Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla Verde area is known for its hotel strip, beach bars and casinos. Its Old San Juan neighborhood features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and El Morro and La Fortaleza, massive, centuries-old fortresses.




"Puerto Rico (Spanish for 'Rich Port'; abbreviated PR), officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, lit. 'Free Associated State of Puerto Rico') and in previous centuries called Porto Rico in English, is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, Florida.

Puerto Rico is an archipelago among the Greater Antilles located between the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands; it includes the eponymous main island and several smaller islands, such as Mona, Culebra, and Vieques. The capital and most populous city is San Juan. The territory's total population is approximately 3.2 million, more than 20 U.S. states. Spanish and English are the official languages of the executive branch of government, though Spanish predominates.Originally populated by the indigenous Taíno people, Puerto Rico was colonized by Spain following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1493. It was contested by various other European powers, but remained a Spanish possession for the next four centuries. The island's cultural and demographic landscapes were shaped by the displacement and assimilation of the native population, the forced migration of African slaves, and settlement primarily from the Canary Islands and Andalusia. In the Spanish Empire, Puerto Rico played a secondary but strategic role compared to wealthier colonies like Peru and New Spain. By the late 19th century, a distinct Puerto Rican identity began to emerge, based on a unique creole Hispanic culture and language that combined indigenous, African, and European elements. In 1898, following the Spanish–American War, the United States acquired Puerto Rico, which remains an unincorporated territorial possession, making it the world's oldest colony.Puerto Ricans have been citizens of the United States since 1917, and can move freely between the island and the mainland. As it is not a state, Puerto Rico does not have a vote in the U.S. Congress, which governs the territory with full jurisdiction under the Puerto Rico Federal Relations Act of 1950. Puerto Rico's sole congressional representation is through one non-voting member of the House called a Resident Commissioner. As residents of a U.S. territory, American citizens in Puerto Rico are disenfranchised at the national level, do not vote for the president or vice president of the U.S., and in most cases do not pay federal income tax. Congress approved a local constitution in 1952, allowing U.S. citizens of the territory to elect a governor. Puerto Rico's future political status has consistently been a matter of significant debate.

By Latin American standards, Puerto Rico has the highest GDP per capita and the most developed and competitive economy; however, its poverty rate is higher than the poorest U.S. state, and the territory struggles with chronically large debt, considerable unemployment, and a high rate of emigration. The 21st century has seen several major challenges, including a government-debt crisis and devastation by Hurricane Maria." Wikipedia






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Ponce
1 . Ponce
(Puerto Rico Island )
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A city around a blue-water bay on the southern coast of Puerto Rico under the backdrop of stunning green mountains and at the mouth of the drying river Portugues. Home to a ferry terminal, a marina...

Culebra
2 . Culebra
(Culebra Island )
2.5

The only town on the island, small and built around a popular anchorage in a natural harbour on the southern coast of the island. Home to many guest-houses and restaurants.

Isabel Segunda
3 . Isabel Segunda
(Vieques Island )
2.5

A sprawling town on the northern coast of the island around a wide blue-water bay. Home to a ferry, a large number of guest houses and restaurants along the main road.

Ceiba
4 . Ceiba
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A large residential town on the eastern coast of the island next to the airport and commercial port to the south and a blue-water bay to the north home to a marina.

Fajardo
5 . Fajardo
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A large town on the eastern coast of the island with a popular coastal district home to three large marinas, a series of guest houses, shops, with restaurants towards the town centre.

Luquillo
6 . Luquillo
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A popular holiday destination on the north-eastern sandy beach coast. Home to a series of hotel and restaurants.

Loiza
7 . Loiza
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A residential town on the northern sandy coastline of the island at the mouth of the river Grande Loiza.

San Juan
8 . San Juan
(Puerto Rico Island )
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The capital city on the northern coast of the island around a large natural harbour home to an airport and a large commercial port. The attractive old town is on the end of the peninsula frequented...

Catano
9 . Catano
(Puerto Rico Island )
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A busy residential town overlooking San Juan on the other side of the busy commercial harbour.

Dorado
10 . Dorado
(Puerto Rico Island )
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A large town on the northern coast west of San Juan, with a small beach and a small number of guest houses and hotels.

Sandin
11 . Sandin
(Puerto Rico Island )
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A popular holiday town around a sandy cove behind a number of shoals on the northern coast of the island.

Arecibo
12 . Arecibo
(Puerto Rico Island )
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A large busy town on the northern coast of Puerto Rico at the mouth of the Grande Arecibo river that floods into the sandy cove to the east of the town that is home to a small harbour.

Isabela
13 . Isabela
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A residential town on the western end of the northern coast set back a short walk from a reef and tree lined sandy beach.

Aguadilla
14 . Aguadilla
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A town south of the airport and sandwiched between the western coastline and the unusual rising and falling 100m mogul-like green landscape.

Rincon
15 . Rincon
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A popular holiday destination on the lush green western tip of Puerto Rico along a thin tree-lined sandy beach.

Mayaguez
16 . Mayaguez
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A large town around a tree-lined sandy bay on the western coast of Puerto Rico at the mouth of the river Yaguez. Home to many shops and restaurants, no jetties or moorings, but a commercial port to...

Puerto Real
17 . Puerto Real
(Puerto Rico Island )
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A lush green town on the northern bank of a large circular popular natural harbour, home to four pontoons, a series of smaller jetties, and a handful of restaurants along the coastal road.

Boqueron
18 . Boqueron
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A popular holiday destination around a large shallow bay on the western coast of the island providing a natural harbour. Home to two pontoons, a small inner harbour, and a dozen restaurants within ...

La Parguera
19 . La Parguera
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A popular destination on the southern coast dotted with scores of small green islets protruding out of the shallow bay providing many leeward anchorages. Home to many guest-houses and restaurants.

Guanica
20 . Guanica
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A residential town in a large lagoon on the southern coast of the island. Home to a quayside next to a small commercial terminal.

Playa de Guayanilla
21 . Playa de Guayanilla
(Puerto Rico Island )
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A small town on the large blue-water lagoon dominated by the large industrial depot on the eastern bank.

Salinas
22 . Salinas
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A small popular town set back a short distance from a natural harbour lined with jetties and restaurants on the southern coast of Puerto Rico.

Central Aguirre
23 . Central Aguirre
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A large commercial harbour joined by a small village inside a large lagoon.

Arroyo
24 . Arroyo
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A town on the southern sandy coast of Puerto Rico home to a shallow silted harbour leading to a handful of local restaurants.

Palmas del Mar
25 . Palmas del Mar
(Puerto Rico Island )
2.5

A holiday resort and marina village on the eastern coast of Puerto Rico hosting an external harbour and marina. Limited restaurants and shops nearby.

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