What's so great about Puerto Rico? Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do on the Island of Enchantment! We'll explore Puerto Rico's charming cities, iconic landmarks, colorful coral reefs, and fascinating history. The Puerto Rico by Map feature shows where you'll find all the places covered in the book. A special section provides quick territory facts such as the motto, capital, population, animals, foods, and more. Take a fun-filled tour of all there is to discover in Puerto Rico.
Author: Lisa Bolivar Martinez
Publisher: Good Night books
Release Date: 2017-02
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Welcome to one of the most exciting and scenic islands in all of the Caribbean. Young islanders will have the time of their lives visiting everything from sun-kissed beaches to tropical rainforests. This beautifully illustrated book captures the heart and soul of Puerto Rico, featuring Old San Juan, El Morro, El Yunque, Kiosks of Luquillo, Canopy tour, celebrating "Los Reyes," surfing in Rincon, caves in Camuy, vejigantes in the Carnival of Ponce, La Fortaleza, the lighthouse at Cabezas de San Juan in Fajardo, Plazas of Puerto Rico, baseball, local foods, and more. Don't forget your beach towel!
Author: John Marino
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2012-08-29
Written by a travel writer and city news reporter based in San Juan, Frommer's Puerto Rico gives you an insider's view of the island, with updates on the newest developments and best local experiences. We'll point you to a gorgeous white-sand beach that only locals know about, give you the scoop on both upscale dining and roadside nosh pits, and we list the best places for snorkeling, hiking, golf, sailing, and deep-sea fishing. You'll also get a complete shopper's guide, and up-to-date coverage of the newest nightlife in the region, from casinos to salsa clubs to low-key beach bars. Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way. Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people. User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.
Acquired by the United States from Spain in 1898, Puerto Rico has a peculiar status among Latin American and Caribbean countries. As a Commonwealth, the island enjoys limited autonomy over local matters, but the U.S. has dominated it militarily, politically, and economically for much of its recent history. Though they are U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans do not have their own voting representatives in Congress and cannot vote in presidential elections (although they are able to participate in the primaries). The island's status is a topic of perennial debate, both within and beyond its shores. In recent months its colossal public debt has sparked an economic crisis that has catapulted it onto the national stage and intensified the exodus to the U.S., bringing to the fore many of the unresolved remnants of its colonial history. Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know® provides a succinct, authoritative introduction to the Island's rich history, culture, politics, and economy. The book begins with a historical overview of Puerto Rico during the Spanish colonial period (1493-1898). It then focuses on the first five decades of the U.S. colonial regime, particularly its efforts to control local, political, and economic institutions as well as to "Americanize" the Island's culture and language. Jorge Duany delves into the demographic, economic, political, and cultural features of contemporary Puerto Rico-the inner workings of the Commonwealth government and the island's relationship to the United States. Lastly, the book explores the massive population displacement that has characterized Puerto Rico since the mid-20th century. Despite their ongoing colonial dilemma, Jorge Duany argues that Puerto Ricans display a strong national identity as a Spanish-speaking, Afro-Hispanic-Caribbean nation. While a popular tourist destination, few beyond its shores are familiar with its complex history and diverse culture. Duany takes on the task of educating readers on the most important facets of the unique, troubled, but much beloved isla del encanto.
If you like it outdoorsy, take a leisurely coastal bike ride or volunteer to work with egg-laying turtles on Playa Brava. If you're more of a heel-kickin' type, Puerto Rico's got a salsa scene that will more than scratch that itch. * Detailed maps * Dedicated music chapter and expanded outdoors section * Interviews with locals * Increased coverage of sustainable travel * The pick of Puerto Rico's hotels and hostels
Publisher: Harry S. Pariser
Release Date: 2002-06-01
Travellers can only find this kind of detailed, comprehensive information in Harry Pariser's travel books! He includes practical facts on hundreds of web sites addresses, e-mail addresses, fax numbers and telephone numbers. In addition to extensive coverage on the main tourist destinations, Pariser's ecologically-aware perspective provides a refreshing look and an amazing depth of information on Puerto Rico's: geography and geology; history, religion and related attractions; cultural customs and tourist conduct; little-known towns, parks, and offshore islands; archaeological sites, preserves and rainforests. Each region is covered extensively in separate chapters, with details on where to stay and eat, sports and nature activities. Here is absolutely everything any traveller -- extreme athletes, cruise-ship retirees, luxury tourists -- could ever need to appreciate Puerto Rico.
Author: José Trías Monge
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: 1999-02-01
Jose Trias Monge, a Puerto Rican legal scholar and former government official, discusses the island's century-old relationship with the USA. He argues that the process of decolonization should begin immediately.
Author: David M. Bush
Publisher: Duke University Press
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Business & Economics
In this, the eighteenth title in Duke University Press's Living With the Shore series, the authors present a "user's guide" to the coastal zone of Puerto Rico. Presenting a geological appraisal of the history, dynamics, and hazards of the island's coastline, Living With the Puerto Rico Shore is the first in the series to examine a tropical region and the first to examine an area outside the continental United States. The book provides detailed descriptions of the entire shoreline, noting the specific coastal hazards of each coastal reach. These hazards include coastal erosion, storm surge flooding, and potential damage from earthquakes. Where high-density development or significant roads and utilities are particularly at risk, these are also noted. The effects that sand mining, seawalls, jetties, and other attempts at coastal engineering have had on the island are examined. Finally, the authors discuss historical and legal aspects of coastal planning in Puerto Rico, presenting guidelines for selecting building sites. Of interest to all concerned with protecting our shores and beaches and useful to the coastal planner and manager, Living With the Puerto Rico Shore contains an extensive bibliography and a list of agencies involved in coastal issues.
Detailed and timely information on accommodations, restaurants, and local attractions highlight these updated travel guides, which feature all-new covers, a dramatic visual design, symbols to indicate budget options, must-see ratings, multi-day itineraries, Smart Travel Tips, helpful bulleted maps, tips on transportation, guidelines for shopping excursions, and other valuable features. Original.
Author: Nelson Denis
Publisher: Nation Books
Release Date: 2015-04-07
In 1950, after over fifty years of military occupation and colonial rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection against the United States. Violence swept through the island: assassins were sent to kill President Harry Truman, gunfights roared in eight towns, police stations and post offices were burned down. In order to suppress this uprising, the US Army deployed thousands of troops and bombarded two towns, marking the first time in history that the US government bombed its own citizens. Nelson A. Denis tells this powerful story through the controversial life of Pedro Albizu Campos, who served as the president of the Nationalist Party. A lawyer, chemical engineer, and the first Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard Law School, Albizu Campos was imprisoned for twenty-five years and died under mysterious circumstances. By tracing his life and death, Denis shows how the journey of Albizu Campos is part of a larger story of Puerto Rico and US colonialism. Through oral histories, personal interviews, eyewitness accounts, congressional testimony, and recently declassified FBI files, War Against All Puerto Ricans tells the story of a forgotten revolution and its context in Puerto Rico’s history, from the US invasion in 1898 to the modern-day struggle for self-determination. Denis provides an unflinching account of the gunfights, prison riots, political intrigue, FBI and CIA covert activity, and mass hysteria that accompanied this tumultuous period in Puerto Rican history.
Blessed with glorious beaches, spectacular mountain ranges and lush, green rainforest, Puerto Rico offers fantastic outdoor activities, cultural sights, plus great food and music. Insight Guide Puerto Rico provides detailed coverage of this fascinating country, while full-colour photography and maps help you navigate with ease. Our detailed Travel Tips give you all the practical information you need to plan your trip, including our selection of the best and most authentic hotels and restaurants. About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-color print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travelers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure. 'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine
Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: 2006-02-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Esmeralda Santiago's story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical sounds and sights as well as poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. As she enters school we see the clash, both hilarious and fierce, of Puerto Rican and Yankee culture. When her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually take on a new identity. In this first volume of her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio to Brooklyn, from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard.
Author: Mark W. Oberle
Publisher: Edit Humanitas
Release Date: 2000
Puerto Rico's first book with color photos of all breeding birds and common migrants---310 color photos of 181 species of Puerto Rican birds. The English text is designed for students, teachers, tourists, and anyone who wants to understand Puerto Rico's natural heritage and its fascinating birds. The species' life histories are written in a non-technical style for the general reader, and include important lessons for conservation of our natural resources. Most common birds of the Virgin Islands and Lesser Antilles are also illustrated. The book contains a CD-ROM with detailed Spanish and English accounts of 350 species, an extensive bibliography, plus audio clips and 1,250 photos. The CD-ROM is written in HTML, for most PC and Macintosh computers, and allows easy access to files for student projects in biology, geography, music and art."
Author: Barbara Balletto
Publisher: Langenscheidt Publishing Group
Release Date: 2003
Insight Guides, the world's largest visual travel guide series, in association with Discovery Channel, the world's premier source of nonfiction entertainment, provides more insight than ever. From the most popular resort cities to the most exotic villages, Insight Guides capture the unique character of each culture with an insider's perspective.Inside every Insight Guide you'll find:.Evocative, full-colour photography on every page.Cross-referenced, full-colour maps throughout.A brief introduction including a historical timeline.Lively essays by local writers on the culture, history, and people.Expert evaluations on the sights really worth seeing .Special features spotlighting particular topics of interest.A comprehensive Travel Tips section with listings of the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions, as well as practical information on getting around and advice for travel with children