Puerto Rico Facts

Michael Bryan

Michael Bryan

30 Jan 2020

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Puerto Rico is one of the American territories in the Caribbean. Here are some Puerto Rico facts you should know! Hope these Puerto Rico facts make you want to explore Puerto Rico the next time.

  1. The people of Puerto Rico are called Puerto Ricans.
  2. Puerto Ricans’ spoken languages are Spanish and English.
  3. Puerto Ricans have been migrating to the United States since the 19th century.
  4. On March 2, 1917, the United States gave Puerto Ricans U.S. statutory citizenship.
  5. Puerto Ricans born in Puerto Rico are American citizens.
  1. Puerto Rico’s region is North America while its sub-region is the Caribbean.
  2. Puerto Rico’s coastline is 501 kilometres with a water area of 145 square kilometres.
  3. Puerto Rico’s land area is 13,800 km².
  4. Puerto Rico’s climate is Tropical Marine. Moreover, it has an average temperature year-round, near 80 °F or 26.7 °C in lower elevations and 70 °F or 21.1 °C in the mountains.
  5. The time zone of Puerto Rico is Atlantic Standard (AST).
  6. The average sunrise time of Puerto Rico is 6:54 am. In contrast, its average sunset is 6:21 pm.
  7. Catholics and Protestants are the main religions in Puerto Rico.
  8. There are some uninhabited islands in Puerto Rico.
  9. In 1898, the US changed the island’s name to “Porto Rico” in 1898 by the U.S. They changed it back to “Puerto Rico” in 1931.
  10. The total population of Puerto Rico is 3.3 million.
  1. The currency of Puerto Rico is the United States Dollar.
  2. Puerto Ricans do not need a visa to visit the United States.
  3. Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product was around $101.13 billion in the year 2018.
  4. Puerto Rico has the same president as the United States. Therefore, as of the year 2019, the president of Puerto Rico is Donald Trump.
  5. Thomas Rivera Schatz is the current president of the Puerto Rican Senate.
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Puerto Ricans can move to the United States anytime they wish.

Puerto Ricans can live, move, work, travel, etc. without limits in the United States. That being the case, the locals are allowed to go to the US without a passport (just a regular ID) and enjoy most of the privileges of a US citizen.

Puerto Ricans can't vote for the US presidency.

Since Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth and not a State, Puerto Ricans can’t vote for the US presidency.

The governor is the highest official of Puerto Rico.

The governor is the highest official of Puerto Rico (not to mention the US President). Under those circumstances, the governor leads the military forces and acts as the commander in chief of the country. Thus, the current governor of Puerto Rico is Wanda Vázquez Garced.

Puerto Rico switched the name of its town and country.

On November 19, 1493, Christoper Columbus discovered the island and named it San Juan Bautista thus, naming its town “Puerto Rico” which means, rich port due to its natural resources. Furthermore, the name has been switched to Puerto Rico after the Columbus’ lieutenant Juan De Leon used Puerto Rico as an important military outpost for the Spanish. Finally, the names of the town and country were switched, and San Juan became the name of the port while the island became known as Puerto Rico.

The Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico remains productive to this day.

port, puerto rico factsThe Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico has been productive ever since. Today, it runs a cargo and passenger facilities, ferry services as well as cruising services. Thus, the Port of San Juan is located in the metropolitan area of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The capital of Puerto Rico is San Juan.

The capital of Puerto Rico is San Juan. It was founded in 1521 by Juan Ponce de León, who named it the City of Puerto Rico (Rich Port). Also, San Juan is considered as the oldest city under the U.S. jurisdiction.

San Juan, the Walled City is one of the biggest natural harbours in the Caribbean.

wall, sea, puerto rico factsSan Juan is also known as the Walled City (in recognition of the 40-foot-tall wall that surrounded it) and it is one of the biggest natural harbours in the Caribbean. Furthermore, San Juan is located in the Northern Coastal Plains region in the karst zone, north of Aguas Buenas and Caguas; east of Bayamón; and west of Carolina and Trujillo Alto.

San Juan is the main processing centre of Puerto Rico.

San Juan is the main processing centre of Puerto Rico. Above all, San Juan is the centre of Caribbean shipping and is the 2nd largest seaport in the area after New York City.

Plaza de Armas is San Juan's main square on San Jose Street.

Plaza de Armas is San Juan’s main square, on San Jose Street. The square is known for its four-season statues that represent autumn, winter, spring, and summer. Accordingly, the statues have served as a social meeting place for generations for the people.

Columbus Square got its name back in the year 1893 to honour Christopher Columbus.

Plaza de Colón or Columbus Square got its name back in the year 1893 to honour Christopher Columbus for his discovery of Puerto Rico. Even more, the plaza presents the traditional urban relationship between Puerto Rico and the Church (Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Cathedral).

Tainos are the indigenous people of Puerto Rico.

Tainos are the indigenous people of Puerto Rico. When Christopher Columbus arrived in Puerto Rico, there are around 50,000 Tainos on the island. Taino’s main source of livelihood during those days is fishing, hunting, and planting.

The traffic rules in Puerto Rico.

The traffic rules in Puerto Rico are the same as in the United States. On the contrary, the traffic signs are in Spanish and they drive on the right-hand side. Also, Puerto Ricans use kilometres for the distance and litters for gasoline.

The transportation system of Puerto Rico is fun and generally safe.

Going to Puerto Rico is accessible, and it can be by plane or by sea. Even more, most of the tourists find their transportation fun and relatively safe. In like manner, the car rental is also convenient to use for around $30+ per day.

Puerto Rico is the Island of Enchantment.

Puerto Rico is also called the Island of Enchantment due to its nature. The island has pristine beaches, rain forests, and breathtaking mountains. Moreover, Puerto Rico has a range of geological, biological, and habitat diversity.

The island has nearly 300 beaches in total, with 434 kilometres of coastline.

Puerto Rico has nearly 300 beaches in total, with 434 kilometres of coastline. Puerto Rico’s beaches are more than just the powdery white sand and crystal waters. Thus, it’s also a home for some surfers. The surf spots are located right around the main island of Puerto Rico and its tropical waters and good weather make for some great surf conditions.

Puerto Rico is also known for its cave adventures.

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Aside from having 300 beaches, Puerto Rico also has 200 caves to explore. Even more, these caves offer tourists the opportunity to go hiking, spelunking, rock climbing, rappelling, or rafting in some of the parts of the island.

One of the most loved sports in Puerto Rico is boxing.

One of the most loved sports in Puerto Rico is boxing. Puerto Ricans has famous boxers and to name a few, those are Miguel Cotto, Hector Camacho, and Felix Trinidad.

The first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four weight classes was Miguel Cotto.

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Miguel Angel Cotto was born on October 29, 1980. Miguel had a total of 47 professional fights and 33 of them coming by knockout with only 6 losses. Furthermore, he won the ‘World Boxing Council’ (WBC), ‘The Ring,’ and lineal middleweight titles and becoming the first fighter from Puerto Rico to win world titles in four weight classes.

Hector Camacho's rough life led him into boxing.

Hector Luis Camacho was born in Puerto Rico on May 24, 1962. He is known for his quickness and his flamboyant style. Hector grew up as a street-fighter in the Spanish neighbourhood of New York City and had difficulties with authorities until age 15. Fortunately, he encountered a teacher that guided him towards boxing instead. Furthermore, Hector is a 2-time world boxing champion. Also, Hector has a total of 88 professional fights (38 by knockout) with only 6 losses.

Felix Juan Trinidad debuted as a professional on March 10, 1990, when he was 17 years old.

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Felix Juan Trinidad was born on January 10, 1973. Felix is considered one of the best boxers in Puerto Rico’s history and held multiple world championships in three weight classes. With this in mind, Felix won 42 professional fights (35 by knockout) with only 3 losses. (Trinidad debuted as a professional on March 10, 1990, when he was 17 years old).

The history of Puerto Ricans in sports traces back to the Tainos.

The history of Puerto Ricans in sports came back from the Tainos. The indigenous people played several sports as part of its ceremonies and recreation. Moreover, the games included races, tests of physical strength, and fishing competitions. One of the famous sports of the Tainos was the game Batey where they keep the ball in constant motion using the head, shoulder, elbows, or knees.

More and more Puerto Ricans are entering the major sports leagues.

Aside from boxing, Puerto Ricans also loves basketball and baseball for sports. Consequently, there are many Puerto Ricans that made it in the major leagues such as the NBA and MLB. The NBA stands for National Basketball Associate while the MLB is the Major League Baseball.

Alfred "Butch" Lee Jr was the first Puerto Rican NBA player.

The first Puerto Rican player that made it in the NBA was Alfred “Butch” Lee, Jr. While the current Puerto Ricans NBA players (as of 2019) are  Maurice Harkless, Shabazz Napier, and J.J. Barea.

The first Puerto Rican player that made it in the MLB was Hiram Bithorn.

The first Puerto Rican player that made it in the MLB was Hiram Bithorn. Above all, Puerto Rico has more than 200 baseball players that made it in the MLB since 1942. Even more, Puerto Rico currently has the fourth-most active players in MLB, after the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Venezuela.

Ricky Martin is Puerto Rican.

The famous singer/actor Ricky Martin is Puerto Rican. Ricky’s full name is Enrique “Ricky” Martín Morales, he was born on December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He’s total estimated net worth is $60 million.

Puerto Rico imported slaves from Africa.

When Puerto Rico began to produce livestock and commodities, they started to import slaves from Africa. As a result, Puerto Rican culture and bloodline mixed up. To enumerate, those are the Spanish, African, and indigenous Taino and Carib Indian races.

Two-thirds of Puerto Rico became the U.S. naval base for about 60 years.

Two-thirds of Puerto Rico became the U.S. naval base for about 60 years. The US Navy used the island for military training purposes. After the accidental fatality of a civilian, the Navy left the base and eventually became a wildlife reserve.

Puerto Rico was a Spanish Colony until the end of the Spanish-American War.

Most of the 19th century, until the end of the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico and Cuba were the last two Spanish colonies in the New World. Even more, they acted as Spain’s last foothold in the policy of regaining control of the American continents.

The United States seized Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines under the Treaty of Paris.

In the Spanish-American War, the United States seized Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines under the Treaty of Paris. The expense of the U.S. treaty was $20,000,000. Puerto Ricans gained U.S. citizenship in 1917 and formally became a U.S. Commonwealth.

The water in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico is clean and pure.

The water in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico is clean and pure. Consequently, the area is the biggest pharmaceutical complex in the world. Since the water in Barceloneta is so pure, it only requires little treatment for use in the manufacture of pharmaceutical products.

Don Bonocio Llenza Feliú founded Barceloneta on July 1, 1881.

Barceloneta, Puerto Rico and is located in the north region, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Florida, east of Arecibo and west of Manati. Barceloneta was founded on July 1, 1881, by an immigrant from Barcelona, Spain (Don Bonocio Llenza Feliú).

Barceloneta is known as the pineapple city.

Barceloneta is known as the pineapple city, because of its vast pineapple plantations, which covers a large part of the town’s land.

This is the meaning behind Puerto Rico's flag.

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The three red stripes of Puerto Rico’s flag represent the blood from the brave warriors. The two white stripes represent the peace and victory that was gained after independence. Furthermore, the white star represents the island of Puerto Rico. Finally, the blue represents the sky and blue coastal waters.

The first Puerto Rican flag was conceived by Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances.

Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances was a Puerto Rican medical doctor that was born in the bosom of a wealthy family. Ramon is considered as the father of the Puerto Rican independence movement. Above all, the first Puerto Rican flag (The Revolutionary Flag of Lares) was conceived by Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances.

The single-dish radio telescope of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico owns the world’s second-largest single-dish radio telescope that serves as a radio interferometer and transmitting facility used to study Earth’s atmosphere. Even more, the scientists that used Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory discovered the first extrasolar planets around the pulsar B1257+12 in 1992.

The Bacardi factory in San Juan, Puerto Rico is the largest rum distillery in the world.

The Bacardi rum factory in San Juan, Puerto Rico is the largest rum distillery in the world. Consequently, the factory supplies almost 85 per cent of Bacardi’s total rum production. Above all, it makes about 100,000 litres of rum every 24 hours.

Puerto Ricans consider Puerto Rico as its own country.

The island can be considered a bit “complicated”. Puerto Ricans consider Puerto Rico as its own country but in contrast, it is a territory of the United States.

Tourism is an important source of revenue for Puerto Rico.

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Tourism is an important source of revenue for Puerto Rico for several decades. Thus, it offers a variety of natural wonders, cultural and historical buildings, and sporting events. Even more, the island attracted 3.7 million visitors in 2019.

Cuba is the main competitor of Puerto Rico in terms of tourism.

Cuba is the main competitor of Puerto Rico in terms of tourism. Furthermore, Cuba enjoys an estimated 5 million tourists each year. Consequently, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company is investing in advertisements/celebrities to promote its tourism, and back in the year 2001, it has spent over $1 million.

Some Puerto Ricans can't speak English fluently.

In spite of being a US territory, some Puerto Ricans can’t speak English fluently. The probable main reason behind this is that most Puerto Ricans are native Spanish speakers.

Since Puerto Rico is a US territory and not a state, the residents don't pay federal income tax.

Since Puerto Rico is a US territory and not a state, the residents don’t pay federal income tax except if they work for the US government. However, business operations in Puerto Rico do pay some federal taxes, and the commonwealth’s government has its taxes as well.

Juan Mari Brás was an advocate for Puerto Rican independence.

Juan Mari Brás is the first person to receive a Puerto Rican citizenship certificate from the Puerto Rico State Department. Hence, on July 11, 1994, Mari Brás formally renounced his U.S. citizenship at the Embassy of the United States in Caracas. Juan Mari Brás was an advocate for Puerto Rican independence.

Puerto Rico does not observe daylight savings time.

Unlike the United States, Puerto Rico does not observe daylight savings time. Instead, Puerto Rico currently follows Atlantic Standard Time all year. The last daylight savings time was used in Puerto Rico was back on September 30, 1945.

Puerto Rico produces some of the best coffee in the world.

Coffee was first brought to Puerto Rico as a profit crop under Spanish colonial rule from neighbouring Martinique. By the end of the 18th century, the island had produced more than a million pounds of coffee a year. Today, Puerto Rico produces some of the best coffee in the world with thousands of coffee farms across the island.

Mona Island is the third-largest island of the Puerto Rican archipelago.

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The Mona Island is the third-largest island of the Puerto Rican archipelago and measures about 11 by 7 kilometres. Mona Island is assumed to be the original home of the Taíno since the 12th century but in contrast today, the island has no permanent inhabitants.

Puerto Rico has over 143 islands.

Most people might think that Puerto Rico is a single island. In contrast, Puerto Rico has over 143 islands. The offshore islands, cays, and islets are all unique thus offering its visitors the natural side of the island.

Puerto Rico's longest river is the Rio de la Plata.

The Rio de la Plata River in Guayama is the longest river in Puerto Rico. The river has a length of approximately 74 kilometres from Cayey to Dorado and into the Atlantic Ocean.

San Juan and Bayamon are the most populated places in Puerto Rico.

San Juan is the most populated place in Puerto Rico with a population of about 395,000. Furthermore, it is followed by Bayamon with a population of about 208,000 people. Bayamon occupies an area of about 115 sq kilometres.

The Coqui is an unofficial national symbol of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico has a frog called “Coqui” which can only be found on the island. Coqui produces a distinct, high-pitched sound, particularly at night. The Coqui is an unofficial national symbol of Puerto Rico. Likewise, Coqui is an important aspect of Puerto Rican culture.

Clapping is a Puerto Rican gesture of thanks that the plane has landed safely.

Puerto Ricans love to clap right after aeroplane landing in Puerto Rico. Although the popularity of it has declined in recent years, clapping is a Puerto Rican gesture of thanks that the plane has landed safely.

Puerto Rican is one of the longest Christmas celebrators.

The Puerto Rican is one of the longest Christmas celebrators in the world and the Christmas season generally starts from the end of November until mid-January. Aside from celebrating the birth of Jesus, Puerto Ricans tend to give children gifts and celebrate more occasions such as Noche Buena and Three Kings.

These are the signature dishes of Puerto Rico.

The signature dishes of Puerto Rico are Tostones, Arroz Con Gandules, Alcapurrias, Empanadillas, Mofongo, Pernil, Rellenos de Papa, Pasteles, and Platanos Maduros.

The Puerto Ricans' favourite appetiser is tostones.

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Tostones are the most popular appetiser or side meals of Puerto Rico. Tostones are twice-fried plantain slices (family of banana). Even more, these Puerto Rican appetisers are paired perfectly with mayonnaise or ketchup along with other spices.

One of the most favourite dishes of Puerto Ricans is Pernil.

One of the most favourite dishes of Puerto Ricans is Pernil. It is a slow-roasted marinated pork that is commonly shared during Christmas and important occasions. Even more, Pernil is often accompanied by Arroz Con Gandules.

Puerto Rico competes in the Olympics as an individual.

Puerto Rico is part of the Olympics even if the United States acquired Puerto Rico. Above all, Puerto Rico won Olympic medals in tennis, wrestling, volleyball, boxing, swimming, the triathlon and table tennis.

Cock-fighting is a legal sport in Puerto Rico.

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Cock fighting is a common and famous sport in Puerto Rico. In the majority of the towns in Puerto Rico, there are arenas built for rooster fights. Moreover, Cockfighting is a blood sport in which two roosters individually raised for combat are put beak to beak in a small ring and encouraged to fight to the point of death.

Vieques and Culebra, Puerto Rico is the home of these leatherback sea turtles.

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest of all living turtles and is the fourth-heaviest reptile. Also, Vieques and Culebra, Puerto Rico is the home of these leatherback sea turtles. According to some reports, these turtles have a life span of 30 to 60 years and even up to 100 years.

Puerto Rico is rich in minerals like nickel, copper, iron, and gold.

Puerto Rico is rich in minerals like nickel, copper iron, and gold. However, mining has never been a major source of income for the island.

Puerto Rico is listed by the World Bank as a high-income country.

The economy of Puerto Rico is listed by the World Bank as a high-income country. The primary source of Puerto Rico’s economic growth is from manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and petrochemicals. Furthermore, the service sector such as real estate, finance, and tourism are also noteworthy for Puerto Rico’s progress.

Puerto Rico is slowly becoming industrialised.

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Like most agricultural countries, Puerto Rico is slowly becoming industrialised. Accordingly, the United States is the main trading partner of Puerto Rico and responsible for about 90% of the latter’s exports and over 55% of its imports. Above all, Puerto Rico’s exportation consists of chemicals, electronics, apparel, canned tuna, rum, beverage concentrates, and medical equipment.

Puerto Rico won Miss Universe 5 times.

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Puerto Rico won Miss Universe 5 times. Traditionally, the winner of Miss Puerto gets to advance in Miss Universe to represent the island. Each city in Puerto Rico chooses a representative for the competition. Furthermore, the contest is held mostly in San Juan. Above all, the 5 Ms. Universe of Puerto Rico are Marisol Malaret, Deborah Carthy-Deu, Dayanara Torres, Denise Quiñones, and Zuleyka Rivera.

Marisol Malaret is the first Miss Universe of Puerto Rico.

Marisol Malaret is a Puerto Rican TV Host, model, and very first Puerto Rican to be crowned Miss Universe on July 11, 1970. Marisol worked as an executive secretary in the Puerto Rico Telephone Company before joining the Miss Universe.

Deborah Carthy-Deu is the second Miss Universe of Puerto Rico.

Deborah Carthy-Deu is a Puerto Rican actress, TV Host, and beauty queen. Above all, she is the second Miss Universe from Puerto Rico. During her college years, she won Miss San Juan and Miss Puerto Rico. Finally, on July 15, 1985, she joined and won the title Miss Universe.

The 3rd Miss Universe of Puerto Rico is Dayanara Torres.

Dayanara Torres is a Puerto Rican actress, singer, model, and writer. Furthermore, she won the Miss Universe in the year 1993. The discovery of Dayanara started when she was 17 years old while walking through the Plaza de Toa Alta in her hometown. Moreover, she represented Villalba in the annual Miss Puerto Rico and won the pageant – and the rest is history.

The 4th Miss Universe of Puerto Rico is Denise Quiñones.

Denise Marie Quiñones is a Puerto Rican actress, model, and beauty queen, the fourth Puerto Rican to win the Miss Universe. Denise won the Miss Universe 2001 pageant in Bayamon, Puerto Rico (making the coronation more special) in 2001.

The 5th Puerto Rican Miss Universe is Zuleyka Jerrís Rivera.

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Zuleyka Jerrís Rivera is a Puerto Rican actress, TV host, dancer, model and beauty queen who won Miss Universe 2006. Even more, She was only 18 years old when she won the title, making her one of the youngest to win Miss Universe along with Dayanara Torres that was said to be 17 years old before the competition.

Salto de Doña Juana Falls is one of the favourite tourist spots in Puerto Rico.

The 100-foot waterfall of Salto de Doña Juana, Puerto Rico is a crystal clear water. Furthermore, it composed of a series of 3 waterfalls with a pool at the bottom of the falls where people swim. Even more, Salto de Doña Juana Falls is one of the favourite tourist spots in Puerto Rico.

El Yunque National Forest of Puerto Rico is home to over 200 species.

El Yunque National Forest is one of Puerto Rico’s most popular natural attractions. The National Forest is home to over 200 species of trees and plants. Above all, 23 of those species are found only in Puerto Rico.

Culebra Island is a popular weekend tourist destination.

Culebra Island is an island municipality of Puerto Rico, east of the Puerto Rican mainland. It is believed that Christopher Columbus was the first to arrive at the island in 1493. Furthermore, Culebra has many beautiful beaches and a popular weekend tourist destination.

Vieques Island, Puerto Rico focuses on tourism.

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Vieques is an island municipality of Puerto Rico, in the northeastern Caribbean. In contrast to some unpopulated places on the island, Vieques focuses on tourism. Above all, it offers mid-end to high-end hotels, restaurants, and shops.

Ponce Historic Zone is a historic district in downtown Ponce, Puerto Rico.

The Ponce Historic Zone is a historic district in downtown Ponce, Puerto Rico. The area is filled with architectural structures back from the 19th and 20th centuries. Even more, Ponce was Spain’s capital of the southern region until it fell to the United States in 1898.

Puerto Rico invented Pina Colada.

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Puerto Rico invented Pina Colada. A combination of rum, coconut milk, and pineapple juice with ice is Puerto Rico’s signature cocktail. Moreover, the name Pina Colada means “strained pineapple”.

La Parguera celebrates the Pineapple Festival.

La Parguera, Puerto Rico, celebrates the Pineapple Festival annually (June 7th). Even more, the festival features vendors selling locally grown pineapples along with other local products. Above all, a 5K race is held during the festival with a great view of the marina and mangrove coves.

The La Campechada Festival promotes Puerto Rican art and culture.

The La Campechada Festival is the time where artists, performers, musicians, actors, and puppeteers come together and promote Puerto Rican art and culture. Furthermore, the festival takes place on May 3rd.

Puerto Rican Day is celebrated in Manhattan, New York.

The Puerto Rican Day Parade occurs annually in the United States on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. Above all, the main objective of the parade is to create awareness and appreciation of Puerto Rican history and culture. Furthermore, the parade takes place on the second Sunday of June.

Puerto Rico's Festival Nacional Indígena.

In remembrance of the Tainos, the indigenous people of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico celebrates the Nacional Indígena every end of November. Above all, this festival reminds Puerto Rico of its roots and the influence of Taíno culture and traditions.

Puerto Rico has more than 300 bird spices.

Puerto Rico is one of the best countries for bird watching enthusiasts. Thus, a birding expedition on the island with the help of a tour guide can have more than 60 different sightings in just one day. Above all, Puerto Rico has more than 300 bird spices.

There are 17 endemic bird species of Puerto Rico.

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There are 17 endemic bird species of Puerto Rico to watch out. And here are some of them: Puerto Rican Parrot, Green Mango, Adelaide’s Warbler, Elfin-woods Warbler, Puerto Rican Nightjar, and finally, Puerto Rican Emerald.

Puerto Rico has the biggest shopping centre in the Caribbean.

Puerto Rico has the biggest shopping centre in the Caribbean which is Plaza Las Américas, located in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Moreover, it has 2,228,000 sq ft of retail space with 11,300 parking slots. Above all, Plaza Las Américas is the first indoor shopping mall built in Puerto Rico.

Cerro de Punta is the highest elevation point of Puerto Rico.

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Cerro de Punta is the highest elevation point of Puerto Rico at 4,390 feet. On a clear sunny day, the place is the best view of Puerto Rico. Furthermore, the hikers in Cerro de Punta’s summit will have nice scenery with a perfect view on the whole island.

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