The Island of Enchantment
Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
The island is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, making it the smallest island of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") consists of an archipelago that includes the main island and several islands: Vieques, Culebra, Mona and numerous islets.
Rich in history and full of natural wonders, enchanting Puerto Rico has it all. World-class resorts, championship golf, 300 miles of shoreline, fabulous shops, fine dining and a nightlife that sizzles with glitzy nightclubs and casinos. Take time to visit some of Puerto Rico's countless ecological and historic sites.
San Juan, capital and is the oldest city on US territory (St. Augustine, Florida the oldest city in the continental). Founded in 1521 by Juan Ponce de León, who named it City of Puerto Rico ("Rich Port").
The history of San Juan begins a logn time before its official foundation, in 1493, during his second voyage, Christopher Columbus landed in Puerto Rico. He named the island "San Juan Bautista", in honor of John the Baptist. But was not until 1508, that the Spanish government appointed Juan Ponce de León as the first governor of the island. He founded the original settlement in Caparra, now known as Pueblo Viejo, behind the almost land-locked harbor just to the west of the present metropolitan area and the city quickly became Spain's most important military outpost in the Caribbean.
A year later, the original settlement was relocated to a nearby coastal islet (to the site of what is now called Old San Juan) and named Puerto Rico (Rich Port). Sometime during the 1520s, confusion over the names led to a switch, the island took the name of Puerto Rico and the town became San Juan.
Today, San Juan is known as "La Ciudad Amurallada" (the walled city) and is one of the biggest and best natural harbors in the Caribbean and is the second oldest European-founded city in the Americas (after Santo Domingo, which was officially founded on August 5, 1498.)
Tour Old San Juan, the oldest city in the U.S., and the historic town of Ponce.
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Flintstones™ Land. . Kids will enjoy fun activities, imaginative games and exciting discoveries like magic shows, zip lines and rock climbing-for kids ages 4 months to 14 years (available at select resorts.