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Puerto Rico , officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico — literally Associated Free State of Puerto Rico —, is a self-governing unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico is composed of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands and keys, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona. The main island of Puerto Rico is the smallest by land area and second smallest by population among the four Greater Antilles, which also include Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica. Puerto Ricans often call the island Borinquen, from Borikén, its indigenous Taíno name. The terms boricua and borincano derive from Borikén and Borinquen respectively, and are commonly used to identify someone of Puerto Rican heritage. The island is also popularly known as "La Isla del Encanto", which translated means "The Island of Enchantment."

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Culture of Puerto Rico - San Juan
Culture of Puerto Rico Puerto Rican culture is a mix of four cultures, African (from the slaves), Taino (Amerindians), Spanish, and more recently, North American. From Africans, the Puerto Ricans have obtained the bomba and plena, a type of music and dance including percussions and maracas. From the Amerindians (Tainos), they kept many names for their municipalities, foods, musical instruments like the guiro and maracas. Many words and other objects have originated from their localized language. From the Spanish they received the Spanish language, the Catholic religion and the vast majority of their cultural and moral values and traditions. From the United States they received the English language, the university system and a variety of hyb...

Geography of Puerto Rico - San Juan
Geography of Puerto Rico The geography of Puerto Rico describes an archipelago located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands. The main island of Puerto Rico is the smallest and most eastern of the Greater Antilles. With an area of 3,515 square miles (9,104 sq km), it is the third largest island in the United States and the 82nd largest island in the world. Various smaller islands and cays, including Vieques, Culebra, Mona, Desecheo, and Caja de Muertos comprise the remainder of the archipelago with only Culebra and Vieques being inhabited year-round. Mona is uninhabited through large parts of the year except for employees of the Puerto Rico Department of Natural R...

Puerto Rico: Money & Costs - San Juan
Puerto Rico: Money & Costs Puerto Rico is one of the Caribbean's cheaper destinations, but there's no limit to what you can spend if you're in a party mood or on a gambling binge. A moderate gues thouse-and-diner budget would slip somewhere between US$150.00 and US$200.00 , while budget travellers can get by on less than US$100.00 a day by bunking up in no-frills hotels, eating at local food stands and taking public transport in preference to hiring a car. It's possible to live large on US$250.00 a day, staying in ritzier hotels and eating three meals a day in decent restaurants. Note that accommodations are cheaper in the May through November low season. All major credit cards and traveller's cheques are widely accepted and there are plenty...

Events in Puerto Rico - San Juan
Events in Puerto Rico Every Puerto Rican town celebrates its saint's day, often with a mixture of pagan and Catholic iconography and Indian, African and Spanish traditions. There are solemn religious aspects and plenty of feasting, music, dancing and colourful costumed processions. One of the best is the Fiesta de San Juan Bautista (Festival of St John the Baptist) in San Juan in late June, which wonderfully fuses the religious and the secular. The highlight of the parade is a communal luck-enhancing midnight walk backwards into the sea. Worth a detour are Mayaguez's twinkling La Virgen de la Candelaria in early February and Loíza's jubilant Fiesta de Santiago Apostal, which takes place late July and celebrates the town's African herit...

Luis Munoz Rivera Park in Puerto Rico - San Juan
Luis Munoz Rivera Park in Puerto Rico The Luis Munoz Rivera Park (or Parque Luis Munoz Rivera in Spanish) is a 27.2 acre (110,000 msq) recreational and national park located in Puerta de Tierra in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The park was named in honor of Puerto Rican statesman Luis Munoz Rivera. In 1919, land was set aside to create a large recreational park for the residents of San Juan. The land that was set aside once formed part of the third line of defense for the city during the 17th and 16th century. The powder house built in 1769 (El Polvorin) which supplied Fort San Jeronimo is still located on the grounds of the park. The east side of the park is bordered by the Puerto Rican Supreme Court building designed by architects Toro Ferrer. To the no...