Black Meetings and Tourism

Jan / Feb 2015

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Greater Antilles. It's an unincorporated territory of the U.S., located in the northeastern Caribbean east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. The city is a great representation of what the entire island has to offer. Learn about Puerto Rico's history. Take a look at some art at the San Juan Museum of Art and History. Learn about the most northwestern point of the islet of San Juan, marked by a sixteenth century fort, Castillo San Felipe del Morrro. Take a trip to Castillo San Cristobal, the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. Explore the ancient underground channel of natural caves at Parque de las Carvernas. You don't need to come up with reasons to visit Puerto Rico. However, besides its natural beauty, there are some wonderful and convenient reasons to check it out. Hallelujah, no passport is needed. The currency is the same as the U.S., you can use your cell phone without roaming charges. That's just for starters. Both Spanish and English are the official languages. However, English is spo- ken by about one-fourth of the population. Tourism Motto: Puerto Rico lo hace mejor! (Puerto Rico does it better!) HIGHLIGHTS The one place you have to visit is Old San Juan where you can discover Puerto Rican shopping and partake of some of the best food on the island. Old San Juan with its cobblestone streets is the oldest settlement with Puerto Rico and is the historic colonial section of San Juan, Puerto BY DARLENE DONLOE escribing paradise takes only two words – Puerto Rico! You can stay at home or you can visit Puerto Rico. But, be warned, once you visit Puerto Rico, you will not want to leave. The weather, the food, the people, the ocean, the sun-kissed welcoming embrace, the island has it all! Puerto Rico is simply gorgeous! Whether it's the natural or the architectural wonders or the tropical marine climate, Puerto Rico's beauty doesn't disappoint. Take a trek through the main island of Puerto Rico or trek through Mona, Vieques or Culebra to witness fantastic landmarks, beaches and enough adventure to please every- one. From diving, to caving, to snorkeling, to kayaking, to zip- lining, there is no shortage of things to do in Puerto Rico. Or, you could just sit in the sun and soak it all in. San Juan, with a population of more than three million, is the capital of Puerto Rico. The city, Puerto Rico's main port of entry, was founded in 1508 by Juan Ponce de Leon. Puerto Rico is an island in the Caribbean, the smallest island of the PUERTO RICO DOES IT BETTER B M & T ••• January/February 2015 ••• 14 SITE REVIEW D Old San Juan Street Scene

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