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Traveling to Puerto Rico is pretty easy since it’s a U.S. territory and the flight is only about three hours from Miami. Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island that is known for its green mountains, waterfalls, and tropical rainforest of the El Yunque National Forest. The island is only 100 miles by 35 miles, which makes it the smallest island of the Greater Antilles. There is the main island of Puerto Rico and then there a couple smaller islands as well, including Vieques, Culebra, Mona.

Puerto Rico has its best weather during the winter, but this is also when plane tickets are the most expensive. From mid April to June is a great time to go since that is just past the busiest winter season and before the rainy summer season. Although pretty much any time of year there are great deals to be found if you look hard enough.

Getting around in Puerto Rico depends on what area you stay in, and there are airports on both the east and west coast of the island. In the city of San Juan walking and taking public transportation are options, but in outer, smaller areas you might be best renting a car so that you’re not limited to your immediate surroundings. Driving can be a little challenging on the snaking roads however, and there is the occasionally toll that you will have to carry cash for. Both Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto Rico so you don’t necessarily have to speak Spanish to be able to get around.

There is plenty to do in Puerto Rico ranging from hanging out on the beach to exploring nature. In San Juan there is plenty of fun nightlife. Rincon is a popular western beach for hanging out, sunbathing, and surfing. Mosquito Bay is particularly popular when it comes to snorkeling. In Rio Camuy Cave Park there are underground caves that can be explored, and for the history buffs there are 500 year old walls of the El Morro fort to explore.

The food in Puerto Rico is similar to Spanish, Mexican, and Cuban food, but it is also influenced by American, Taino, and African. One popular dish is the Mofongo, which is made with plantains mashed up and filled with any mixture of shrimp, steak, vegetables, etc. You can find different versions of it at pretty much any restaurant or roadside stand. Fried snacks like fritters are also really popular. You might find yam fritters, codfish fritters, and cheese flavored rice fritters. You will find a few different variations of Asopao,  which is a savory soup that borders on being a gumbo. It is generally homemade with ingredients like chicken, shellfish, pork, ham, peppers, pigeon peas, olives and tomatoes.

Here’s a fun fact about Puerto Rican coffee, it was served in official state dinners at the White House and during Theodore Roosevelt’s time in office it was served as the choice at every breakfast.

 


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