineraries.
   • Traveler tips and recommendations.
   • Local drink and dining specialties to try.
   • Museums, festivals, outdoor activities.
   • Creative and quirky best-of lists and more.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Puerto Rico.

Frommer's EasyGuide to Puerto Rico (Easy Guides)
By John Marino

FrommerMedia
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Served by dozens of daily flights from cities all around the world, Puerto Rico is unusually easy to reach, balmy and warm throughout the year, full of fine beaches, pools and golf courses, blessed with historic sights and museums, jammed with good quality lodgings, restaurants and shops -- and inexpensive-to-moderate to enjoy. But instead of drowning the reader in massive descriptions of the places that vacationers use, our author confines himself to a smaller, but still comprehensive, list of preferences -- his own several favorites in every price range. He is John Marino, a distinguished journalist on a San Juan, Puerto Rico, daily newspaper, and no one knows Puerto Rico (including Vieques and Culebra) better than him. Frommer's is proud to have snared such a skilled and experienced observer as the author of our guide to this popular U.S. Commonwealth.
Puerto Rico (Adventure Travel Map) (National Geographic Adventure Map)
By National Geographic Maps - Adventure

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Map (2 pages)

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• Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel Map

Explore the rich history and many recreation activities available in this lovely island territory with National Geographic’s Puerto Rico Adventure Map. Cities and towns are easy to identify and roadway designations are clearly indicated. Monuments and historical locations are noted in addition to a variety of sites for surfing, whale watching, diving, kayaking, wind surfing, sailing, and fishing. The locations of airports, harbors, anchorages, ferry routes, and toll plazas take the guesswork out of travel around the islands. Visitor centers are also marked for travelers seeking additional resources.

One side of the print map includes the western half of the commonwealth including San Antonio, Arecibo, Vega Baja, Mayaguez, Ponce, and more. The reverse side shows the eastern half of the archipelago including San Juan, Fajardo, Caguas, Humacao, Cayey, and Guayama. Inset maps provide greater detail of the San Juan Area, Old San Juan, and Isla Mona.

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico lies in the northeastern Carribean Sea and attracts both visitors who are looking for a quiet island get-away and adventurers seeking excitement. The islands offer some of the most well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture in the New World, stunning beaches and coral reefs, tropical jungles, and all the modern amenities, hip restaurants, and glitzy nightlife you’d expect from a US territory.

Every Adventure Map is printed on durable synthetic paper, making them waterproof, tear-resistant and tough — capable of withstanding the rigors of international travel.

  • Map Scale = 1:125,000
  • Sheet Size = 37.75" x 25.5"
  • Folded Size = 4.25" x 9.25"
Moon Puerto Rico (Moon Handbooks)
By Suzanne Van Atten

Moon Travel
Released: 2015-09-22
Paperback (360 pages)

Moon Puerto Rico (Moon Handbooks)
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This full-color guide includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning.

Travel journalist Suzanne Van Atten covers the best of Puerto Rico—from its spectacular beaches and classic golf courses to its rich Spanish culture. Van Atten also includes creative travel ideas for a variety of travelers, including "Puerto Rico for Thrill-Seekers," "Romantic Escapes," and "Sunbathing, Swimming, and Surfing." With expert advice on exploring the El Yunque rainforest and the underground caves at Las Cavernas del Rio Camuy, Moon Puerto Rico gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Insight Guides: Puerto Rico
By Insight Guides

Insight Guides
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Insight Guides: Puerto Rico
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Insight Guides: Inspiring your next adventure



Blessed with glorious beaches, spectacular mountain ranges and lush, green rainforest, Puerto Rico offers fantastic outdoor activities, cultural sights, plus great food and music. Be inspired to visit by the new edition of Insight Guide Puerto Rico, a comprehensive full-color guide to this delightful island.



Inside Insight Guide Puerto Rico:




  • A fully-overhauled edition by our expert Caribbean author.


  • Stunning new photography that brings this wonderful island and its people to life.


  • Highlights of the country's top attractions, including its best beaches and the uniquely beautiful El Yunque rainforest.


  • Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from the architectural treasures of Old San Juan to the idyllic Western coast and the Outer Islands.


  • Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip, including our independent selection of the best restaurants.








About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years’ experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-color print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travelers’ needs. Insight Guides’ unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.



‘Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.’ - Wanderlust Magazine
Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know®
By Jorge Duany

Oxford University Press
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Acquired by the United States from Spain in 1898, Puerto Rico has a peculiar status among Latin American and Caribbean countries. As a Commonwealth, the island enjoys limited autonomy over local matters, but the U.S. has dominated it militarily, politically, and economically for much of its recent history. Though they are U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans do not have their own voting representatives in Congress and cannot vote in presidential elections (although they are able to participate in the primaries). The island's status is a topic of perennial debate, both within and beyond its shores. In recent months its colossal public debt has sparked an economic crisis that has catapulted it onto the national stage and intensified the exodus to the U.S., bringing to the fore many of the unresolved remnants of its colonial history.

Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know® provides a succinct, authoritative introduction to the Island's rich history, culture, politics, and economy. The book begins with a historical overview of Puerto Rico during the Spanish colonial period (1493-1898). It then focuses on the first five decades of the U.S. colonial regime, particularly its efforts to control local, political, and economic institutions as well as to "Americanize" the Island's culture and language. Jorge Duany delves into the demographic, economic, political, and cultural features of contemporary Puerto Rico-the inner workings of the Commonwealth government and the island's relationship to the United States. Lastly, the book explores the massive population displacement that has characterized Puerto Rico since the mid-20th century.

Despite their ongoing colonial dilemma, Jorge Duany argues that Puerto Ricans display a strong national identity as a Spanish-speaking, Afro-Hispanic-Caribbean nation. While a popular tourist destination, few beyond its shores are familiar with its complex history and diverse culture. Duany takes on the task of educating readers on the most important facets of the unique, troubled, but much beloved isla del encanto.
Fodor's Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call (Travel Guide)
By Fodor's Travel Guides

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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years. 

Packed with information on more than 40 ports of call and a dozen ports of embarkation, Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call is a comprehensive guide to everything from sightseeing information and strategies to help cruisers plan their own shore excursions to some basic information on the cruise-ship experience.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of maps
· A "Cruise Primer" with the basics of cruising and "Cruising the Caribbean" with capsule overviews of every major cruise line
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Covered ports of call: Private Islands; St. John's, Antigua; Oranjestad, Aruba; Bridgetown, Barbados; Belize City, Belize; Bermuda; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Calica (Playa del Carmen), Mexico; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Costa Maya, Mexico; Willemstad, Curacao; Roseau, Dominica; Falmouth, Jamaica; Freeport-Lucaya, Bahamas; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands; St. George's, Grenada; Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Key West, Florida; La Romana, Dominican Republic; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; Charlestown, Nevis; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Progreso, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Roatan, Honduras; Samana (Cayo Levantado), Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santo Domingo, Domican Republic; Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala; Gustavia, St. Barthelemy; Fredericksted, St. Croix; Cruz Bay, St. John; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Castries, St. Lucia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Kingstown, St. Vincent; Road Town, Tortola; and The Valley, Virgin Gorda
· Covered ports of embarkation: Baltimore, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Galveston, Texas; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York; Port Canaveral, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tampa, Florida

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