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Fuerte De San Cristobal with the City in the Background, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Puerto Rico Keeps Things Interesting   by Caitlin Moore

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Imagine visiting a place with exotic flair, stunning beaches, and a rich and varied culture, and being welcomed as an American citizen at the same time. You'll have the chance to sample the food, language, music, and architecture of what has become the melding of several continents without having to acquire a passport or learn a new language. In Puerto Rico, everything is here, and it couldn't be easier to take it all in.
Located in the southern Caribbean Sea southeast of Florida, this U.S. commonwealth contains a richness of elements unparalleled by most other places of its size. Nearly four million people call Puerto Rico home, and most are able to trace their lineage back through hundreds of tumultuous years. Whether their ancestors hail from Spain, France, Scotland, The Dominican Republic, Cuba, or somewhere else, the citizens of this densely populated territory all proudly call themselves "Puertorriquenos." A visit to this island will give you a glimpse of an indisputably colorful tale of immigration, hopefulness, and ultimately, racial and ethnic harmony.

Not only are the people of Puerto Rico diverse, but the geography is as well. White sandy beaches, lush forests, deserts, and rivers mix and mingle to create a landscape of endless beauty and surprising variety. The island is 60% mountainous, and contains 28,000 acres of rain forest that are kept brimming with life by an astonishing 100 billion gallons of rainfall per year. Much of the forest has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve, and is home to thousands of birds, 700 species of plants, and a large number of coqui frogs, the "mascot" of Puerto Rico.

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A large subterranean river has carved out a vast network of caves to be investigated. Stalagmites, stalactites, and oodles of bats are dwelling just beyond reach of the plentiful sunshine that the rest of the island consistently enjoys, making for an exciting adventure to be had. In the north, the karst region displays miles of interesting rock formations made possible by volcanic rock dissolution. The limestone cliffs and haystack hills that have been left behind invite onlookers to go exploring and contemplate the geological history of this consistently awe-inspiring island.

In terms of human-made attractions, Puerto Rico is hardly lacking in intriguing features. The Spanish colonial heritage of the island is evident throughout, especially in historic San Juan. Mazes of cobblestone streets, cozy inner courtyards, and imposing fortresses will delight architecture buffs. You won't miss El Morro Fortress, a "World Heritage Sight" that has been a Caribbean landmark for over four centuries. Further examples of European-style design can be found around every corner, so be sure to stroll through the promenades and savor the ornate details as you experience a little taste of days gone by.

Within the cities you'll also find plenty of chances to immerse yourself in all the arts, music, and dining that your senses can handle. You'll be able to pick out the Spanish, Mexican, and American influences as you sit down for an extravagant dinner in one of the Puerto Rico restaurants, and be sure to enjoy the indigenous influences like papaya and coriander. To drink, have a rum cocktail or a cerveza, which might loosen you up for a night of salsa dancing. The sound of the cuatro and the maracas will surely get your toes tapping, so don't be surprised if you have a few late nights while visiting this energetic island.
When it's time to turn in for the night, you'll need a place to stay that will live up to the excitement and escape that the rest of your vacation has so far offered. Puerto Rico welcomes tourists, and contains a number of vacation rentals that will surely live up to your expectations. If it's the beach you're after, book a property on Rincon's Corcega Beach where you'll find the hottest scenery on the island. Oceanfront views, a thatched roof, and saucily painted walls will envelop you in the ultimate Caribbean experience.

Several amenities, like a gas grill, cable TV, and spacious bathrooms will provide that taste of home that you can't bear to leave behind, yet after enjoying a breathtaking sunset from your patio, you won't feel the least bit sorry that you've come all this way. 

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You'll have access to everything you'll need to keep you busy while maintaining the option to just chill out. In Puerto Rico, the possibilities are limitless.

If this sounds like the kind of trip you've been longing to take, then go online to reserve your flight and pick out your ideal Puerto Rico Vacation Rental. The combination of old world charm and modern conveniences that you'll find during your visit here will leave you spinning in a good way.

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FEATURED DORADO HOTELS, PUERTO RICO

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Embassy Suites Dorado Del Mar Golf - Beach Resort, Dorado
With a magnificent beachfront location, the Embassy Suites Dorado Del Mar is less than 2 miles from downtown Dorado, with easy access to the San Juan metropolitan area. The property features 3 interconnected buildings with beach access and it is adjacent to a Chi Chi Rodriguez-designed 18-hole golf course. This complete resort boasts a beautiful modern tropical design with outdoor lagoon pool overlooking the beach, tennis court, fitness center, meeting facilities, catering and two restaurants. Each suite is beautifully decorated with a private bedroom and spacious living room. All suites are fully equipped with two televisions, a refrigerator, microwave oven, coffeemaker, two telephones with data ports and a well-lit dining/work table.

FEATURED FAJARDO HOTELS, PUERTO RICO

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El Conquistador Resort - Waldorf Astoria Collection
A deluxe hotel nestled atop the cliffs of Las Croabas at the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Resort guests can choose between four unique resort environments, from a Spanish colonial-style setting to rooms built directly into the side of an oceanside cliff. Paint the nights red at the resort's world-class casino or experience its diverse world of dining. The property features a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art seaside water park that offers waterslides, a lazy river, an infinity edge pool, an activity pool, and a bar & grill. A main pool complex terraces down the hillside and offers an activity pool, lap pool, lounge pool with swim-up bar, sundecks and lounge chairs, private cabanas, and a secluded spa tub.

FEATURED GUANICA HOTELS, PUERTO RICO

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Copamarina Beach Resort, Guanica
Positioned within the Guánica Dry Forest, a un-designated world biosphere reserve located on Puerto Rico's southern coast near the town of Guánica. Las Palmas Café features an open-air setting and prepares sandwiches, grilled fish, beef tenderloin and pork chops. Alexandra offers seating on their al fresco terrace, and serves taste temptations such as lobster in garlic sauce and red snapper stuffed with lobster and shrimp. Dial-up internet access is available via an office computer. Recreation includes a one-half mile beach that fronts the hotel, and two freshwater outdoor pools that lie amid palm-shaded, ocean-view lawns. An eight-person spa tub and a children's pool are located on the sundeck. 
Parador Guanica 1929, Guanica
Located 28 miles west of Ponce, Puerto Rico, the smoke-free Parador Guanica 1929 in Ensenada, Puerto Rico, is a 1929 building overlooking Ensenada bay, just five miles from Guanica dry forest. Fresh seafood is given an international flair at restaurant Ensenada. Wireless internet access is complimentary. Hammocks offer lounging space at the hotel's outdoor pool. Additional amenities include a children's pool, basketball court, playground and domino table. Brightly decorated guestrooms contain private bathrooms with showers only. Amenities include cable television and complimentary wireless internet access.
FEATURED RIO GRANDE HOTELS, PUERTO RICO
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Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa - A Wyndham Grand Resort
A 600-room luxury resort, boasts two championship golf courses, including the Tom & George Fazio Ocean Course its famous oceanfront 16th hole and the new Greg Norman River Course. The resort also has a Peter Burwash Tennis Center with 13 Har-Tru tennis courts, a spa and health club, a fitness center, a beauty salon, a full-service casino, four freeform pools, three jacuzzis, a waterslide, a basketball court, 12 dining and entertainment venues, as well as designer shops and boutiques.  The Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa offers special services and amenities, continental breakfast, evening hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. A number of the rooms at the Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa face the Atlantic ocean, while others face the Caribbean national forest.
FEATURED SAN JUAN HOTELS, PUERTO RICO
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Conrad San Juan, Condado Plaza, San Juan
The Condado Plaza Hotel is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Condado Lagoon. It is eight miles from the Luis Munoz Marin Airport and two miles from San Juan. The guestrooms are bright, colorful and spacious. They are well appointed and contain the amenities today's travelers desire.  The hotel has extensive leisure facilities and activities. The Condado Plaza Hotel offers onsite dining, shopping, and entertainment venues. This property provides European plans only. The European plan includes room and tax only in the stated price.
Doubletree By Hilton San Juan
Strategically located only 3 miles northeast of the Luis Munoz Marin Airport. It is centrally situated at the gateway to Condado, San Juan's major tourist area. Two miles away from the Caribbean's largest mall - Plaza Las Americas and three miles from the historic city of Old San Juan, next to the Puerto Rico Museum of Arts, this hotel makes the ideal choice for the leisure guest looking for culture, history and fine arts.  Each of the 184 spacious and tastefully appointed guest rooms are equipped with standard double and queen rooms, air conditioning, complimentary coffee, coffee maker, free HBO movie channel, bathroom amenities, data ports, work station or table, iron/ironing board and in-room safes.
San Juan Beach Hotel, San Juan
The San Juan Beach Hotel is located in the Condado District of San Juan, Puerto, Rico, just seven miles from the Luis Munoz Marin Airport and three miles from Old San Juan. The hotel provides direct access to the sunbathing only beach and an oceanfront pool. Sports enthusiasts are welcome to rent a jet ski, kayak or windsurf while taking pleasure in the lagoon's inviting waters.  The soft color scheme in the lobby area, featuring large windows, tropical plants and woven baskets, leads to a spiral staircase offering access to the second floor meeting rooms. Complimentary internet access is available.  The guestrooms are spacious and all offer views of the Atlantic ocean or the Condado Lagoon.
FEATURED YABUCOA HOTELS
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Parador Costa del Mar, Yabucoa
Welcome to Costa del Mar Guest House where you can enjoy a fabulous elevated ocean vista alongside our swimming pool or from your suite veranda while you enjoy the fresh mountain breeze in a private atmosphere.  We are located on a green mountainside that touches the warm blue waters of the Caribbean Sea in Yabucoa, in one of the scenic places of the southeast corner of the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.  We have 16 fully furbish suites with air conditioning and cable TV of which 12 have an ocean panoramic view.
Parador Palmas De Lucia, Yabucoa
We are one of the newest hotels on the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. I assure you that every visitor entering Palmas de Lucías lobby will be entering our home, and thus will be warmly welcome as a part of our family. We have combined a colonial style with a tropical decoration that we feel you will find most attractive. As I write this, we are continuously training our staff, and I assure you they will be polite, professional and friendly. All of us await for you on this paradise coast. Come and visit us today, away from crowds and stress.
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