Interesting Facts about Puerto Rico

  1. Puerto Rico is home to the Arecibo Observatory, the world's largest and most sensitive single-dish radio telescope. The dish measures a thousand feet in diameter and spans nearly 20 acres. It was featured in the 1995 movie 'James Bond: Goldeneye' and the 1997 movie 'Contact' with Jodie Foster.
  2. El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. Just a few hours away from the San Juan, El Yunque is located in the Northeast corner of Puerto Rico.
  3. When the sun begins to set at dusk, the island is serenaded by the high-pitched frogs of the 'coqui.' The inch-long amphibian has become a much-loved symbol of the Island and can be heard from miles until dawn.
  4. Two of the oldest churches in the Americas reside in Puerto Rico. The first is Iglesia de San Jose (Church of San Jose) in Old San Juan. It was built in the 1530s and displays a beautiful example of Spanish gothic architecture.  The second is the Catedral de San Juan (San Juan Cathedral), built in the 1520s. The Cathedral offers tours which include the tomb of Ponce de Leon and the mummy of St. Pio.
  5. In the bay waters of Fajardo, Vieques, Lajas hold a magical natural wonder. Puerto Rico was fortunate to have three bioluminescent bays (there are only five total in the world). The brightest is Mosquito Bay in Vieques, the second brightest is Laguna Grande in Fajardo, and the least brightest is in La Parguera in Lajas.

Located in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is the smallest of the Greater Antilles Islands. It is often referred to as Borinquen or Borikén, as well as Isla del Encanto, and Perla del Caribe. Puerto Ricans refer to themselves as Puertorriqueños or Boricuas. Boricua is used as a term of endearment and cultural affirmation, which was coined by the Taino Indians that first settled in Puerto Rico in 1000 AD.

'Isla del Encanto'

Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment