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Culture and Life in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has one of the richest artistic, cultural and historical heritages of all periods.


The culture of Puerto Rico has been greatly influenced by its history. With the blend of Taino Indians, Spanish and African cultures, comes a melting pot of people and traditions, as well as the impact of the United States political and social exchange into every aspect of life.


Puerto Ricans are known for their warm hospitality, often considered very friendly and expressive to strangers.


Puerto Rican cuisine is a unique tasty blend of Spanish, African, Taíno, and American influences. We call it "cocina criolla", a delicious mingling of flavors and ingredients passed from generation to generation.

Moving to Puerto Rico

There are many reasons to move to Puerto Rico: year-around climate, diverse culture and rich history, friendly people, you name it. But like any other move, moving to Puerto Rico involves some coordination, find useful information to help you get ready to move.

Did You Know?

In 1509, Juan Garrido, a conquistador in Juan Ponce de León's entourage, became the first African to set foot on the island.