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Puerto Rico, Discover a Magnificent and Unique Island, Full of Adventures and Experiences

Puerto Rico, officially known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico), is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, making it the smallest island of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") consists of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and several islands: Vieques, Culebra, Mona and numerous islets.

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Puerto Rico is a vibrant and culturally rich island with a diverse range of attractions and features. To learn more about what makes the island magnificent and unique, consider exploring the following topics:


Attractions

Explore hundreds of activities and attractions for all ages and budgets. Puerto Rico is a great place to explore, the possibilities are endless.

History

Discover Puerto Rico's rich history, detailed in a timeline that spans over the last 500 years.


People

The people of Puerto Rico is characterized by a rich blend of cultural and racial diversity, shaped by centuries of historical influences, immigration, and cultural assimilation.

Cuisine

Puerto Rican cuisine is rich and flavorful, reflecting a blend of indigenous, Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences. Dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.



Facts and Figures

Puerto Rico at a Glance

Puerto Rico pronunciation: por • tuh ree • kow

Capital: San Juan, located on the north east of the island.

Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic.

Coordinates: 18°15'N, 66°30'W

Climate: Tropical Marine, average temperatures year round between 80 °F (26.7 °C) and 70 °F (21.1 °C).

Seasons in Puerto Rico
Rainy Season - April through November
Dry Season - December through March
Hurricane Season - June to November

Time zone: Atlantic Standard (UTC - 4:00)

Currency: United States Dollar (USD) $

Population: 3,057,311 (2023 est.)

Nationality: Puerto Rican

Primary ethnicity: Hispanic

Ethnic composition: white (mostly Spanish origin) 75.8%, black 12.4%, other 8.5% (includes American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islander, and others), mixed 3.3% (2010 est.)

National anthem: La Borinqueña

Language: Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto Rico.

Government: Democracy, Republic

Total area: 9,104 sq km (3,515 sq mi)


Explore the Cities of Puerto Rico

San Juan

San Juan is the capital and most populous city in Puerto Rico. It is also the oldest city on US territory.

Culebra

Culebra is a popular weekend destination because of its many pristine and beautiful beaches. Snorkelers wander through its coral kingdoms, nodding good-day to an astounding variety of sea creatures.

Ponce

With a population of 194,636, Ponce is Puerto Rico's second largest city. The heart of Ponce dates from the late 17th century and has been declared a national treasure. It consists of plazas and churches and highly decorative colonial homes, some glorious fountains and a unique fire station.



This Month - February, 2024

Recommendations

A monthly selection of our favorites articles or websites, highlighting a wide variety of topics and companies about or in Puerto Rico. Don't hesitate to share your own discoveries and finds.

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Interesting

Articles on the Web

Von Diaz's Essential Puerto Rican Recipes
By Von Diaz
The journalist and cookbook author, who grew up traveling between Atlanta and Puerto Rico, collects dishes that tell stories about life on the island, and the flavors that bring her back to it.


Recent

News

Much of Puerto Rico loses power as controversy over its electricity providers intensifies
By June 13, 2024
A widespread power outage hit Puerto Rico Wednesday night, leaving more than 340,000 customers without electricity after two of the U.S. territory's power plants shut down.

'The last thing I wanted': cesarean rates in Puerto Rico soar amid health crisis
By Coral Murphy Marcos
January 16, 2024

Puerto Rico's luxury tourism on the rise
By Vahely Varela
December 20, 2023

 

Coqui Quiz

Want to see how much you know about Puerto Rico? Test your knowledge by answering our monthly quiz.

  1. How long was Juan Ponce de Leon the governor of Puerto Rico?
  2. What is Casabe?
  3. Where did Bomba originate from?
  4. Under which United Stated Congress Act did Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens?
  5. True or False.
    San Juan is one of the world's 10 busiest container ports and a major hub for Caribbean maritime shipping.

Magaly in Old San Juan

Say Hi!

Magaly Rivera

My name is Magaly Rivera and I'm proud to be Puerto Rican. I invite you to take some time to explore the tropical island of Puerto Rico, where you can find local exotic hideaways, miles of white sandy beaches, mountains and valleys, and many other natural wonders. In addition to the natural splendors you will find yourself surrounded by 500 years of history; and warm and friendly people.

Within these pages you can find a wide scope of information pertaining to the island, its culture and people, and every detail that makes Puerto Rico, a magnificent and unique island. Can't find something? Send me a note.


Did You Know?

The Cuatro is the national instrument of Puerto Rico.