Puerto Rico is one of the most beautiful islands in the Indies, and contains several varieties of cultures, cuisine, music, and entertainment venues. The capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, is the largest and most well established city on the island, while it also provides many attractions for tourists, such as Rio Piedras, the “Universal City” which contains the oldest University in Puerto Rico. The music, architecture, and foods are all influenced mainly by that of it’s ancestral Spain, as well as being home to many other cultures as well, such as African, Western American, and Mexican, to name only a few.

The foods in Puerto Rico have just as many cultural influences and origins as the population of the island itself. Some of the foods are even influenced by Creole culture, as well as Western American, and Spanish. The appetizers and soups you’ll most likely be experiencing at least once while visiting, are empanadillas, which are fritters, and crescent shaped, but filled with a variety of meats and cheeses, such as cod, lobster, beef, or crab meat. Also, classic soups, such as frijoles negros, which is black bean soup, or sopón de pollo con arroz, which is soup made from chicken and rice, both, very rich in flavour. Pastelón de carne, or, meat pies, are a very popular dish, as well as carne frita con cebolla, or beef fried with onions. The desserts however, are possibly once of the best reasons to go to Puerto Rico, serving up delights such as boudin de pasas con coco, or coconut bread pudding, as well as Polvo de amor, which is “love powder,” made from grated coconut, then fried until crisp.

There are numerous places to visit in Puerto Rico, aside from their beautiful, expansive beaches, the go on for miles with white sands, and blue, clear waters. For instance, the historic old sections of San Juan, in the Northern region, as well as Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, and the Rio Camuy Caves in Camuy. In the Easter Region of Puerto Rico, there’s Natural Reserve of Mosquito in Vieques, and also Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. In the Central Region of Puerto Rico, there’s Caguana Indian Ceremonial Park in Utuado, and you can also visit an area with many restored, historical haciendas in Las Marias. In the Western Region of Puerto Rico, you can find the only zoo on the whole island, the Mayagüez Zoo. In the Southern Region, you can find more historical landmarks, such as the Serralles Castle.

When travelling to Puerto Rico, or anywhere else, the conditions in the area they’re traveling to at the time is important. Sometimes, when avoiding crowds, and going to an area in a certain season, you may be signing up for more trouble on your vacation; the same is true here. While the average temperature, year-round in Puerto Rico is 80 F, the main tourist seasons are December through April, which is usually when most people from the U.S. travel to escape cold climates. However, avoiding crowds in the down season, travelers can go instead through May and November, which unfortunately also happens to run through hurricane season.