Places to visit in Puerto Rico

When you travel to Puerto Rico, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Puerto Rico, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Puerto Rico to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Puerto Rico things to do can include exploring Puerto Rico attractions and visiting the places of interest.

This ancient fort is situated in the capital city and was constituted in the year 1540. It was built to protect the citizens from enemy attacks through the top of the promontory with a section towards the northwestern corner of the city. In 1983 this fort was declared as the world heritage site.

It was built in the year 1521 by the famous explorer and later the governor of Puerto Rico Juan Ponce de Leon. It was the ancestral home of the Leon family for more than 250 years. This old house or villa is known as the oldest complexes which have continually been occupied from the time it was built. At first it was occupied by the family, then by the Spanish and later by the U.S. military commanders. Today it is preserved as a museum and an historic monument. The Alhambra styled courtyard is open for all and houses different fountains, statues, coat of arms and rooms adorned with antiques and artifacts which are from the 16th century.

It is the oldest church in the entire American continent and was built in the year 1606. It is the biggest landmark of the city of San German which is one of the oldest cities in Puerto Rico. There are mainly three masses which are held in the church, but the tourists are allowed to visit all through the year to enjoy the spectacular artifacts and ancient wall decors and hangings with a collection of different sacred objects.

This museum showcases the life of Major Rincon de Gautier who was a former major in the Puerto Rico army. It is situated in the capital city of San Juan.

Coin Museum in Nashik houses a unique collection of Indian currency, photographs, drawings and documents highlighting the journey of Indian currency over the centuries. It was established in 1980 and is surrounded by the scenic Ajneri Hills. The museum is under supervision of Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies, which also promotes various workshops for coin collection. One the other hand, KJ Maheshwari Art Gallery exhibits a collection of international award winning photographs taken by Mr. Maheshwari himself.

Long back in the history of Puerto Rico slavery was a strong part of life and slaves were brought from Africa. This museum depicts the life and period of the ethnic cultural life of the African slaves who resided in the region. The strong cultural influence can be seen here.

This museum exhibits the different artifacts which are the masterpieces of the Puerto Rican culture and ethnicity. It is opened for all on the weekdays.

This country has been blessed with natural wonders that make people all around the world fall in love with this region. Few of the natural spots which should not be missed include-

  • Bioluminescent Bay in Fajardo
  • El Yuinque National Forest also in Fajardo
  • ZiplinAt Toro Verde in Orocovis
  • The Pnoce

Many guided tours are arranged by the local travel agents to these regions and many more natural sights in the island.

It is a multi-cultural country which is the result of numerous international and specific indigenous influences from the past and present times. In the modern cultural times, there is a manifestation and influence of the rich historical background of the island. This further helps in creating  an identity of the region which is a amalgamation of different cultures like the  Taínos who were the Native Indians, the Africans, the Americans, the Spanish, the Latinos, the Caribbean’s and also some other influences.

There are a number of water sports due to the coastal beaches all around the region. Hiking, scuba diving, and under water diving provides an adventurous experience to the visitors. Travel agencies and beach clubs too arrange guided spots for the tourists.

The best way to relax in this beautiful tropical island is to have a boat ride to the smaller islands and spend a day with the rural people and enjoy their hospitality and cuisine.

There are many restaurants in the region and the list is endless. When you reach the place, you just have to choose any one according to the cultural taste and influence.

  • Conando district
  • Guaynabo
  • Moca
  • Juana dias
  • Hato re
  • Manati
  • Rio pedras

The nightlife of Puerto Rico has mixture of the past and present modern worlds. Numerous bars, dancing clubs and pubs are opened all through the night. A few noted ones include club Kronos, club Brava and La Rumba. Here, dancing and drinking are all together enjoyed by the crowd.

There are many flea and farmer markets in San Juan the capital city where people can buy many goods and also agricultural things. These markets are known as Swap Meets. All the places in the region and the biggest ones are in Arecibo. An open market which is set up on Sunday mornings here is the Mercado Urbano in Conando.

The biggest street market is the Old farmers market in the old capital city of San Juan. Mainly the sea food and fresh fishes are available here. It was an oasis in the sea earlier. There are also many small shops in the islands which can be visited for different local goods while taking a stroll on the road.

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