Puerto Rico

Fun Facts About Puerto Rico

  • Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain in his second voyage and discovered Puerto Rico on November 19, 1493.
  • The official name of Puerto Rico is the “Commonwealth of Puerto Rico”, a United States’ unincorporated (not legally organized) territory. This means, Puerto Rico is not a country of its own.
  • The capital of Puerto Rico is San Juan.
  • Puerto Rico is often referred to as Isla del Encanto – the Island of Enchantment.
  • There are over 270 miles of beaches.
  • Puerto Ricans generally greet their family and close friends with a kiss on the cheek.
  • Puerto Rico has its own little mascot – a little tree frog which is known as The Coqui, pronounced as “Koh-kee”.

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Recipes

You must try these amazing recipes from Puerto Rico.  It’s all about the plantain in Puerto Rico – but I also included one of my favorites (and challenging) recipes….flan!

 

Books

The Song of El Coqui and Other Tales of Puerto Rico

Juan Bobo: Four Folktales from Puerto Rico

Atariba & Niguayona: A Story from the Taino People of Puerto Rico

 

Get Involved

There are some great causes that can help to support Puerto Rico.  Check out these awesome opportunities:

Eye on the Rainforest

Ricky Martin Foundation