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The Great Blog Train
A monthly blog hop departing from your online train station on the first Wednesday of every month!

 Great Blog Train


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Please meet our Destination Co-host:
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This month we will be travelling to PUERTO RICO
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Catholic Cathedral located in Arecibo, PR
Catholic Cathedral located in Arecibo, PR

 

Arecibo, PR
Arecibo, PR
The Arecibo Lighthouse
The Arecibo Lighthouse

 

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Destination: PUERTO RICO

  

Puerto Rico, also known as “Boriken” and The Enchanted Island  

Capital-San Juan

Climate-Tropical

Time Zone-Atlantic

Population-3,978,702 (July 2010)

Main Language: Spanish

Currency: Dollar

History

Taino Indians who inhabited the territory, called the island Boriken or Boriquen which means: “the great land of the valiant and noble Lord’ or “land of the great lords”. On November 19, 1493 Christopher Columbus discovered the island in his second voyage to the New World.  Originally the newcomers called the island San Juan Bautista, for St. John the Baptist add the town Puerto Rico because of its obvious excellent potentialities.  It was not until later that the two names were switched.  Thanks in part to the enthusiasm of ambitious Juan Ponce de Leon, quickly became Spain’s most important military outpost in the Caribbean.

On December 10, 1898, the treaty of Paris was signed, treaty concluding the Spanish-American War. Spain renounced all claim to Cuba, ceded Guam and Puerto Rico and its dependent islets to the United States, and transferred sovereignty over the Philippines to the United States for $20,000.000.

The most popular places to visit while in Puerto Rico, in my opinion, are: San Juan, Ponce, Luquillo, and my native Arecibo. If you travel to the island you have to check out our beaches. My favorite ones are the ones located in Arecibo, Lajas, and also Playa Sucia in Guanica and Crash boat in Aguadilla are a must see! Be aware of the crazy and dangerous currents, please listen to the locals when they give you advice about the currents. Every town in the island host a carnival, once a month, in honor of their patrons. It is part of the folklore, you can find music, artisans, and a lot of dancing in the town’s main square. 

Our cuisine is amazing!!!! Pleas, forget about the diet and eat, eat, eat!!! We have plenty of dished to choose from. I will recommend plantains, mofongo, pastelillos and alcapurrias, because those are items you rarely find somewhere else. We also have delicious fruits such as guava, passion fruit, mangoes and any tropical fruit you can imagine.

Puerto Ricans are very passionate, we are also very friendly.  We will speak to you even if we do not know you. We love to dance and have a good time.

 

 I am sharing some of my personal pictures from our last trip to the island.

Lake Dos Bocas located in Utuado, PR. Perfect place to fish or get on the "lancha" across the lake and you will find amazing, rustic restaurants and bed and breakfasts.
Lake Dos Bocas, Utuado, PR. Perfect place to fish and you can also cross to the other side for a small fee and you will find amazing, rustic restaurants and some bed and breakfasts.
Guava's I grabbed from my mother's yard. Nothing like fresh fruit.
Guava’s I grabbed from my mother’s yard
Crashboat in Aguadilla is one of my favorite places, rustic, and calm waters make a perfect area for paddle boating or to lounge with the familia.
Crash Boat beach located in Aguadilla, PR. Perfect place for paddle-boating or to lounge with the family 
Playa Sucia, a well-known beach in the town of Guanica. Take a bottle of water with you, the walk to access the beach is about a mile and it's hot in the island.
Playa Sucia located in Guanica, PR. Amazing beach!!! Please take a bottle of water with you, the access to the beach is a mile hike, through rough terrain, worth the view and the amazing beach.
Playa Sucia and the Lighthouse
Playa Sucia and the Lighthouse
Octopus and Pina Colada, a must have when you go to the island.
Octopus and Pina Colada, a must have when you go to the island.
Iguanas can be found in the island, they are not a threat, in fact they will run away if you approach them.
Iguanas can be found in the island, they are not a threat, in fact they will run away if you approach them.
La Parguera, in Lajas, is the place where you can find the Bioluminescent Bay. In order to see the microorganisms light up, you must go at night, and for a small fare a local will take you to the perfect spot, where you can agitate the water and see the microorganisms in action.
La Parguera, in Lajas, is the place where you can find the Bioluminescent Bay. In order to see the microorganisms light up, you must go at night, and for a small fee a local will take you to the perfect spot, where you can agitate the water and see the microorganisms in action.

  Old San Juan

 

 

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