Puerto Rico Travel Brochure!

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

GEOGRAPHY

The geography of Puerto Rico consists of an archipelago located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands.

CULTURE

The Indian, Spanish and African races came together on the island of Puerto Rico, contributing their blood and traditions to the formation of the Puerto Rican culture. The original inhabitants of Puerto Rico at the time of the Spanish conquest were the Taino and Carib Indian-tribes. Puerto Rico is also a republic government.

POPULATION & TOURISM

The island's population approximately exceeds that of 3.5 million, and an U.S. territory with a landscape of green mountains, waterfalls and the tropical rain-forest of EI Yunque National Forest. Puerto Rico is mainly known for its compacts of glistening white-sand beaches and coral reefs, also popular for snorkeling, diving, surfing and sailing.

An Antiquity of Puerto Rico

In confirmation with research of the Yale-New Haven Teacher Institute, Christophere Columbus discovered Puerto Rico on his second voyage to claim lands for the rulers of Spain, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella on the 19th of November, 1493. The island had initially been referred to as Borinquen by the Indians whom lived there. Upon arrival Christopher named the island San Juan Bautista, however thanks to the gold in the river it soon became known as Puerto Rico, or "rich port;" and the capital city took the name San Juan.