Taste the rum and practice the Salsa on the Caribbean island paradise of Puerto Rico. The islands are located in the Caribbean sea, just east of the Dominican republic, with about 3/4 Spanish and 1/4 English speaking natives. But don’t worry: all tourist areas are primarily English speaking. Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, which includes one main island, Greater Antilles, and several smaller islands and keys. While largely mountainous, you’ll find spectacular, sandy beaches along the northern coastline.
It’s land is rich with ancient folklore derived from the tales of black slaves and Spaniards. Recorded from writing and art of indigenous people, the legends speak of demons haunting the island after sundown. Many focus on stories of pirates in search of gold and riches, while others touch on acts of god which destroyed major island crops. My legend of ‘El jibaro’, or a plain, simple person who lives in the mountain’s core, is still personified as a folk hero through local art and literature.
Imagine sunbathing, surfing, kayaking and golfing by day, then partying by night within mild, tropical marine climate ranging between 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Escape from the rat race and experience some of today’s finest dining, gaming, pulsing discos and bars.
Indulge on delicious Spanish cuisine offering a unique American, African and Taino twist. Taste succulent corn and fruits, crunchy cod fritters, black bean soup, kettle-cooked stews, lamb, fried beefsteak and onions, plus barbecued pig. For desert, island guests enjoy sweet banana cupcakes, custard and nisperos de batata, or luscious potato balls with cloves, coconut and cinnamon. Before you leave, tantalize your taste buds with Puerto Rican coffee, beer or rum of any shade, the national drink.
As the sun sets, the fun explodes from the cobble-stoned city of San Juan to Santurce and the Condado-Isla Verde strip. Place your bet at hotel casinos, enjoy fantastic live jazz and wild nightclubs. Then take a midnight dip in the temperate tropical waters. Visit Mosquito Bay in Vieques and watch the bioluminescence display among beach-lined mangrove trees. Tour the Phosphorescent Bay in La Parguera, where affordable boat rides escort you into darkness to watch a thrilling display of underwater fish flashing neon-green lights.
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