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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

On this virtual voyage through Puerto Rico, learn about centuries of Spanish rule followed by Puerto Rico under United States sovereignty.

Adventure

San Juan
Experience San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital and center of history and culture. What was once the crown jewel of the Spanish Empire is now the island’s historic and cultural center. The most popular launching point for Puerto Rico.

Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy
The Rio Camuy Cave Park features a huge cave system covering 268 acres and is thought to be the third largest cave system in the world.

Vieques and Bioluminescent Bay
The island is also known for a unique phenomenon at Mosquito Bay (also known as Bioluminescent Bay), where a large concentration of phosphorescent dinoflagellates light up movement in the water at night.

El Yunque National Forest
Experience some of Puerto Rico’s lush inland beauty at El Yunque National Forest. Spread along the Luquillo Mountains, including Pico El Yunque, El Yunque National Forest is home to the only tropical rainforest in the National US Forest System.

History

History of San Juan
The capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan ranks high on the list of most historic cities in the New World. The city has been the scene of many historic events, from naval battles to pirate attacks.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro
The castle became a six-level fortress designed to protect the island from attackers approaching by sea. The bastion – integrated by barracks, dungeons, and storerooms – still holds some of the original cannons facing the ocean.

Castillo San Cristóbal
For centuries the Castillo San Cristóbal has been standing guard at the eastern gate of Old San Juan. This whole system, which is San Juan National Historic Site of defense, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Castillo San Cristóbal, is considered the largest fortress built in the Americas.

Catedral de San Juan Bautista
Old San Juan’s venerated cathedral is Puerto Rico’s grandest religious building, and one of its most important. In fact, San Juan Bautista is the seat of the Archdiocese of Puerto Rico. It is the second oldest church in the Western Hemisphere, and the oldest church on U.S. soil.

Rustic in Puerto Rico

Photos from Rustic travelers

Rustic Programs in Puerto Rico

Eat

Traditional Dishes
The gastronomical options in San Juan are endless many local spots specializing in traditional Puerto Rican dishes, and adventurous eateries fusing Caribbean and international flavors in exciting ways.

Read

Books of Puerto Rico
One of Puerto Rico’s most renowned authors (and its only Nobel Prize nominee) is, without a doubt, Enrique Laguerre (1906–2005). Julia de Burgos’ poetry is a soulful, profound celebration of life/love with all its joys and pains etc.

Arts and Culture

Music of Puerto Rico
One of Puerto Rico’s notable exports is its music, which is probably the predominant Caribbean music heard in the United States. Music is at the heart of Puerto Rican culture.

Festivals of Puerto Rico
Learn about Puerto Rico’s yearly celebrations, like “Dia de Los Reyes”, where a parade of locals precede the Three Kings in their procession backed by Caribbean and Latin American beats.

Puerto Rico in the Movies
From tropical beaches to the Arecibo Observatory to the streets of Old San Juan and other picturesque locations, the island gives filmmakers the opportunity to bring their stories to life.

Sports of Puerto Rico
Sports are a very important aspect of Puerto Rican culture. Tainos played batú, a competitive ball game, for hundreds of years. Since it was introduced in the early 1900’s, baseball has been the favorite sport of Puerto Rico, followed very close by basketball, and boxing.

Do

Dance Classes in Puerto Rico
In Puerto Rico, where there’s music playing, there are probably people dancing. If you love to dance, you’ll love Puerto Rico. Salsa, merengue, reggaetón, bachata, and cha-cha, are styles of music and dancing most people may recognize.

Art in Puerto Rico
Discover the San Juan neighborhood that has emerged as the capital of art in the Caribbean. Colorful, vibrant, and artsy, that is Santurce!

Coconut Revolution 101
An off the beaten path experience, which is all about survival just like all those TV shows. We will also discover the benefits from coconuts and other wild plants that are medicinal and edible. Classes are given in Pinones, Loiza, but we can also meet you at your beach location.

Surfing Lessons
While visiting Puerto Rico Surf Lessons are a must! Puerto Rico is the preferred destination for surfers in the Caribbean. The Island boasts world-class waves, a sunny tropical climate and beautiful beaches. Our surfing instructors will encourage and guide you through your surfing lessons.