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Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Facts & Information

 Location Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic
 Climate Tropical marine, mild, little seasonal temperature variation
 Terrain Mostly mountains with coastal plain belt in north; mountains precipitous to sea on west coast; sandy beaches along most coastal areas
 Population 3,916,632
 Nationality Puerto Rican
 Ethnic groups White 80.5%, black 8%, Amerindian 0.4%, Asian 0.2%, mixed and other 10.9%
 Religions Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%
 Languages Spanish, English
 Government Type Commonwealth
 Capital San Juan
 Currency US dollar (USD)
 Description of Flag Five equal horizontal bands of red alternating with white; a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bears a large, white, five-pointed star in the center
 Puerto Rico Flag Flag of Puerto Rico

More Information
 www.cia.gov

 

Puerto Rico Culture

Puerto Rico is known to be an island that is home to many races, cultures, languages, and religions. Spanish is the official language of Puerto Rico, although English is widely spoken, especially in hotels, restaurants, shops, and nightclubs. The majority of Puerto Ricans are Roman Catholic. Jewish, Protestant, Baptists, and Lutheran faiths also live on the island. Puerto Ricans draw their heritage from the original native population of Spanish royalist

who sought refuge on the island, in addition to the African slaves and Caribbean islanders that were enslaved while searching for jobs when arriving to the island. Due to the mix of ethnicity, the people of Puerto Rico have a rich culture when it comes to music and dining. Although Puerto Rican cooking is somewhat similar to both Spanish and Mexican cuisine, it is a unique tasty blend of Spanish, African, Taíno, and American influences, using such indigenous seasonings and ingredients as papaya, cacao, plantains, and yampee. The major type of music coming out of Puerto Rico is salsa, the rhythm of the islands. Its name literally translated as the "sauce" gets parties started and bodies moving on the dance floor. Puerto Rico has beautiful people and a beautiful culture to match their hot Latin ways of life!

More Information:
 www.state.gov

 

Puerto Rico Culture

Puerto Rico is known to be an island that is home to many races, cultures, languages, and religions. Spanish is the official language of Puerto Rico, although English is widely spoken, especially in hotels, restaurants, shops, and nightclubs. The majority of Puerto Ricans are Roman Catholic. Jewish, Protestant, Baptists, and Lutheran faiths also live on the island. Puerto Ricans draw their heritage from the original native population of Spanish royalist

who sought refuge on the island, in addition to the African slaves and Caribbean islanders that were enslaved while searching for jobs when arriving to the island. Due to the mix of ethnicity, the people of Puerto Rico have a rich culture when it comes to music and dining. Although Puerto Rican cooking is somewhat similar to both Spanish and Mexican cuisine, it is a unique tasty blend of Spanish, African, Taíno, and American influences, using such indigenous seasonings and ingredients as papaya, cacao, plantains, and yampee. The major type of music coming out of Puerto Rico is salsa, the rhythm of the islands. Its name literally translated as the "sauce" gets parties started and bodies moving on the dance floor. Puerto Rico has beautiful people and a beautiful culture to match their hot Latin ways of life!

More Information:
 www.state.gov

 

Puerto Rico Shopping

One of the best shopping areas in Puerto Rico is the streets of Old Town. Here you are sure to find native handcrafted goods such as, needlework, straw work, ceramics, paintings and sculptures by Puerto Rican artists. Most people visiting Puerto Rico buy carved wooden religious idols known as santos (saints). These have been called Puerto Rico's greatest contribution to the plastic arts and are sought by collectors. For the best selection of santos, head for

Galeria Botello, Ole, or Puerto Rican Arts & Crafts. Malls in San Juan are generally open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 9pm, Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Regular stores in town are usually open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm. In Old San Juan many stores are open on Sunday, too. Plaza Las Américas is Puerto Rico's biggest and most up-to-date shopping mall. Plaza Las Américas has more than 200 mostly upscale shops. Shop until you drop in Puerto Rico, there are so many great and wonderful things to purchase and take back home!

 

Puerto Rico Shopping

One of the best shopping areas in Puerto Rico is the streets of Old Town. Here you are sure to find native handcrafted goods such as, needlework, straw work, ceramics, paintings and sculptures by Puerto Rican artists. Most people visiting Puerto Rico buy carved wooden religious idols known as santos (saints). These have been called Puerto Rico's greatest contribution to the plastic arts and are sought by collectors. For the best selection of santos, head for

Galeria Botello, Ole, or Puerto Rican Arts & Crafts. Malls in San Juan are generally open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 9pm, Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Regular stores in town are usually open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm. In Old San Juan many stores are open on Sunday, too. Plaza Las Américas is Puerto Rico's biggest and most up-to-date shopping mall. Plaza Las Américas has more than 200 mostly upscale shops. Shop until you drop in Puerto Rico, there are so many great and wonderful things to purchase and take back home!

 

Puerto Rico Restaurants

We’ve provided listings for some of the top restaurants in Puerto Rico including San Juan, Ponce, Cayo Largo and more. You’ll find lavish gourmet restaurants, affordable restaurants serving up good food, and everything in between. Sample traditional Puerto Rican cuisine or other specialty cuisines that are sure to make your taste buds happy.

Read reviews entered by other patrons and be sure to return to our site to submit your own restaurant review.

  Choose a Puerto Rico Restaurant Location  
  Aguadilla Boqueron Cayo Largo  
  Condado San Juan Culebra  
  Dorado Fajardo Guanica  
  Humacao Isabela Isla Verde  
  Mayaguez Patillas Ponce  
  Quebradillas Rincon Rio Grande  

 

Puerto Rico Restaurants

We’ve provided listings for some of the top restaurants in Puerto Rico including San Juan, Ponce, Cayo Largo and more. You’ll find lavish gourmet restaurants, affordable restaurants serving up good food, and everything in between. Sample traditional Puerto Rican cuisine or other specialty cuisines that are sure to make your taste buds happy.

Read reviews entered by other patrons and be sure to return to our site to submit your own restaurant review.

  Choose a Puerto Rico Restaurant Location  
  Aguadilla Boqueron Cayo Largo  
  Condado San Juan Culebra  
  Dorado Fajardo Guanica  
  Humacao Isabela Isla Verde  
  Mayaguez Patillas Ponce  
  Quebradillas Rincon Rio Grande  

 


Puerto Rico Travel Guides
 Frommer's Puerto Rico
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