Puerto Rico Island Travel Guide

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Puerto Rico Island Travel Guide

Puerto Rico Island Attractions

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San Juan - The capital of Puerto Rico is a bright modern city with all the amenities of American commerce and tourism, and it has an energy that is charged with cheerful vibrancy. At it's centre is a block of seven squares of colonial architecture lining cobble stone streets, where tourists can sit in the leafy shade of trees in a plaza sipping coffee and watching the world go by. It also has gorgeous beaches where they can catch a tan, do a spot of diving, or surf, in fact, San Juan has so much to offer it is difficult to leave America's second oldest city, as it seems to have everything and the need to see the rest of the island seems extraneous.

El Yunque - Covered in a tropical rainforest, with waterfalls and lush vegetation, El Yunque is believed the home of the god of happiness, and if you climb to the top of this lovely mountain, you will be covered in serenity and cheer. Well, that's what they say anyway, but it is possibly quite true, as on the way to the summit and its glorious views, you will see a wonderful array of miniature wild orchids, ferny glens, and a host of exquisite flowering plants and a multitude of colourful birds.

Ponce - Declared a national treasure, the well-preserved colonial centre of Puerto Rico's second city dates from the late 17th century, and has recently undergone a costly face-lift of nearly half a billion dollars. The grand old mansions, churches and decorative fountains and architecture of the centre have been spruced up and restored to their original elegance. Apart from colonial architecture, there are other attractions in the city, such as museums and art galleries that lend themselves to great cultural scene of Ponce, as well as an Arawak village, reconstructed after an earthquake revealed its existence beneath the rubble.

Rio Camuy Cave Park - The Karst region of north-eastern Puerto Rico is the site of hundreds of sinkholes and caves filled with strange and beautiful limestone formations. Here, underwater rivers run through caverns so immense a New York skyscraper could easily fit into one. Dangerous and awe-inspiring, only experienced cavers should try exploring this underground world, but the rest of us, can take the trolley-tram that runs through a sinkhole to Cueva Clara, where a viewing platform allows visitors to view the stalagmites and stalactites in safety.

ChopHouse Japanese Restaurant in Paseo del Plata Shopping Village in Dorado. Teppanyaki/Sushi/Fine Chinese and Japanese Dining. Kids love the Teppanyaki and sometimes participate in it. Say hi to Sam!
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Puerto Rico Island Activities

Kite Flying The green and grassy slopes around the El Morro stronghold are considered the finest kite-flying site in the world, so take your kids to the grand old fortress, and after they have explored its deep, dark dungeons, and have had enough of history, let them run free and enjoy the exhilaration of their kites flying high.

The Culebra Natural Wildlife Refuge Even children will enjoy this wildlife refuge where strange and endangered creatures live. It is here that the sad faced old sea turtles hang out, and the Culebra giant anole lizard calls home.

Isla Verde Beach Long stretches of glistening white sand give kids a chance to play in the sun and do the things kids enjoy. Here they can get down to the serious business of building El Morro in sand, paddling in the sea, and licking icy-cold lollies from one of the many restaurants lining the beach.

Puerto Rico Island Restaurants and Bars

Puerto Rico Island Restaurants

311 Trois Cent Onze - Located at 311 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, this restaurant serves excellent French food, and the service is just as good.

Ajili Mojili - Located at 1052 Av Ashford, San Juan, this has to be the best Puerto Rican restaurant on the island. Great food, great service, and great ambience.

Amadeus Cafe Restaurant - Located at 106 Calle San Sebastian, San Juan, housed in beautiful old San Juan mansion, the ambience and creative Caribbean cuisine, make for an evening of fine dining and pleasure, try not to miss it when next visiting San Juan.

Chilis Located at Plaza Las Americas Hato Rey, bring the family to this great place where the mood is friendly and folk can relax and enjoy an excellent meal.

Puerto Rico Island children's activities

Kite Flying The green and grassy slopes around the El Morro stronghold are considered the finest kite-flying site in the world, so take your kids to the grand old fortress, and after they have explored its deep, dark dungeons, and have had enough of history, let them run free and enjoy the exhilaration of their kites flying high.

The Culebra Natural Wildlife Refuge Even children will enjoy this wildlife refuge where strange and endangered creatures live. It is here that the sad faced old sea turtles hang out, and the Culebra giant anole lizard calls home.

Isla Verde Beach Long stretches of glistening white sand give kids a chance to play in the sun and do the things kids enjoy. Here they can get down to the serious business of building El Morro in sand, paddling in the sea, and licking icy-cold lollies from one of the many restaurants lining the beach.

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