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About Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico boasts beautiful tropical weather, historical landmarks, fine dining, high-end shopping, exciting nightlife, and a great variety of outdoor activities. The island is home to numerous attractions and amazing beaches and coral reefs, ideal locations for snorkeling, diving and other water activities.

History

Puerto Rico’s culture is influenced by its colonial past. Until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1493, the island was populated by the Taíno Indians. By 1508, Puerto Rico was being used by merchants and military ships on their way to the Americas. Spain maintained a hold on Puerto Rico until the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, when it was ceded to the United States. Today, Puerto Rico benefits from U.S. tourism and is home to one of the most important ports in the Caribbean.

Things to Do

The tropical climate throughout the year means that residents and visitors can enjoy the outdoors year-round. In the San Juan area, watersports abound. From jet skiing out of San Juan Bay to kayaking in the Condado Lagoon, both residents and visitors enjoy the warm Caribbean waters and the many activities.

Spend a day visiting the area museums like the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, the Book Museum or the Bacardi Distillery. Visit El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System; the Camuy River Cave Park, the third largest underground cave system in the world with close to 200 caves; or one of the three bioluminescent bays. Enjoy walking down the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, one of the oldest settlements in the Americas. There are numerous shopping destinations as well: Plaza Las Américas is the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean, and the Mall of San Juan is home to designer boutiques and department stores such as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Whether you choose to live in Puerto Rico or invest in real estate in the island, you will always enjoy all that Puerto Rico has to offer.