There are many reasons why you should visit Puerto Rico now.
Puerto Rico’s tourism industry has made a strong come back since the devastating hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017. This in spite of parts of Puerto Rico still struggling to get back to its 100% pre-hurricane normal life.
Meet Puerto Rico’s very own Don Jibaro!
My best and lifelong friend Don Jibaro generously offered to write an article for Captain Jetson. He wanted to tell you why you should visit Puerto Rico.
Don Jibaro is the founder and owner of the very popular Puerto Rican website: jibaros.com. His Puerto Rican cultural site has been online since the 1990s!
His site actually belongs to the list of the world’s first websites, covering culture, representing Puerto Rico as a great travel destination too!
By the way, a “jibaro” (male), or a “jibara” (female) is a Puerto Rican Spanish word used to describe a humble Puerto Rican peasant.
Let’s see what Don Jibaro has to say about why you should visit beautiful Puerto Rico now:
Did you know that Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory, and that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens?
You haven’t really experienced the full charm and attraction of the U.S. if you haven’t been to Puerto Rico!
Puerto Rico is the only island among the three Latin Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic where English is widely spoken.
Puerto Ricans are USA citizens and the US currency is the only money used there.
In 1917, the U.S. Congress passed the Jones-Shafroth Act, which granted all Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship if they were born on or after April 25, 1898.
U.S.A.’s bond with Puerto Rico, from a Colony to a Territory
The same 1917 Act provided for a popularly elected Puerto Rican Senate to complete a bicameral Legislative Assembly, as well as a Puerto Rican Bill of Rights.
It also authorized the popular election of the Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner to Washington D.C. to a four-year term. The Commissioner is a non-voting member of the U.S. House of representatives.
The United States and Puerto Rico began a long-standing metropolis-colony relationship. In the early 20th century, Puerto Rico was ruled by the U.S. military, with officials including the Governor of Puerto Rico appointed by the President of the United States.
The Foraker Act of 1900 gave Puerto Rico a certain amount of civilian popular government, including a popularly elected Puerto Rican House of Representatives. The upper house and governor were appointed by the United States.
Experience the islands’ Rich Culture
With over 500 years of history, Puerto Rico is rich in knowledge of how the Western Hemisphere got discovered and became a participant in the many cultures of the world.
The Morro Castle, one of the largest castles in the Caribbean, has walls that are 25 feet thick.
Puerto Rico’s cultural makeup
Modern Puerto Rican culture is a unique mix of cultural antecedents. This includes European (predominantly Spanish, Italian, French, German and Irish), African, and, more recently, some North Americans and lots of South Americans.
A large number of Cubans and Dominicans have relocated to the island in the past few decades, as well.
Language and Values of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico received its Spanish language from the Spaniards. Spain also set the tone for the Catholic religion and the vast majority of Puerto Rico’s cultural, moral values, and traditions.
The United States added English-language influence, the university system, and the adoption of some holidays and practices.
The University of Puerto Rico
On March 12, 1903, the University of Puerto Rico was officially founded, branching out from the “Escuela Normal Industrial”, a smaller organization that was founded in Fajardo three years before.
Puerto Rico’s architecture carries a Spanish influenced design and the bright colors typically found on Caribbean islands.
Delicious Puerto Rican food
Visit Puerto Rico and discover the best Hotels and Beaches in the Caribbean
During the 1950s and 1960s, Puerto Rico experienced rapid industrialization, due in large part to Operacion Manos a la Obra (“Operation Bootstrap”), an offshoot of FDR’s New Deal.
It was intended to transform Puerto Rico’s economy from agriculture-based to manufacturing-based to provide more jobs.
Puerto Rico has since become a major tourist destination, as well as a global center for pharmaceutical manufacturing.
The attraction of Old San Juan
Old San Juan made up the municipality of San Juan from 1864 to 1952, at which time the formerly independent municipality of Rio Piedras was annexed.
With its abundance of shops, historic places, museums, open-air cafes, restaurants, gracious homes, tree-shaded plazas, and its old beauty and architectural peculiarity, Old San Juan is the main spot for local and international tourism.
The oldest parts of the district of Old San Juan remain partly enclosed by massive walls.
Several defensive structures and notable forts, such as the emblematic Fort San Felipe del Morro, Fort San Cristobal, and El Palacio de Santa Catalina, also known as La Fortaleza, acted as the primary defenses for the settlement which was subjected to numerous attacks.
La Fortaleza continues to serve also as the executive mansion for the Governor of Puerto Rico.
Puerto Ricos’ beaches
Puerto Rico has over 200 likes of some of the greatest beaches in the world, including the world-famous Rincon on the West Coast. Luxury Hilton hotels are also available.
Going to Puerto Rico?
YES, take your camera, because Puerto Rico will make your Caribbean Vacation more than just exhilarating.
Great picture-taking opportunities are just one reason by itself why you should visit Puerto Rico!