Isle of Enchantment: Puerto Rico Photo Gallery

 
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Flamenco Beach is located on the island of Culebra off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. Made up of the main island and several smaller islands and cays, Puerto Rico is a wonderfully sunny and tropical destination, offering visitors hundreds of miles of beaches for surfing, snorkeling, diving, or simply relaxing in the sun.  
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The capital city of San Juan is the largest city in Puerto Rico with a population of just under half a million. Founded in the early 16th century, it was once heavily fortified with castles and forts, such as Castillo San Cristóbal, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, and Fortin San Juan de la Cruz, now UNESCO World Heritage sites and all popular tourist stops.  
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Cobblestone and colorful buildings characterize the streets of Old San Juan. As the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States, it has a rich history and offers many historic and cultural sites to take in before heading off to explore the forests, caves, and beaches on the rest of the island.  
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Puerto Rico is a major surfing destination, with great waves and warm waters luring surfers from all over the world. Aviones, on the north coast of the island, is one of the most popular surfing spots. Other popular beaches for surfing are on the northwest coast of the island, in the area of Rincon.  
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Besides the sun and surf, Puerto Rico offers many other unique outdoor recreational opportunities. Located in the Luquillo Mountains, about an hour from San Juan, El Yunque rainforest is the only rainforest in the U.S. Forest Service system. More than half a million people visit each year, hiking on the many trails and taking in the numerous plant and animal species unique to the park.  
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Another popular destination that offers a break from the sun and sand are Puerto Rico's famous caves. Puerto Rico has one of the largest cave systems in the world. Visitors can explore the underground caverns and rivers at the Rio Camuy Cave Park.  
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In addition to the main island, there are many smaller islands and keys that make up Puerto Rico. Some of the best beaches are located on these islands, including the island of Vieques, which lies fewer than ten miles off Puerto Rico's southeastern shore. Once dominated by the U.S. Navy, Vieques is now mostly under the care of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and draws visitors with its beautiful beaches (like Half Moon, pictured here), amazing snorkeling, and bioluminescent Mosquito Bay.  
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A diver takes in the underwater sites off of La Parguera, on the southern coast. There are many great diving locations in Puerto Rico, but La Parguera has great sites above the water too. Like Vieques, it has bioluminescent waters—take a nighttime tour of the harbor and watch the water glow.  
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Located on the southern coast, Ponce is the second largest city in Puerto Rico and has many notable sites. The Parque de Bombas (the red and black building seen here), built in the late 19th century, was the first fire station in Puerto Rico. Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral (also seen here) was built in the 1930s after earthquakes destroyed the original 17th-century, and subsequent, church structures. Both are on the National Register of Historic Places.  
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Puerto Rico has many beautiful lighthouses, including Los Morillos Lighthouse on the cliffs of Cabo Rojo, located on the southwest coast. Cabo Rojo is known for its beautiful beaches, and visitors can also enjoy spectacular snorkeling as well as extensive mountain-bike trails and the nearby Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge.  
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