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Language: Spanish and English
Currency: U.S. dollar
Temperature: Average 73°F winter, 85° summer
Square Miles: About 3,500
Approx. Population: 3.9 million

As a U.S. Commonwealth since 1898, Puerto Rico is an easy destination for American vacationers and is greatly influenced by American standards of living.  However, the island still has the Caribbean's colonial charm, especially in the capital city, San Juan.  Founded in 1521, Old San Juan still attracts visitors with narrow cobbled streets, art galleries, jewelry shops, clothing stores, restaurants, and numerous museums.  The Museum of the Americas highlights African and indigenous history, and the San Juan Museum portrays San Juan's history.  Tourists can visit several old buildings, including the La Fortaleza, El Morro and San Cristobal forts, the 1540 San Juan Cathedral, the barracks of Ballajá, and La Alcadía.

Outside of the city, much remains as a reminder of the original islanders, the Taino People.  Thousands of acres of the Caribbean National Forest, or El Yunque, was once home to the Taino people; now curious tourists can easily drive into this beautiful slice of tropics.  Nature lovers can also visit La Cabezas de San Juan Nature Preserve and the Guánica State Forest.  Two other spots of interest are the Arecibo Observatory, hosting the world's largest radio telescope, and the Caguana Indian Ceremonial Park, illustrating the Taino lifestyle.

For a little more activity, play golf at one of the twenty or so golf courses, mountain bike in the forest, or ride a horse on the beach.  Numerous water activities are also available, including diving, surfing, kayaking, and windsurfing as well as sailing, kiteboarding, whale-watching, and deep-sea fishing.  Scattered throughout the island, visitors can find a number of quiet accommodations and secluded beaches as well as traditional hotels and resorts.  After a fun-filled day in Puerto Rico, satisfy your appetite with Puerto Rican food, a unique combination of Taino, African, Spanish, and American cuisine.

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