Puerto Rico’s sun-washed medley of Spanish and American influences is a paradise seeker’s pleasure dome. You can go around the entire island by car in a single day, but you better take your time. You will find coffee plantations, colonial cities, beaches, bars and restaurants waiting for you to discover them. Old San Juan, with its famous Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, is an evocative place to stroll through. Enjoy life at a different pace by hiking through the rainforest, snorkeling or bathing in the bioluminescent lagoon of Isla de Vieques.
Culture & History
Travelers in search of culture will be amazed by the legacy and history of Puerto Rico, from the magic of Old San Juan to popular art and festivals in the most remote towns. Throughout history, Puerto Ricans have received a beautiful heritage that is manifested in their customs and traditions. The great festivities of the country confirm the cultural mix that has given it its identity and that, in addition, has made Puerto Rico to be considered worldwide as a place full of life, joy, flavor and lots of parties.
Subsequently, with the nexus to the United States over the territory, the society has also adopted multiple forms of American culture. Today this region is officially known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, due to its link with the United States. Since 1898, the island began to be owned by the North American country and now it is an associated country.
The architecture of Puerto Rico demonstrates a wide variety of traditions, styles, and national influences accumulated over four centuries of Spanish rule and one century of American rule. Spanish colonial, Ibero-Islamic, art deco, postmodern, and many other architectural forms are visible throughout the island. From town to town, there are also many regional distinctions.
Puerto Rico shows different styles and forms built on the country's history of more than four centuries of ancient Spanish rule, and more than a century of American rule. Old San Juan is one of the two neighborhoods, in addition to Santurce, which was part of the municipality of San Juan from 1864 to 1951, at which time the old independent municipality of Río Piedras was annexed.
With its abundance of shops, historic sites, museums, outdoor cafes, restaurants, elegant homes, tree-shaded plazas, and its ancient beauty and architectural quirk, Old San Juan is a prime location for local and domestic tourism. The district is also characterized by numerous public squares and churches, including the Church of San José and the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, which contains the tomb of the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León.
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