Monthly Archive:: December 2014
Puerto Rico has scores of museums exhibiting everything from millennia-old Indian artifacts to 20th century modern art. The most prestigious collection of fine art in the Caribbean is yours to visit at the Ponce Museum of Art,
A hurricane brought massive flooding to the Tibes section of Ponce in 1975 and unearthed remnants of indigenous cultures that had been hidden for centuries. Archaeologists soon uncovered the largest ceremonial center in the West Indies—one that
Gothic churches are rare in the New World, but Puerto Rico has two: Porta Coeli, built in 1606 in San Germán, and San José, built in the 1530’s in Old San Juan.
Fort San Cristóbal stands guard at where once was the eastern gate to the walled city of Old San Juan. Construction on the fort was begun in 1634 and finished in 1790, although modifications were made well
Located in the southwestern town of San Germán, Porta Coeli Museum is a tiny, dazzling gem of great architectural and historical value. Walk up its ancient staircase and look down on the plaza surrounded by centuries-old homes
The little town of Maunabo is located precisely at the point where the east of Puerto Rico meets the south. The town is flanked by the last two legs of the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range) as
In 1833 a Spaniard who emigrated from Venezuela to Puerto Rico purchased a large parcel of fertile land in the hills north of Ponce. He built a lovely two-story main house, slave quarters, farm buildings and processing
When the first Spaniards arrived on the island more than 500 years ago, they encountered thousands of Taíno Indians—the most recent of a series of inhabitants that had populated the Caribbean region for thousands of years.
The Bacardi Rum Distillery, the largest in the world, is only a 15-minute drive from San Juan and is one of the most popular visitors’ destinations in Puerto Rico.
In the northwest mountains of the island, nestled among the karst-country hills, is the Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory, or Radio Telescope, the largest of its kind and one of the most important research facilities on the face of
El Morro, officially known as Fuerte San Felipe del Morro, sits atop a high promontory overlooking the entrance to San Juan Bay. It is the result of the efforts of many different Spanish engineers over a period
Puerto Rico offers nothing if not diversity. On one small island, 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, you can experience thousands of years of history and four distinct cultures.
Narrow cobblestone streets, colorful colonial buildings, centuries-old fortresses overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, fascinating museums and art galleries, handcrafts on the corners – and everything bathed by a tropical breeze – these are some of the characteristics of
The first inhabitants of Puerto Rico were Archaic Indians who most likely arrived from Venezuela around 4500 BC. They were followed by the Igneri tribes, beginning about 200 AD, who were replaced in turn by the Taínos
When Christopher Columbus stepped ashore in Guánica (or Aguadilla; both towns claim the honor) in 1493 he encountered a flourishing Taíno culture. Within decades the Indians disappeared, but not before leaving their mark on the character that
Since the first humans came ashore thousands of years ago, the island that is now known as Puerto Rico has sheltered many different cultures. As a result of its geographical position in the center of the arc
Puerto Rico’s tropical waters are a diver’s paradise. The average ocean temperature is 81ºF and underwater visibility averages from 60 to 75 feet near the beach. Offshore it is easily 100 feet or more!
With hundreds of miles of coastline and an eternal summer weather, Puerto Rico offers a different beach for every day of the year, from the pure white dunes of Isabela to the black volcanic sands near Punta
With its year-round balmy weather, Puerto Rico is a wonderful place to play tennis – and there are plenty of places to do so. All major resorts have courts for guests and many are open to non-guests
Canoeing and kayaking are relatively new sports to Puerto Rico, although the island’s first Indian settlers probably arrived in dugout canoes a few thousand years ago. In the past decade, kayaking has taken off. Olympic smooth-water kayaking
Puerto Ricans have always had a special love of horses. The tradition of breeding and showing gentle Paso Fino horses has been maintained for generations and important horse shows are held each year. Serious equestrians can contact
With our year-round warm weather and hundreds of miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, most outdoor activities take place in, on, or around the water. You can bring your own equipment or rent