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Puerto Rico Is The Place

Updated on June 21, 2011
Isla Verde beach, Puerto Rico
Isla Verde beach, Puerto Rico

Top Three Places To See In Puerto Rico

When you visit Puerto Rico, you automatically want to unplug and relax, enjoy the sun, beaches, the night life, but take some time to explore Puerto Rico. These are the top three places that you must see in the island of Puerto Rico.

Old San Juan

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan is a section of the city of San Juan not to be missed in Puerto Rico. Old San Juan is a major tourist attraction and is characterized by narrow streets made of blue cobblestone and picturesque colonial buildings, that date back to the 16th and 17th century. A big part of Old San Juan is its majestic walls, that surround Old San Juan and the historic forts built by the Spaniards, to defend the port of San Juan from invaders. The historic forts, El Morro and Fort San Cristobal are part of San Juan's National Historic Site, and was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.

As a visitor there is a lot to explore. Go inside one of the iconic garitas, that are situated along the defensive wall in Old San Juan, Take the view and imagine yourself back in time, to when the walls and forts where built. Wear good walking shoes to deal with the hills and cobblestone streets. The old world architecture, narrow streets, forts, plazas, and ambiance, are all attractions, that helps Old San Juan acquire its unique character.

A million visitors a year come to enjoy the forts, walk among the unique architecture, take in the history, enjoy the night life, and visit restaurants and shops.

Garita in Old San Juan

Garita in Old San Juan
Garita in Old San Juan

El Yunque

El Yunque National Forest
El Yunque National Forest

A popular attraction, El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the United States, and is located in the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains, about 25 miles east of San Juan. Covering over 28,000 acres of land, the forest name originates from the Taino word "Yuke"- meaning sacred land. From its peaks, it offers visitors some of the most breathtaking vistas found in the Caribbean.

El Yunque's biodiversity makes it unique among other forests in the United States National Forest System. Frequent rain showers generate close to 100 billion gallons of rainwater a year. In El Yunque there are 8 types of lizards, 13 types of coquis (Puerto Rican tree frogs that sing) 50 types of birds, including the native Puerto Rican parrot. El Yunque also has an abundant flora including: 240 native tree species, 23 of them found only in El Yunque, 88 rare tree species, 50 native orchids, and 150 types of ferns.

The El Yunque National Forest is managed by the US Forest Service. There are many hiking trails, and picnic facilities. You will experience beauty and peace at El Yunque.

El Yunque National Forest
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque

El Yunque National Forest

Bio-Luminescent Bay

A one of a kind attraction is the Bio-Luminescent Bay in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. A bio bay is a body of water, that contains millions of micro-organisms, called "dinoflagellates", that glow in the dark for a second when agitated. It is a rare, natural wonder, that you can easily experience while visiting Puerto Rico. It is best seen on a dark night, or moonless night. But even on a less than ideal night, the bioluminescence will be visible. The best way to see it, is to take a kayak tour of the bay with a local company.

It is like magic.....a great adventure.

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      CrazyGata 5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Sharing! Now more than ever!

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      puertoricoistheplace 5 years ago

      Thank you so much. I am glad you like the Hub!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I love Puerto Rico! That is evident from the several Hubs I have written about Puerto Rico, I see a couple of them showing as related to this one. I have been to PR several times, and Iwould like to live there permanently.

      Great Hub. I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

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      CrazyGata 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Puerto Rico all the way! Greetings from Loiza!!!

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      puertoricoplace 6 years ago

      Thank you Cogerson! Glad you enjoyed it.

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      UltimateMovieRankings 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great photos and have done a wonderful job...selling Puerto Rico....thanks for sharing all this great useful information. Voted up and beautiful.

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      puertoricoistheplace 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for your kind comments crazygata and glad you liked the hub. Thanks for visiting!

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      CrazyGata 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      well, the author doesn't look like he limited himself to San Juan. El Yunque is around Luquillo and Bioluminiscent Bay in northeast Fajardo... :) so well done and thank you for the insight!

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      Charlinex 6 years ago

      Thanks for the temptation! Wish to see it myself one day.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the beautiful pictures and informative hub. Lots of lovely places to visit.

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      puertoricoistheplace 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for your comments. I totally agree,that there is more to Puerto Rico than San Juan. There are so many places to see. This is just a list of the top three attractions.

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      Mark Kelly-Santos 7 years ago

      You have shown some Great options, however there is A lot More to Puerto Rico than San Juan. Each area has something for everyone- The West, Central, The South....Please do not limit yourself to the City-Life of San Juan. Just a thought....


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