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The 10 Best Bars In Dorado

Check out this list if you're planning a vacation to Dorado. We've selected the top ten bars in the northern Puerto Rican town.

The 10 Best Restaurants In Dorado

A list of the ten best restaurants in Dorado, Puerto Rico, where diners can enjoy delicious lunches on golden sands.

The 10 Best Bars In San Juan

A list of the top ten bars in San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital city.

The 10 Most Festive Destinations To Celebrate Christmas In The US

Thinking of spending Christmas in the United States? Read our guide to the most festive locations for the winter season.

The 10 Best Hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The hotel you choose to stay at can have a large impact on your vacation. Read our guide to learn about 10 hotels in San Juan that'll give you the best memories.

The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Fajardo

Read our guide to learn about 10 of the best things to do in the beautiful city of Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Top 10 Restaurants in Isla Verde

To bring your luxury Caribbean experience to its greatest potential, in between strolling along the white sandy beaches and lounging by the pool you need to eat well. Luckily, in Isla Verde, you're spoilt for choice...

The 10 Best Bars in Condado, San Juan

Sipping cocktails on a terrace in the sunset, chinking champagne on the beach, toasting beer in the pool - a bar crawl in Condado is certainly like no other.

The 10 Best Restaurants in San Juan

From traditional Puerto Rican cuisine to Asian and French fusion, we explore the 10 best places to eat in and around San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Isla Verde

Interested in visiting Isla Verde, the "Green Island"? Read this guide to learn about some of the best things to do in the area.

The Top 10 Things to Do and See in San Juan

Read our guide to the best things to do on your trip to the picturesque Puerto Rican capital city of San Juan.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Condado, San Juan

From sandwiches and cakes to 4 course fine dining, here are 10 of the best places to dine in Condado.

Puerto Rico Art + Artists

Franco Frontera | A Voice Of Young Art In Puerto Rico

We take a closer look at Franco Frontera, one of the exciting representatives of Puerto Rico's young art scene.

Puerto Rico Food + Restaurants

The 10 Best Bars In Dorado

Check out this list if you're planning a vacation to Dorado. We've selected the top ten bars in the northern Puerto Rican town.

The 10 Best Restaurants In Dorado

A list of the ten best restaurants in Dorado, Puerto Rico, where diners can enjoy delicious lunches on golden sands.

The 10 Best Bars In San Juan

A list of the top ten bars in San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital city.

The Top 10 Restaurants in Isla Verde

To bring your luxury Caribbean experience to its greatest potential, in between strolling along the white sandy beaches and lounging by the pool you need to eat well. Luckily, in Isla Verde, you're spoilt for choice...

The 10 Best Bars in Condado, San Juan

Sipping cocktails on a terrace in the sunset, chinking champagne on the beach, toasting beer in the pool - a bar crawl in Condado is certainly like no other.

The 10 Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in San Juan

Whether you're hankering for classics like waffles or pancakes, or would rather get a taste of a traditional Puerto Rican breakfast, you'll find it all in the historic capital, San Juan.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Viejo San Juan

No matter what you fancy, Old San Juan has a tasty dish just for you - and always with a cheeky Caribbean twist! Check out our top 10 favourites.

The 10 Best Restaurants in San Juan

From traditional Puerto Rican cuisine to Asian and French fusion, we explore the 10 best places to eat in and around San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Condado, San Juan

From sandwiches and cakes to 4 course fine dining, here are 10 of the best places to dine in Condado.

10 Puerto Rican Chefs You Need To Know

We check out 10 of Puerto Rico’s most renowned chefs - exploring their culinary skills and speciality dishes as well as their best restaurants.

Puerto Rico's 10 Best Cultural Restaurants for Local Flavour

We explore the top ten restaurants in bustling Puerto Rico, from elegant bistro restaurants to cocktails under the sun.

Puerto Rico's Top 10 Restaurants: Fine Dining and Local Eats

Sip an artisan coffee or experiment with the Caribbean’s finest flavours, with our guide to the 10 best restaurants in Puerto Rico’s San Juan.

About Puerto Rico

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Located in the north-east of the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth country that belongs to the United States. Originally inhabited by native Taino people and claimed by Christopher Columbus, Puerto Rico was for centuries under Spanish rule until the United States invaded during the Spanish-American War in 1898. Seeing Puerto Rico as a strategic asset, the United States controlled the territory as a colonial protectorate, and watched the country develop and grow. In 1947 Puerto Ricans were given the right to democratically vote for a governor.

Nationalism gave way to uprisings and attacks against the US control due to the popular conception that the United States was eroding the indigenous culture and the authority of Puerto Rican people. These tensions gave way to a violent insurgency campaign by pro-independence groups in the 1970s and 1980s. In August 2012, Puerto Ricans will finally get to vote on issues relating to their statehood, including whether to become independent or develop a sovereign free association with the United States. Whatever they choose, the United States will still have to approve their decision. This relationship with the United States has established a large Puerto Ricans community within the United States, but Puerto Rico is also home to many people who have emigrated from other neighbouring countries such as the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti and Barbados. Even though Spanish is the official language, English is also widely spoken.

Given the history of the territory, the culture is a mix of African, Taino, Spanish and North American influences. Generally, the arts in Puerto Rico are important outlets for cultural nationalism. For example, there is a prolific graphic arts scene and performing arts are usually found in the form of music, which is at the centre of this cultural fusion. Puerto Rican literature often harks back to traditions of oral history and the publication of Gibaro, a collection of pieces that expresses the native Puerto Rican culture. Working in all genres and styles, there is a wide variety of internationally recognized Puerto Rican writers. Some of the most well-known Puerto Rican authors are Miguel Algarin, Esmeralda Santiago and Antonia Pantoja. There are also American authors who write about Puerto Rico, for example Hunter S. Thompson, who wrote The Rum Diary, a semi-autobiographical account of an American journalist’s time in Puerto Rico.

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