Facts about Puerto Rico

Facts about Puerto Rico

Now that I live in the United States, people often ask me "how is Puerto Rico like?"

I usually laugh and briefly tell them that we're a tropical island, with beaches, forests, desert, very hot weather and very friendly but wild people who like to dance and eat.  But here's a couple more details about my beloved island. 

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island that is located in the northeast of the Caribbean Sea.  It is one of the unincorporated territories of the United States and its official language is Spanish, although English is widely spoken and understood. The island has a rich history, culture and gastronomy that make it one of a kind.  Puerto Rican culture is a blend of African, Spanish, and Taíno (indian) influences, and has developed over centuries of history. Music, dance, food, sports and resilience are highlights of the culture.

  • Puerto Rican music, especially salsa, reggaeton, and merengue, are very popular all over the world. Artists like Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee. Bad Bunny and Ricky Martin are some of the most famous representatives of Puerto Rican music.  Dance is another popular art form in Puerto Rico. Bomba and plena are two styles of Afro-Caribbean dance and music that originated on the island. The island boasts a vibrant live music scene that can be found everywhere from nightclubs to outdoor music festivals.

  • As for gastronomy, Puerto Rico is known for its Creole food, which is a mix of African, Spanish and Taíno influences, as we mention before. Some typical dishes include rice with pigeon peas or beans, roasted pig and tostones or stuffed mofongo.   It is a delicious mix of flavors and cultures that you should not miss if you visit the beautiful Caribbean island.
  • Sports are also an important aspect of the culture of Puerto Rico. Baseball is the most popular sport on the island, and many Puerto Rican players, such as Yadiel Molina, Javier Báez and Roberto Clemente as have found success in Major League Baseball in the United States.
  • The climate of Puerto Rico is tropical, with hot and humid temperatures throughout the year. The average temperature ranges from 78 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity is high.  Most of the rain falls in the hurricane season, which runs from June to November.  The months of December to May tend to be drier and with less chance of cyclonic events.

  • The island of enchantment is known for its stunning natural beauty and exciting festivals, such as the Fiestas de Calle San Sebastian. Its beaches are impressive, with crystal clear waters and white or black sand that attract tourists from all over the world. One of the most famous beaches is Flamenco Beach, located on the island of Culebra. The island also boasts the famous El Yunque National Forest, a tropical river forest, home to beautiful waterfalls, exotic flora and fauna, and endless outdoor activities. As well as the Guánica State Forest, also known as the Guánica Dry Forest, a subtropical dry forest, designated as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations, where you can enjoy hiking, fauna and flora observation, visit historical forts or solitary beaches like Tamarindo or Ballena
  • The island's architecture is equally impressive, with impressive colonial buildings and Art Deco-style houses. The capital, San Juan, is the largest city on the island and has a mix of architectural styles that make it unique. The historic center of the city, known as Old San Juan, is one of the most visited places on the island due to its spectacular architecture, colorful cobblestone streets and a large number of restaurants and shops.
Finally, Puerto Rico is a resilient culture that values family, community, and dance as a way of expression. Solidarity and mutual support are essential in the daily life of Puerto Ricans, which allows them to face and overcome adverse situations.  Visit our blog if you would like to know where Puerto Ricans came from or why we have the longest Christmas.
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