Explore Puerto Rico
From a snorkel and picnic cruise in San Juan, to a tour of El Yunque Rainforest, your time in Puerto Rico will be action packed. Be sure to visit the Bioluminescent Bay, where fish glow underwater.
About the Country
- Puerto Rico has been populated for centuries by aboriginal people. Puerto Rico was claimed by Spain in 1493 after Christmas Columbus� second trip to the Americas. In 1898, 400 years of Spanish colonial rule ended and Puerto Rico officially became a US territory. In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship. Today, Puerto Rico is still part of the United States; this longtime territory may even become the 51st state in the future. For now, it is a great place to visit, and an easy introduction to the world of overseas travel.
- The terrain in Puerto Rico is mostly mountainous, with a coastal plain in the north. Most of the coastal areas have sandy beaches.
- The climate in Puerto Rico is mild and comfortable; the average year-round temperature is around 80 degrees near sea level and 70 degrees at higher elevations. Trade winds from the east pass across the island year round. Between During the rainy season which stretches from April into November.
Events in the Country
- San Sebastian Street Festival, Calle San Sebastian, in Old San Juan. Mid-January, for more information, call 787/721-2400.
- Emancipation Day, Islandwide March 22.
- San Juan Bautista Day, Islandwide June 24.
- National Plantain Festival, Corozal. Mid-October, for more information, call 787/859-3060.
- Festival of Puerto Rican Music. First week in November, for more information, call 787/721-5274