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PONCE

Located 75 miles (121km) southwest of San Juan, Ponce — “The Pearl of the South,” was named after Loíza Ponce de León, great-grandson of Juan Ponce de León. Founded in 1692, Ponce is today Puerto Rico’s principal shipping port in the Caribbean. The city is well kept and attractive, with an air of being stuck […]

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OLD SAN JUAN (VIEJO SAN JUAN)

The U.S. National Parks Service maintains this huge colonial military complex, comprising Castillo El Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal. These fortresses were constructed throughout the 17th and 18th centuries to defend the San Juan coastline from other European powers who at one time or another attempted to invade Puerto Rico. It’s an area that rises […]

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Santurce

Santurce is one of the districts (or barrios) of San Juan. It is also the biggest and most populated of all the capital’s districts. With a total population of 94,067, Santurce has a bigger population than most of the municipalities of Puerto Rico. As a result, it is also one of the most densely populated […]

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OLD SAN JUAN (VIEJO SAN JUAN)

The U.S. National Parks Service maintains this huge colonial military complex, comprising Castillo El Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal. These fortresses were constructed throughout the 17th and 18th centuries to defend the San Juan coastline from other European powers who at one time or another attempted to invade Puerto Rico. It’s an area that rises […]

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Shopping

In Old San Juan, Calle Fortaleza and Calle San Francisco have everything from T-shirt emporiums to jewelry stores to shops that specialize in made-to-order Panama hats. Running perpendicular to those streets is Calle Cristo, lined with factory-outlet stores, including Coach, Gant, Guess, and Ralph Lauren. On weekends, artisans sell their wares at stalls around Paseo […]

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Transportation

Due to the vastness of the capital, it is advisable for visitors to hire taxis whenever possible (this applies to those who are not renting their own vehicle). You can hail a taxi in the street, or you can call one to come pick you up. Taxis are generally available at the airport, hotels, and […]

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About Puerto Rico

The tropical island of Puerto Rico is located in the middle of the Caribbean Basin, between the Greater Antillean island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic & Haiti), and a chain of Lesser Antillean islands to its east, such as the U.S. Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico (Spanish for “Rich Port”), was originally populated by Taíno Indians before […]